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Pharmacy Profile - Heather Foley

Heather Foley
Primary Care Team Pharmacist

I am in a brand new role where I am leading the implementation of an interdisciplinary primary care atrial fibrillation program. This program will be offered through seven family health teams in the Primary Care Innovation Collaborative in the Windsor and Chatham areas. In March 2018, a registered nurse teammate and I will start seeing patients with atrial fibrillation. Our aim is to improve quality of life for all of our patients with atrial fibrillation by improving their symptoms, exercise tolerance and left ventricular function; reducing their risk of stroke through optimized medication management; and preventing atrial fibrillation related hospitalizations, morbidity and mortality by providing education, case management and evidence-based clinical interventions via shared decision making. My medication expertise as a pharmacist complements my team of physicians, specialists, nurses, dietitians, social workers, respiratory therapists and others -- we all work together to ensure that the care plan is in line with what is important to the patient. Pharmacists in primary care teams are embracing their full scope of practice by assuming responsibility for refill requests, prescribing smoking cessation therapy, adapting prescriptions and offering immunizations. Many of us help our teams to navigate the prescribing of medical cannabis, provide guidance on opioid prescribing, perform antimicrobial stewardship activities, manage anticoagulation clinics and of course, are a drug information resource for our team. I am proud to be one of the almost 200 primary care team pharmacists in Ontario!

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