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Protection against influenza


When it comes to influenza, prevention is better than treatment, says Unichem Prestons pharmacist Ryan McNamara.

To make sure you’re protected this winter, all you have to do is pop in for a quick consultation with a pharmacist – no appointments necessary – and one of the experienced pharmacist vaccinators will administer the vaccination instore.

If you’re over 65 or pregnant, you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine, but even if you don’t fall into either of these categories, it’s a reasonable fee for the vaccine which can be administered to patients 13 years and older.

After the vaccination, patients will be required to wait 20 minutes in store to check for any adverse reactions and your GP will be informed to update your records.

The Unichem Prestons team also offers flu vaccines off-site for large groups and workplaces, and to residents at Alpine View retirement village.

Ryan says making the vaccination free in pharmacy to those most at risk, (pregnant and elderly) adds another layer of protection for the local community.

“Having it instore and available to the general public means it’s easily accessible and convenient to everyone,” he says.

“The earlier you get your vaccine, the sooner you’re protected, with the main flu season running from May to September, though it’s important to remember that it’s never too late in the season to get your vaccine.”

It is available at Unichem Prestons pharmacy from April. For more information and updates on availability, keep up-to-date via the Facebook page.

For more information, phone 03 281 7889 or email pharmacy@unichemprestons.co.nz.


 

Making medication easy


Embracing innovation and technology, Unichem Prestons’ new robotic packing machine will result in many benefits for patients, including compliancy and convenience.

 

 

Owner Ed Dawwas has been operating a Robotic Dispensing Machine at the Woodham Road Pharmacy for the past two years, and was so impressed with the impact of this medication sachet system on patient compliance, that he decided to bring it to Prestons.

He says the system is an excellent way to manage a patient’s medication and ensures that patients take the right medication, at the right dose, at the right time.

Medications are conveniently packed into the sachets at the appropriate dose times, and each individual dose is labelled with the patient’s name, dose time and the medicines to be taken at the specified time.

“The medication sachet system is especially good for making it easy to remember to take your medications, customers who are on multiple medications or complicated regimens, customers who are travelling or needing to take medications away with them (for day trips, lunch excursions) and safety as all medications are in one place and can be easily stored.”

It also provides patients with a continual supply of medications, so they never feel like they’re going to be caught short without them.

When they are due to pick up a new supply of medicines, patients receive automatic reminders, and there’s flexible, daily delivery options for the local community.

“We have a great community, and we would like them to benefit from this service,” Ed says.

For more information, phone 03 281 7889 or email pharmacy@unichemprestons.co.nz.