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.
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