For eight months Eric Sim and his wife and business partner Fern Cheong have looked on as their newer, bigger and brighter pharmacy was taking shape.
Their move from the western corner of Napier and George Sts to the eastern corner was made last week, and Mr Sim said it’s exciting to finally be able to show off their new premises to the public.
He said the pharmacy offers customers a more modern and more easily accessible service area.
Mr Sim said transforming the former Deniliquin Newsagency building into something ‘‘brand new’’ had also been a source of pride for he and his wife and their committed staff.
‘‘We have a brighter store and a more open concept so it’s an easier space for everyone to be in,’’ he said.
‘‘We promote forward dispensing, and at the new pharmacy our customers can more easily access the pharmacists.
‘‘We’ve been busy restocking all the shelves with all the products our customers love over the past two weeks, and we’re looking at an expansion in the number of products in the future.
‘‘We’ll be ready to start the flu injection by mid-March as normal, and we’re doing more on cancer awareness — particularly bowel, breast and cervical cancer.
‘‘Screening can save your life, and we ask people to speak to our friendly team about these cancer awareness products or anything else.
‘‘We’re still open for the same hours seven days a week and provide all the same services, including Webster packs.’’
The expansion has allowed Eric Sim Pharmacy to also offer consulting rooms, which Mr Sim said would allow pharmacists and staff to speak with customers privately about sensitive matters.
He said the consulting rooms are also ideal for anyone requiring medication check advice.
Another new service being offered is ‘sick certificates’, which like a doctor’s certificate can be issued to explain an absence from work or school.
He said the service is ideal for conditions not specifically requiring treatment by a doctor, and take the pressure off local doctors’ surgeries.
Mr Sim and Ms Cheong will continue to be the resident pharmacists, and have had assistance from former Deniliquin pharmacist Steve Barlow during this transition period.
Mr Sim said in the future they plan to introduce a third full-time pharmacist.
Eric Sim Pharmacy can be contacted on 58812780.