King Island Pharmacy rises from the ashes


King Island Pharmacy new shopfront

Tasmania’s King Island Pharmacy, destroyed earlier this year by fire, has re-opened, Pharmacy Alliance has announced.

Co-owned by Pharmacy Alliance founder, Simon Reynolds, King Island Pharmacy was destroyed in an arson attack on 25th January, 2015.

For the past five and a half months a temporary pharmacy has been operating from a small consulting room at the local King Island Hospital with a focus on supplying prescription medicines.

“We cannot thank the local healthcare staff enough,” says Reynolds.

“These people gave up their consulting space within the hospital to allow us to continue to service the local community.”

Now housed in a brand-new location, King Island Pharmacy is 20% bigger than the previous pharmacy, allowing the local community to have a full range back in supply.

This includes the introduction of new ranges in-store and an all new home mobility range. In addition, King Island Pharmacy has been completely re-branded as an Alliance Pharmacy (Pharmacy Alliances’ co-branding) store.

“We are excited that we have been able to deliver on our promise of coming back bigger and better and all of this has happened in such a short period of time,” says Reynolds.

The support offered by the local community, Pharmacy Alliance staff and fellow Pharmacy Alliance members during this period has been overwhelming.

Support offered included:

  • The King Island Hospital provided urgent supplies in the first couple of days and the doctors held additional appointments to write replacement prescriptions.
  • Quick responses from key suppliers including Sigma, Guild Insurance and IT providers enabled King Island Pharmacy to promptly recommence prescription service to the community.
  • Local businesses made themselves available to assist where possible and provided helpful donations.
  • Pharmacy Alliance team coordinating business requirements in both Melbourne and King Island.
  • Pharmacy Alliance member pharmacies provided core pharmacy supplies including, dispense labels, prescription repeats, warning labels and more.

Only through these collaborative efforts has King Island Pharmacy been able to be back up and running so quickly, says Pharmacy Alliance.

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