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Pharmacy Services in B.C. – Province of British Columbia

Last updated:  November 16, 2023

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How pharmacists can help you

In addition to consulting on and dispensing prescriptions, pharmacists can: 

What to bring to the pharmacy

Pharmacists are licensed health care professionals. They are bound by the same confidentiality rules as a family doctor or nurse practitioner. Your health information and conversations are private and confidential.

Pharmacists can assess and treat 21 minor ailments such as UTIs, allergies, pink eye and dermatitis. The service is free for B.C. residents when provided in person, in a pharmacy.

Your visit may include:

  • a prescription
  • advice for self-management
  • a recommendation to see another health care provider

Minor ailments self-assessment checklist:

For severe symptoms or medical emergencies, seek immediate medical attention or call 9-1-1.

If your symptoms match one of the minor ailments below, you can book an appointment or visit a pharmacy for an assessment.

All the below for more than 7 days:

  • Stuffy or runny nose (usually clear and watery)
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, eyes, and/or throat

Read more about allergies at HealthLink BC.

  • Begins with itching, tingling, or burning sensation at border of lip. A cluster of fluid-filled, painful blisters soon appear, surrounded by redness Blisters then break, crust over, and usually heal within 7-10 days

Read more about cold sores at HealthLink BC.

(includes jock itch, athlete’s foot, ringworm, nail infection)

  • Jock itch: Large, round, red patches with bumpy or scaly, well-defined borders, usually on upper inner thigh or groin. May spread to inner leg toward buttocks or toward stomach/abdomen. Commonly itchy, burning
  • Athlete’s foot: Commonly occurs between toes but may occur on other areas of the feet. May be itchy, cracked or scaly, inflamed or blistered skin that burns and/or hurts
  • Ringworm: Small, round, red patch with well-defined bumpy

British Fashion’s Environmental Gains Undone by Shopaholics – Mother Jones

A person going through an assortment of clothing with different patterns on a rack.

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This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

A fashion industry push to reduce the environmental impact of the clothing it sells is being undermined by an ongoing addiction to buying new clothes, with the average British person buying 28 items every year.

Asos and Primark are among the big names signed up to Wrap’s voluntary environmental pact, Textiles 2030.

While the companies involved have managed to reduce both the carbon intensity and volume of water per metric ton used in their clothing manufacture, in its annual progress report, published today, the climate action NGO warns of hard-won gains being “canceled out” because clothing production is “spiraling upwards.”

Textiles and fashion are responsible for up to 10 percent of global carbon emissions. Catherine David, Wrap’s director of behavior change and business programs, said the progress made by 130 brands and retailers involved showed “it’s possible to change this.” But that at the moment, “as fast as positive improvements happen, they’re canceled out by rising production.”

The companies had reduced the carbon impact of their textiles by 12 percent and water by 4 percent (on a per-ton basis) between 2019 and 2022. However, this was negated by a 13 percent increase in the volume of textiles produced and sold, according to the report. The increased production rates meant overall water use actually rose by 8 percent over the period, while the carbon reduction figure stood at just 2 percent.

Since production is obviously related to consumption, David said consumers had a part to play. We’re working with companies to improve clothes, but the other part

34 Clothing essentials for every man’s wardrobe | British GQ

While the temptation is all too real to follow in the footsteps of Elton John when it comes to sunglasses, even the whackiest of men’s style icons have a classic pair of wayfarers, aviators or clubmasters for lower-key moments. These are best done in black or rich tortoiseshell acetate, and can add a touch of luxe with gold or silver hardware (see Tom Ford Eyewear and Ray-Ban) or the subtle flex of a designer logo at the temples. Keep this with you whenever there’s the tease of sunshine on the forecast, and save those more statement cat eye and matrix shapes for bigger ‘fits.

A black suit

Be it for a black tie event or a funeral, the black suit is a versatile staple for your tailoring collection. There are few smarter looks than a black suit, white shirt, black tie combo, but there’ll be plenty of ways to level up your looks in head-to-toe black or with a chunky pair of Derbies. Plus, you’ll likely get lots of use out of the trousers on their own.

A statement ring

The best way to flesh out your ‘fits? With some almighty accessories, of course. Take a page from the style book of Mr Mescal amid others and edge-up new-season looks with a flash of metal, silver or gold atop your fingers. You’re bound to discover you’re a hand-talker in no time.

Spinelli Kilcollin ‘Sirius’ 18kt gold ring

Le Gramme sterling silver ring

Tom Wood ‘Step’ sterling-silver ring

A pair of technical trousers

Sitting somewhere between a jogger and cargo pant aesthetically, but in the altogether lighter and more breathable fabrication of nylon, polyester, or a mix of the two, the technical trouser has become a very popular choice for those who favour the utilitarian look. Often coming with the functional

31 British Columbians give recommendations for primary health care changes

It’s a chance for everyday Canadians to have their say on the future of primary care, as more people find it difficult to get a family doctor.

A panel of randomly chosen British Columbians held a discussion at SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus on Sunday.

They gave recommendations on what primary care should look like in the province after taking three months to learn about health services in B.C.

Recommendations they gave include expanding community health centres, having primary care service teams in catchments, making sure medical data is shared between all health care providers, investing in things like team-based primary care, public education around primary care systems and preventative care, more virtual care,  and a primary care charter and bill of rights for patients.

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The initiative is put on by OurCare, a Canadian project that is working to gather input from the public in regard to public primary health care services.

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“People are really concerned,” Dr. Tara Kiran told Global News, with OurCare.

“There are very supportive of team-based care. They all want access to their health records and they want different health records, that may be in the hospital or different family doctor’s offices, to all be able to connect with one another.”

OurCare is working with Canadians across the country, not just in B.C., to “share perspective and consider new possibilities for primary care.”

“Our panelists have been meeting virtually since April, learning from a range of experts in primary care,” Goldis Mitra said, an OurCare regional lead.

Global News talked to a couple of the panelists

Government of Canada Invests close to $164 Million to Support Home and Community Care, Mental Health and Addictions Services in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BC, April 12, 2023 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is committed to working with provinces and territories to modernize Canada’s public health care system and adapt to the changing needs of Canadians.

To strengthen Canada’s universal public health care system, Budget 2023 highlighted the Government of Canada’s plan to provide close to $200 billion over 10 years, which includes over $28 billion to British Columbia for timely access to a family health team provider, a sustainable workforce, better access to quality mental health services, and ensuring patients have access to their own electronic health information. Helping Canadians age with dignity, closer to home, with access to home care or care in a safe long-term care facility is another shared priority where collaborative work is already underway.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, accompanied by the Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health for British Columbia, announced the signature of an agreement with British Columbia to continue to improve access to home and community care, and mental health and addictions services. Through this agreement, British Columbia is receiving close to $164 million in 2022-23 from the $11 billion, 10-year investment outlined in Budget 2017.

The Canada-British Columbia agreement builds on progress achieved through the first five years of this federal investment, and will:

  • Strengthen home and community care by supporting the delivery of specialized community services programs, including:

  • Improve access to mental health and addictions services by:

The Government of Canada will continue to work closely with provinces and territories to support them in accessing the remaining four years of funding available for home and community care, and mental health and addictions, and to improve health care services across the country.


“Better health care for Canadians means supporting our healthcare workers and ensuring patients

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