Pharmacy Services at AssetPharmacy
AssetPharmacy delivers services that are designed to meet the specific needs of our customers and patients in their local communities. We aim to be the first choice for all healthcare needs and offering the following types of services is just one way that we can extend our expertise to our customers.
This service is for people who may be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a condition characterised by what is known as insulin resistance. This is where the body does not effectively respond to the insulin produced, as a result blood sugar levels become too high. It can be managed by taking tablets such as Metformin and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The service will take place in a private consultation room by a trained member of staff. You will be asked a series of questions in order to help determine whether you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, including:
If you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, we can advise you on how to slow or even reduce your risk of developing the condition. If you are at high risk, we will measure your blood pressure and your blood glucose level, by taking a very small finger-prick sample of blood.
Depending on the results of this test, we may ask you to come back for further assessment. This will include:
We will also offer you lifestyle advice and recommend ways of reducing your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes. If appropriate, we may refer you to your doctor.
AssetPharmacy offers FREE blood pressure checks, usually without the need for an appointment. During the check-up, we’ll check your blood pressure and explain what the numbers mean. If you have high blood pressure, we can give you advice on how simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can help lower your blood pressure. And, if necessary, we’ll refer you to your Doctor.
So, if you’re at all concerned, it’s a great way to get peace of mind or, if you are affected, you can start to take steps to improve your health.
The AssetPharmacy Cholesterol and Heart Check Service measures your blood pressure and cholesterol level, and estimates your risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the next ten years. It’s a great way to get peace of mind and know you’re doing the right thing, as well as getting all the advice you need on how to lower your risk. Available at selected stores. Charges apply
Two thirds of the population in the Nigeria have high cholesterol, which is a fatty substance found in the blood. It’s usually made in the body and plays an essential role in how every cell in the body works. But too much cholesterol in the blood can start to affect how well your heart and circulation works, as it can cause the blood vessels to become blocked increasing your risk of a heart attack or stroke. This is why it’s so important to keep control of your cholesterol levels.
The main types of cholesterol and other terms we tend to use are:
The most common cause of high cholesterol is a diet high in saturated fat. But a family history of high cholesterol might make you more susceptible too.
MEDICINE CHECK UP
The Medicines Check Ups is a free AssetPharmacy service that involves a consultation with the pharmacist to discuss the patient’s medication. This includes all prescribed medicines, along with any medicines or supplements the patient may buy over the counter. It gives an opportunity to ask a pharmacist any questions about how and why medicines should be taken, and to discuss any side effects or other problems the patient may be experiencing with their medicines.
This service is currently available in our pharmacy stores and is aimed at patients taking more than one regular, prescribed medicine.
Asthma is a long term condition where your airways get inflamed and narrow, the reason for which is not always clear. It affects 5.4m people in the UK* and the severity of symptoms can vary from person to person. Asthma generally causes shortness of breath, wheezing, a tightness in the chest and coughing, especially at night. Symptoms can vary in the course of the day or during different seasons.
It’s possible to control your symptoms with a preventer inhaler so that you have fewer or no symptoms at any time of day. This can allow you to exercise without problems. It’s not a bad idea to learn and remember the three Ts: Treatment, Technique, Trigger’s.
Follow the treatment directions given to you by your Doctor – and don’t forget you can pop into any AssetPharmacy and talk to us about how we can support you, discuss managing your asthma and we can answer any questions or concerns you have and offer our expert advice. The main treatments for asthma are inhalers which can be split into two types; a preventer inhaler which you will need to use every day, even if your asthma is under control and a reliever inhaler (usually blue) to use when needed if you are suddenly short of breath.
There’s a range of different types of inhalers that you might be prescribed, but mostly they fall into two categories. Each one has a particular technique that needs to be used to receive the right dose of asthma medicine.
If you want to improve your inhaler technique, you can use a spacer to make taking the medication easier. Spacers are effective for any age, but essential for helping children to take the medicine. Please pop into AssetPharmacy and ask a member of our team for more information. If you find it difficult to hold your inhaler or press the canister down, consider a Haleraid that attaches a easy-squeeze handle to the inhaler.
You are four times more likely to stop smoking with help.*
You will be able to discuss your smoking goals with a trained member of staff, who will be able to offer advice on how best to achieve them. We have private consultation rooms available if you wish to chat in confidence.
Our helpful staff will offer support and advice on:
Self-control alone may not be enough to help you stop smoking straight away, which is completely fine. Though it is not entirely risk-free, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is an effective way to help you get started, by managing your cravings and supporting your addiction.
During the private consultation, our staff member will be able to recommend any suitable Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products. There are also products available online:
MALARIA TEST & MALARIA TREATMENT
All Asset pharmacies offer the Malaria Screening, Prevention and Treatment Service. Our Pharmacist can advise on high-risk areas for malaria and bite prevention, and supply a range of antimalarial options tailored to each individual’s need and medical details
Self Assessment Quiz Checks
Take one of our self-assessment Quiz checks and find out if you should see a Doctor or speak to our pharmacist for advice.