Hamilton Mountain pharmacist hopes to offer COVID-19 testing

News Sep 23, 2020 by Mike Pearson Hamilton Mountain News

If Ontario rolls out pharmacy-based COVID-19 testing province-wide, Phil Hauser hopes to be among the first in Hamilton to offer the service.

Hauser, pharmacist and owner of Hauser’s Pharmacy and Home Healthcare on Upper Wentworth Street, said pharmacists have already been working on the front lines, helping patients since the start of the pandemic.

He hopes to continue supporting the community by offering COVID testing, in addition to flu shots this fall.

Last month, the provincial government announced an initial list of pharmacies offering testing, focusing mainly on the COVID hot spot areas of Toronto, Peel and Ottawa.

Additional pharmacies are expected to be announced in the coming weeks as the province looks to expand testing capacity beyond Ontario's 153 assessment centres.

“We would offer (COVID testing) as soon as possible,” said Hauser. “For us, we’ve already stepped forward, so people know we will be ready to help.”

In accordance with provincial guidelines, pharmacy testing is designed for asymptomatic patients. In Hamilton, said Hauser, patients with symptoms should continue to make an appointment for testing at a COVID-19 assessment centre.

On Oct. 23, the new assessment centre at Mohawk College, Fennell Campus, replaces the site at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena, which closed Oct. 11. Other test sites are at Hamilton Health Sciences, at 690 Main St. W.; and St. Joseph's Healthcare at 2757 King St. E. The St. Joseph's West 5th campus test site will remain open until the Mohawk test site is operational.

Hauser is confident that patients and staff at pharmacies will remain protected with existing safety protocols in place, including the wearing of masks, hand hygiene and physical distancing.

“I don’t feel that the risk is going to be any higher than it would be normally over the last six months,” said Hauser.

The provincial government has said the pharmacy testing program is part of a goal to bring daily testing capacity up to 50,000. Individuals will be able to visit select pharmacies by appointment only, where they will be pre-screened and tested at no charge.

Looking ahead to cold and flu season, Hauser anticipates a surge in demand for the flu vaccine. He expects to receive a “high-dose” vaccine sometime over the next few weeks.

“I think COVID is going to change a lot of people’s attitudes in terms of how they look at infectious disease,” said Hauser.

“I think it’s more important to get it when we know there’s a pandemic on,” he added. “Why would you not want that help?”

Hamilton Mountain pharmacist hopes to offer COVID-19 testing

Province unveils pharmacy testing program in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa with further expansion to come

News Sep 23, 2020 by Mike Pearson Hamilton Mountain News

If Ontario rolls out pharmacy-based COVID-19 testing province-wide, Phil Hauser hopes to be among the first in Hamilton to offer the service.

Hauser, pharmacist and owner of Hauser’s Pharmacy and Home Healthcare on Upper Wentworth Street, said pharmacists have already been working on the front lines, helping patients since the start of the pandemic.

He hopes to continue supporting the community by offering COVID testing, in addition to flu shots this fall.

Last month, the provincial government announced an initial list of pharmacies offering testing, focusing mainly on the COVID hot spot areas of Toronto, Peel and Ottawa.

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Additional pharmacies are expected to be announced in the coming weeks as the province looks to expand testing capacity beyond Ontario's 153 assessment centres.

“We would offer (COVID testing) as soon as possible,” said Hauser. “For us, we’ve already stepped forward, so people know we will be ready to help.”

In accordance with provincial guidelines, pharmacy testing is designed for asymptomatic patients. In Hamilton, said Hauser, patients with symptoms should continue to make an appointment for testing at a COVID-19 assessment centre.

On Oct. 23, the new assessment centre at Mohawk College, Fennell Campus, replaces the site at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena, which closed Oct. 11. Other test sites are at Hamilton Health Sciences, at 690 Main St. W.; and St. Joseph's Healthcare at 2757 King St. E. The St. Joseph's West 5th campus test site will remain open until the Mohawk test site is operational.

Hauser is confident that patients and staff at pharmacies will remain protected with existing safety protocols in place, including the wearing of masks, hand hygiene and physical distancing.

“I don’t feel that the risk is going to be any higher than it would be normally over the last six months,” said Hauser.

The provincial government has said the pharmacy testing program is part of a goal to bring daily testing capacity up to 50,000. Individuals will be able to visit select pharmacies by appointment only, where they will be pre-screened and tested at no charge.

Looking ahead to cold and flu season, Hauser anticipates a surge in demand for the flu vaccine. He expects to receive a “high-dose” vaccine sometime over the next few weeks.

“I think COVID is going to change a lot of people’s attitudes in terms of how they look at infectious disease,” said Hauser.

“I think it’s more important to get it when we know there’s a pandemic on,” he added. “Why would you not want that help?”

Hamilton Mountain pharmacist hopes to offer COVID-19 testing

Province unveils pharmacy testing program in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa with further expansion to come

News Sep 23, 2020 by Mike Pearson Hamilton Mountain News

If Ontario rolls out pharmacy-based COVID-19 testing province-wide, Phil Hauser hopes to be among the first in Hamilton to offer the service.

Hauser, pharmacist and owner of Hauser’s Pharmacy and Home Healthcare on Upper Wentworth Street, said pharmacists have already been working on the front lines, helping patients since the start of the pandemic.

He hopes to continue supporting the community by offering COVID testing, in addition to flu shots this fall.

Last month, the provincial government announced an initial list of pharmacies offering testing, focusing mainly on the COVID hot spot areas of Toronto, Peel and Ottawa.

Related Content

Additional pharmacies are expected to be announced in the coming weeks as the province looks to expand testing capacity beyond Ontario's 153 assessment centres.

“We would offer (COVID testing) as soon as possible,” said Hauser. “For us, we’ve already stepped forward, so people know we will be ready to help.”

In accordance with provincial guidelines, pharmacy testing is designed for asymptomatic patients. In Hamilton, said Hauser, patients with symptoms should continue to make an appointment for testing at a COVID-19 assessment centre.

On Oct. 23, the new assessment centre at Mohawk College, Fennell Campus, replaces the site at Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena, which closed Oct. 11. Other test sites are at Hamilton Health Sciences, at 690 Main St. W.; and St. Joseph's Healthcare at 2757 King St. E. The St. Joseph's West 5th campus test site will remain open until the Mohawk test site is operational.

Hauser is confident that patients and staff at pharmacies will remain protected with existing safety protocols in place, including the wearing of masks, hand hygiene and physical distancing.

“I don’t feel that the risk is going to be any higher than it would be normally over the last six months,” said Hauser.

The provincial government has said the pharmacy testing program is part of a goal to bring daily testing capacity up to 50,000. Individuals will be able to visit select pharmacies by appointment only, where they will be pre-screened and tested at no charge.

Looking ahead to cold and flu season, Hauser anticipates a surge in demand for the flu vaccine. He expects to receive a “high-dose” vaccine sometime over the next few weeks.

“I think COVID is going to change a lot of people’s attitudes in terms of how they look at infectious disease,” said Hauser.

“I think it’s more important to get it when we know there’s a pandemic on,” he added. “Why would you not want that help?”