The Cree Health Board is proud to acknowledge the hard work of our pharmacists. They worked hard to minimize the impact of nationwide medication shortages in Eeyou Istchee and introduced new technologies to improve the efficiency and safety in the pharmacy departments in the CMCs and the regional hospital.
During the pandemic, the pharmacists and their pharmacy team reorganized the workspace to comply with sanitary measures. They installed plexiglass, complied with isolation measures, introduced delivery services for clients, supervised the medication stock and made sure to minimize the impact of the nationwide shortage of medication in the Eeyou Istchee. The implementation of new procedures and decimation of memos, mainly with dentistry and midwifery services, was another vital aspect in ensuring that prescribers were informed about new medications and shortages.
"Today is World Pharmacists Day and I would like to take a moment to express my appreciation and gratitude to the CHB pharmacist team. Your devotion and care - day after day - is an essential part on the path to Miyupimaatisiiun, the wellness and the wellbeing of our clients. I thank you all for your support, empathy, professionalism and energy! Together we stand for the health of our clients." – Amélie Fortin, Chief Pharmacist of the CBHSSJB
The team also worked on the implementation of new technology and software in order to package pills for clients more efficiently with the help of Pacmed, which will be implemented over the next 2 years, and the introduction of a new generation of pharmacy software that will be more efficient and help to improve safety. The new software will be implemented before the end of 2021.
With new technologies, the CBHSSJB is planning to create more positions for pharmacists and pharmacy technical assistant.
The Chisasibi pharmacy department has had a major renovation and expanded the department to install the Pacmed machine to improve the wellbeing of hospitalised clients, and supported the pharmacy technical assistants in Chisasibi who went to complete their training at the Cree School Board.
The Mistissini pharmacy department has had minor renovations for the Pacmed installation as well.
The Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay is pleased to announce the nomination of Amélie Fortin as Chief Pharmacist, leading the regional Department of Pharmacy.
In these challenging times, our pharmacists and pharmacy technical assistants have taken extraordinary measures that have made our whole organization very proud. We thank them for this.