| Hakim Hayat |
THE Department of Pharmaceutical Service of the Ministry of Health (MoH) in collaboration with a local delivery service company Go Rush Co has introduced a three-month trial run for the delivery of prescription drugs to homes.
Go Rush Pharmacy Delivery Service started on February 27 and comes with a minimal fee, based on areas and types of services and as part of the trial, it is only available for residents of Brunei-Muara District, excluding areas of Kampong Ayer and also only available for auto-refill patients such as those with diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure and are subject to the types of medicines authorised. MoH in a press statement said the service is introduced to offer convenience to patients receiving monthly supplies of medicines and who will now have the option of no longer waiting at hospital pharmacies and health clinics. “This is also another step towards reducing waiting time at pharmacy counters and to increase the efficiency of pharmaceutical services,” MoH added.
To be able to use Go Rush Pharmacy Delivery Service, patients can register their names and Bru-HIMS number at Go Rush Service Counters near the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Pharmacy Counter or online through www.gorushbn.com.
Following registration, the Department of Pharmaceutical Services will verify medicines that are appropriate for the delivery services.
Currently, all prescriptions are included in the service, excluding controlled drugs, psychotropics and items kept in fridge such as insulin. Standard rates for each delivery is BND3 within two-three days while for express service same-day delivery, the charge will be BND5 and the service is available from Monday to Saturday. Payments can be made in cash upon delivery or at the Go Rush counter in RIPAS Hospital or Go Rush office in Kampong Kiarong as well as online through bank transfer or quick pay.
MoH hopes that this service can be extended to other districts in the near future.