Clinical Pharmacists

Idoya Pezonaga (f)

 In April 2014, the Spa Surgery employed a Practice Pharmacist.

Idoya Pezonaga qualified as a pharmacist in Spain in 1991 and completed a Masters degree from the University of Surrey in 1993. She has just completed training as an independent prescriber at the Bradford University and has previous experience in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and working for the NHS in Primary Care organisations supporting GPs with prescribing advice.

Liz Taylor (F)

Liz joined the team in November 2016.  She qualified as a pharmacist from University of Wales in 1990 and completed a Masters degree with distinction at University of Derby in 2001.  Liz has previous experience in hospital pharmacy and working in NHS Primary Care organisations supporting GPs with prescribing advice.  She has also held lecturer posts at University of Derby teaching and supporting students to complete MSc in Community Pharmacy.

The addition of the pharmacist role to the practice team has had a significant impact on the clinical care of patients.  She has freed up a considerable amount of GP time so they can focus on seeing patients. It also ensures:

  • Improved prescription turnaround
  • Repeat medication is synchronised so needs reauthorization less often
  • Patients have access to a pharmacist for medication queries
  • Prescription problems are highlighted sooner resulting in better care of patients
  • Close working relationship with GPs to ensure correct advice is given
  • New medication is added to repeat prescriptions quickly following hospital discharge – this saves confusion, increases medication safety and optimises treatment
  • Pharmaceutical advice and training for staff at all levels

If you have any concerns or questions about your medication, please ask to speak to the practice pharmacist who will be very happy to assist you.


Medicine Sick Day Rules
When you should stop taking your medication?

When you are unwell with any of the following:

  • Vomiting or diarrhoea (unless only minor)
  • Fevers, sweats shaking

Then STOP taking the medicines listed here. Restart when you are well (after 24-48 hours of eating and drinking normally). If you are in any doubt, please contact us or your pharmacist.

  • ACE Inhibitors: Medicine names ending in 'pril' e.g. lisinopril, perindopril, ramipril
  • ARBs: Medicine names ending in 'sartan' e.g. losartan, candesartan, valsartan
  • NSAIDs: Anti-inflammatory pain killers e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen
  • Diuretics: Sometimes called 'water pills' egg furosemide, spironolactone, indapamide, bendroflumethiazide
  • Metformin: A medicine for diabetes






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