Walk-in clinic aimed at relieving some pressure on Shelburne ER

Amy Woolvett amywoolvett@thecoastguard.ca
Published on March 29, 2016

Pharmacy owner Colleen MacInnis

AMY WOOLVETT PHOTO

SHELBURNE – TLC Pharmacy in Shelburne hopes to relieve a bit of stress of the Roseway Hospital emergency department with a walk-in clinic for non-emergency patients.

“We are trying to fill a gap that is within our knowledge base,” said pharmacy owner Colleen MacInnis.

She plans to open a structured walk-in clinic through the pharmacy on Saturdays starting in mid-April from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“People who need to be seen for the 31 minor ailments listed will be given priority,” she said.  “Their prescriptions will be bumped to the front of the queue so they don’t have to wait.”

She said while these services will be offered anytime they are open the structured clinic will be only available on Saturdays.

“We hope it might expand to evenings through the week as well,” MacInnis said.

“As the services we can offer expand, we will expand our approach as well.”

TLC has printed up pamphlets containing all of the ailments the pharmacists can help remedy, including indigestion, heartburn, nausea, emergency contraception, yeast infections, cold sores and thrush.

They also will offer medication reviews, flu shots, immunizations, e-refills, prescription renewals and complete home health care.

“Frequent emergency room closures can make seeing a doctor difficult,” she wrote on the pamphlet.

Often for patients without a doctor might need to wait hours to receive care the pharmacists are qualified to give.