Here’s a challenge for the Pharmacy Guild

The future is collaboration and team care focusing on our communities – Great work by Edwin Kruys – RACGP Queensland Chair.

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A challenge for the Pharmacy Guild

One of the big questionsinprimary care is: will the community pharmacy sector and general practice be able to work together without fragmenting care or duplicating services? If we don’t solve the issues and start to work as team, patient care will suffer.

For that reason, I’d like to take the Pharmacy Guild up on their suggestion to collaborate.

The relationship between doctors and community pharmacists is an interesting one: the two professions rely heavily on each other. For example,I find the advice and support from pharmacists invaluable when trying to solve difficult medication problems with my patients. Pharmacists also act as a ‘second pair of eyes’ checking my prescriptions.

Both doctors and pharmacists are highly valued by consumers and are, with nurses, in the top three most trusted professions.

On another leveldoctors and community pharmacists are often at loggerheads. Issues that come up time and time againare differences of…

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