The Pharmacy Guild is urging consumers to use its Find a Pharmacy website while away from home over the holiday season when they need to track down a pharmacy.
The holiday season sees tens of thousands of people spending time away from their homes and in locations where they are unsure of where essential health services like pharmacies are situated, it says.
The Guild says it is vital that consumers have ready access to a tool that helps them pinpoint a pharmacy and also locate a pharmacy that can provide the particular services they may be seeking.
The Guild’s Find a Pharmacy website has been designed specifically to help consumers find a pharmacy by location, service, operating hours and even languages spoken, it says.
National President George Tambassis says the service is especially useful during the holiday period when many people are travelling.
“During this time people are away from their local pharmacy and the Find a Pharmacy website helps to ensure they can maintain continuity of supply of their medicines and also access pharmacy services they may need,” he says.
“The Find a Pharmacy tool is not designed for emergency use and consumers should seek the assistance of emergency services is such situations.
“In an emergency or life-threatening situation they should call 000. However, the Find a Pharmacy website can ease a lot of the stress of travel as it enables people to plan ahead or even to save time when they arrive at a destination and need a pharmacy.”
Tambassis says the facility to choose by services provided, hours of operation and languages spoken were developed to help consumers pinpoint the most appropriate pharmacy for their particular needs.
“This is useful not only when travelling but also when consumers need to find a pharmacy in their local area which has specific opening hours or a particular service they require,” he says.