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Countdown Pharmacy Dunedin Central

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    Pharmacists can help to support the health of your family; they can provide advice and treatment for common minor illnesses for all ages.

    Our friendly team is here to help. Drop off your prescription and we can prepare it while you shop!

    Our email address is on the label on your medicines - please email us a few days in advance to order your repeat prescriptions

    Pharmacists ensure that prescriptions are dispensed correctly and that the medicine and dose is appropriate for you, so that you receive the maximum benefits from your medicines. Your pharmacist will help you understand what your medicines are prescribed for, how to take them, possible side effects and how to store them.

    All advice and treatment is conducted in a professional and confidential manner and most services are provided free of charge and do not generally require an appointment.

    For safe disposal, please return any expired or unwanted medicines, or needles/lancets and syringes to your pharmacy. There is no charge for this service.

    Please don't hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions.

    COVID-19 Vaccination

    • Pfizer vaccine (12+ years)
    • Anyone currently eligible can access
    • Make an appointment
    • No appointment required
    • Walk in

    Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the virus. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and eligibility visit Ministry of Health - COVID-19 vaccines

    The majority of routine vaccinations can now be administered before, after, or at the same time as your COVID-19 vaccinations. The exception to this is the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine where a 7-day gap before or after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 is advised. If you have any questions, please discuss with your healthcare provider.

    Long-term conditions (LTC) service

    This service is designed for people with long-term illnesses who may need support with their medicines. An assessment is used to identify the things that affect their ability to take medication as prescribed. Pharmacists work together with the patient to address each issue. The pharmacist is able to assist you with managing your medications and can coordinate your medications so that your prescription repeats happen all at the same time and therefore require only one trip to have your prescriptions refilled. They can also provide you with a reminder service (via text message, email or phone call) to let you know when your next supply of medications is ready for collection. If you are having difficulties managing your medicines (e.g. forgetting to take them), please ask your pharmacist whether this service is right for you.

    Smoking cessation

    Pharmacy staff are trained to provide a service to help people to stop smoking. This service includes advice and providing quit smoking support aids e.g. nicotine gum.

    Free after hours prescriptions for under 14s

    We are able to fill your under-14 year old's prescription for free (if the medication is fully funded) both within normal working hours and after hours.

    Vaccines

    Immunisation is one of the most effective medical interventions to prevent infections and has led to the decline of many serious, potentially lethal, diseases. There may be a charge for this service.

    Blister packs

    This pharmacy can provide you with individually made blister packs of your medicines. These can be supplied weekly, fortnightly, or monthly depending on your needs. This type of packaging can help you to take your medicine at the right time. It can also make it easier to see if you have missed a dose or are running out. Blistering is useful if you are travelling as it avoids having to take multiple containers. Liquids are not able to be blister packed.

    Emergency contraceptive pill (ECP)

    Your pharmacists are trained to assess whether the ECP is appropriate for you. This is done in a confidential manner. The ECP works best if taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse but may be taken up to 72 hours after. There is usually a charge associated with receiving the ECP.

    Incontinence products
    Medicine & needles disposal service

    Unwanted medicines are often dumped into the toilet, tipped down the sink or put out with the garbage, which starts a journey that can seriously harm the environment. Please return any expired or unwanted medicines, or needles/lancets and syringes to your pharmacy. In doing so, we can make our home a safer place, help safeguard our community and protect our environment. There is no charge for this service.

    Sildenafil dispensing for erectile dysfunction

    This pharmacy has specially trained pharmacists who are able to prescribe sildenafil for erectile dysfunction in men aged 35 – 70 years who meet specific assessment criteria.

    Trimethoprim dispensing

    This pharmacy has trained pharmacists who can supply the antibiotic, trimethoprim, for women aged between 16 and 65 who have an uncomplicated urinary tract infection.

    Influenza (flu) vaccines

    This pharmacy has staff that are trained and authorised to give flu vaccinations. Many pharmacies will vaccinate children – call the pharmacy to check first.

    Flu vaccinations are free for those people who are most likely to get very sick. To find out if you are eligible for a free flu vaccination go to the Ministry of Health website. For everyone else there is a charge for this service.

    WINZ and other reports

    If you require reports on your medicines or the cost of your medicines please ask a member of the pharmacy team.

    Selected oral contraceptives

    Our specially trained pharmacists can supply selected oral contraceptives without a prescription under certain circumstances.

    Up to six months’ supply of selected oral contraceptives can be sold to women who have previously been prescribed the same oral contraceptive within the last three years and who have not developed any risk factors.

    There is a charge for both the medicine and the consultation when you receive this service.

    Maviret dispensing for hepatitis C

    This pharmacy has been registered to dispense Maviret (glecaprevir and pibrentasvir) for the treatment of Hep C and to provide you with counselling to support your treatment. You will not have to pay any pharmacy charges for your Maviret.

    My Vaccination Documents - get in person
    Our service can help you request and print the following documents:
    • My Vaccine Pass
    • International Travel Vaccination Certificate
    • Your vaccination record
    Face Mask Exemption Pass - get in person
    Our service can assist you to print and apply for a Face Mask Exemption Pass.
    Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

    This service has staff that are trained and authorised to give MMR vaccines. The MMR vaccination is free for people aged from 16 to 49 years (inclusive).

    Opioid Substitution Treatment Service

    This pharmacy works alongside the DHB Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) programme. Pharmacy staff can administer methadone or Suboxone on a daily, or a takeaway basis, depending on what has been agreed.

    COVID-19 antiviral medicine (if you have a prescription from your doctor or nurse)

    View the Ministry of Health website for information about COVID-19 antiviral medicine and who is eligible.

    You will need a prescription from your doctor or nurse to receive the medication.

    COVID-19 antiviral medicine (if you may be eligible but don’t have a prescription)

    View the Ministry of Health website for information about COVID-19 antiviral medicine and who is eligible.

    To receive the medication please call and talk to the pharmacist first, either immediately after you test positive or develop symptoms to see if the medicines are right for you.

    COVID-19 Care in the Community

    We are able to offer additional support and funded services to eligible people isolating at home due to COVID-19.

    Covid-19 testing

    We provide pre-departure testing for people who are travelling. Please bring ypur passport and travel dcouments.

    There is a charge of $50 per person and you must provide your own RAT tests or buy them from us.

    Please check the criteria for the country that you are travelling to -generally you need to take the test within 24 hours of your scheduled international departure time but some countries may allow a wider window

    Rapid antigen tests (RATs) can be ordered and then collected at this site.

    Before going to a collection site, you must place an order via https://requestrats.covid19.health.nz/ OR free call 0800222478

    This site offers free face masks when people are collecting RATs (subject to availability).

    Charges

    No $5 standard subsidised prescription charge per item payable. Other charges relating to patient co-payment for specialists, dentists prescriptions, non funded, partially funded and non-funded items may apply. For non-standard co-payments this generally means that the $15 per item charge is reduced to $10 per item. If you have a Coummunity Services Card please advise us.

    Also please advise us if you have had any prescriptions dispensed at other pharmacies so that we ensure that correct exepmption fees are applied

     

    Dispensing manager

    Peter Barron

    Age groups

    • Child / Tamariki
    • Youth / Rangatahi
    • Adult / Pakeke
    • Older adult / Kaumātua