Vote of confidence as govt expands pharmacy project

The Victorian government has opened tenders for 15 more 24-hour pharmacies, as early figures show the Supercare pilot project has been a success.

More than 30,000 people visited one of the first five Supercare pharmacies between June last year and the end of January.

This has led to a drop in emergency department visits and revenue opportunities for the pharmacies.

Exit surveys show 25% of pharmacy patients would have visited a hospital emergency department if the service wasn’t available, according to Dr Anna Peatt, the state’s chief officer, drugs and poisons regulation.

Supercare pharmacies are well on the way to achieving the aim of reducing after-hours hospital emergency visits, she told a briefing session for the final two tender rounds.

“What we have learnt from stage one of the Supercare pharmacies is they are providing a high quality service.”