COVID 19 Update from Ramsay Pharmacy
23 December 2020
NSW Health has issued a public health alert for Sydney’s Northern Beaches local government area which is currently experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. For more information about these steps to assist with contact tracing and to contain any potential spread of COVID-19, click here. As at 23 December, there have been 97 confirmed cases in the Avalon cluster, including one Ramsay Pharmacy employee.
On notification of the positive result on 17 December, we commenced rapid contact tracing in conjunction with the NSW Public Health Unit in order to identify any close contacts so they could be immediately advised and isolated. The pharmacy staff member visited the following sites: North Shore Private Hospital, Castlecrag Private Hospital, Hunters Hill Private Hospital, Northside Cremorne Clinic and Ramsay Pharmacy North Shore. All people identified as close contacts were directed to self-isolate for 14 days and all have returned preliminary baseline negative results.
As a precaution, deep cleaning occurred on 17 December in a number of areas, including the entire pharmacy and relevant hospital areas visited by the staff member.
The safety and wellbeing of our customers and employees is our highest priority and we will continue to monitor and proactively respond to the latest updates from NSW Health.
We thank you for your understanding as we navigate this unfolding situation. We will continue to provide updates as more information comes to hand.
Better Care during COVID-19
At Ramsay Pharmacy we are dedicated to providing you with exceptional care and expert advice. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to keep you informed of the additional operational measures we are taking to continue providing Better Care for you and our local communities.
Increased hygiene in store
Our pharmacy team already follow rigorous daily hygiene and cleaning processes. We have put in place additional steps to help protect you, our customer and our team. These include increasing the cleaning and disinfecting of high use areas within the pharmacy such as counters, ,removal of all product testers as well as pens, as we can assist in receipting your prescriptions, and increasing the frequency of hand sanitising and good hand hygiene practices amongst our team. Where possible, we ask that you pay via card to reduce the handling of cash.
Our Pharmacy team will continue to provide professional advice and essential services. This includes Influenza vaccinations, starting from the 30thof March 2020. Bookings are available online and in-store. In the short term, we will cease non-essential services, such as in store beauty services for your protection. If you have a pre-existing booking, our team will be in touch.
Prescriptions and health products
We are working closely with our suppliers to meet the increased demand for health products and medications but may experience shortages. We apologise for any inconvenience and will continue to work with our partners to maintain supply of the health products and medications you require. Talk to your Ramsay Pharmacist for any questions you have regarding the supply of these products.
How to slow the spread
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, practice good hygiene and physical distancing and follow the rules for public gatherings, quarantine and isolation.
Good hygiene includes washing your hands, covering your coughs and cleaning your home or workplace.
Find out how to practise physical distancing in public, at home, at work, and in schools.
Understand the limits that apply to essential gatherings and non-essential gatherings.
Wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you if you are in an area with community transmission, and physical distancing is not possible.
Isolation and Quarantine
Stay up to date with local information about isolation and quarantine. Follow the directions from public health authorities and the medical professional who tested you.
To reduce your waiting time in store, we recommend ordering your prescriptions in advance by:
- Downloading the MedAdvisor App to order your medications and healthcare products on your smartphone, tablet or PC. Our friendly team can assist in setting this up if you don’t already have the app.
- Phoning or emailing ahead. If you keep your prescriptions with us, call or email ahead so we can organise to refill your prescription and be ready to collect or deliver to you. (Delivery available at selected stores). If there are any issues regarding supply and availability of your medication a team member will be in touch.
Limits on essential medicines
We would like to advise that from the 20th March 2020, the Australian Government has placed limits on the quantity of some essential medicines pharmacies can supply as prescription or over-the-counter medication. The limits concern:
• ONE MONTH’s supply for certain essential prescription medicines.
• ONE PACK of some essential over-the-counter medicines
Chat with our friendly team about the medicines that have been listed as essential. Pharmacists must now label all asthma reliever inhalers e.g. Ventolin™, Asmol™
Thank you for your understanding and support so we ensure equitable access of medicines to all our customers. Our team is here to care for you and deliver Better Care. If you have any questions please talk to one of our team members.
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