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Writer: Vanessa Finaughty
Commissioned by: Independent Newspapers
Printed: Tabletalk, May 2007

Vita-Kem pharmacist Arnold Bloch is one of three partners in a group of six pharmacies spread throughout the northern suburbs of Cape Town.
Arnold is passionate about his work and can think of nothing better than serving his community in his profession. He studied for a total of five years before qualifying as a pharmacist, starting at the University of Stellenbosch and then continuing his studies at Cape Technikon. Arnold’s studies included three years of theoretical studies and two years of practical studies.
Says Arnold: “You can never truly know everything, however, the availability of lectures and courses, as well as pharmaceutical literature affords pharmacists an opportunity of staying abreast of the latest developments in the profession.” Arnold continues his studies even today by attending courses and lectures on a regular basis in order to keep his knowledge up to date.
Practicing since 1972, Arnold is enthusiastic and confident in his abilities as a health professional and says that he has developed his “people skills” over the last 35 years. He says: “When you walk out of our pharmacy, we want you to feel better than you did when you walked in. Atmosphere and good communication between pharmacist and customer is key.”
The Durbell Vita-Kem Health Pharmacy is designed in an ultra-modern style, with subtle lighting that is easy on the eyes. It stocks a range of products, such as cosmetics; alternative, complementary and supplementary health products, including homeopathic products; and a large, widely stocked specialized sports nutrition section, offering nutritional supplementation and consultation for endurance athletes, bodybuilders and lifestyle management.
Additional services include a primary healthcare clinic, with a qualified nursing sister on board and separate doctor’s rooms, with Dr Paul Salkinder in attendance from Monday to Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm; holistic practitioner Helen Trichardt available every Wednesday and Friday, as well as on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 3pm and dermatologist Dr FC Truter available for consultation for three days out of each month. The pharmacy also provides a delivery service from Monday to Friday for the convenience of clients.
Dedicated to his work, this father of three takes a brisk walk early each morning along the Sea Point beachfront. “It’s important to exercise and take care of your body,” he says.
Arnold and his wife Sonia have been married for 36 years, during which time Sonia worked with him for the first 15 years, before “retiring” to focus on provincial bowls. She rejoined him upon the opening of the new pharmacy.
They have been blessed with three children and are also proud grandparents to Aaron and Georgia, aged five and two respectively.
The pharmacy is located in Seaside Village Centre along Otto du Plessis Drive in Big Bay (between Blouberg and Melkbos), and both the pharmacy and the centre celebrated their first birthdays with a festive celebration last Friday.
For further information or inquiries, contact Arnold and the team at Durbell Vita-Kem Health Pharmacy directly on 021 554 5037.