Medicine Use Reviews (MUR) - free service
The MUR service is a structured review that is undertaken by a pharmacist to help patients to manage their medicines more effectively.
The MUR involves the pharmacist reviewing the patient’s use of their medication, ensuring they understand how their medicines should be used and why they have been prescribed, identifying any problems and then, where necessary, providing feedback to the prescriber. An MUR Feedback Form will be provided to the patient’s GP where there is an issue for them to consider. An MUR is not usually conducted more than once a year.
New Medicines Service (NMS) - free service
What is the New Medicine Service?
The New Medicine Service is an NHS service, offered through your pharmacy (chemist), to help you understand your condition and get the most out of your new medicine.
Who is it for?
The service is for people who have received their first prescription for a medicine to treat any of the following conditions:
- lung conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema
- type 2 diabetes
- high blood pressure
- conditions where you take a medicine to control the way your blood clots.
How will it help me?
Between 30% and 50% of prescribed medicines are not taken as recommended. This means that a lot of medicines are wasted or are not as effective as they could be.
The service will:
- help you to find out more about the new medicine you are taking
- help to sort out any problems you are having with your new medicine
- give you a chance to ask questions about your medicine and discuss any concerns
- help to improve the effectiveness of your new medicine, for example, there may be an easier or better way to take it
- help you to make your own decisions about managing your condition
- help you to improve your health, which could lead to fewer GP and hospital visits.
Pharmacy First - free service
The Pharmacy First service is a local service commissioned by the Isle of Wight CCG to provide an appropriate alternative to visiting your GP, Out of Hours or A & E services for the management of minor ailments. Patients registered with an Isle of Wight GP can access the Pharmacy First service for a range of minor ailments including cough, cold, sore throat, fever, thrush, cystitis, earache, teething, threadworms, hayfever, blocked nose, athlete’s foot, diarrhoea, cold sores, skin rashes and eye infections.
Patients will be provided with advice from a pharmacist, given printed information where appropriate and, where necessary, supplied with medication from a defined formulary. Medication will be supplied FREE OF CHARGE to those exempt from prescription charges.
Lung Health Checks - free service
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease and is responsible for about 25,000 deaths a year in the UK. Although the damage that has already occurred to your lungs cannot be reversed, you can slow down the progression of the disease. Stopping smoking is particularly effective at doing this. If you are frequently breathless, have a persistent cough or suffer from frequent chest infections, you may be at risk of developing COPD.
Our simple breath test will measure the effectiveness of your lungs and give you a relative lung age based on your results. This test is free and available to everyone.
Blood Pressure Testing - free service
Blood pressure is measured by wrapping an inflatable pressure bag around the upper arm and connecting it to a digital pressure measuring device. The entire instrument is called a sphygmomanometer.
Many people take tablets for high blood pressure and it can be impossible to know whether your tablets are working because there are no symptoms usually associated with high blood pressure. By popping into our pharmacy for a check, you can keep track of your blood pressure between visits to your GP.
Cholesterol Testing - free service
This is a simple finger-prick test and will give you a ‘total cholesterol’ reading in approximately 5 minutes. We can help you with dietary and lifestyle advice to manage your cholesterol and can help you to keep track of your levels with our FREE test.
Diabetes Screening - free service
It is thought that there are about 1,000,000 people in the UK suffering from diabetes who have not been diagnosed. It’s very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated. Our simple screening test (which can be combined with the cholesterol check) involves testing a tiny drop of blood from a finger prick. This will tell you if your blood sugar levels are within the ‘normal’ range or whether you need to visit your GP for further checks.
Weight Management from £45.00 per week
We provide the Lipotrim weight loss programme which involves a weekly weigh in and discussion with one of our trained advisors. We will support you throughout the programme and provide you with lots of support, ideas and information to help you to keep the weight off once you have achieved your goal.
Ear Piercing £15 to £25
Ear piercing is available to adults and children aged 8 or over. There are a range of earrings to choose from
Hearing Tests - free service
Your hearing will be tested with a series of high and low tones in each ear and you will be provided with a feedback form which will say whether you require no further assessment or whether you need further assessment or referral for a hearing aid.
Flu Vaccinations - free service / variable prices for private vaccinations
Flu vaccinations are available every year from about September through to March and are free to ALL people aged over 65 years and to those aged under 65 with certain medical conditions as well as pregnant women. We also offer private vaccinations to anyone who does not qualify for a free vaccination. Please ask for details.
Diabetic Sharps Service - free service
Diabetics who use needles and/or lancets can obtain sharpsbins for safe disposal of these items directly from the pharmacy. When full, they can simply be exchanged at the pharmacy counter for a new bin.
Emergency Contraception - free service
In the event of unprotected sex, missed pills, burst condoms or other unforeseen events, you may be at risk of an unwanted pregnancy. Any woman aged 13 or over who may be at risk can have a private and confidential consultation with our pharmacist. The pharmacist will assess your needs, provide advice and information and, where appropriate, provide you with emergency contraception in the form of a single dose pill.
Condom Distribution Service - free service
As part of our commitment to the support of sexual health, free condoms are available to young people under the age of 25 on presentation of a valid card. This service is automatically offered to any young person presenting for Emergency Contraception or Chlamydia screening but young people can sign up for the service at any time.
Chlamydia Screening & Treatment - free service
The National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) aims to screen as many sexually active young people in the age range of 16 to 25. Kits can be obtained at any time from the pharmacy but will also be routinely offered in conjunction with other services such as Emergency Contraception if the patient falls into the target group.
Patients who are confirmed positive (and any sexual partners) can return to the pharmacy for a single dose of the antibiotic Azithromycin.
Needle Exchange Scheme - free service
In conjunction with the Island Recovery Integrated Service (IRIS) we offer needle exchange services to intravenous drug users. Under this scheme, drug users can obtain supplies as listed on the ‘exchange menu’ and provide anonymous client identity information. This service is free and completely confidential
HIV & Hepatitis Screening - free service
HIV and hepatitis screening is available to anyone over the age of 13 years and who, after consultation is found to have been exposed to a risk factor. Risk factors include blood transfusions prior to 1991, current or previous use of intravenous drugs, skin piercings in high risk countries, needlestick injury, contact with another person’s blood, close contact with a known sufferer, men having sex with a male partner, women having sex with a bisexual partner, sex with an unidentified partner.
The screening process involves a finger prick and the collection of a number of blood spots which are allowed to dry and sent to a lab for processing. Results are obtained within 2 weeks.
NB Any client who has had recent exposure should re-test after 3 months as early testing may give a false negative result.
Hepatitis B Vaccinations - free service
A rapid vaccination course of 3 vaccines over a three week period is available to individuals who have one of the risk factors from the following: current or previous history of intravenous drug use, sexual partner of an intravenous drug user, men having sex with a male partner, partners of a bisexual male, sex workers, regular users of sexual services, returning from Sub Saharan at risk counries having been exposed to risk.