24 Hour Pharmacy @ Mount Waverley, Victoria
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Our application to open a 24 hour pharmacy within a proposed 24 hour Super Clinic, located at 58 and 60 Pinewood Drive and 399, 401 and 403 Blackburn Road, Mount WaverIey, Victoria, has been rejected.
The application was unsuccessful ONLY because the very large Pinewood Shopping Village is not considered a "shopping centre" as defined by the strict Pharmacy Location Rules, despite the fact that it contains over 60 shops, a large Coles Supermarket, a cinema and approximately 545 car parks. In fact, the application was initially approved by Medicare but the case was lost in a Federal Court when another pharmacy owner appealed.
The local community does not presently have a 24 hour pharmacy or late night pharmacy. The closest 24 hour pharmacy is about 10.7km away in Knox City. Which means patients will have to travel an extra 21.4km (to and from) from the proposed 24 hour Super Clinic (which is working with the local hospital and local medical practitioners by providing after hours assistance) to get their pharmaceutical supplies.
The construction of the proposed 24 hour Super Clinic completed on 07/02/2017. Up until now, the clinic is only operating 7am - 10pm, 7 days a week. The 24 hour medical service has been placed on hold due to the unsuccessful 24 hour pharmacy application. As Dr Alan Cunneen, the owner of the Super Clinic, has confirmed, the Super Clinic WILL NOT operate 24 hours unless there is an onsite 24 hour pharmacy.
The approval of the proposed 24 hour pharmacy is extremely vital. It is important not only because the 24 hour pharmacy service can allow vital medicines to be available after hours, but without it, the Super Clinic will not operate 24 hours, which can have a detrimental impact on the overall health outcome for the local community and its surrounding communities.
The approval of the proposed 24 hour pharmacy is in the public interest. Please support our petition to show your strong community support for this very essential service.
For more information on this petition or the Super Clinic, please contact Waverley Family Healthcare on 03 9802 8000 or visit http://www.wfhc.com.au/
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