Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood pressure - the basics
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in the arteries. If your blood pressure is too high it can narrow the arteries and blood vessels in your body and this can lead to damage to the brain or heart.
If it is too high over a period of time and not treated, then you will be at increased risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for kidney disease, dementia and some eye conditions.
High blood pressure (also called hypertension) usually has no symptoms, which is why many people do not know they have it. That is why it is often called the silent killer.
The good news is that high blood pressure can be treated and often prevented, and there is lots you can do to lower your risk.
Whether you have high blood pressure, or normal blood pressure, it is important to realise that the higher your blood pressure, whatever it is, the higher your risk of heart disease or stroke. This means that all of us should be adopting a lifestyle that will help to lower our blood pressure whether we have high blood pressure or not.
The only way to find out what your blood pressure is to have regular checks. Keep a record yourself and remember the numbers in the same way as your height and weight. In other words,Know your Numbers!- and encourage your family and friends to do the same.
These branches have calibrated machines in branch and can offer to monitor your blood pressure and offer advice.
Chlamydia Screening for 15-24 year olds Local Enhanced Service
Chlamydia screening is currently carried out across England as part of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP). The objective of the programme is to control Chlamydia through the early detection and treatment of asymptomatic infection, preventing the development of sequelea and reducing onward transmission of the infection. The aim is a multi-faceted, evidence based and cost effective national prevention programme in which all sexually active young men and women under 25 years of age and those under 16 years of age deemed Fraser competent are aware of Chlamydia, its effects, and have access to services providing screening, prevention and treatment to reduce their risk of infection, the development of untoward sequelae and onward transmission
Chlamydia Service (purchase)
Click and Collect online ordering
You can now CLICK and select from 1000's of products at HOME and have them DELIVERED for FREE to COLLECT at you local Weldricks Pharmacy.
Introducing Click & Collect – a simple service from Weldricks Pharmacy
You can order online with confidence and choose from our extended range of products.
We've got 1000's of products at prices to suit you, and what's more, delivery to the Weldricks Pharmacy of your choice is FREE.
You'll even be e-mailed when your order is ready to be collected.
So why not log on today? The service is free, easy and convenient.
A simple guide to Click and Collect.
Choose from 1000's of health and beauty products and add them to your basket.
Choose a Weldricks Pharmacy
At checkout, select the local Wedricks Pharmacy you would like to collect from.
Complete your order
Enter your details and complete your order with our secure online payment process. You will receive an e-mail confirming we have received your order and are working on it.
Collect at the Pharmacy
You will receive an email when your order is ready to collect. Please note the collection date and time on the e-mail as the item will not be ready to collect until after this point. Pop into your chosen Weldricks Pharmacy to collect your goods at a time convenient to you.
Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions
NHS electronic prescription service ( E P S )
EPS is a new way to get your medicines and appliances. The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is an NHS service. It gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the place from where you choose to get your medicines or appliances.
What does this mean for you?
- If you collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP, you will not have to visit your GP practice to pick up your paper prescription. To continue to receive your medicines from Weldricks Pharmacy you simply have to request that your GP sends your prescription to your chosen Weldricks Pharmacy Branch.Your future prescriptions will be sent electronically to the pharmacy for dispensing, saving you time.
- You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as there will be time for your repeat prescription medicines to be dispensed before you arrive.
Is this service right for you?
Yes, if you have a stable condition and you:
- don't want to go to your GP practice every time to collect your repeat prescription.
- collect your medicines from the same place most of the time.
- use a prescription collection service now.
No, if you:
- don't get prescriptions very often
- pick up your medicines from different places.
- Stay away from home a lot.
How can you use EPS?
The Electronic Prescription Service will be going live in this pharmacy over the next few weeks. To enable this pharmacy to supply your prescription medication please complete the consent form on page fve of this leaflet and hand it to a member of staff. (If you need any assistance our staff will gladly help you). We will then add your nomination. You don't need a computer to do this.
Can I change my nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription
Yes you can. If you don't want your prescription to be sent electronically, tell your GP. It is your choice where your medicines are dispensed. If you want to change or cancel your nomination, speak to any pharmacist or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS, or your GP practice. Tell them well before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.
Is EPS reliable, secure and confidential?
Yes, your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now. Sometimes dispensers may see that you have nominated another dispenser. For example, if you forget who you have nominated and ask them to check, or if you have nominated more than one dispenser.
For more information about EPS visit: www.cfh.nhs.uk/eps, your pharmacy, dispensing appliance contractor or GP practice.
Repeat Prescription Service
If you're taking repeatmedication prescribed by your GP, the Weldricks repeat prescription service can make your life a lot easier. It's quick and easy to set up - and free.
Simply fill in our registration form in branch and we'll make sure your medicines are always ready for you to collect when you need them from your nearest Weldricks Pharmacy. No messing about with repeat slips and visit to the GP - just a convenient service thats tailored to you.
Simply Telephone your friendly local Weldricks Pharmacy when you need your prescription and we'll contact your GP, pick up the prescription an ensure that our medicines are ready when you need them. And furthermore, our system keeps you in control of ordering the only medicines you need.
Emergency Hormonal Contraception (purchase)
Our pharmacist can provide a private and confidential consultation, along with advice on emergency hormonal contraception.
These pharmacies offers the Emergency Hormonal Contraceptive (Morning after Pill) tablet to buy.
Contact the branch to confirm availability
Emergency Hormonal Contraception Local Enhanced Service
Our pharmacist can provide a private and confidential consultation, along with advice on emergency hormonal contraception.
These pharmacies offers the Morning after pill free of charge through a locally commissioned service.
Please contact the branch to check availability.
The pharmacist has received additional training to assess the risk of falls and provide advice on preventing and reducing the risk of falls.
Free Condom Supply
This pharmacy offers Free Condom Supply on a locally arranged scheme.
Please contact your local pharmacy to confirm availability.
Group B Strep. test supply.
Sale and advice on Group B Strep testing kits.
Finished your inhaler?
Don’t throw them away, ask about our inhaler recycling service available at these branches.
Our pharmacists have received additional specialised training to support inhaler users get the most out of their treatment.
Contact your local branch to arrange an appointment.
Lipotrim Weight Loss Programme
Are you overweight? Tried several diets with no results? Weldricks could have the answer!
Lipotrim is an award winning weight loss programme only available under the guidance of your pharmacist. The programme is designed for people who are more than 3 stone overweight or have a body mass index (BMI) of over 25. Past results have shown that it is possible to lose a stone every month.
Lipotrim is a total food replacement programme substituting your normal diet with low cal, high fibre products, e.g. soups, drinks and flapjacks. The replacement food products provide u with right amount of essential nutrients your body needs each day, resulting in your reserves of fat and sugar being used to meet your body’s energy needs.
Before being able to enrol on the Lipotrim programme a short confidential health questionnaire will take place with our pharmacist to ensure there will be no medical contraindications to participating in the programme.
Once enrolled on the programme you will be required to attend on a weekly basis with the pharmacist to enable your progress to be monitored.
Interested? Ask our pharmacist for more details or to borrow the Lipotrim information video.
Medicine Use Reviews
What is a Medicines Use Review?
A medicines use review is an appointment with a pharmacist to focus on how you are getting on with your medicines. It usually takes place in your local pharmacy. It is an NHS service - you don't need to pay for it...
The meeting is to:
- Help you to find out more about the medicines you are taking.
- Pick up any problems you are having with your medicines.
- Improve the effectiveness of your medicines - there may be easier ways to take them, or you may find you need fewer medicines than before.
- Get better value for the NHS - making sure that your medicines are right for you prevents unnecessary waste.
Click here to see a short Video about MUR's
The Pharmacist you meet with will have questions to ask you, and may suggest changes to the way you take your medicines. You may have concerns or questions that you want to ask. You can ask anything at all about your medicines. Remember you can ask your pharmacist questions at any time, but a review will give you both more time to concentrate on you and your medicines
Minor Ailment Scheme
You can get some medicines from Weldricks Pharmacy instead of waiting for a doctors appointment.
The Pharmacist is able to treat you using many of the medicines you would get on prescription from your doctor.
If you do not pay for prescriptions you will still get your medicines free of charge.
Minor Ailments schemes vary depending on your locality.
Call your local pharmacy to discuss your local scheme.
Keep your nebuliser working eﬀectively. Ask our staﬀ about nebuliser servicing
A free loan nebuliser may be available on request.
Please contact your local branch offering this service prior to arrival.
Needle Exchange Scheme
This Pharmacy offers needle exchange service.
Availability of access to sterile needles and syringes, and sharps containers for return of used equipment.
New Medicine Service
Been prescribed a new medicine? Your pharmacist is an expert on medicines and provides a free NHS service to help make sure your new medicine is working for you
What is the New Medicine Service?
The New Medicine Service is a free 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.
NHS Emergency Supply Service
If you urgently need medication, contact your prescriber immediately to arrange a prescription. If this isn't possible, you may be able to get medicine from a pharmacist in an emergency, subject to certain conditions.
You must have been prescribed the medicine before by a doctor, dentist, nurse independent prescriber, optometrist independent prescriber or other healthcare professional, who is registered in the UK. In addition to this, the pharmacist:
- will usually need to see you face-to-face
- must agree that you need the medicine immediately
- will usually need evidence that you have been prescribed that medicine before
- must be satisfied with the dose that is most appropriate for you to take
The pharmacist may provide an emergency supply of up to 30 days treatment for most prescription medicines, with these exceptions:
- insulin, an ointment, a cream or an asthma inhaler - the smallest pack size
- the contraceptive pill – a full treatment cycle
- liquid oral antibiotics – the smallest quantity to provide a full course of treatment
- permitted controlled medicines (controlled drugs) - up to five days' treatment. Permitted controlled medicines include a very limited range of medicines, such as those for epilepsy (phenobarbital). Many commonly used controlled medicines such as morphine or diamorphine can't be supplied without a prescription by a pharmacist in an emergency
The pharmacist will then make a note in their prescription book of:
- your name and address
- the nature of the emergency
- the date of the emergency supply
- the name, quantity, form (e.g. capsules, tablets or liquid) and strength of the medicine
Even if the pharmacist is unable to give you an emergency supply of a medicine, they will advise you on how to obtain any essential medical care you may need.
Is it an NHS service?
No. Supplying medicine in an emergency is a private service that is not funded by the NHS, meaning that pharmacists can charge for it. The charge will vary, depending on the medicine and the pharmacist's policy.
Getting your medicine or a prescription
You may be able to get your medicine or a prescription in one of the following ways:
- seeing a local GP and asking for a prescription. Staff at an NHS walk-in centre may be able to arrange for you to see a GP
- asking a local pharmacist if they can provide an emergency supply of your medicine
- in some cases, a nurse at an NHS walk-in centre may be able to supply your medicine or a prescription
- outside normal GP hours, you may be able to get a prescription from an out-of-hours service
Visitors to the UK
If you are a visitor to the UK, you may be able to get an emergency supply of medicine from a pharmacist:
- at your request, if there is evidence that a doctor or dentist registered in a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland has prescribed the medicine for you before
- at the request of a doctor or dentist registered in the EEA or Switzerland
- if you have a valid prescription from a doctor or dentist registered in the EEA or Switzerland
However, this arrangement is not applicable to medicines prescribed by other EEA or Swiss healthcare professionals, such as nurses, and it doesn't apply to all medicines. For example, pharmacists can't provide an emergency supply of:
- controlled medicines medicines that don't have a UK marketing authorisation
In addition to this, the pharmacist may not be able to provide an emergency supply of medication if the prescription is written in a language they can't understand.
It is illegal for pharmacists to supply medicines based on prescriptions issued outside the UK, the EEA or Switzerland. This includes prescriptions issued by doctors in the US and Canada.
This pharmacy keeps stocks of palliative care medication according to the local formulary.
Please contact branch for further advice and availability.
Prescription Delivery Service
We always recommend that you visit the pharmacy when purchasing or collecting medicines. It is important that the Pharmacist has the opportunity to speak to you about your treatment. However, if you do struggle to visit the Pharmacy ask about our Free Delivery Service.
Private Seasonal Flu Vaccinations
This pharmacy offers private (paid) Flu vaccine service for those not eligible for an NHS vaccine.
Contact your local pharmacy to arrange vaccination
Repeat Dispensing Service
Are you on regular stable medication? You may be eligible for the repeat dispensing service.
This means every month you simply go straight to the pharmacy to collect your medicines.
Repeat Prescription Ordering and Collection Service
If you take regular repeat medication which is prescribed by your Doctor, let Weldricks Pharmacy help untie your time.
Don't spend time, dashing between your surgery and pharmacy every time your repeat prescription is due. Contact your local branch and let Weldricks Pharmacy organise everything for you. You can choose to collect your dispensed medicines from your local Weldricks Pharmacy or have them delivered to your home*
Don't run out of your medication again. Weldricks Pharmacy will remind you when your next prescription is due and check which medicines you require. This helps to reduce waste in the NHS.
Seasonal Flu Vaccine
This pharmacy offers a free NHS flu vaccination service for eligible patients.
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- anyone aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:
- adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
- pregnant women
Contact your local pharmacy to arrange vaccination.
Specialist Baby Formula Advice
The colleagues in this branch have received advanced training to provide high quality advice of infant feeding and baby formula selection.
Contact the branch to discuss this service.
Stop Smoking Service
Talk to our trained smoking cessation advisors about our free stop smoking service. Our team are able to give you support and advise you on the best products for your needs.
In some areas free supply of NRT products is available.
Contact your local branch for advice and availability.