May 19, 2024


Great Health is a Choice

‘New future’: Pharmacist wander-in clinic set to open up in Barrie

‘I am optimistic to see (this design) expand in other locations … and I am extremely fired up it began in Barrie,’ says clinical pharmacist at Duckworth Street area

A new Pharmacist Treatment Walk-In Clinic in Barrie is hoping to not only support people get faster care for minimal ailments and conditions, but also just take a tiny little bit of pressure on the area overall health-treatment technique.

The clinic, located inside of Rexall pharmacy at 353 Duckworth St. in the city’s north conclusion, is scheduled to open to clients on Friday, April 19 and is just one of the very first of its variety for Rexall in Ontario, pharmacy manager Qaiser Hassan instructed BarrieToday.

The clinic will perform similar to a doctor’s clinic, he stated, but with a constrained scope, as pharmacists can only prescribe for a handful of conditions.

In January 2023, the Ontario governing administration permitted pharmacists the means to produce prescriptions for more than a dozen popular conditions. 10 months later, in October 2023, that selection was expanded to 19.

In its place of a physician, the clinic will have a dedicated medical pharmacist from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7 times a week who will give stroll-in treatment to patients. Residents will also have the selection to guide an appointment online. 

“People are having a large amount of problems obtaining obtain to physicians simply because clinics are too chaotic, health professionals aren’t readily available and in some cases with limited several hours,” Hassan reported. “We see individuals always complaining and seeking for well timed treatment.

Qaiser Hassan, pharmacy supervisor at Rexall on Duckworth Avenue in Barrie, states he’s is fired up for the opening of the Pharmacist Care Wander-In Clinic, the first of its type in Ontario. | Nikki Cole/BarrieToday

“That’s why Rexall imagined it was a great possibility to offer expert services to the Barrie area,” he included. “We are pretty energized and glance ahead to serving to our group.”

Rolan Vaisman, who will serve as the scientific pharmacist for the Barrie clinic, said he hears all too typically the issues shoppers are going through in achieving a health-care experienced in a “reasonable or accessible” time. 

“What we are trying to do is bridge that gap and give obtainable affected person care that is timely and practical, whether or not it is for chronic sickness management … or far more instant matters these types of as minor sicknesses that we can (assist) with,” he included. 

Both equally Hassan and Vaisman are hopeful this new design of treatment can support simplicity the tension now being felt by regional emergency rooms and spouse and children physicians by presenting quick pharmacist procedure for minor diseases. Their services also include chronic illness administration, immunizations and injections, men’s and women’s wellness, position-of-care tests and travel vaccines. 

“One of the huge points we are (undertaking) is a collaboration with other health and fitness-treatment suppliers,” Vaisman explained. “We know a whole lot of wellbeing-treatment suppliers — no matter whether it is a family medical professional, walk-in clinic or the unexpected emergency home — are total to the brim and operating all-around the clock seeking to provide as a great deal treatment to sufferers as attainable.

“By collaborating … we are making an attempt to relieve that strain by providing treatment for the factors we are allowed to offer care for these as all those small ailments,” he included. 

Citizens will also have entry to the clinic’s Virtual Wander-In Treatment, which usually means they will have entry to digital doctor treatment providers when required. 

“The thought is this will be delivering but a further system of treatment that will assistance simplicity the pressures in those people destinations,” Vaisman said. “There are selected ailments that patients are going into individuals sites for that I am specified can be noticed by means of far more obtainable channels.

“I consider this model of pharmacy is the new upcoming,” he added. “I am optimistic to see it develop in other spots … and I am extremely fired up it commenced in Barrie.” 

Owning his pharmacy picked to be the first to offer you this style of assistance is exciting, acknowledged Hassan

“I have observed my folks struggling to get the suitable health care they want even for minimal conditions. I know it’s very practical and it is likely to enable my group,” he stated.

“Barrie is likely to obtain a fantastic useful resource likely forward… and the community can flourish with improved health results,” extra Vaisman. 

Solutions that will be available to sufferers at the Pharmacist Care Walk-In Clinic contain:  


  • Slight illnesses (gentle zits, UTI, pink eye, eczema, cold sores, seasonal allergic reactions, etc.)   
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  • Continual disease administration (diabetic issues, hypertension, and many others.)   
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  • Women’s and men’s health 
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  • Journey well being and vaccinations  
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  • Issue of treatment tests (Lipids, A1C, COVID, etc.)   
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  • Immunization and injections   
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  • Smoking cessation   
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  • Prescription refills and renewals 
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  • On-website doctor virtual care.
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