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Jockey Club launches PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network to support primary healthcare development

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Jockey Club launches PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network to support  primary healthcare development
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Jockey Club launches PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network to support primary healthcare development

2024-06-18 19:28 Last Updated At:21:16

Hong Kong is increasingly challenged by both an ageing population and the growing prevalence of chronic disease. To strengthen primary healthcare at the community level, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has therefore initiated and funded the Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network with an approved donation of over HK$415 million. Community pharmacies have been established in eight districts, providing accessible and affordable community dispensing services, medication management and consulting services. The ultimate goal is to help citizens improve their health through disease prevention and self-management of health conditions.

The Club's Executive Director of Charities and Community, Dr Gabriel Leung delivers a speech at the Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network opening ceremony.

The Club's Executive Director of Charities and Community, Dr Gabriel Leung delivers a speech at the Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network opening ceremony.

The project launch ceremony took place today (18 June) in the presence of the HKSARGovernment's Permanent Secretary for Health, Thomas Chan, the Club's Executive Director of Charities and Community, Dr Gabriel Leung and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong, Professor Chak-sing Lau.

At the ceremony, Dr Leung said that just as family doctors are the core of primary healthcare,so pharmacists are critical to its effectiveness. This especially applies to the older adults,particularly those in residential care homes, for whom medication management is vitally important. Therefore, a key aim of the Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network is to upskill healthcare workers, including pharmacists, through collaboration across different sectors. The goal is to find a sustainable way to develop primary healthcare and so truly help patients.

Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network beneficiary collects medicine at one of the project’s community pharmacies.

Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network beneficiary collects medicine at one of the project’s community pharmacies.

The five-year Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network expands the service scope of community pharmacies and enhances the role ofcommunity pharmacists. Community pharmacies operated by eight NGO partners have been established in eight districts to provide accessible and affordable community dispensing services. Additionally, they provide personalised free medication consultation and management service, health advice or referrals to other healthcare resources to support patients with chronic diseases and minor ailments.

The community pharmacies under the project will also collaborate with District Health Centres,and family doctors to establish community-based primary care networks, thereby building the first line of defence in disease management. At the same time, the project promotes inter professional cooperation to strengthen the primary healthcare service support in the community.

Guests and a beneficiary of the Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network pose for a photo.

Guests and a beneficiary of the Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network pose for a photo.

An important part of the project will be capacity building. The University of Hong Kong, one of the project partners, will develop operational guidelines for community pharmacies, buildcapacity, and evaluate the impact of the project to ensure service quality, efficiency, and consistency. The Chinese University of Hong Kong will also participate in capacity building and deliver a series of public education activities to promote medication literacy and raise public health awareness.

The Club recognised the demand for community pharmacies during the fifth wave of COVID 19 outbreak when it helped NGOs enhance their medication dispensing, medication care andsupport services. A total of over 30,000 people benefited. Building on the success of the pilot,the Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network has been launched with the aim of enhancing the role of community pharmacies as primary care service providers.

The HKSAR Government's Permanent Secretary for Health, Thomas Chan (centre); the Club's Executive Director of Charities and Community, Dr Gabriel Leung (left) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong, Professor Chak-sing Lau (right), officiate at the Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network opening ceremony.

The HKSAR Government's Permanent Secretary for Health, Thomas Chan (centre); the Club's Executive Director of Charities and Community, Dr Gabriel Leung (left) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong, Professor Chak-sing Lau (right), officiate at the Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network opening ceremony.

Through cross-sector efforts and the development of a professional service model, it is hoped the project will serve as a reference for government policy development and similar services in the long term. It is expected to serve over 110,000 people and provide training to over 5,400professionals, including pharmacists, pharmacy students and healthcare service providers.Further details can be found on the project website: https://www.jcpharmplus.hk/.

The Club’s support for the Jockey Club PHARM+ Community Medication Service Network, like all its charity donations, is made possible by its unique integrated business model through which racing and wagering generate tax contributions, charity support and employment opportunities for the community.  

As a densely populated international city, Hong Kong faces a variety of natural and man made disaster risks. To enhance overall emergency preparedness, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust supports the HKSAR Government Fire Services Department’s (FSD) Disaster Management and Preparedness Programme. In a bid to encourage regional collaboration and exchange, the three-day Fire Asia 2024 symposium is being held in Hong Kong this week.

Some 600 guests from different countries and regions attend the Fire Asia 2024 symposium.

Some 600 guests from different countries and regions attend the Fire Asia 2024 symposium.

The symposium kicked off today (10 July), where Michael Lee, Chairman of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, joined Chan Kwok-ki, HKSAR Government Chief Secretary for Administration; Tang Ping-keung, Secretary for Security; Patrick Li, Permanent Secretary for Security; Andy Yeung, Director of Fire Services; and other guests at the opening ceremony.

Michael Lee, Club Chairman (3rd right), joined Chan Kwok-ki, HKSAR Government Chief Secretary for Administration (8th left); Tang Ping-keung, Secretary for Security (7th> left); Patrick Li, Permanent Secretary for Security (6 right); Andy Yeung, Director of Fire Services (4th left); and other guests at the Fire Asia 2024 symposium opening ceremony.

Michael Lee, Club Chairman (3rd right), joined Chan Kwok-ki, HKSAR Government Chief Secretary for Administration (8th left); Tang Ping-keung, Secretary for Security (7th> left); Patrick Li, Permanent Secretary for Security (6 right); Andy Yeung, Director of Fire Services (4th left); and other guests at the Fire Asia 2024 symposium opening ceremony.

The three-year programme aims to promote emergency response capacity building,regional collaboration and public emergency awareness. The Fire Asia 2024 symposium will facilitate international exchange of expertise and best practices. This year, local and overseas fire safety experts and professionals will gather under the theme “Collaboration and Technology - Better Prepare the Community for Emergency”, sharing knowledge and best practices to address future challenges. The programme has also supported the FSD to conduct training and drills with non-governmental organisations and other government departments, as well as with authorities in Guangdong province for drills in the Greater Bay Area.

Club Chairman Michael Lee (left) at the lion eye-dotting ceremony.

Club Chairman Michael Lee (left) at the lion eye-dotting ceremony.

Other initiatives of the programme include equipping buildings lacking proper management structures with essential fire safety equipment and standalone detectors;installing automated external defibrillator (AED) machines in convenience stores, bus stations and 24-hour automated self-service banking centres; and organising various public educational activities, empowering over 80,000 members of the public with essential fire safety knowledge.

Tang Ping-keung, HKSAR Government Secretary for Security (centre); Patrick Li,Permanent Secretary for Security (right) and Michael Lee, Club Chairman (left) pose for a photo.

Tang Ping-keung, HKSAR Government Secretary for Security (centre); Patrick Li,Permanent Secretary for Security (right) and Michael Lee, Club Chairman (left) pose for a photo.

The Club’s support for these initiatives, like all its charity donations, is made possible by its unique integrated business model through which racing and wagering generate tax contributions, charity support and employment opportunities for the community.

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