Whangaroa clinic fracas creates tough times for pharmacy


Whangaroa clinic fracas creates tough times for pharmacy

Chilton Towle
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The owner of the only pharmacy in the far north community of Kaeo hopes a new primary care provider taking over her area’s troubled GP clinic will imp, Viv Bath mug, Kaeo Chemist owner Viv Bath says problems with the local GP clinic have driven away patients


I think the take home message from me is how much more I can be doing if we had minor ailments funded , emergency supplies funded to next appointment even and fees barriers for some removed. Collaborative prescribing should be the norm and I should have better access into the GP  but relationships need building and constant change doesn't allow for that.. Our nurse practitioner and I work collaboratively now.

my opening hours don't reflect my hours which have always been like this since I took over from Terre Spooner. I just stay longer but it means I can leave if I need to or work is complete .. it's not a bad model it's kept me there.

unfunded help is time consuming and it's horrible to see patients frustration at not being able to get appointments for regular meds they are taking . Nurse practitioners have stringent rules they have to follow and prescribers who are from rural areas seem to manage better

Maori accept a lower standard of help ,  they will go without rather than make a noise... it falls on me to help them get their voice heard

often they haven't told reception why they need an appointment... widespread boils was yesterday's pop up patient 

we know what needs doing...

access to appointment in a land of no Uber is a reality 

we need better care. I am never surprised at low outcomes for Maori

preventing burnout is also necessary