Meet Comins Pharmacy

Good health begins with a strong, trusting relationship with your pharmacist. So let us tell you about who we are and how we can care for you and your family.

Our Ethos

At Comins, you're treated like a real person. We understand that quality healthcare means getting to know you and your unique health situation.

Our pharmacists pride themselves on being available. Often you'll find them on the sales floor interacting with customers, taking the time to listen and offer expert advice. That's because we believe caring for you requires more than simply medication—it takes conversation, compassion and connection. 

Our Team

Cliff Comins

Pharmacist Cliff Comins loves serving the Cambridge community, the town he calls home and has done so for many years.

He first moved to Cambridge with his family as a teenager. His pharmacy studies took him south to the University of Otago and, upon graduation, he ventured back up north to take a pharmaceutical job in Hamilton. After a spell working abroad in Ireland, he returned to the Hamilton pharmacy where he worked previously, but something was amiss. It felt impersonal; he knew customers by their medications without knowing anything else about them. That wasn't the sort of service he was interested in. Instead, he wanted to offer personal, empathetic healthcare. So, it was time to return home.

Cliff moved back to Cambridge and, in 2005, bought a Cambridge pharmacy that now bears his name—and his ethos of healthcare with the personal touch. Now he and his wife Kath, are raising four boys in their hometown.

Paige Hornell

Clarins Counter Manager

Mary Vagg

Pharmacy Assistant

Rachael Maxwell

Gift Buyer/Retail Manager

Emily Vincent

Perfume Manager

Natalie Purdy

Dispensary Technician

Kathleen Comins

Dispensary Technician

Mili Dalton

Retail Assistant

Our History

It all began in the 1960's when local pharmacist Harry Haddon started Duke St Pharmacy on Duke Street. In 1981 it became Clayton's Pharmacy when Grant Clayton took over. It was during this time that we moved to our current Victoria Street location.

Current owner Cliff Comins, keen to return to Cambridge, took the reigns in 2005 and rechristened it Comins Pharmacy. 2014 saw a major overhaul of our shop and branding, enabling us to serve our clientele better than ever before.

As you can see, over the years a lot has changed—but one thing hasn't: our commitment to serving the Cambridge community.

That's who we are; now it's your turn. Contact us and let us know how we can serve you.