The Apothecary, The Chemist, or The Pharmacy as it is now commonly known has changed over the years, not only in name but with the services we now provide to the public. A pharmacist goes through extensive training before qualifying, undergoing a four year degree course at university followed by a post graduate training year known as the Pre-Registration year, after which a final exam must be passed before they are able to work as a fully qualified pharmacist in either community, hospital or in industry. To alleviate pressures in GP practices and hospital casualty departments, pharmacy has been tasked to offer a vast range of services, which they are ably qualified and trained in administering.
Your first port of call in non emergency situations should always be your local pharmacy, where you will either be given advice and treatment, or if necessary referred to your GP. Services which are provided: The Minor Ailment Service, where you can register with your local pharmacy, have a consultation when you will be given appropriate advice, treatment or referral. It covers a varied and extensive range of ailments from coughs and colds to skin conditions, free of charge if you are eligible. Medicine Care Review, where you may be invited by your pharmacist to talk about your medicines, to make sure you are taking them correctly or if there are any issues, they may then inform your GP with your permission, if there is a problem to have it rectified if necessary. You may then be put on a service called Serial Dispensing if appropriate, for your repeat medication, which makes accessing your medicines simpler and quicker. Repeat Medication Service, where your ongoing medication can be ordered directly by the pharmacy usually on a two monthly cycle, and picked up at the pharmacy at your allotted date.
Multi-compartment Compliance Aids (MCA's), where if appropriate medication can be dispensed in weekly trays, mainly for patients who are on a lot of medication and or if they are confused or forgetful.
Palliative Care Pharmacies, where certain pharmacies keep an extensive stock of controlled and anticipatory drugs, and are on call for emergency situations.
Flu Vaccination Service, where you can have a flu jab administered at a cost of around £10, but this may be a free service in the near future, for specific groups of the population.
Travel Clinics, some pharmacies offer this service, where you can get all the relevant health information and treatment, for your exotic holidays, at a cost. Blood Pressure Monitoring, Diabetes and Cholesterol checks, can be undertaken at your local pharmacies free of charge (exception cholesterol checks)
Gluten Free (GF) Service, where we can prescribe GF Products free of charge to patients who have been assessed by GP and or Dietician.
Stop Smoking Service, where you will be supported through a 12 week course with weekly treatment and advice. You are 4 times more likely to stop smoking with this service which is free.
Substance Misuse Service, to support with addictions and supply opiate substitutes. Pharmacy First, a newish service that at the moment covers urinary tract infections and impetigo which allows a pharmacist to prescribe antibiotics if appropriate. This service will be extended in the near future to cover other ailments requiring antibiotics. Emergency Hormonal Contraception 'The morning after pill' can be supplied free of charge after a consultation and if is deemed appropriate. Chlamydia Service, where antibiotics will be prescribed on presentation of a voucher given by a health professional, free of charge.
Bonnyrigg Health Centre, Bonnyrigg, EH19 2ET
32-34 High Street Bonnyrigg EH19 2AA
0131 663 8585
48 High Street Bonnyrigg EH19 2AB
17-19 High Street Dalkeith EH22 1JB
Lindsay & Gilmour
18/20 Woodburn Avenue Dalkeith EH22 2BP
17 Eskdaill Court Dalkeith EH22 1AG
2 Bogwood Court Mayfield EH22 5DG
Newbattle Medical Practice Blackcot Drive Mayfield EH22 4AA
71 Newton Church Road, Danderhall EH22 1LX
35 Main Street, Gorebridge EH23 4BX0
105 Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge EH23 4TS
Straiton Park Way, Straiton, Loanhead EH20 9QY
0131 440 3419
Inside Sainsburys Straiton Mills, Straiton EH20 9PW
55 Clerk Street, Loanhead EH20 9RE
123/125 Main Street, Newtongrange EH22 4PS
210 Main Street, Pathhead EH37 5PP
44a John Street Penicuik EH26 8AB
22 Edinburgh Road, Penicuik EH26 8NW
27 John Street, Penicuik EH26 8HN
122 Penicuik Road, Roslin EH25 9NT
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