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Announcements 2016

IMPORTANT HEALTH NEWS

 
 
POYC Schedule V application further updated - posted September 2016
 
The POYC Schedule V Form 16 has been updated to include renewal of protocol regulated medicines.
 

 
Computer Generated Prescribing System - posted August 2016
Computer generated prescriptions have been launched in all health centres. This will drastically reduce the bureaucracy of having to manually write prescriptions as well as avoid mistakes in prescription or dispensing, thus providing a quantum leap in patient safety.
 

 
Expansion of the Lifestyle Clinics - posted May 2016
 
The lifestyle clinics have been further expanded. This service is now also being provided from the Santa Luċija district clinic (falling under the responsibility of Paola Health Centre) and the Siġġiewi district clinic (falling under the responsibility of Qormi Health Centre).
 
For further information on the clinics please click here​ or follow and like the new Facebook Page: "Lifestyle Clinics - Primary Health Care Department​". 
 

 
POYC Schedule V application updated - posted April 2016
 
The POYC Schedule V Form 16 has been updated to reflect the developments regarding the oral hypoglycaemic agents: repaglinide and gliptins. This has been further updated to include protocol regulated medicines (see September 2016 post above).
 

 
Sports and Exercise Medicine Clinic - posted March 2016
 
As from the 23rd March 2016 a new clinic addressing Sports and Exercise Medicine has been set up within Primary Health Care.
 
Initially this clinic will start in two Health Centres namely Qormi and Birkirkara. General Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals (Physiotherapy) working within Primary Health Care can refer patients with the following sports and exercise medical conditions:
  • Tendon injuries such as patellar tendinosis, supraspinatis tendinosis and Achilles tendinopathies;
  • Enthesopathies in young athletes;
  • Ligamentous injuries not requiring surgery : Grade II ATFL lesion in the ankle and Knee collateral ligament injuries;
  • Acute grade II muscle tears such as an acute quadriceps or gastrocnemius tear;
  • Debilitating groin strain;
  • Acute shin pain caused by an increased training load;
  • Elbow epicondylitis;
  • Plantar fasciitis.
 
This clinic which is an appointment clinic will initially be held every Wednesday morning alternating between Qormi and B’kara Health Centres. Patients from Cospicua Paola and Floriana should be referred to Qormi Health centre and those from Mosta, Rabat and Gzira Health Centres to Birkirkara Health Centre.
 
Referral to this clinic is by utilizing the standard Ticket of Referral and asking patients to phone for the appropriate appointment at the respective clinic. In situations where patients may require an earlier appointment the respective clinician has to discuss with the attending Consultant for possible same day consultation.

 

​ Expansion of Anticoagulant Clinic - Point of Care - posted February 2016
 
The Anticoagulant clinic has expanded to Mosta health centre as of 9th February 2016 . This new anticoagulant clinic service is therefore now available from 7 health centres (Qormi, Rabat, Paola, Floriana, B'Kara, Cospicua, Mosta) and from Gozo General Hospital.

 
Empowering Specialists in Family Medicine working in the Private Sector to apply for the renewal of Schedule V application for Anti-Hypertensive medicines - posted February 2016
 
In line with Government’s initiative to further bring healthcare closer to the community, the Department of Health is authorising Specialists in Family Medicine working in the private sector to apply for the renewal of Schedule V cards for Anti-Hypertensive medicines using the Medicines Approval Section (MAS) Application forms for anti-hypertensive medicines. This innovation will start off as a pilot project as from the 1st February 2016. The respective doctors are duly advised to follow the following standard operating procedures so as to ensure success, and pave the way for other similar expansions in the near future.
 
As outlined above, initially renewals will be for patients suffering from Hypertension only. Patients with co-morbid conditions necessitating treatment should still be referred to the relevant specialist medical professionals as usual. MAS Applications for the renewal of multiple conditions will not be accepted from primary care.
 
Applicants are expected to fill up Form POYC 16​ correctly so as to avoid patient inconvenience. The applying doctor is reminded to consider the period of time after which he/she believes the patient should be reviewed. Uncomplicated hypertension should be eligible for an indefinite period of validity (currently meaning a period of 10 years).
 
Once completed, the MAS application should be either taken by the patient/relative to the Pharmacy of Your Choice Unit (POYC) at St Luke’s Hospital which is open for the public from Monday to Friday between 08.00hrs till 13.00hrs or send it by registered post to the following address: ‘POYC Unit’, St Luke’s Hospital, G’Mangia.
 
Further clarifications can be obtained from the POYC office on 22481800 which is open Monday to Friday between 13:00hrs till 15:00hrs or from the POYC website.
 

 
Expansion of the Lifestyle Clinics - posted January 2016
 
The lifestyle clinics have been further expanded. This service is now also being provided from the Għarb and Kerċem (Gozo) peripheral clinics - please contact Victoria Health centre - Gozo on 21561600 for an appointment.
 
For further information on the clinics please click here​ or follow and like the new Facebook Page: "Lifestyle Clinics - Primary Health Care Department​".