Coronavirus directives for pharmacies

Miguela Xuereb

The Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises and the Kamra tal-Ispiżjara have issued a set of directives for their members in response to coronavirus. They said that the COVID-19 Emergency is a national issue that requires good management.

The following are the directives issued by the Kamra tal-Ispiżjara and the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises:

  • Deliveries in the domiciliary over 70’s scheme are hereby suspended with immediate effect and no new applications will be entertained and no phone calls will be taken regarding the scheme. They are calling on the Government to provide carers to collect patients’ entitlements
  • With immediate effect, all patients will be given a two months’ supply of medicines when they are due, to reduce an unnecessary rush on pharmacies
  • Pharmacies will admit a maximum of TWO people into the pharmacy at any given time Patients will stand away at least one meter from the pharmacy counter and will have to follow all directives given to them by the managing pharmacist
  • Pharmacists are strongly reminded to hand sanitise often especially after handling patients’ documents

The Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises and the Kamra tal-Ispiżjara said that although there seem to be consultations with doctors and nurses, the Pharmacists and Pharmacy sector has been ignored by both the Health Ministry and the Superintendence of Public Health.

The Kamra tal-Ispiżjara and the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises said that pharmacies must remain open come what may, even in periods if and when there is a Lockdown.