Collect chronic medicines closer to home or work

2016-06-08 06:00

A NEW programme called CCMDD (Central Chronic Medicine Dispensing and Distribution) has been launched by the Department of Health in partnership with a service provider (Medipost) in the iLembe District.
The programme started on 1 February 2014 and is currently working successfully in three districts i.e. Amajuba, Umgungundlovu and Umzinyathi Districts.

Chronic medication will now be dispensed at a central point i.e. Medipost will pre-pack the medication and distribute these to health facilities or pick – up points.
The idea behind the programme is to make it easier for patients to have access to their chronic medication.
It will also allow patients to pick up medication in an area that is convenient for them, closer to their home or work. In this way patients do not have to travel far and endure waiting for a long time to pick up chronic medication.

Patients who are stable can be enrolled into the CCMDD programme. Stable patients are:

1. If you have been on chronic medication for more than six months and there has been no changes to your medication in that six months.

2. If you have been on ARV treatment for more than six months (with two tests done to show that you are stable).

Department employees will be speaking to patients at the different chronic clinics and those patients collecting chronic medication at the hospital to help with understanding the process.
In preparation for the roll out, patients need to start taking their ID books or passports to the hospital or to the clinics on your dates, and have a cellphone number for employees to register you on the programme.
You may also nominate one or two people to collect on your behalf (family, friend, neighbour etc).
Please also have their name and ID.

Medication will come pre-packed to the pick-up point chosen by you.

For any questions/queries please contact the Stanger Hospital pharmacy department on: 032 437 6087/ 6088/ 6089.

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