24-hour just the medicine

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

THE metro area’s sec­ond 24hour phar­macy has been open only since March but its owner says the de­ci­sion to op­er­ate around the clock has al­ready been val­i­dated.

With the only other 24-7 chemist be­ing in Mt Law­ley, Har­vest Lakes Dis­count Drug Store owner Kim Vo said there was a clear need for the ser­vice.

“We have had very pos­i­tive feed­back from the com­mu­nity on so­cial me­dia and in per­son,” she said.

“It has been mostly fam­i­lies with young chil­dren that have run out of Panadol in the mid­dle of the night and need it to re­duce their child’s tem­per­a­ture.

“We have had pa­tients dis­charged from hospital in the early hours of the morn­ing with pre­scrip­tions that ur­gently need to be filled.

“There are also FIFO work­ers that fly out for work at 5am who have run out of med­i­ca­tion or vi­ta­mins and have been very happy to see that we are open for them.”

The phar­macy com­ple­ments the larger Har­vest Lakes Med­i­cal Cen­tre, which be­gan op­er­at­ing 24 hours a day last Oc­to­ber.

“The Med­i­cal Cen­tre has helped many pa­tients in the mid­dle of the night, some trav­el­ling from as far as Man­durah,” Ms Vo said.

“When the doc­tor pre­scribes a med­i­ca­tion, we can fill it there and then for them.

“For peo­ple that have a non-life threat­en­ing con­di­tion, it is so much more con­ve­nient to avoid wait­ing in an emer­gency room right next door to a phar­macy that will be able to pro­vide them med­i­ca­tion should they need it.”

The Gibbs Road phar­macy will host a launch on May 14 with fun for kids, treats for mums and a per­for­mance from a lo­cal cheer­lead­ing group.

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