Blooms the Chemist teams up with House with no Steps

Lyn Ainsworth Head of Strategy People Practice with Phil Smith Blooms The Chemist CEO

Blooms The Chemist has joined forces with one of Australia’s largest disability organisations, House with No Steps.

The two organisations have teamed up to increase their community support for those living with a disability, their families and carers.

According to Blooms The Chemist general manager of operations Jason Blanchard, the mutually beneficial, community-focused partnership will enhance the overall health, wellbeing and quality of life of Australians living with a disability.

“As a growing, community-driven retail pharmacy group that aims to be recognised as a leading provider of pharmacy health services, we are delighted to be partnering with House with No Steps in making professional healthcare more accessible to those living with a disability,” says Blanchard.

“Our new partnership with this wonderful organisation, with which we share similar values and a geographical footprint, will allow Blooms The Chemist to be ‘the First Call Pharmacy Professionals’ for members of the community living with a disability requiring our services and support on an ongoing basis.

“The partnership will strengthen our pharmacy group’s ability to assist these valuable members of our community, who we hope will greatly benefit from our support.”

House with No Steps managing director, Mr Andrew Richardson, Sydney, also welcomed the new partnership with Blooms The Chemist and its ability to strengthen House with No Steps’ support of several thousand people across New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory in all manner of ways.

“Our partnership with Blooms The Chemist is a new initiative that makes a lot of sense,” he says.

“It’s about thinking differently and stepping outside our traditional comfort zone, to the benefit of those whom we support.

“Importantly, 20% of Australians identify as having some form of disability, a significant proportion of whom require ongoing access to medications.

“Feeling part of a community is integral to anyone’s wellbeing. For those with limited communications skills, or a significant intellectual disability, to be recognised, welcomed and able to foster a trusting relationship with their local pharmacist, is a fantastic benefit,” says Richardson.

The partnership will offer individuals supported by House with No Steps – people living with, caring for, and working with those with a disability – a dedicated service from pharmacists and staff in all 87 Blooms the Chemist pharmacies located throughout metropolitan and regional areas of Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

These individuals will also be able to access a range of in-store HealthChecks (sleep apnoea, cholesterol tests, blood pressure and stroke risk assessments, diabetes monitoring, and flu clinics); medication reviews, support and professional advice; free Webster packing or Dose Administration Aids to ensure medicinal compliance; free delivery of medications (where possible); the Blooms Loyalty Program and a Blooms ID card.

Blooms the Chemist pharmacists will offer their availability to discuss pain management, nutritional, behavioural and hydration issues, and any other matters regarding the quality use of medicines.

The pharmacies will also be charged with incident reporting, legibility of orders, medication administration and review, recording and storage, and performing audits on all House with No Steps service sites, to ensure adherence to all legislative medication storage requirements.

House with No Steps’ commitment to supporting Australians living with a disability sparked Blooms The Chemist’s interest in partnering with the not-for-profit organisation.

“The new partnership creates a platform from which local pharmacies can forge a strong and trusting relationship with a significant and important customer base, by driving communication between pharmacists and people living with, caring for, and working with those living with a disability,” says Blooms The Chemist proprietor pharmacist Kurt Smith, from Wyong, NSW.

“Our partnership with House with No Steps complements the new National Disability Insurance Scheme and its focus on empowering people with a disability to live their lives, their way, in the community.

“It’s great to be partnering with an organisation committed to such a worthy cause,” Smith says.

Commenting on the future of the partnership, Richardson says, “We are keen to grow the partnership into new locations over time.

“Because everybody wins, you’ve got to be confident about the future,” he says.

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