Sonoma Valley Hospital invites community members to have their medications reviewed for safety in the privacy of their home through an online visit by a hospital pharmacist who can help ensure that there are no potential problems related to drug interactions, dosing, compliance, expiration, and side effects. The program is a “virtual” extension of the Brown Bag medication reviews that SVH and Vintage House offered early last year in which residents could bring their medications into Vintage House in a brown bag for review by a pharmacist.
Sonoma residents can make an appointment to review their medications online with a hospital pharmacist on the following dates: March 23, April 1 and 20. The appointments can be scheduled from 10:30 am through 3:30 pm; each is 30 minutes long and appointments will be filled on a first-come basis. Those requiring assistance with the online registration process can call Vintage House 707.996.0311 or Sonoma Valley Hospital 707.935.5257. The service is offered by the hospital without cost, but appointments are required.
“These ‘medication check-ups’ will be especially helpful for those with prescriptions from multiple physicians or pharmacies,” said Baqara “Maya” Yoder, PharmD, SVH Medication Review Program Manager. “You will have a one-on-one virtual private session and together we will review your medications and supplements. I will give you an updated personalized medication list and relevant information to make sure that you are getting the most out of your medications.”
Online registration link is www.signupgenius.com/go/svhbrownbag. Only sign-up for one appointment, subsequent appointments will be scheduled by the Pharmacist. Please call Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Community Outreach group at 707.935.5257 for assistance to make your appointment and email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The thirty minute appointment slots are filled on a first-come basis. One-on-one in-person consults will be scheduled at Vintage House at a future date.
About Baqara “Maya” Yoder, PharmD, is a clinical staff pharmacist at Sonoma Valley Hospital. She previously worked as a retail pharmacist and enjoyed helping patients with their prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. She completed a certificate in Transitions of Care from Cedars Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA) and Medication Therapy Management from UC Davis School of Pharmacy.