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Help to Stop Smoking

You’re four times more likely to quit smoking for good if you use NHS Stop Smoking Services.

Many people don’t realise that their GP can help them quit smoking. But your doctor can do a lot, such as enrolling you in a ‘stop smoking’ clinic and prescribing nicotine patches/gum or stop smoking medication.

Pick up a free ’Quit Kit’ from your local HBS Pharmacy. The kit is packed with items to help you stop smoking, including a week’s free trial of nicotine patches, a wallchart to keep track of your progress, stress-busting MP3s, exercises to improve your willpower, and a new toothbrush to keep your mouth fresh.

Quit Kits are available in-store from participating pharmacies. To get your hands on a free Quit Kit simply drop by and pick one up.

Nicotine is addictive, and self-control alone might not be enough. Give yourself a better chance of success by using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). This is available either free or on prescription from your GP, depending on where you live.  Or, you can buy nicotine patches and gum over the counter from a pharmacy.

For your “Quit Kit” or support with Nicotine Replacement products visit your local HBS Pharmacy and talk to our friendly staff.

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Pharmacy First

To save you time in making an appointment with your GP, simply to get a prescription for any minor illness or ailment listed below. Anyone (including children), who don’t pay prescription charges, can now go to their pharmacist for advice and get medicine on the NHS free of charge.

Who is the service for?

You can use the NHS Minor Ailment Service if:

  • you are registered with a GP surgery, and
  • you don’t pay for your prescriptions, and
  • you don’t live in a nursing or residential care home.

How does it work?

You register for the service with the community pharmacy of your choice.

You don’t have to make an appointment. You can go along at a time that suits you.

Your consultation will always be with a qualified pharmacist.

If your pharmacist thinks that you need a medicine or product to treat your symptoms they will give you this without you needing to pay.

You will still have to go to your GP if: Your pharmacist suggests you should, or you need medication that you can only get on prescription from your GP.

What does the service offer?

You will be able to get advice and free treatment from your community pharmacist for minor illnesses and ailments such as:

  • acne
  • athlete’s foot
  • back ache
  • cold sores
  • constipation
  • cough
  • diarrhoea
  • ear ache
  • eczema and allergies
  • haemorrhoids (piles)
  • hay fever
  • headache
  • head lice
  • indigestion  mouth ulcers
  • nasal congestion
  • pain
  • period pain
  • thrush
  • sore throat
  • threadworms
  • warts and verrucae

(You can still make an appointment with your GP if you feel this is more suitable).

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Medication review

This is a free service where our trained pharmacist can help review and explain the medication you are using.

It is to help you get the best out of the medication prescribed by your GP.  Our pharmacist will discuss and answer any question you may have

The discussion is private and confidential and will take place in a private consultation room.  It is designed to help you understand what medicines you are taking and why.  It may help you to identify alternative treatment options that can be discussed with your GP.

A review with the pharmacist will:

  • Help you understand the medicines you are taking
  • Help you understand how best to take your medicine
  • Help identify and possibly reduce side effects
  • Help identify alternative treatment options and recommendations to your doctor
  • Improve outcome of your treatment

As a registered Free Repeat Prescription patient you are eligible for one free Medicines Use Review every year.  We are here to help you with your long term condition and to ensure self help and support in the way you use your medication.

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FREE Prescription collection & delivery

Let us take the hassle out of collecting your medications.

We are able to offer all our local patients a FREE prescription collection and delivery service for your prescriptions.  Now, your medications can be delivered to your door, free of charge and at a time that’s convenient for you.  All you have to do is give our local branch a call or complete a consent form (link to form which can be filled and submitted electronically) if you’re on regular repeat medication.

Working closely with your GP, we’ll handle the whole process – collecting, checking, dispensing and delivering your prescription – so all you have to think about is staying fit and well.

  • No more unnecessary journeys
  • No delays or inconvenience
  • You choose the delivery time that suits you
  • Absolutely free

Just contact us and tell us about your preferred delivery arrangements and when you want the service to start – and that’s the whole thing done. It’s as quick and easy as that.

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