COVID-19 Antigen Test

Antigen test, is a much simpler test that can be done in many non- medical settings such as at your local pharmacy
An antigen test is fast – providing results in minutes. But there is a catch: It is much less sensitive than the molecular/PCR test (processed in a laboratory). There needs to be more virus present before the test will turn positive. This means that an antigen test may sometimes be falsely negative, meaning a negative result cannot always be trusted. A positive test, suggesting that the virus is present however, is usually reliable.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED YOU MIGHT BE INFECTED WITH COVID-19 PLEASE FOLLOW NATIONAL GUIDLINES:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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COVID-19 Antibody Test

Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which may tell you if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibodies are proteins that help fight off infections and can provide protection against getting that disease again (immunity). Antibodies are specific to each disease, so most vaccinated adults have some for chicken pox, some for measles, some for mumps etc.

An antibody test looks for the body's response to SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19). It is a blood test that is good at determining if you had the disease, but not good for determining if you currently have the disease. As such, antibody tests should not be used to diagnose the virus.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED YOU MIGHT BE INFECTED WITH COVID-19 PLEASE FOLLOW NATIONAL GUIDLINES: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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*COVID-19 Vaccine*

Pending governments plans to roll out the vaccine - to be updated

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Flu Vaccination

An influenza (flu) shot is a flu vaccine given with a needle, usually in the arm. Seasonal flu shots protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research suggests may be most common during the upcoming season. The composition of flu vaccines have been updated for the 2020-2021 flu season.

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Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception can prevent up to over 95% of unwanted pregnancies when taken within 5 days after intercourse. Emergency Contraception can be used in the following situations: Unprotected intercourse, concerns about possible contraceptive failure, incorrect use of contraceptives, and sexual assault if without contraception coverage.
Your local pharmacist can assist and support you with all of this. Book your consultation today.

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Contraception Advice

There are 15 different methods of contraception currently available in the UK. The type that works best for you will depend on your health and circumstances. There are several issues to consider when deciding which method of contraception is right for you.
• Age
• Health
• Lifestyle
• Side effects
Remember, the only way to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is to use a condom every time you have sex. Other methods of contraception prevent pregnancy, but they don't protect against STIs.
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Period Delay

Missed or late periods happen for many reasons other than pregnancy. The most common causes can range from hormonal imbalances to serious medical conditions; however there are also two times in a woman's life when it's totally normal for her period to be irregular.
• When it first begins
• When menopause starts.
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Erectile Dysfunction Help

Erectile dysfunction is when a man does not get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a physical or psychological condition. It can cause stress, relationship strain and low self-confidence.
The most common physical causes of erectile dysfunction are related to circulation and blood pressure, that impact the amount of blood flow to the penis.
• Heart disease
• Atherosclerosis
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
Diabetes can also contribute to Erectile Dysfunction by damaging your nerves and blood vessels. For these reasons’ patients suffering from erectile dysfunction should first be evaluated for any underlying physical and psychological conditions. And likely treatment plans for the underlying health problems ill resolve erectile dysfunction. However, if treatment of the underlying conditions does not help, medication and assistive devices, such as pumps, can be prescribed. Your local pharmacist can help you with all of this.
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Anxiety, Stress and Sleeplessness

Stress or anxiety can cause a series of day to day problems affecting most aspects of your life. Arguably most debilitating is how it can affect ones sleep pattern. Insomnia is the clinical term for people who have trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking too early in the morning, or waking up feeling unrefreshed. There are lots of causes of anxiety and stress and your local pharmacist can help you manage this.
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Blood Pressure Check

Why do I need to monitor my blood pressure?
• Help with early diagnosis. Monitoring can help your pharmacist diagnose high blood pressure earlier than if you have only occasional blood pressure readings in a medical office. Monitoring is especially important if you have elevated blood pressure or another condition that could contribute to high blood pressure, such as diabetes or kidney problems.
• Help track your treatment. The only way to know whether your lifestyle changes or medications are working is to check your blood pressure regularly.
• Encourage better control. Self-monitoring can give you a stronger sense of responsibility for your health. You may feel even more motivated to control your blood pressure with an improved diet, physical activity and proper medication use.
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Weight Loss Help, Advice and Support

Your local pharmacist can help:
• Assess your general health
• Help identify the cause of your weight gain
• Work out if there are any health issues causing you to put on weight
• Discuss a plan to help you lose weight that suits you
The plan is designed to help you lose weight at a safe rate of 0.5kg to 1kg (1lb to 2lb) each week by sticking to a daily calorie allowance.
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Smoking Cessation

We all know the health risks of smoking, but that doesn’t make it any easier to kick the habit. Whether you’re an occasional smoker or a lifetime pack-a-day smoker, quitting can be really tough.

Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. The nicotine from cigarettes provides a temporary—and addictive—high. Eliminating that regular fix of nicotine causes your body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Because of nicotine’s “feel good” effect on the brain, you may turn to cigarettes as a quick and reliable way to boost your outlook, relieve stress, and unwind. Smoking can also be a way of coping with depression, anxiety, or even boredom. Quitting means finding different, healthier ways to cope with those feelings.

Smoking is also ingrained as a daily ritual. It may be an automatic response for you to smoke a cigarette with your morning coffee, while taking a break at work or school, or on your commute home at the end of a hectic day. Or maybe your friends, family, or colleagues smoke, and it’s become part of the way you relate with them.

To successfully stop smoking, you’ll need to address both the addiction and the habits and routines that go along with it. But it can be done. With the right support and quit plan, any smoker can kick the addiction—even if you’ve tried and failed multiple times before.

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General Advice

Maybe you are unsure as to exactly what is wrong with you, and would simply like to talk to your local pharmacist about your symptoms. Connect with your local pharmacist to get some help and guidance as how to move forward.

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General Health Check

The Health Check is a check-up of your overall health. It can tell you whether you're at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:
• heart disease
• diabetes
• kidney disease
• stroke
During the check-up you'll also discuss how to reduce your risk of these conditions and
If you're over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.

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Diabetes Check-up

Diabetes check-ups are an extremely important part of diabetes care.
These checks are a vital part of weekly, monthly, and annual diabetes care. There are some types of diabetes checks that you can carry out at home, and others are offered by the NHS.
This includes
• Glucose control
• Foot care
• Weight
• Keeping a diary.
Checks for diabetes is where the individual can really make a difference to their own diabetes management, avoiding long lasting and life debilitating side effects from poor management of diabetes.
Book a Consultation with your local pharmacists for your check up today.

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Cholesterol Blood Test

A cholesterol test can help determine your risk of the build up of plaques in your arteries that can lead to narrowed or blocked arteries throughout your body (atherosclerosis). High cholesterol levels often are a significant risk factor for coronary artery disease.
High cholesterol usually causes no signs or symptoms. A complete cholesterol test is done to determine whether your cholesterol is high and estimates your risk of developing heart attacks and other forms of heart disease and diseases of the blood vessels. Most at risk people:
• Have a family history of high cholesterol or heart attacks
• Are overweight
• Are physically inactive
• Have diabetes
• Eat an unhealthy diet
• Smoke cigarettes
• Are a man older than 45 or a woman older than 55
People with a history of heart attacks or strokes require regular cholesterol testing to monitor the effectiveness of their treatments.
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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect your urinary tract, including your bladder (cystitis), urethra or kidneys. UTIs may be treated with antibiotics, but they're NOT always needed.
In older, frail people, and people with a urinary catheter, symptoms of a UTI may display as acting confused or agitated, which can be sudden and upsetting for those around them. People of any age and sex can develop a UTI. However, some people are more at risk than others. The following factors can increase the likelihood of developing a UTI:
• sexual intercourse, especially if more frequent, intense, and with multiple or new partners
• diabetes
• poor personal hygiene
• problems emptying the bladder completely or having a urinary catheter
• bowel incontinence
• blocked flow of urine such as kidney stones
• some forms of contraception
• pregnancy
• menopause
• procedures involving the urinary tract
• suppressed immune system
• immobility for a long period
• heavy use of antibiotics, which can disrupt the natural flora of the bowel and urinary tract
The symptoms of a UTI can depend on age and what part of the urinary tract has been infected. The most common symptoms of a UTI include:

• strong and frequent urge to urinate
• cloudy, bloody, or strong-smelling urine
• pain or a burning sensation when urinating
• nausea and vomiting
• muscle aches and abdominal pains

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Indigestion and Acid Reflux

You might have a burning sensation or feel a pain in your upper stomach. This is most commonly called indigestion. Indigestion can also be called dyspepsia or heart burn. Indigestion is often a sign of an underlying problem, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, or gallbladder disease, rather than a condition of its own.
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Pain Relief Advice

Pain is a very common condition. The occurrence of pain rises as people get older, and women are more likely to experience pain than men.
There are two main types of pain.
• Acute pain – a normal response to an injury. It starts suddenly and is usually short-lived
• Chronic pain – continues beyond the time expected for healing.
Book and online consultation with your local pharmacist. Who can help you find and access the best ways to manage your pain effectively.

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Hay Fever/ Allergy Advice

An allergy is a reaction the body has to a particular food or substance. Allergies are very common. They're thought to affect more than 1 in 4 people in the UK at some point in their lives. They're particularly common in children. Some allergies go away as a child gets older, although many are lifelong.
Adults can develop allergies to things they were not previously allergic to.
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Yellow Fever Vaccination

The vaccine is a live, weakened form of the virus given as a single shot. Vaccine is recommended for people aged 9 months or older and who are traveling to or living in areas at risk for yellow fever virus in Africa and South America. Yellow fever vaccine may be required for entry into certain countries.
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Hepatitis B Vaccination

Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus (HBV), can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.
• babies born to hepatitis B-infected mothers
• close family and sexual partners of someone with hepatitis B
• people travelling to a part of the world where hepatitis B is widespread, such as sub-Saharan Africa, east and southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands
• families adopting or fostering children from high-risk countries
• people who inject drugs or have a sexual partner who injects drugs
• people who change their sexual partner frequently
• men who have sex with men
• people who work somewhere that places them at risk of contact with blood or body fluids, such as nurses, prison staff, doctors, dentists and laboratory staff
• people with chronic liver/ kidney disease
• prisoners
• people who receive regular blood or blood products, and their carers

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Hepatitis A Vaccination

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A can affect anyone. Vaccines are available for long-term prevention of HAV infection in persons 1 year of age and older. Good personal hygiene and proper sanitation can also help prevent the spread of hepatitis A. Risk factors include:
• poor sanitation;
• lack of safe water;
• living in a household with an infected person;
• being a sexual partner of someone with acute hepatitis A infection;
• use of recreational drugs;
• sex between men;
• travelling to areas of high endemicity without being immunized.

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23 Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Serotypes

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PNEUMOVAX 23 is a vaccine indicated for active immunization for the prevention of pneumococcal disease caused by the 23 serotypes contained in the vaccine.
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Inhaler Technique

For a medication to work it must be taken effectively by the patient. This sounds obvious, but for practitioners prescribing inhalers it is not as simple as writing out a prescription. Evidence shows that many patients continue to suffer symptoms unnecessarily and that poor inhaler use, and compliance is one of the main reasons for this.

Correct use of inhalers is important because misuse is associated with asthma instability, increased hospital visits, and increased short-acting b2-agonist (most commonly your blue Inhaler) use. Practitioners must check that patients have mastered the correct use of their inhaler prior to their first prescription for any type of inhaler. The patient’s inhaler technique needs to be re-checked at each periodic disease review, especially if there is poor symptom control.
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Tdap-IPV vaccination

The Tdap-IPV vaccine protects against 4 diseases:
• Tetanus
• Diphtheria
• Pertussis (whooping cough)
• Polio
The vaccine is given as one dose to children at 4 to 6 years of age. This is a booster dose for children who were immunized against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and polio at a younger age. The booster dose strengthens or boosts the immune system to give better protection against these diseases.
What are the benefits of Tdap-IPV vaccine?
The Tdap-IPV vaccine is the best way to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio, which are serious and sometimes fatal diseases.
When you get your child immunized, you help protect others as well.
Vaccines are very safe. It is safer to get the vaccine than to get the disease.
Common reactions to the vaccine may include soreness, redness and swelling where the vaccine was given. Fever, chills, headache, and fatigue may also occur. These reactions are mild and generally last 1 to 2 days.

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination

Most cervical cancers are associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. Widespread immunization with the HPV vaccine could reduce the impact of cervical cancer worldwide.

This vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer if given before a girl or woman is exposed to the virus. In addition, this vaccine can prevent vaginal and vulvar cancer in women and can prevent genital warts and anal cancer in women and men.

The HPV vaccine is routinely recommended for girls and boys ages 11 or 12, although it can be given as early as age 9. It is ideal for girls and boys to receive the vaccine before they have sexual contact and are exposed to HPV. Research has shown that receiving the vaccine at a young age is not linked to an earlier start of sexual activity.

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