Labor Leader Michael Daley has announced today that a Daley Labor Government will expand the number of 24-hour pharmacies in NSW.
Mr Daley said Labor’s 24/7 pharmacy policy will benefit shift workers, patients and young families stuck in hospital emergency departments in the middle of the night.
Currently, there are only a handful of 24/7 pharmacies operating in NSW.
NSW Labor will provide $5 million over three years to assist with the operation of five more 24/7 pharmacies, covering the cost of a:
- Pharmacy assistant
- Security guard between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am
The three-year period will allow the pharmacy to establish a reputation for extended hours of operation and become self-sustaining.
A 24-hour pharmacy should be located near a hospital and/or residential area so that a patient who receives a script at the emergency department in the middle of the night can have it filled.
The final five locations will be determined in conjunction with pharmacists and local health districts.
Mr Daley said: “Families deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that there’s a pharmacy they can get to at any hour.”
NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord said: “Often pharmacies are able to provide informal advice to patients in the two lowest triage categories, taking the strain off busy emergency departments.
“Pharmacies have become part of the health system and now offer a range of services including vaccinations and low-level advice,” Mr Secord said.