Toko­roa phar­macy ex­tended

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Cus­tomer con­ve­nience and safety has led to a $30,000 ex­ten­sion for a Toko­roa phar­macy.

Plans to ex­tend the Unichem Toko­roa Phar­macy were made in the mid­dle of 2015 af­ter staff no­ticed an in­crease in peo­ple want­ing their med­i­ca­tion to come in sa­chets, lead­ing to over­crowd­ing in their com­pli­ance pack­ag­ing area.

So an ex­ten­sion was needed to make the work place safe for staff to op­er­ate in.

Con­struc­tion started in late April 2016.

Sa­chets are in­di­vid­ual pack­ets bound to­gether and di­vided into break­fast, lunch and din­ner de­pend­ing on when the cus­tomer needs to take their med­i­ca­tion.

The pack­ets can be bro­ken away from the sa­chet roll if the cus­tomer is leav­ing town for the night, mean­ing they don’t have to worry about boxes of med­i­ca­tion.

Joint owner Derek Tin­egy said peo­ple pre­ferred sa­chets be­cause they could han­dle their med­i­ca­tions more eas­ily and log­i­cally.

There was also less chance of er­ror and over­dose, he said.

Tingey said the the staff have to have a func­tional space that works phys­i­cally well with the staff em­ployed who also needs the space to flow bet­ter.

The ex­ten­sion would also speed up the process and re­duce the wait­ing times for cus­tomers who had reg­u­lar med­i­ca­tion, as sa­chets would be made ahead of sched­ule.

Com­pli­ance pack­ing man­ager Holly Clark said hav­ing lots of new room was go­ing to be great.

‘‘It’s go­ing to give us the space to ex­pand our cus­tomer num­bers.’’

Tingey said the ex­ten­sion process has been dis­rup­tive to­wards staff but they’d worked around builders and got their jobs done.

Unichem Toko­roa staff Derek Tingey, Holly Clark and Hay­ley Schuler are lov­ing their new work en­vi­ron­ment.

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