Thursday, June 29, 2023

BC Government introduces new online booking program for medical appointments with pharmacists

Yesterday, the Province of British Columbia shared some of the details towards its new online program that will help residents in need of a consultation on minor ailments, prescriptions and contraceptives book an appoint with local pharmacists.

As the government explains it, the program which goes live today, is similar to the Get Vaccinated system where people booked appointments to get their COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations. 

Through the new online booking system, people can search for available appointment times at nearby pharmacies based on their minor ailment or contraceptive needs. 

Appointments can continue to be made by calling or visiting a pharmacy. Walk-in service without an appointment is also available at some pharmacies.

The scope of duties for pharmacists in BC was expanded at the start of June which allow them to prescribe for 21 minor ailments and contraceptives 

As of June 27, 2023, more than 25,000 people have seen a pharmacist for an assessment.

Health Minister Adrian Dix noted of the success of the program so far.

“Since June 1, 2023, when pharmacists became able to assess minor ailments, they have provided care to thousands of people in B.C. who are in need of this serviceThe high uptake not only demonstrates the value of the service of pharmacists to the public but also the continued dedication of pharmacists to their patients’ care. The online booking system will make it even easier for people to book an appointment with a pharmacy and is an important step toward improving access to health care, while continuing to build a stronger public health-care system for all of us.”

Details on how to access the online booking program can be found here.

The full announcement of the new online program is available here.

More notes on Health care across the Northwest can be explored through our archive page.

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