A Sydney pharmacist who arranges house calls is changing people's lives by delivering prescriptions to people who cannot manage on their own.
Pharmacist Hugh Toner developed the Daily Dose to You program.
The program delivers medication to about two dozen patients everyday. His patients are people living with mental illness, dementia or other conditions who are often living by themselves and struggling to cope.
Peggy Shaw was referred to the program by her doctor, after her illness began spiralling out of control. That was more than a year ago.
“Living alone and being lonely and just not thinking or caring about my diabetes,” she said.
“[Now] I take my medication in the morning. I’m on track. I don’t have to go out in the cold or the rain to get my prescriptions. It comes right to my door and they’re fantastic.”
Toner said just as important as the drugs themselves is the daily contact the program provides to patients.
“It’s connection, you know. Somebody is coming to your door every single day and I don’t know if I can put a value on the fact that somebody is showing up,” he said.
The Cape Breton District Health Authority recently recognized the program for its positive impact. There's no extra cost for the patients
Shaw credits it with turning her life around.
“Yeah, I’m in the right place now,” she said.