Medicine Use Reviews
What a medicines use review is
A medicines use review is an appointment with a pharmacist to focus on how you are getting on with your medicines. It takes place in a private consultation room in the pharmacy. It is an NHS service you don't need to pay for it.
The meeting is to:
(1) Help you to find out more about the medicines you are taking.
(2) Pick up any problems you are having with your medicines.
(3) Improve the effectiveness of your medicines. There may be easier ways to take them, or you may find you need fewer medicines than before.
(4) Get better value for the NHS, making sure that your medicines are right for you and prevents unnecessary waste.
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.
A typical review will take between 10 and 20 minutes.
So call into Kepple Lane Pharmacy and speak to your Pharmacist about a "Medicine Use Review"
New Medicine Service
New Medicine Service (NMS)
If you are prescribed a medicine to treat a long-term condition for the first time, you may be able to get extra help and advice about your medicine from your local pharmacist through a free scheme called the New Medicine Service (NMS).
People often have problems when they start a new medicine. As part of the scheme, the pharmacist will support you over several weeks to use the medicine safely and to best effect.
The service is only available to people using certain medicines. In some cases where there is a problem and a solution cannot be found between you and the pharmacist, you will be referred back to your doctor.
The service is only available for people living in England, and only for those who have been prescribed a new medicine for the conditions listed:
(2) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
(3) Type 2 diabetes
(4) High blood pressure
(5) People who have been given a new blood-thinning medicine
When you take your new prescription to Kepple Lane Pharmacy, ask the pharmacist if you can take part in the service.
Appliance Use Review
An appliance (medical device) check-up service, which is useful if you regularly use a medical device such as stoma bags.
This confidential medical device check-up will help you to find out more about your device, identify any problems you are having with it, and give you guidance on the correct us of your device.
Blood Pressure Checks
High blood pressure (hypertension) often doesn't have any symptoms, so the only way to find out if you have it is to get your blood pressure checked.
Having this done is easy and could save your life.
Healthy adults aged over 40 should have their blood pressure checked at least once every five years.
If you are at an increased risk of high blood pressure, you should have your blood pressure checked more often, ideally once a year.
Call into Kepple Lane Pharmacy and our qualified staff will be happy to perform a FREE blood pressure test for you in a private consultation room. Your result will be explained to you and you will be offered any advice and support needed to manage your blood pressure.
If appropriate, we may refer you to the pharmacist or doctor.
Diabetic Testing Service
WHAT IS DIABETES?
Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3.3 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 590,000 people who have the condition, but don't know it. Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly.
This is because your pancreas doesn't produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter your body's cells or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).
There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1
diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
- Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas that allows glucose to
enter the body's cells, where it is used as fuel for energy so we can work, play
and generally live our lives.
- It is vital for life.
- Glucose comes from digesting carbohydrate and is also produced by the
- If you have diabetes, your body cannot make proper use of this glucose
so it builds up in the blood and can't be used as fuel.
Cholesterol Checking Service
Flu Vaccination Service
Flu is a highly contagious disease that is transmitted through the air and infects people of all ages. It can lead to serious illnesses, such as pneumonia and can even cause death in the vulnerable elderly or very young. Symptoms can last up to several weeks and include high fever, cough, fatigue, chills, sweating, vomiting and dizziness. The Flu vaccine is the most effective way of preventing seasonal flu and of passing it onto family and friends.
Emergency Hormonal Contraception ("Morning after pill")
You can get emergency contraception free of charge, but note that the pharmacist will have a confidential discussion with you first to make sure this is the correct course of action to take. In the discussion, the pharmacist will assess the suitability of emergency contraception for you and can advise you on the risks of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as providing information about what to do in the long term, such as considering options for ongoing contraception. The pharmacist may also provide you with additional advice on safe sex and other matters related to sexual behaviour. There may be specific criteria in place (set by the local NHS) that need to be met before this service can be provided to a patient.
Chlamydia Testing Service
Pregnancy Testing Service
Kepple Lane Pharmacy Travel clinic enables you to get travel vaccinations, anti-malaria medication and professional healthcare advice from our accredited pharmacists.
If you're planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.
Vaccinations are available to protect you against infections such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A.
In the UK, the childhood vaccination programme protects you against a number of diseases, but doesn't cover most of the infectious diseases found overseas.
You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you'll be visiting on these two websites:
Some countries require you to have an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before you enter. For example, Saudi Arabia requires proof of vaccination against certain types of meningitis for visitors arriving for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.
Many tropical countries in Africa and South America won't accept travellers from an area where there's yellow fever unless they can prove they've been vaccinated against it.
You should get advice at least eight weeks before you're due to travel, as some jabs need to be given well in advance.
Not all vaccinations are available free on the NHS, even if they're recommended for travel to a certain area.
Our staff will be happy to help with any travel questions you may have and a private consultation room is available to discuss your needs prior to travel.
NHS Health Checks
NHS Health Checks: Are you between 40 and 74 years of age, and not already seeing your GP with diabetes or a heart or kidney condition, then you may be entitled to a FREE! Health Check on the NHS.
The service is identical to the one that may be provided at your GP Surgery, and is carried out by our trained staff in the privacy of our consultation room at the pharmacy.
The NHS Health Check is available free every 5 years to eligible patients between 40 & 74, and only takes about 30 minutes.
We will undertake a few simple tests- Blood Pressure, Cholesterol test & Blood Sugar test (both of which will either require a small finger-prick sample or blood tests via your GP, depending on which of our pharmacies you use), Height and Weight measurements, and the completion of a lifestyle questionnaire.
We then use these results to assess your risk of developing long-term conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
We can work with you to make suggestions that can improve your outcomes and where appropriate, we can refer you to Specialist Support Services.
This service is more accessible than a GP surgery because of our later opening hours and being open on Saturdays and Sunday, in most cases you do not have to wait ages to get an appointment