FREE emergency contraception service (morning after pill)
We offer the emergency contraception (morning after pill) service and it's free providing you are under 25. The pill must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex! In order to get the emergency contraception (morning after pill), you will have a short, confidential and anonymous consultation with the pharmacist in out private consultation room.
The morning after pill is not only taken by women who have had sex without any protection, but also for other reasons such as a split condom or if you have missed your regular contraceptive pill.
How effective is the morning after pill
Levonelle is an effective pill in preventing pregnancy following unprotected sex and works by preventing or delaying ovulation. It has a success rate of preventing 95% of pregnancies if is taken within 24 hours of sex. The pill should not be taken to prevent pregnancy if more than 72 hours have passed since you had unprotected sex, as the chances of successful prevention are significantly reduced. It is recommended that you take the pill as soon as you can.
Levonelle contains levonorgestrel, a synthetic version of the natural hormone progesterone. In a woman’s body, progesterone plays a role in ovulation and preparing the uterus for accepting a fertilised egg. It’s not known exactly how Levonelle works, but it’s thought to work primarily by preventing or delaying ovulation. Though you can take Levonelle more than once in a menstrual cycle, if you do require it again you would need to see your GP. Levonelle does not interfere with your regular method of contraception.
How it affects your period
After taking the emergency contraceptive pill, most women will have a normal period at the expected time. However, you may have your period later or earlier than normal. If your period is more than seven days late, or is unusually light or short, contact your GP as soon as possible to check for pregnancy.
How do I take it?
As soon as possible, just swallow it with some water. Indeed, because of the urgency, Most patients usually ask the chemist for a glass of water, so they can take it right away.
Is it dangerous to use?
Not at all. If anybody tells you that it has 'lots of side-effects' or 'makes you dreadfully sick', don't believe them. An older form of PCP used in the 1990s did often caused severe nausea, but today's PCPS cause very little trouble. Personally, I have never seen any severe side-effects from either type of PCP. But you can find more details about possible side-effects from the package leaflet.
Is it FREE?
The morning after pill is free if you are under 25. You can get it after a short, private consultation with the pharmacist. If you are over 25, it's still free but you will have to arrange an appointment with your local GP to get a prescription. If you are over 25 and you don't have the time to arrange an appointment, you can still obtain the pill but you would have to pay the trade price of £25.
If there is any other information you require about the morning after pill then please feel free to contact us via the phone or email. You can find these details on the contacts section.
FREE Repeat prescription service
This service makes getting your regular medication easy and simple. Once you have registered with us you can either order online or call us to order your medication. To sign up for the service, all you need to do is complete a simple online form (or collect one instore) and we will contact your GP surgery to order and collect your repeat prescription. You can then either call into the pharmacy to collect your medicine, or if it is more convenient, we’ll deliver your medication to an address of your choice.
Most of the prescriptions we dispense are repeat items and we aim to take the hassle out of the repeat prescriptions process. Arranging your repeat prescription should never be difficult and after all, it’s the thing that helps you live a healthier and happier life! We at Brudenell Road Pharmacy know this and with our Repeats service, you don’t have to lift a finger.
Once you sign up for the service we can manage your repeat prescriptions for you. We’ll do everything on your behalf, from communicating with your doctor’s surgery, to checking and re-ordering your next lot of medication. If you wish to collect it from the pharmacy then we can text you when its ready with our free text messaging service or we can deliver it direct to your door. It’s really simple and completely free!
How do I sign up?
You can sign up to our Repeats service by either popping into the Pharmacy and asking a member of our team or you can complete the form online.
Is the service available to me?
The service is available to anyone who has a repeat prescription from their doctor.
What is a repeat prescription?
A repeat prescription is any regular medication; whether it’s, contraceptive pill, asthma inhaler or diabetic medication, the Repeats service will take the hassle out of re-ordering medication from your doctor’s surgery.
How do I know if I’m on repeat medication?
You are on repeat medication if you take the medication regularly and your GP has authorised you to order it without an appointment by listing it on the right hand side of your prescription form.
Do I have to tell my doctor?
No, you do not have to contact your doctor’s surgery. We will let them know!
Do I have to pay for this service?
No, you do not have to pay for our Repeats Service. However unless you are exempt, normal prescription charges still apply.
How will I know when my medication is ready?
We will contact you to check your medication order seven days before you are due to collect it. We can also give you a card with a date on it to remind you of when your next medication is due.
How do I collect my prescription?
You can can collect your prescription from the pharmacy or we can deliver it direct to your door.
If there is any other information you require about the repeats service then please feel free to contact us via the phone or email. You can find these details on the contacts section.
FREE Medicine Use Review
This service is for people who are unsure about their medication. When to take it? What side effects can it have? Will it react with other medication? What time should I take it? How long will I need to take it for? We have the answers to these questions and many more. Just contact us via the email, telephone or come instore to inquire about the service.
An medicine use review (MUR) is a planned face-to-face consultation between a pharmacist and a patient to discuss their medicines, both prescribed and non-prescribed. The review aims to help increase patients’ knowledge and understanding of their medicines, including how and why they should be taken. It also provides an opportunity to highlight any issues, side effects or other medicine-related problems from the patient’s perspective and propose solutions if appropriate.
How much does it cost?
An MUR is a free NHS service that is held in our private consultation room to ensure complete privacy.
What can you expect from the MUR?
The pharmacist you meet with will have questions to ask you, and may suggest changes to your medicines. You may have concerns or questions that you want to ask. You can ask anything at all about your medicines. Remember you can ask your pharmacist questions at any time, but a review will give you both more time to concentrate on you and your medicines
All the pharmacists who offer this particular service will have been assessed to make sure they have the right knowledge and skills.The meeting is confidential There will be a private area within the pharmacy, where you can sit down together and can’t be overheard by customers or staff.
Your details, and your discussion, will be kept private. You can talk openly and your questions or worries will be listened to. Only you and your GP will normally receive a record of the meeting.
What will happen during the MUR?
You will confirm the medicines you are taking. The pharmacist will probably start by going through all the medicines you take (including medicines you have bought and herbal medicines), finding out how you take your medicines, and if you have enough information about them. The pharmacist will check how well you are getting on with your medicines, for example, can you swallow your medicines easily, or are you using your inhaler properly so that you get the most benefit from it. Together, you will discuss how you think your medicines are working. Not all your medicines may be necessary, or the dose might need to be adjusted by your doctor. A different medicine might make things easier. Together, you will talk through any questions or concerns. If you have any side effects,the pharmacist may be able to suggest something that will help or another medicine which might not cause the same problem
What will happen after the MUR?
Everything may be okay with your medicines and nothing else will need to happen. You will be given an Action Plan which will include a note of any changes you have agreed in the way you take your medicines. This will be filled in by the pharmacist who did the review with you. A copy of the Action Plan will go to your doctor and be kept with your medical notes. The pharmacist may recommend a change to your prescription. You will have a note of this in the Action Plan. Both you and the person who prescribes your medicines (usually your doctor) will need to agree on any changes to your prescription, so you may be asked to make an appointment with them to discuss these.No changes will be made against your will.
If there is any other information you require about the medicine use review then please feel free to contact us via the phone or email. You can find these details on the contacts section.
If you are on a lot of medication, you can sometimes struggle to remember when, where and how to take it. With our monitored dosage system we can take this burden away. We can place your medication into a dosette box so your weekly medication will be in the corresponding time and day removing the hassle of taking your medication.
When taking medicines at different times of the day it can be quite confusing to remember exactly what you are meant to be doing? The problem is compounded when medical care becomes complicated and your prescription requires multiple tablets taken several times throughout the day. This is when things may go wrong, leading to skipped doses or accidental overdoses when the same medicine is taken twice. Obviously these mistakes lead to poor control of your medical condition and put you at risk of side effects. For that reason customers often ask for a monitored dosage system (dossette box) when their medications reach a certain complexity - either because of the number of different medicines or when the doctor wishes the dose of medicine to change gradually over a period of time.
Quite often the dose of a particular medicine will require fine tuning and if you suffer from memory difficulties this type of complexity can pose a problem. In such situations a dossette box will provide reassurance to you or your carers that your medicines have been laid out properly and taken correctly. If you think a dossette might help you please contact us to discuss the options.