This winter, Te Whatu Ora encouraged you to choose well for yourself and your whānau by making your local community pharmacy the place to visit for advice, medicines, or if necessary, referral for further support for minor health conditions.
As part of the Winter Preparedness Plan to reduce pressure on the health system, Te Whatu Ora funded the Minor Health Conditions Service through community pharmacies. This provided advice and, if needed, free medicines or referral for further support for some groups of people, for a range of minor health conditions. Funding for this service ended on Saturday 30 September 2023.
Te Whatu Ora is evaluating the impact of this winter service to understand whether it helped relieve pressure on the health system and whether it had other benefits that makes this service, or one like it, good use of health spending in the future.
We want to hear from you, particularly if you used this service in a community pharmacy. You can provide feedback on your experience here: tinyurl.com/PharmacyMinorConditionsSurvey.
While the funding of this pilot service has come to an end, community pharmacy remains an important part of the health and wellbeing services available to you. As trained health professionals, pharmacists provide trusted advice, and recommend medicines and other products, or if necessary, referral for further support, for the benefit of your health and wellbeing.
Page last updated: 2 October 2023
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