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Punctual Pills: 325th MDSS cranks out 1,000 scripts a day

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jadlow Hughes, 325th Medical Support Squadron laboratory technician, performs tests on glucose levels of a patient in the 325th MDSS laboratory, June 20, 2016. These are known as hemoglobin A1C tests, which reflects the average blood glucose control and is an important measurement for those with diabetes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Solomon Cook/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jadlow Hughes, 325th Medical Support Squadron laboratory technician, performs tests on glucose levels of a patient in the 325th MDSS laboratory, June 20, 2016. These are known as hemoglobin A1C tests, which reflects the average blood glucose control and is an important measurement for those with diabetes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Solomon Cook/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Catina Harper, 325th Medical Support Squadron patient records clerk, files patient records at the Tyndall AFB clinic, June 20, 2016. Airmen like Harper are responsible for filing more than 15,000 records to ensure continuity of care for patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Solomon Cook/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Catina Harper, 325th Medical Support Squadron patient records clerk, files patient records at the Tyndall AFB clinic, June 20, 2016. Airmen like Harper are responsible for filing more than 15,000 records to ensure continuity of care for patients. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Solomon Cook/Released)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

– Just like any small city, Tyndall AFB has a need for its residents to get medications, and the 325th Medical Support Squadron makes sure they get the medications they need.

The 325th MDSS operates two separate pharmacies to ensure Tyndall’s service members, families and retirees receive their medications.

“When folks think about pharmacies, they think about CVS or Walgreens,” said Lt. Col. Dan Roberts, 325th MDSS commander. “Our pharmacy is cranking out two to three times the amount in a day of what you would see in one of those commercial facilities. Our beneficiary population is about 29,000 people.”

These two locations provide a much-needed service to the residents of Tyndall AFB.

“Both pharmacies fill an average of 20,000 prescriptions per month, which correlates to an average of 1,000 prescription per day,” said Lt. Col.  Christina Fairley, 325th MDSS Pharmacy Flight commander. The main pharmacy fills approximately 600 of those prescriptions daily.

 

The 325th MDSS also has a MedSafe in the satellite pharmacy, which allows customers to now bring their expired or unwanted medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal, Fairley said. Anyone can bring their medications to the collection receptacle, which is located in the satellite pharmacy lobby.

 

The 325th MDSS strives to give excellent service to all, even with the large volume of work they are responsible for.

“We want to constantly strive to provide the best care we possibly can,” Roberts said. “This starts with Airmen, and we have some fantastic Airmen. I couldn’t be more proud of this squadron.”

Roberts also highlighted the importance of where the care takes place. His squadron provides business operations, administrative support, pharmaceutical services, as well as, laboratory and radiology clinical services to aid in the medical care of all active duty Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, active duty dependents, retirees, retiree dependents and foreign nationals enrolled for health care here.

To ensure that the 325th Medical Group can provide excellent care for Airmen and their families, the 325th MDSS is also in charge of new renovations coming to the medical group facilities.

“One of the best ways to provide excellent care is to have the best facility possible,” Roberts said. “We are about to undertake a $47 million renovation project to the clinic. The whole purpose behind this is to provide the best care to that beneficiary population in the safest possible manner. All of these things go in line with the Air Force’s “trusted care” and how we play a role in this trusted care is providing it in the safest environment we can.”

The renovations are slated to begin in late fall 2016, and the renovations will increase the efficiency of the 325th MDG as a whole.

“The facility will be gutted, and the bottom two floors will be completely remodeled, giving new patient flow, new ancillary services,” Roberts said. “This new change will have a medical mall concept, making things much more open and having a much more logical way of having patient flow. As the time moves closer, patients will begin to see temporary facilities being put up around for the staff.

Renovations to the clinic are projected to last approximately two years.

As the renovations begin, the professionals of the 325th MDSS will still provide excellent services and take care of Airmen and their families.