Our pharmacists provide professional advice and counselling to you about your medicines. This may include:
- Directions for safe and effective use
- The expected outcome of the therapy
- Information on side effects and what you should do if you experience them
- The correct storage requirements
- Oral anticoagulant education for those taking Warfarin or Dabigatran. We can provide information and advice about implications and contraindications you need to be aware of, free of charge.
- At least one pharmacist is available in the pharmacy at all times for medicine or health-related advice
Your privacy on health related matters is very important to us. We have available a consultation room for use when you prefer to discuss your medicine requirements in private.
Private consults may also be preferable when discussing such things as weight management, performing skin assessments and recommending beauty products. Simply indicate to any one of our staff that you would prefer a private meeting and we will schedule an appointment for you.
Medicines must be disposed of correctly – so they don't end up in our waterways or in the wrong hands. If you have unused or expired medicines, bring them into the pharmacy we have systems in place to take care of them for you.
Medicines Reconciliation and Synchronisation
You may see a number of different health practitioners and they don't always have a complete picture of all the medications you may be taking. We can keep track of all these for you, whether prescribed or not, and be able to advise you accordingly. We can provide you with an up-to-date list of all your medicines including any non-prescription medicines.
Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP)
Contraceptive failure or having unprotected sex can be a stressful situation. The risk of pregnancy can be reduced by taking the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP), and is most effective the sooner it is taken. Sometimes getting to the Doctor is not always possible or practical. We have accredited ECP pharmacists available for consultation and provision of the ECP if appropriate.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Urinary Tract Infections cause women considerable discomfort. Our pharmacists have undertaken training and are now able to offer effective treatment where appropriate. We will work through a thorough checklist to ensure certain criteria are met before supplying the medicine. The treatment, a three day course of trimethoprim 300mg tablets, is available to women between the ages of 16 and 65 who are not pregnant and who have not taken a course of antibiotics within the previous six months.
Medicines Cabinet Check
Come in and sit with one our qualified Pharmacist for an informal chat about your medicines. Find out what they do, why you're taking them, and how to get the most out of them. This check usually takes around 10 minutes and includes all prescription and non-prescription (over the counter) medicines.
The aim of this free service is to improve patient's understanding of, and adherence to, their SSRI medication. Evidence shows that up to 25% of patients with depression do not adhere to their antidepressant regimes, and it is well known that poor adherence is associated with an increased risk of relapse and poorer outcomes.
Pharmacists can help improve adherence by increasing patients' understanding of antidepressants, potential adverse effects and how to manage them, and reiterating the importance of adhering to their treatment.
SSRI Education and support
It is estimated that 40% of men over 40 will have what is considered normal temporary erection problems at times. The rate increases to nearly 70% in men aged 70 years. However it is thought that around 5% of 40-year-old men and 15% of 70-year-old men will experience ongoing erectile dysfunction.
In the past you have had to visit your GP for assessment and prescription to then be filled by your pharmacist, in October 2014 this changed. Medsafe has reclassified erectile dysfunction drug (Sildenafil/Viagra/Silvasta) allowing specially-trained pharmacists to undertake assessments for men between 35 and 70 years old and where appropriate sell Viagra/Silvasta over-the-counter for erectile dysfunction. Our Pharmacists are fully trained and provide a professional discrete service, enabling you to get back to having a healthy sex life faster.