The Andrews Labor Government will open another seven Supercare Pharmacies across Victoria next month so even more people can get the healthcare and advice they need from pharmacists and nurses late at night.
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the locations of pharmacies that will open 24-hours-a-day, every day from 30 June, with a nurse on site from 6pm – 10pm daily.
The next seven Supercare Pharmacies will open at Parkmore Pharmacy 4 Less, Coburg Pharmacy 4 Less, Reservoir Pharmacy 4 Less, Balwyn Day + Night Pharmacy, Curlewis Pharmacy 4 Less, Bendigo UFS Pharmacies and Traralgon Chemist Warehouse.
Victoria’s first five 24-hour Supercare Pharmacies, located in Ascot Vale, Craigieburn, Wantirna South, Yarraville and Ballarat, have helped thousands of people in just nine months.
Since July 2016, more than 50,655 visits have been made at these pharmacies between 10pm and 7am, with patient numbers growing every month. There have also been more than 3,260 episodes of care provided by Supercare nursing staff.
The Labor Government is delivering on its election commitment to open 20 Supercare Pharmacies across Victoria, with the final eight Supercare Pharmacies will open by mid-2018.
Supercare Pharmacies provide round-the-clock access to pharmacists for advice, supply of medicines and dispensing prescriptions. A nurse is on site from 6pm to 10pm to provide face to face health advice and treatment for minor injuries or illness.
The free nursing service also assists with wound management, physical assessment, flu and whooping cough immunisations, health screening, sexual advice and referrals to other services.
Supercare Pharmacies do not replace doctors or the need to visit an emergency department.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
“Supercare Pharmacies give families another option and the peace of mind of knowing round-the-clock care is on hand, close to home.”
“There will soon be 12 Supercare Pharmacies in Melbourne and regional Victoria to help even more families and shift-workers get the non-emergency care and urgent medications they need after hours.”
“This gives even more Victorians an alternative to going to a busy emergency department for minor injury or illness.”