Going away on holiday is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s the highlight of your year. You’ve been planning it and looking forward to it for months. But on the other hand, there are all sorts of worries attached. Are you properly insured? Have you had all the injections? What will you do if your luggage goes astray? Will your resort really be as good as it looked in the photos? What if you have an accident or get sick? What if you need medicine or prescriptions? Well there’s no need to be concerned about the last few, because the answer is Morya.
The first Morya pharmacy appeared here back in 2001. The instigator, Khun Kwanchai Patpaen, had anticipated the need for a quality pharmacy which offered a wide range of products and services. He himself was fully qualified, with a degree in pharmaceutical science. And he insisted that his management staff had undergone an intensive 6-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, and be qualified in both biochemistry and organic chemistry. Plus they needed to understand the law as it relates to medicine as well as pharmacy. And, needless to say, speaking English was vital.
That was 16 years ago. Since then, the chain of Morya pharmacies has expanded across the island, and just-recently opened its 24th branch, Pharmacy 24, opposite Central Festival. But, today, it’s also become necessary to communicate in Russian, French, and several other languages, too. The result is that the Morya staff-training now includes a comprehensive component involving online internet translation, and how to convert this to a common language to communicate with all nationalities.
Back home you’ll go into a chemist or a pharmacy and automatically expect to call on the services of a trained dispensing pharmacist. But here in Thailand, a great many of the shops you’ll see with ‘pharmacy’ in the window are staffed by only a couple of young shop assistants, much like a branch of 7-Eleven would be. You can never be sure who to trust. And that’s why everyone who’s in-the-know insists on going to Morya.
For a start, all branches of Morya will be able to replicate any prescription that you need, so there is really no need to fill your suitcase with pills before you come. They’re connected to national and international suppliers, and will quickly find your medication. If you insist on known branding, fine. But if you are OK with it, they can analyse your prescription and supply you with an identical alternative at a fraction of the cost. But now that Morya pharmacies have widened their horizons, they can offer so much more than just reliable prescriptions!
This new look started to happen with the introduction in all of the Morya branches of a range of healthy and natural ‘spa’ products, extending through from feel-good facial packs to herbal compresses and organic scrubs. This was mainly connected to cosmetics and pampering. But it was then a logical step to make the next connection: an entire range of health and herbal products – alternative medicines, combined with holistic and organic products and remedies. And the result of this is there are now two different-but-related Moryas. The Green Cross Morya means ‘health and herbs’. In the regular Blue Cross Moryas you’ll find that it’s all centred on pharmacy plus health-and-well-being products, plus a few shelves of herbal remedies. In the Green Cross Moryas, however, it’s the other way around!
But all the branches are inter-connected. All you need to do is to go to your nearest branch, and a phone call to their HQ will have them deliver a duplicate of your home prescription, a pair of crutches, a wheelchair or even an adjustable hospital bed! And this will only take an hour or so if you’re anywhere in the area of Chaweng, and next-day-service anywhere else on the island.
However, a whole new Morya concept has now arisen – Youreka. There are now two branches of Youreka, one of them at The Wharf in Fisherman’s Village, and the other in Central Festival in Chaweng. In a large and comfortably-appointed space that’s reminiscent of an upmarket department store, you’ll find spa, beauty and skin-care products, cosmetics, fragrances, baby and child products, toiletries, sun-care, plus insect repellents, together with dried fruits and snacks and gifts and souvenirs of Thailand.
It’s impressive isn’t it! And, not only this, but now Morya have branched out yet again and are offering ‘My Living Place’: exclusive self-catering apartments with air-conditioning, cable TV and Wi-Fi. Just one more another reason to say – Morya: the full-service pharmacy!
Rob De Wet
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