Consultation crisis: lack of suitable rooms hamper services

pharmacist with patient explaining medicines

Barely a quarter of QCPP accredited pharmacies have suitable consult space, Guild data reveals.

Speaking at APP2016 today Pam Price, group executive Pharmacy Transformation at the Pharmacy Guild of Australia says only around 30% of accredited pharmacies have adequate consultation space.

Part of the problem lies in a lack of national guidelines on what constitutes an acceptable consult space, she said.

“The details differ from state to state. There’s no ready-made definition.

“It’s an unfortunate area at the moment,” Price said. “Vaccinations require consultation rooms.”

Canadian Pharmacists Association chair Carlo Berardi told the APP panel discussion that consultation rooms were a mandated regulatory requirement in Canada.

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