Stories of Gulbene pharmacy…

Stories of Gulbene pharmacy…

A story about ancient times.
The first pharmacy was opened in Gulbene 130 years ago. It was founded in 1887 in Vecgulbene by the pharmacist * Kārlis Zīlings in the current building of Brīvības Street 5. 19th century at the end of the 20th century At the beginning of the pharmacy the owners changed several times. The longest owner was Jēkabs Melbārds, as the pharmacy was named in the 1930s and 1940s. At that time, E. Stamberg's pharmacy and City Pharmacy still existed in the city. An on-call pharmacy was appointed every week.


* Pharmacist - a specialist with higher pharmaceutical education. (Dictionary of the Latvian Language, 2006)

The story of a "radical remedy".
In the town of Gulbene in the 1930s, pharmacist Ernest Stamberg also prepared medicines in his pharmacy. One of the most popular was Omnalgins, which was bought by many other pharmacies and drug stores in Latvia. "Their chemical composition was incomplete on the prepackage, but the quantities of ingredients were known only to Stamberg, the author, and L. Krūtaine, who prepared them."
(Memories of Z. Anderson.)


A story about the specifics of pharmacy work.
In the 1960s and 70s, the specifics of pharmacy work were much different than today.
"We made mixtures, ointments, peas, tablets, powders, drops, solutions for injection, sterilized and prepared everything in the pharmacy on site. Now only traded, mostly ready. We worked around 20 people in the pharmacy (now 55a Rīgas Street), because there were 2 shifts, night on duty, work both on Saturdays and Sundays. During the night duty, the duty officer had a separate room where he stayed. There was a box and a door in the door, you could call and pick up medicine at any time. ”
(L.Ramka's memories.)









The story of collecting tea herbs.
In Soviet times, the pharmacist's duties also included collecting herbs.
"We took buses to the forests and meadows. I remember that we went to Lejasstrad to collect a lot of crumbs. We dried, they had to be handed over to Gap (Main Pharmacy Board). They again divided into a pharmaceutical factory, packing tea accordingly. They were sent to pharmacies and used to make medicines. Each pharmacy had a plan to follow in collecting different herbs. Both valerian roots and chamomile had a very, very extensive list. It was all part of our job. ”
(L.Ramka's memories.)

The story of the medical staff rally.
In the early 1980s, a rally of medical staff - hospitals, pharmacies, opticians - took place. The event was organized by the head of the Auto-moto association Vilhelms Sniedzāns. The rally took place for 5-6 years in a row around the Day of the Medical Workers - on the third Sunday in June.
"It simply came to our notice then. We drove both in Alūksne and in Gulbene district. There were checkpoints, places to be found and questions to be answered. Counted points. It was a very good event. There may have been fewer participants in the first year, but more and more in the following years. The rally event was already a tradition for us. ”
(L.Ramka's memories.)






The story of medical carnivals.
"Then there was another tradition for doctors - carnivals. Lots of pictures from these events. Not only doctors took part, but there were mostly doctors. The carnival of the medical staff took place both in the house of culture and in the hall of the hospital. ”
(L.Ramka's memories.)