Todd Marion of Kiama Pharmacy says all local pharmacists want to encourage people to avoid coming into their shops in person to pick up their medical supplies, if they can.
“We’ve all got home delivery and other systems in place to minimise the time people have to spend in our shops,” he says.
“There are many ways for people to access their pharmacies and the services they provide without physically coming into the pharmacy.
“This is not just for their safety, but also for the safety of our staff.”
While taking advantage of home delivery is the best option, phoning ahead so the order can be prepared and be waiting will also reduce time in the shop.
Mr Marion recommends people consider downloading the free MedAdvisor app, which can then be activated through a pharmacist to connect to the medications on your profile.
“We want to get the message out there that if you can avoid coming in by placing orders remotely and allowing us to come to you it is a better option,” he says.
“We want to ensure we are able to continue providing this essential service.”