Navy's satellite pharmacy is here to stay

Military families and retirees now have another, more convenient option for picking up prescriptions, particularly refills.

Naval Hospital Oak Harbor opened a satellite pharmacy location inside the Navy Exchange on the Seaplane Base on Oct. 21, in response to the heightened security at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Ault Field following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Customer feedback has been so favorable, the hospital decided to make the satellite location permanent. Hospital and pharmacy staff held a grand-opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

“It’s going to be permanent...because the feedback we’ve been getting from the customers has been highly favorable. It’s very convenient for them. They can get their refills at the same time they come to the commissary or the Exchange,” said Capt. Don Jensen, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Oak Harbor.

The satellite pharmacy is manned by specially trained pharmacy technicians and open for business Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Prescriptions will be ready 48 hours after the request is phoned in or dropped off.

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