Balwyn North Discount Drug Store has been serving the local community and beyond for over 30 years. The pharmacy is run in partnership between longstanding member Gideon Gun and David McConville. Yet Shen Khor (Yetti) joined the pharmacy partnership in 2012 coinciding with rebranding of the pharmacy to the Discount Drug Store banner.
The pharmacy works with a dual offering model for the local community– community pharmacy and medication management for aged care. Their medication management business is managed and run from the same premises as the pharmacy; ground floor dedicated to the pharmacy and the first floor to medication management. The medication management business employs four full-time pharmacists, six pharmacy technicians, a couple of admin staff and five drivers in addition to the pharmacy staff.
“This pharmacy has always punched above its weight! Given the location, it services a large number of people” says David, who has been with the pharmacy since 1998. “Providing quality healthcare services to the local community and to aged care facilities is our priority” says David.
David’s role with the pharmacy is to run and manage the medication management business with Gideon. Yetti looks after the community pharmacy and works closely with the banner group. “My focus is to provide the best in medication management for residents in aged care facilities and that certainly is not a 9-5 job!” says David. As part of their commitment to aged care facilities and residents, nursing staff has access to their on-call pharmacist’s mobile phone number. “We are available 24-7 when the nurse needs us” says David.
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