By Monique Scott, Caitlan O’Keefe, Madeline Spencer & Alison Hay
Who is behind Isle Pharmacy?
The Isle Pharmacy is managed by four dedicated and enthusiastic female pharmacists, each delivering the VisualEyes Program:
Monique is our Pharmacy Manager. Monique’s management and interpersonal skills ensure the pharmacy as a whole is running smoothly. When Monique isn’t completing her managerial responsibilities she develops her interests in wound care and mental health. Accordingly, Monique is now a Mental Health First-Aid Accredited Pharmacist and assists these patients when necessary.
Caitlan is our Pharmacist-in-Charge. By using her eye for detail and leadership skills, Caitlan focuses on the smooth operation of the dispensary. She uses her communication skills to promote independence in medication management. Caitlan is passionate about education and enjoys increasing the knowledge of staff members. Caitlan also conducts Home Medicine Reviews and Residential Medication Management Reviews.
Maddie is our VisualEyes Program Co-ordinator. She used her perseverance and exceptional organisational skills to develop this program and enjoys watching it flourish including the arrangement of the Eye Feel Better Now Group Sessions. Prior to the initiation of the VisualEyes Program, following her passion in optimal asthma management, Maddie undertook additional training to become our Accrediated Asthma Educator.
Alison is our expert in marketing and finance. She uses her creativity to ensure our services and VisualEyes Program are promoted to the public through various media options; particularly through radio to attract older demographics. Her strong mathematical skills ensure our financial position is profitable whilst delivering a high standard of patient care. Alison takes her passion for vision impairment home, where she volunteers raising Labradors to become Guide Dogs through Guide Dogs Tasmania.
What do we do?
At Isle Pharmacy, we aim to provide a personalised approach to medication management. We hope to enrich patients with the knowledge and understanding of their medication, helping them to maintain independence and enhance quality of life.
In addition to our exceptional Professional Services, Isle Pharmacy has initiated the VisualEyes Program – the only community pharmacy-based medication management program in Australia aimed at assisting patients with a vision impairment. From tactile identifiers on medicine packaging to audio recording of counselling, Isle Pharmacy can adapt the VisualEyes Program to suit anyone. We begin with a comprehensive medication review and based on the patient’s needs, provide individualised options to optimise how they manage their medication. With monthly consultations with their VisualEyes Pharmacist, each patient in the program is guided to achieve full independence of their medication management. Additionally, we have Eye Feel Better Now group sessions where members of the community can unite and learn about different visual conditions.
We at Isle Pharmacy strongly believe our VisualEyes Program and Eye Feel Better Now group sessions will improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life of patients in our community suffering from vision impairment.
Where is Isle Pharmacy located?
We are an independent community pharmacy located in Lindisfarne, Tasmania. This suburb on the sunny, Eastern Shore of Hobart has the eldest population in Southern Tasmania.
With increasing age, there is decreasing vision. In Lindisfarne, 44% of residents are over the age of 55. Typically when patients reach this age, 95% experience some level of vision impairment. But, Isle Pharmacy is here to assist these patients! Our location considers the demographic of the local area where there is a high population need for services supporting the vision impaired.
Lindisfarne is also home to several large aged care facilities – ready to refer their patients! We offer 7 day trading, free on-site parking and complimentary deliveries, aiming to make everything as easy as possible for our customers.
Why choose Isle Pharmacy located?
We are a quality pharmacy that aspires to improve all patients’ health and wellbeing, but what makes us different from other pharmacies with a similar vision? By initiating the VisualEyes Program, Isle Pharmacy continues to take extra steps in promoting patient’s to gain full independence and understanding of their medication management. Through our delivery of Professional Services such as pharmacist-administered influenza vaccinations, iron, blood glucose, INR and cholesterol testing, and Home and Residential Medicine Reviews, as well as the VisualEyes Program we ensure that all patients’ needs are catered for and the concerns of patients with vision impairment are not left in the dark.