Working to reduce hospital admissions

BELLERIVE Quay Pharmacy is helping patients to reduce the risk of a hospital visit by providing essential information about their medication.

By attending a MedsCheck or Diabetes MedsCheck, which can be arranged through a member of the Bellerive Quay Pharmacy team, patients can learn more about how their pills and treatments work and how they can be most effectively used.

Bellerive Quay Pharmacy pharmacist Claire Sutton said almost a quarter of Australians had a genetic predisposition to type-two diabetes.

She said it was important the condition was identified and managed effectively.

“Diabetes is a very common condition, with an average of one person diagnosed every five-minutes,” she said.

Funded by the Commonwealth Government, a Diabetes MedsCheck is a private 45-minute face-to-face session with a pharmacist, focused on medication management.

“The aim is to get maximum benefit from your medication and many people find an overall improvement in their health,” Ms Sutton said.

The session provides information on the proper administration of medication, checks the use and accuracy of blood-glucose monitoring equipment and offers an HbA1c test to gauge the effectiveness of management across the previous three-months.

“The HbA1 test is something every diabetic patient should have regularly monitored and our test uses only a finger prick, rather than a vial of blood,” pharmacist Graeme Lilley said.

“The MedsCheck or Diabetes MedsCheck service can be particularly helpful for people who are taking a range of medications prescribed by a number of medical professionals.

“It is also helpful for those who suffer a range of ailments, have just been discharged from hospital or who believe their medication is making them feel unwell.”

Patients who live alone, have dexterity, vision or hearing problems, a heart condition or chronic condition, such as asthma or emphysema, are encouraged to speak to their pharmacist to arrange a MedsCheck.

Please talk to the friendly team at Bellerive Quay Pharmacy to see if these services are suitable for you, located at 46 Cambridge Rd, Bellerive.

Caption: Bellerive Quay Pharmacy pharmacist Graeme Lilley, left, with local resident John Sargent.