Cobargo Pharmacy Re-Opens After Fire

COBARGO Pharmacy reopened its doors on Mon, two weeks after a deadly bushfire swept through the NSW township, claiming the lives of two men and destroying close to half the buildings on the main street.

As the fire raged through Cobargo on New Year’s Eve, a Pharmacy Guild of Australia spokesperson had expressed concerns that the pharmacy could have been decimated (PD breaking news). However, the Advantage Pharmacy store’s solid brick structure protected it from being burnt to the ground and is believed to have shielded other shops on the same side of the road from the inferno that raged through the town.

A spokesperson for the Advantage Pharmacy Group told Pharmacy Daily that the store was unable to open until Mon when power was restored. While the pharmacy has reopened the spokesperson said it was not back up to full service, but staff had been providing free face masks to help residents struggling with the persistent poor air quality. Staff at the store had noted that patients’ mental health was a key issue in the community, after the fires devastated the town destroying property, livestock and lives. Pharmacists in need of support can contact the Pharmacists’ Support Service on 1300 244 910 or visit supportforpharmacists.com.au.

Published on PharmacyDaily: https://issues.pharmacydaily.com.au/2020/Jan20/pd170120.pdf

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