Treatment for common health conditions now available without prescription

Treatment for common health conditions now available without prescription

Community Care Chemist is participating in a statewide pilot program designed to improve patient access to health care services.

As part of the 12-month Community Pharmacist Pilot, eligible patients can attend any of the five Community Care Chemist locations in the region to receive treatment for some common health conditions, without the need to see a doctor for a prescription.

Services now available at Community Care Chemist include antibiotics for uncomplicated urinary tract infections and continued supply of oral contraceptives. Pharmacists will soon also offer a range of travel vaccination services.

Launching the pilot program at Community Care Chemist’s Belmont pharmacy, Member for Geelong Christine Couzens said the trial would benefit women and people living in regional areas, through improved access to routine health treatments.

Member for Geelong Christine Couzens launching the pilot program.

“This pilot program is a great initiative for women’s health in the Greater Geelong area. Being able to access oral contraception and uncomplicated UTI treatment directly from the chemist will save women time and money from now on,” Ms Couzens said.

Community Care Chemist CEO Nick Salkeld welcomed the expanded role of pharmacists.

“Our highly skilled and qualified pharmacists are already supporting the health and wellbeing of people in the Geelong region. The pilot program will allow pharmacists to use their expertise and experience to provide patients with timely and effective treatment for a wider range of common health conditions,” Mr Salkeld said.

Community Care Chemist has been caring for the Geelong community for the past 125 years and this is a positive, practical step forward in supporting people with improved access to health services.”

Community Care Chemist has met strict requirements to participate in the pilot and its pharmacists are trained in all the services they offer. More information about the pilot program can be found at Better Health Channel.

Appointments for the new services can be made by contacting Community Care Chemist at Bellarine Village, Belmont, Geelong West, Grovedale and North Geelong or book a pharmacist consult online at