Tweed Heads pharmacist follows in dad's footsteps
ONE of Hayden Boyle's earliest memories is watching his father Chris grind up powders in a mortar and pestle for ailing customers at the business he opened in 1969 - the Tweed Heads Discount Drug Store.
His father also spent a lot of time mixing up solutions, creams, ointments and even suppositories in those days.
"Now it's just a small part of the job," says Hayden who in 1995 bought the Wharf St store from his dad after following in his footsteps and becoming a qualified pharmacist.
"We still do two to three compoundings a day as opposed to 30 a day," the 46-year-old said.
Staff used to be kept busy typing up medication labels which are now all done by computer.
There's also no longer any need to send scripts off with the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme fully computerised.
That's just a couple of the changes that the health sector has experienced since the pharmacy was established 45 years ago this week.
And according to Chris, there are many more changes on the horizon.
In the last week, a new computerised system called Health Point has arrived in store and allows customers to conduct some of their own health tests such as hearing, as well as access quality health information.
It's a much more reliable source than Dr Google, Hayden says.
"It's a bit more regulated and it doesn't have inaccuracies because if you use Google you don't know what you're getting."
Hayden tripled the size of the store and has staff who have been with him for up to 20 years.
He has also specialised in home health equipment and treating sleep apnea.
And there could be a third generation of the pharmacy's ownership on the horizon.
Hayden is hopeful one of his three sons, two of whom who are already working in the store, may take over from him when the time comes.