Walgreens and PMC Now Offering New Bedside Medication Delivery Service
Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is working with Walgreens at 2475 No. U.S.
1 in Mims to provide patients who are preparing to go home from a hospital
stay with a convenient, bedside medication delivery option.
Medication is often prescribed to help patients heal and recuperate at
home. This new service makes it easy and convenient for patients to have
prescriptions filled and delivered directly to them before leaving the
hospital and eliminates the need for that extra stop on the way home.
As part of this new service, Walgreens provides a full-time pharmacy technician
who is dedicated to PMC. The pharmacy technician visits with a patient
during their hospital stay and asks if they would like prescriptions filled
and delivered to them before leaving the hospital. If they do, the patient
fills out a request form with their physician’s medication orders.
Walgreens handles any necessary insurance authorizations and fills and
delivers the order directly to the patient.
“We want to help ease the transition from hospital to home, and
this new program does that,” said Walgreens Market Vice President
Marlin Hutchens. “Every day, we offer convenience and accessibility
to the communities we serve. This bedside medication delivery service
takes that care to another level. For those who do not live near PMC,
patients can always refill their medication at any Walgreens location.”
“Providing healing patient experiences is our mission and our work
with Walgreens to provide this patient bedside prescription delivery option
helps us further fulfill that mission,” said Edwin Loftin, vice
president, nursing, Parrish Medical Center.
Studies have shown that 50 percent of patients across the country do not
get their prescriptions filled once discharged from the hospital. Delays
in taking prescribed medicines or missing a dose can result in slowed
recovery or even a trip back to the hospital. This program helps ensure
the patient has the medication needed to stay on the road to recovery
once leaving the hospital.
“Together with Walgreens, we are improving patient safety, recovery
and satisfaction,” said Loftin.
Patient benefits include:
· Simple request system
· Free patient hotline for medication consultation with the pharmacist
· Fast, bedside delivery of physician-ordered prescriptions
· Time-saving option that makes transition from hospital to home easier
· Improves compliance to take prescribed medicines for improved recovery