We spoke to Chris Boddy, Site Lead Pharmacist at QMH and a passionate Sunderland football fan. Chris, who hails from the North East, lives in Black Fen so he only gets to see the Black Cats "two or three times a season now". The 51 year old has worked at the hospital for 14 years and seen a lot of change.
Despite now running a service for several NHS organisations he told us that: "The transition has gone well, to the extent that not too much has changed and it has been pretty much business as usual for us."
He is positive about joining Oxleas and the future of the hospital: "There is a feeling that this is actually going to work. Staff here feel much happier now than they have for several years. The possibility of more services coming here is exciting and has to be good for us."
Chris was also excited about the new facilities planned for his team as part of the redevelopment of the QMH site: "We hope to move to a purpose built pharmacy which will be nicer and a better working environment."