A trial medicine delivery service to patients' homes or selected locations has been introduced by the Pharmaceutical Services Department, Ministry of Health aimed at providing facilities to patients receiving monthly medication supplies without having to wait at the hospital's pharmacy and health clinics. This initiative is also one of the measures to reduce waiting time at the pharmacy counters and to make the pharmaceutical services more efficient. The Ministry of Health is collaborating with a local company, Go Rush, which provides such services at low rates according to the delivery areas and types of services selected. Dayang Nur Hazirah Abang Muhammad Ali has the story.
During the 3-month trial period, the delivery service is conducted from the Outpatients Pharmaceutical Services Section, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital and is limited to deliveries in the Brunei Muara District, not including Kampong Ayer. The service's benefits include patients not needing to go to the pharmacy to pick up their medication.
Members of the public wishing to use this service need to register their names and BruHIMS numbers at the Go Rush Service counter located just outside the Outpatients Pharmaceutical Services Section or via online through their website, www.gorushbn.com. Upon registration, the pharmaceutical section will verify if the medications provided are eligible for this service. They will then prepare the medication in special tamper-proof and insurance-protected packaging.
This delivery service that began in February this year is open to patients provided with a monthly supply of medication including patients with diabetes, heart conditions and hypertension, and according to the permitted list of medication. The service is not yet applicable to patients with prescriptions listed under the Misuse of Drug Regulation, such as Morphine and medications that need to be stored in cold temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius, such as insulin which is a type of injection for diabetic patients. The delivery service will be charged minimum rates per delivery.
Aside from contributing to the country's economic development, the implementation of this service which is based on public-private partnership will certainly help to further expand the country's medical sector. The GoRush medicine delivery service also shows that the growth of Brunei Darussalam's private sector in healthcare is very encouraging and enhances employment opportunities for the locals. Dayang Nur Hazirah Abang Muhammad Ali, for RTB News.
Source: Radio Television Brunei