Partly funded by the Victorian government, the pharmacies will offer a range of treatment services including on-site nurse, and will be open 24/7, 365 days of the year
Seven Chemist Warehouse stores across Victoria will become Supercare Pharmacies, as part of a two-year agreement with the Victorian Government.
The pharmacies, to be partly funded by the Victorian Government, will join CWH Traralgon as a Supercare Pharmacy and will operate twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.
They will all provide consumers with around-the-clock access to pharmacists for advice, supply of medicines and dispensing prescriptions as of 30 June 2018.
A free on-site nurse service will also be available daily at the CWH Supercare Pharmacies from 6pm to 10pm and will provide face-to-face health advice and treatment for minor injuries and illness, wound management, a range of immunisations, health screening, sexual health advice and referrals to other services.
There are currently 12 Supercare Pharmacies across Victoria and in addition to these, the seven CWH Supercare pharmacies will be located at:
- CWH Cranbourne North;
- CWH Hoppers Crossing;
- CWH Keilor East;
- CWH Melton;
- CWH Mildura;
- CWH Ringwood; and
- CWH Shepparton.
An eighth Supercare Pharmacy will be located at HealthSmart in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, bringing the total of Supercare pharmacies in Victoria to 20.
The Victorian Government says its Supercare Pharmacy Initiative gives the local community an alternative to visiting emergency departments for minor injury or illness after hours.
“Our hospital emergency departments have been under pressure this flu season. Supercare pharmacies have made a real difference, providing another option for families, and helping to ease the load, late at night,” says Minister for Health Jill Hennessy.
“With another eight on board, we have delivered on our election promise to open 20 Supercare Pharmacies, with six in regional Victoria.”
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia told AJP it has no comment on the matter.