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.
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.