Phar­ma­cies unite for wound ser­vice

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Two Wim­mera phar­ma­cies have teamed up to en­sure the Horsham com­mu­nity has ac­cess to qual­i­fied wound-care treat­ment out­side of hos­pi­tals and med­i­cal clin­ics.

Horsham Price­line Phar­macy and Ter­ry­white Chem­mart Horsham Com­pound­ing jointly paid for phar­ma­cist Michaela Del Castillo to com­plete two years of study in spe­cial­ist wound care at Monash Uni­ver­sity.

Mrs Del Castillo, who works for both phar­ma­cies, is now qual­i­fied to as­sess wounds with in­com­plete heal­ing from pre­scribed treat­ment.

Horsham Price­line Phar­macy owner Co­bie Mcqueen said Mrs Del Castillo’s grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate would be in­valu­able to the com­mu­nity.

“I’m not aware of any other phar­ma­cist in the Wim­mera with such a qual­i­fi­ca­tion, so it puts Michaela in a very im­por­tant po­si­tion,” she said.

“Her knowl­edge of wound care means peo­ple won’t have to queue in a hos­pi­tal emer­gency room or make a doc­tor’s ap­point­ment just to get their wound treated.

“It’s go­ing to take the load from th­ese ser­vices.”

Mrs Del Castillo said she was qual­i­fied to help pa­tients who had been suf­fer­ing from non-heal­ing wounds.

“I can as­sess the wound, check what med­i­ca­tions the pa­tient is tak­ing and then re­dress the wound or rec­om­mend the best ban­dage and dress­ing for their par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion,” she said.

“I can then rec­om­mend the best med­i­ca­tion for that par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion.

“Since com­plet­ing my stud­ies I have al­ready ap­plied my knowl­edge, help­ing sev­eral clients with their wounds and I re­ceived plenty of pos­i­tive feed­back for my help.”

Ms Mcqueen said Mrs Del Castillo’s po­si­tion at both phar­ma­cies in­flu­enced their bi­par­ti­san sup­port de­ci­sion.

“Michaela works at Ter­ry­white Chem­mart ev­ery Mon­day and Tues­day and at Price­line on Thurs­days and Fri­days,” she said.

“It made sense to share the costs so we could share the re­wards for our cus­tomers.

“The real ben­e­fit is that it will make wound-care treat­ment so much eas­ier for all our cus­tomers be­cause they won’t have to line up at emer­gency rooms or med­i­cal clin­ics.”

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