Communities across the province are getting increased access to pharmacist services to help in the on-going care of adult patients with complex conditions.
Read the Ministry of Health's announcement of the Pharmacists in Primary Care Network (PCN) Program here.
Primary Care Clinical Pharmacists, or PCCPs for short, focus on preventing and resolving medication-related problems and answering questions about medications for patients with complex conditions or health care needs.
PCCPs work alongside family doctors, nurse practitioners, community pharmacists and other health care team members to ensure your medications are safe and working for you. Primary care clinical pharmacists have specialized training, practice with humility and provide culturally safe care that respects the community.
Appointments with a PCCP may be one-on-one or include other health care team members. Appointments are available in-person, by telephone or by video call, depending on the PCN. The first appointment is usually scheduled for 60 minutes and follow-up appointments are for 15-60 minutes, depending on patient needs.
During an appointment with a PCCP, patients will have time to talk about all their medications (prescription, non-prescription, supplements and natural health products). They will receive answers to their questions, and in-depth information to help them fully understand their medications. Patient voices and preferences will be heard and included in decisions about their health.
What a Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist Offers You
Expertise in identifying and resolving medication issues so you get the best possible treatment results.
Extra time and focused attention on your needs.
Answers to your medication questions and concerns.
A team-based approach to working with you, your family doctor or nurse practitioner and other health care team members.
Flexibility with service available in-person, by telephone, or by secure video conference.
The complete picture of how your medications are working for you including prescription, non-prescription, supplements and natural health products.
Detailed care plans, actions and regular follow-up as needed.
Assurance that your voice is heard and your beliefs are respected in decisions about your health.
How to Know if You Should Have An Appointment With a Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist (PCCP)
Complete a Medication Risk Assessment Questionnaire here.