Additional Supercare pharmacies announced

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  2 October 2017  NWMPHN   

Four new Supercare Pharmacies have been announced for Melbourne’s west and north, with services soon to be available in Melton, Hoppers Crossing, Keilor East and Parkville.

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessey said Supercare Pharmacies have played a key role in battling the current flu outbreak.

“Our hospital emergency departments have been under pressure this flu season,” Minister Hennessey said. “Supercare Pharmacies have made a real difference, providing another option for families, and helping to ease the load, late at night.”

Supercare Pharmacies open 24 hours a day with a nurse on site from 6pm-10pm daily. Nurses provide support and advice for minor injury and illness, flu and whooping cough immunisations, health screening, sexual health advice and referrals to other services.

North Western Melbourne PHN CEO Adj/Associate Professor Christopher Carter welcomed the new services, and said that it’s crucial that Supercare pharmacies integrate with local primary care providers.

“Pharmacists play an important role in providing health support and advice, as well as access to medications,” A/Prof Carter said.

The Victorian Government announced eight new Supercare Pharmacies across the state, including:

  • HealthSmart in the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Parkville)
  • Mildura Chemist Warehouse
  • Shepparton Chemist Warehouse
  • Ringwood Chemist Warehouse
  • Cranbourne North Chemist Warehouse
  • Melton Chemist Warehouse
  • Hoppers Crossing Chemist Warehouse
  • Keilor East Chemist Warehouse.

All new pharmacies will be open from 30 June 2018. There will be nine in total in the NWMPHN region, with the new locations adding to existing services in Ascot Vale, Coburg, Cragieburn, Reservoir and Yarraville.