Vic funds seven more 24/7 Supercare pharmacies for round-the-clock care

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BY SAT News Desk

Melbourne, Australia. Friday 22nd September 2017. Seven Chemist Warehouse (CWH) stores across Victoria will become Supercare Pharmacies, as part of a two-year agreement with the Victorian Government to provide much needed extra services to local communities.

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 around-the-clock access to pharmacists for advice, the supply of medicines and dispensing prescriptions as of 30 June 2018,says a media release.

Supercare Pharmacies will now include:

- CWH Cranbourne North;
- CWH Hoppers Crossing;
- CWH Keilor East;
- CWH Melton;
- CWH Mildura;
- CWH Ringwood; and
- CWH Shepparton.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said, “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.”
“With another eight on board, we have delivered on our election promise to open 20 Supercare Pharmacies, with six in regional Victoria.”

A free on-site nurse service will also be available daily from 6 pm to 10 pm and will provide face-to-face health advice and treatment for minor injuries and illness, wound management, a range of immunizations, health screening, sexual health
advice and referrals to other services.

Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan said,“It can be an awful feeling when your child is sick in the middle of the night. The Carnovale Pharmacy in Yarraville is giving local families the peace of mind that round-the-clock care is nearby when they need it most.”

The Victorian Government’s Supercare Pharmacy Initiative gives the local community an alternative to visiting emergency departments for minor injury or illness after hours, however, doesn’t replace doctors and/or the need for emergency hospital
treatment.

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