05/14/2014 05:51 EDT | Updated 07/14/2014 05:59 EDT

PEI pharmacists to offer more health services

CHARLOTTETOWN - The P.E.I. government wants the Island's pharmacists to play a larger role in the province's health-care system.

Plans are in the works to make it possible for pharmacists to offer vaccines and treatment for 30 minor ailments.

The goal is to give doctors more time to deal with serious illnesses while reducing the number of visits to walk-in clinics and emergency departments.

Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie says his department is still consulting with pharmacists and other health-care providers.

Among the ailments that pharmacist would be able to treat are minor joint pain, nausea, heartburn, coughs, warts, fungal infections and minor sleep disorders.

Training will be offered by the soon-to-be-formed P.E.I. College of Pharmacists.

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