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Unichem Alexandra Pharmacy

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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.

    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.

    COVID-19 Vaccination

    • Anyone currently eligible can access
    • Walk in
    • Group 1
    • Group 2
    • Group 3
    • Māori or Pasifika: age 55 and over
    • Māori or Pasifika: age 12 - 54
    • Group 4: age 30 - 64
    • Group 4: age 40 - 59
    • Group 4: age 50 - 54
    • Group 4: age 40 - 49
    • Group 4: age 30 - 39
    • Group 4: age 12 - 29

    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

    If you are getting a flu, MMR or other vaccine, it will affect timing of the COVID-19 vaccination. Please discuss with your health provider.

    Special Assistance Support (COVID-19 Vaccination)

    If you would like additional support or assistance at your vaccine appointment, you can let us know when you book your slot.

    Aseptic dispensing

    This pharmacy is approved to do aseptic dispensing. This includes preparing eye drops and sterile syringes (for syringe drivers). These products are made by our staff in a sterile environment so that they are safe to use.

    Community pharmacy anticoagulant management Service (CPAMS) – INR testing for warfarin patients

    Warfarin is used by some people as a blood thinning medicine e.g. after a stroke. It is important that blood results are regularly checked. This service involves having a quick test (finger prick) in the pharmacy to work out the correct dose. This saves you a trip to your local laboratory and waiting for your blood test to be processed.

    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.

    Medicines use review service (MURS)

    Medicines Use Review Service enables community pharmacists to work with people who are on complex medicine regimens or have difficulty managing their medications. Our pharmacists are MUR accredited and can ensure that you have access to the medicines you need, and that you have the tools, information and understanding to enable you to take your medicines as prescribed by your doctor. MUR is intended to improve community health and reduce hospital admissions. The pharmacist will send a report to your doctor about what you discussed and perhaps make suggestions that will help you manage your medicines better.

    Methadone dispensing

    This pharmacy works alongside the DHB methadone programme. Pharmacy staff can administer methadone on a daily, or a takeaway basis, depending on what has been agreed.

    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.

    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.

    Disability aids

    Wheelchair Hire

    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.

    Influenza (flu) vaccines

    This pharmacy has staff that are trained to give flu vaccines. The flu vaccination is free for people 65 years and older and for pregnant women, for everyone else there is 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Specialised wound care

    Some wounds require extra attention and skill to manage. This pharmacy has staff qualified to do this and can refer you to your doctor if necessary.

    Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

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