Pharmacy services flagging high-risk patients

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Amcal and Guardian have reported a record rise in high-risk patients screened and identified for subsequent medical referrals

This signals the importance of sleep and heart health screening services, the two pharmacy brands say.

Results from Australian Pharmacy Sleep Services in partnership with Amcal and Guardian found that 30% of patients who undertook an at-home overnight sleep study in 2019 stopped breathing more than 30 times per hour, which may indicate a severe form of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Within the past three years, this result was the highest recorded volume of patients identified at severe risk, demonstrating a need for important services such as Amcal and Guardian’s screening services, the two say.

Additionally, findings from this year’s Amcal and Guardian heart health screening campaign also revealed that 20% of patients who undertook the service then went on to address the health concerns with their personal GP.

A similar amount (23%) also spoke to their family and friends regarding their heart health following their in-store consultation, helping to make the topic of heart health a dinner table conversation for Australians.

General Manager Retail, Brian Tomlin said that the research demonstrated that in-store screening services are not only helping to flag the early warning signs of health conditions but are also playing a key role in referring at risk patients to our wider healthcare allies.

“Awareness and the early identification of these health conditions is critical for patient health, and is a testament to the accessibility, convenience and reliability of our in-store services and the important role pharmacists play in acting as a trusted first port of call in patient care,” Mr Tomlin said.

“We are also proud to announce these findings at a time when our network is embracing the Doctors on Demand telehealth service, which is already proving to be a success in linking patients with an Australian registered GP through a private and secure online consultation in around 50 pharmacies across our network.”

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