SIBU: Sarawak's first drive-through pharmacy - aimed at addressing the lack of parking spaces at Sibu Hospital - was launched on Monday (Dec 2).
Presently, the hospital has 600 parking bays but 400 of them are reserved for staff.
The Health Ministry's Pharmaceutical Services senior director Dr Ramli Zainal said such a move will be extended to all hospitals in Sarawak if the Sibu facility is successful and has a positive impact.
"The Sibu Hospital is always crowded. The problem is compounded with limited parking space, so this is one of the facilities we provide to our patients.
"This counter is, however, for patients with chronic illness to receive their medication on a monthly basis.
"Through this service, they will be able to get their medication faster and reduce congestion problems," he told reporters after the launch.
He was also asked on the number of patients registered with Sibu Hospital, who are entitled for the service.
"Currently, we have 39 chronic patients registered for the facility. But we hope that with the help of the media in highlighting this service, more people will register in the future," he said.
To the registered patients, he urged them to adhere to the collection schedule.
Dr Ramli said the patients need to register at the Sibu Hospital outdoor pharmacy first before they could utilise the facility.
The drive-through is located next to the hospital canteen.
It opens from 8am to 5pm every Monday to Friday (except public holidays and weekends).
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