Collect  chronic medication at a convenient place

2016-09-07 06:00
Photo: Makhosandile Zulu Hospital staff seen at the launch of the programme last Friday.

Photo: Makhosandile Zulu Hospital staff seen at the launch of the programme last Friday.

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A NEW programme called CCMDD (Central Chronic Medicine Dispensing and Distribution) has been launched by Department of Health in partnership with a service provider (Medipost).
The programme started on the 1 February 2014 and is currently working successfully at 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 e.g. close to 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 first if they have been on chronic medication for more than six months and there have been no changes to your medication in that six months.
Secondly, if they have been on ARV treatment for more than six months (with two tests done to show that you are stable).

Representatives from the Department of Health 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.
Patients need to start bringing their ID books or passports to the Stanger Hospital or to the clinics on their dates and have a cellphone number to register them on the programme.
Patients may also nominate one or two people to collect on their behalf (family, friend, neighbour, etc.) and will need to have their name and ID as well.

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

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

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