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9000 Points Of Care
9000 Points Of Care
The Future of Pharmacies Acting now to sustain Canadians’ access to quality, affordable healthcare.
Community-conscious
Community-conscious
Walsh’s Pharmacy offers extras to bring customers healthcare closer to home.
Cooper's Pharmacy Hosts MLA
Cooper's Pharmacy Hosts MLA
The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada hosted MLA Mike Farnworth for a meet and greet with Pharmacist Denice Bucsit at Cooper’s Foods Pharmacy in Port Coquitlam.
Port Coquitlam, BC
Cooper’s Foods Pharmacy delivers more than just groceries
Cooper’s Foods Pharmacy delivers more than just groceries
It gives you great accessibility to people in the community and lets you really get involved with them,” says Denice Bucsit, pharmacist at Cooper’s Foods Pharmacy – part of the Overwaitea Food Group, in Port Coquitlam, BC.
Port Coquitlam BC
Do you know what your pharmacist can do?
Do you know what your pharmacist can do?
Peterborough pharmacist happy with changes to his scope of practice but says he can do more.
Peterborough, Ontario
Durham Flu Article Highlights Neighbourhood Pharmacies Research
Durham Flu Article Highlights Neighbourhood Pharmacies Research
According to research conducted by the Neighbourhood Pharmacies Association of Canada for the 2014-2015 season, a growing number of Canadians are opting to receive their flu shot at their local pharmacy due to speed and convenience…
Health care Closer to Home in Kingston
Health care Closer to Home in Kingston
Brent Schneider has witnessed more changes to his role as pharmacist in the past five years than he has experienced in his entire 30-year-career
Health Care Closer to Home National Post Supplement
Health Care Closer to Home National Post Supplement
A special, freestanding 8-page supplement that highlights what neighbourhood pharmacies are doing with immunizations and other expanded scope of practice services to improve Canadians’ health and wellbeing, and to make accessing healthcare easier .
Healthcare Closer to Home in Etobicoke
Healthcare Closer to Home in Etobicoke
Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn made a visit to Solara Pharmacy in late March. Milczyn chatted with pharmacist Alex
Etobicoke, ON
Healthcare Closer to Home Niagara Falls
Healthcare Closer to Home Niagara Falls
Video interview from Niagara Falls Healthcare Closer to Home visit
Niagara Falls
Healthcare Closer to home Niagara Falls
Healthcare Closer to home Niagara Falls
Expanding role of pharmacists can mean better health care. Move would mean cost savings and better access to care.
Niagara Falls
Healthcare Closer to Home Pharmacy Tour
Healthcare Closer to Home Pharmacy Tour
MPP Christine Elliott was snapd at Lovell Drugs in late November while getting her flu shot.
Whitby, Ontario
Healthcare Closer to Home with MPP Mitzie Hunter
Healthcare Closer to Home with MPP Mitzie Hunter
MPP Mitzie Hunter joined the Healthcare Closer to Home pharmacy tour at Walmart in Cedarbrae Plaza…
Scarborough, Ontario
Healthwatch: The expanding role of the pharmacist
Healthwatch: The expanding role of the pharmacist
An event was held today at Westmount Pharmacy to showcase the wide range of expertise offered by pharmacists
Peterborough, Ontario
Increase in pharmacist powers improving health care
Increase in pharmacist powers improving health care
More than 74,000 Nova Scotians were vaccinated at a pharmacy last year and it’s that kind of number that shows that the increased powers that pharmacists have received are working.
Miller supports expanded role for pharmacists
If politicians like Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller get on board, a new proposal to continue to expand the scope of practice for pharmacists could be successful.
Huntsville, ON
More expanded role for pharmacists
More expanded role for pharmacists
Jocelyne Grise, the manager of the Safeway Pharmacy in Lloydminster, said that the Closer to Home initiative can improve the lives of residents in rural communities like Lloydminster.
More Than a Shot in the Arm
More Than a Shot in the Arm
Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy was a busy place on the afternoon of Nov. 11 when members of the Huron County media descended on the business to watch Pharmacist Michael Ibrahim administer a flu shot to MPP Lisa Thompson…
MPP Eleanor McMahon Gets Her Flu Shot
MPP Eleanor McMahon Gets Her Flu Shot
It may have been a little later than she usually gets her shot, but better late than never for MPP Eleanor McMahon, who got her shot on December 16 at the Walmart Pharmacy…
Burlington, Ontario
MPP Hoggarth on hand for tour of Barrie pharmacy
MPP Hoggarth on hand for tour of Barrie pharmacy
MPP Hoggarth helped demonstrate a blood-pressure test, something Leung does often for patients. The pharmacy also hosts clinics where patients can walk in for a blood pressure or blood glucose test.
Rexall Barrie, ON
MPP Jennifer French Learns About Pharmacy Patient Services
MPP Jennifer French Learns About Pharmacy Patient Services
On October 30, MPP Jennifer French stopped by the Lovell Drugs in downtown Oshawa for a pharmacy tour and to learn more about the expanded scope of practice for pharmacists and how these new services have been important to patients…
Oshawa, ON
MPP Kathryn McGarry Visits Neighbourhood Pharmacy
MPP Kathryn McGarry Visits Neighbourhood Pharmacy
Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge and former nurse, toured Med Health Pharmacy in late March. Pharmacist Mukesh Kshatri shared with MPP McGarry details of the new services pharmacists in Ontario are now providing…
MPP Takes Pharmacy Tour
MPP Takes Pharmacy Tour
Local MPP Bill Walker says he’s impressed at how pharmacies cater to long term facilities…
Ontario pharmacists seek expanded scope of practice
Ontario pharmacists seek expanded scope of practice
It’s Friday night and a mother needs help with her infant son who won’t stop crying. Her family doctor is out of the office until Monday. A visit to the local emergency room could result in a wait of several hours.
Stoney Creek, ON
Pharmacies Involved in Healthcare Closer to Home
Pharmacies Involved in Healthcare Closer to Home
Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield is one of the many locations that took part in the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Healthcare Closer to Home program…
Pharmacies Provide Growing Range of Healthcare Services
Pharmacies Provide Growing Range of Healthcare Services
Ontario pharmacists are providing an ever-increasing range of health care services that help people in the community receive quality, timely health care more conveniently…
Burlington, ON
Pharmacies Showcased By MPP
Pharmacies Showcased By MPP
Pharmacists across our province are offering more services, and Huron-Bruce Tory MPP Lisa Thompson learned about them while getting her flu shot during a visit to Michael's Pharmasave in Bayfield…
Bayfield, ON
Pharmacists on the front lines of health care in Durham
Pharmacists on the front lines of health care in Durham
The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada’s ‘Healthcare Closer to Home’ initiative promotes the need to increase pharmacist scope of practice across the province.
Whitby, Ontario
Pharmacists Welcome  Expanded Services
Pharmacists Welcome Expanded Services
Pharmacist Joe Walsh believes people in his business can help save money in frontline health care.
Pharmacists’ role in health care expands
Pharmacists’ role in health care expands
Pharmacist Bill Coon’s workdays have gotten busier. Coon, who is the co-owner of Muskoka Medical Remedy’s Rx in Huntsville, is one of thousands of pharmacists across the country that have been granted an expanded scope of practice.
Huntsville, ON
Pharmacy Welcomes MLA Shannon Phillips
Pharmacy Welcomes MLA Shannon Phillips
Click through to see CTV Lethbridge’s coverage of our Healthcare Closer to Home tour with MLA Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks.
Quick-thinking pharmacist saves man’s life
Quick-thinking pharmacist saves man’s life
Michelle Stewart, a pharmacist who hosted a Neighbourhood Pharmacies’ Healthcare Closer to Home pharmacy tour in December 2014, made headlines in Nova Scotia for her quick thinking that may have saved a patient’s life.
The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Of Tomorrow
The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Of Tomorrow
The Future of Pharmacies Neighbourhood pharmacies are already an important part of the patient healthcare landscape.
The people in your neighbourhood
The people in your neighbourhood
Ottawa South MPP John Fraser speaks with Kelly Crotty, pharmacist at Medical Pharmacy
Ottawa, ON
Treating Your Patients like  Family
Treating Your Patients like Family
The patients show up on our doorstep and we explain the medications to them. It’s often the first touch point we have with them...
Why Neighbourhood Pharmacy Matters To Canadians
Why Neighbourhood Pharmacy Matters To Canadians
The Future of Pharmacies Canadians enjoy the convenience and ease of access to about 9,000 neighbourhood pharmacies across the country. They are nearby, open convenient hours and offer a growing range of healthcare services.

High-Quality Healthcare Services at Your Neighbourhood Pharmacy

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Patient Healthcare Services

Patient services offered vary by location, and include: flu immunization shots, medication checks, prescribing for common ailments and infections, renewing or adapting prescriptions, initiating smoking cessation, and administering injections or inhalations for education or demonstration purposes.
 

Convenience

Located closer to where Canadians live, work and play, neighbourhood pharmacies are open convenient hours (many 24 hrs, even more to midnight). No appointments needed for many services. Foods and other essential goods and services offered.

Pharmacists

Expanding their scope of practice enables pharmacists to make full use of their training and capacity.

Healthcare closer to home

Patient and Healthcare System Benefits

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The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association’s Healthcare Closer to Home campaign highlights some of the important benefits of pharmacists’ expanded scope of practice, both for individual patients, and for Canada’s overall healthcare delivery system. These benefits will help sustain Canadians’ ability to access quality, affordable healthcare in the face of rising healthcare expenditures and an aging population.

Quicker, convenient access to healthcare services, closer to where Canadians live, work and play
A growing range of primary healthcare needs
Better use of physicians' time to treat more complex cases
Treatment by the most cost-appropriate provider
Avoiding unnecessary emergency room visits
Better use of taxpayer dollars

Any Questions?

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Neighbourhood pharmacists are regulated healthcare professionals, so the patient services offered vary both by province and by the individual pharmacist. Generally, the services include prescribing for minor ailments, administering flu vaccinations and other immunizations, medication checks, renewing or adapting prescriptions, prescribing drugs for smoking cessation and using injection or inhalation for educational or demonstration purposes – such as for an asthma patient and chronic disease support, such as demonstrating blood glucose testing.

Healthcare Closer to Home is all about offering Canadians a growing range of patient services closer to where they live, work and play, so they can get quick access to assessment and treatment, with minimal disruption of their daily routines. 

Yes, in selected neighbourhood pharmacies in seven provinces, starting this fall. 

Your neighbourhood pharmacist can tell you about the services offered in that pharmacy, when it’s appropriate to consult a pharmacist and when you should see a physician.

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