DDS rolls out free diabetes clinics

Pharmacists at Discount Drug Stores are rolling out free clinics in September to help assess risk levels and discuss diabetes, as well as replacing damaged or dated blood glucose monitors to their customers at no cost.

To assist people with diabetes with the changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme, Discount Drug Stores’ trained pharmacists will not only be supplying all NDSS products, including insulin pump consumables, they will also be providing patients with tips and strategies to help increase confidence in managing their diabetes, as well as conducting risk assessment screenings, discussing hypoglycaemia management and cleaning and checking blood glucose monitors.

Discount Drug Stores’ Professional Services Manager Stephenie Shea says their new diabetes program aims to improve the health and welfare of Australians diagnosed with Type I or Type II diabetes.

“At Discount Drug Stores, we believe it’s important we offer these vital services to create positive healthcare changes for our community,” she says.

“More than half of those diagnosed with diabetes don’t manage their condition properly, so by offering free and accessible clinics designed to be as quick and convenient as possible, we will be supporting doctors and diabetes educators and assist in providing essential management and educational service to Type I and Type II diabetics.”

Pharmacists will conduct Discount Drug Store’s free in-store diabetes clinics in all Discount Drug Stores nationally from mid-September.

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  1. Q

    Where are DDS getting the free monitors from?

    • James Lawson

      I didn’t see any mention of free monitors, merely cleaning and checking monitors.

      The supply of NDSS products is as per the standing NDSS agreement, so no great change there. The clinics themselves likely also qualify as a 6CPA Diabetes MedsCheck in many cases, meaning it offsets the cost of the service through claiming a payment for a professional fee.

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