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Primary, Community and Ambulatory Services
Primary, Community and Ambulatory Services involves after hours services, services that can be provided as an outpatient or day patient such as ophthalmology services, as well as additional services such as pharmacy and laboratory.
ADHB holds contracts with 125 Community Pharmacies for the provision of prescribed pharmaceuticals to our population. The Northern Region works collaboratively to progress the long term strategy for pharmaceutical services and monthly meetings are held with the programme managers and representatives from community pharmacy. Bi-monthly Pharmacy Advisory Group meetings are held where key community pharmacy representatives from across the region meet with the DHB to discuss topical issues, the role of pharmacy in primary care and are sometimes used as a reference group for DHB initiatives. More information can be found on the website page Community Pharmacy.
ADHB contracts with Lab Tests and Diagnostic MedLab for the provision of community laboratory tests in our area. Laboratory tests ordered by a GP or specialist are free to all eligible people. After hours services are provided in a range of different ways with GPs, Accident and Medical Centres, Emergency Departments and nurse triage telephone systems all having an important and different part to play. The ADHB provider arm provides a number of ambulatory services (outpatient or day patient based) primarily from its site at Greenlane Clinical Centre. These services are provided for our own populations and for other DHB populations where the services offered are for issues more complex than that available in their own DHBs.