11 April 2013
A popular local pharmacy has been given a £75,000 makeover to transform it into a ‘healthy living’ hub.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s Kirton Pharmacy, in Boston, has adopted a new style which puts more emphasis on providing clinical services and giving information and advice on health matters.
The new concept means more space has been given over to private consultation rooms, an information area and seating. There is also a large poster and leaflet display featuring advice on healthy diets, weight management and healthy lifestyles.
Private consultation facilities enable a wide range of important services to be provided, including free tests for blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index, which can be invaluable for identifying pending health problems.
It also has specially trained advisors who work as part of the Phoenix Smoking Cessation Service. These staff are fully trained in providing personalised support as well as advice on a number of nicotine replacement therapies. Anyone who wants to stop smoking can just walk in and make an appointment to see them.
For certain commonly prescribed medicines, under the NHS New Medicine Service the pharmacist will ensure customers understand the importance of taking a newly-prescribed medicine and how to take it. And by asking a pharmacist for an NHS Medicine Use Review, customers taking regular repeat medicine can make absolutely sure they’re taking their medicines correctly.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s Head of Pharmacy, Alastair Farquhar, said: "Introducing the Healthy Living concept is invaluable to our customers as it gives our pharmacists and trained pharmacy advisors a better environment to be able to provide a wealth of information and services to patients. In some cases it can even save you a trip to your local GP.
"Prevention is always better than cure so it is excellent to be able to provide clinical services like blood pressure and blood glucose tests which can identify future problems. We are also able to offer healthy living advice, such as giving up smoking, weight management and sexual health services."