By: Bob Monto
Michael’s Pharmasave in Bayfield was one of the many locations that took part in the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Healthcare Closer to Home program.
Neighbourhood Pharmacy Communications specialist Jessica Behnke explains the goal of the program is to promote services provided by local pharmacies that most people are not aware of – and particularly this time of year, the flu shot.
The Healthcare Closer to Home program is also an effort to lobby the government to allow pharmacies to provide more services.
Michael Ibrahim of Michael’s in Bayfield points out they offer a wide range of assistance for diabetic and geriatric patients, which can reduce visits to emergency rooms and save money for the healthcare system.
Ibrahim adds an annual review of patient’s prescriptions, flu shots and travel vaccines are just part of the services that pharmacies can provide. That can reduce wait times at a doctor’s office as well as take pressure off hospital emergency rooms.