Diagnostic screening can give you a snapshot of your health and can be performed at our pharmacy quickly, without an appointment.
Understanding the health risks specific to us is crucial, and helps determine which health checks you need. We can help guide you, so you know what tests are right for you.
Health Assessments and Screening Available:
Early detection and prevention is the key to better long term health. We are trained to determine your risk factors, perform the health tests, and explain the results for you.
Long Term Condition Services
Part of our Long Term Condition Management at Pharmacy 53 is inclusion of the following services: Blister Packaging - Medicine Management Services. Home Visit Service is available upon request. Free prescription delivery.
Blood Glucose Testing
A finger-prick blood test for sugar should be performed as a screening for diabetes (especially important if you are overweight, or have a family history of heart disease). Many people are not able, or do not like to take their own blood tests, and prefer to have it done in the pharmacy.
Minor Ailment Treatment
All our pharmacists can recognise common health complaints such as thrush, allergies, pain or diarrhoea. They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines that will help to clear up a range of conditions. We are always close by to help, and open late hours so you can get that help at a time that is convenient to you. If your problem is more serious and needs the attention of a GP, our pharmacist will advise you on the appropriate course of action.
Monitoring your condition at home
Many people choose to monitor their condition at home (diabetes, cholesterol or blood pressure for example). We can show you how to use the machine properly and ensure you know what the results mean. We are able to clean and check your Performa /Advantage AccuChek meter to make sure it is running as it should be, and will replace the batteries for free if needed.
Healthy eating and healthy action, as part of your daily routine, are the keys to maintaining a healthy weight and reducing obesity. By comparison, fad dieting and stop-start exercise programmes give the worst results in the long term and it is the long term on which you need to focus for best health results. Having realistic weight-loss goals and losing weight gradually are the best ways to keep it off in the long term. We have some great weight loss programmes and tools to help you achieve your goals using a step wise approach that is tailored to suit your needs.
Anyone can develop high blood pressure, sometimes with no symptoms, which will increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. If you get your blood pressure checked regularly as part of your overall health checks in pharmacy, your pharmacist will discuss and explain the results for you.
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. An accredited ECP pharmacist is available in most pharmacies for consultation and provision of the ECP if appropriate.
Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Many women seek relief for urinary tract infections (often referred to as cystitis or bladder infection) and our pharmacy is often the first point of call for advice and possible treatment options. Up until now women have had to be referred on to their general practitioner for treatment, particularly when an antibiotic is required. Urinary tract infections cause women considerable discomfort and we are now able to offer effective treatment where appropriate. Our pharmacists, who have all undertaken the approved training programme, will work through a thorough checklist to ensure the criteria is met before supplying the medicine.
Iron carries oxygen to our heart and brain, and gives us the energy we need to get on with the day. Being low in iron can leave you feeling tired and fatigued. A simple finger-prick blood test performed in store will give you instant results.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
What is a healthy body weight, and at what weight are you considered overweight? You can answer these questions by measuring around your waist, and calculating your BMI. Your BMI figure is your weight (in kilograms) divided by your height (in metres) squared. For example, if you weigh 62 kg and are 1.6m tall, your BMI is 24.2 which is in the normal range of 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI greater than 25 is considered overweight; above 30 puts you at considerable risk of ill health. Our pharmacist can assist you with the measurement, interpret the outcomes and work together with you to put a healthy eating plan and workout programme together.
Zinc Taste Test (Oral Zinc Test)
Because we know that taste and smell are dependant on there being enough zinc in the body we are able to get an idea of the zinc status by giving the patient a standard test solution of zinc sulphate for tasting and comparing the response to defined standards.
This is a very quick, 10 second test that can be done at home or in the doctors rooms.
Obviously assessment of altered taste perception by zinc 'taste tests' is very subjective and cannot be considered scientifically accurate.
A test solution of zinc sulphate in purified water, at a concentration of 1gm/liter is prepared. The solution can be kept for up to 6 months in a refrigerator, after which it should be discarded. The solution should be removed from the fridge and left at room temperature for about two hours prior to the test.
You must not eat, drink or smoke for at least one hour before the test.
Many community pharmacies offer stop smoking services and can provide nicotine replacement therapy alongside advice and support for those wishing to quit. Smoking cessation services involve a consultation with the pharmacist who can create a programme to improve a smoker's chances of giving up.