Practice Leaflet

Medicines Dispensing

At Zoom Chemist, we dispense NHS prescriptions and Private prescriptions. Our Pharmacist will review your medication at each dispensing to ensure it is safe and appropriate for you. The pharmacist may also contact you to advise you on how to take your medication. For NHS Prescriptions, £7.85 is the fee charged per item, unless you are exempt. You can send us your prescription here. Follow the on screen instructions and unless you are exempt, you will be taken to our payment gateway too enter your credit/debit card details for payment.

Repeat Dispensing service

We also take part in the repeat dispensing service. This involves the pharmacy dispensing your repeat medication for chronic conditions at regular intervals, without the need for you to see your GP. This service is only avaiable to patients whose GP is happy for them to take part in the service. For more information on the repeat dispensing service please contact us.

Waste Disposal

If you have any unwanted medicines, you can send them to us for disposal. Please contact us for further information.

Public health

If you would like information regarding health concerns, please contact our pharmacist on 01442 450438 To view our current Public Health Campaign click here

Signposting

For Information On Diabetes Please Visit:

Diabetes UK

For Information On Cancer, Please Visit:

Cancer Research UK

For Information On Managing A Range Of Conditions, Please Visit:

NHS Choices

For Advice On Smoking Cessation:

Smokefree

Support for self care

If you require any information on health and lifestyle issues, please contact our pharmacist here If you would like any further information on our services, or to make a complaint please contact us. When the pharmacy is closed, for any health problem, advice and details of other health services, contact NHS Direct, 24 hours a day.

Data Protection

We use a patient medication record when dispensing prescriptions. This allows us to identify interactions between medicines and identify any problems. We comply with the data protection act and NHS code for confidentiality. Zoom Chemist will never sell any of your personal information to third parties.

Violent and Abusive Customers

Please note that our staff have the right to work in a safe environment, without fear of experiencing violence or abuse. The NHS supports our staff in their right to refuse to serve customers acting in such a manner. This includes emails and telephone calls.

Health Centre – Hayfever

Symptoms of hayfever are caused by the body producing an allergic response to pollen. It affects up to 20% of the UK population at some point in their lives.

Symptoms of hayfever include:

–      itchy, tearing eyes

–      runny, blocked or itchy nose

       sneezing.

What is the cause of hayfever?

Pollen is produced by many different types of trees, grass and weeds. Symptoms are caused by breathing in these pollen particles or getting them in your eyes. Your body’s response causes inflammation and subsequently causes you to experience the symptoms of hayfever. Hayfever can run in families. You are more likely to experience hayfever if you suffer from asthma or eczema.

What treatments are available?

Antihistamine tablets are one of the most effective ways to combat symptoms of hayfever. There are three different kinds:

–     Chlorphenamine (Piriton)

–     Cetirizine (Zirtek, Benadryl)

–     Loratadine (Clarityn)

Each antihistamine works in the same way, although some will be more effective than others for individual patients. To help you make your decision, see the table below. Eye drops can be effective if itchy or watery eyes are a particular problem.

    Sodium cromoglicate (Opticrom, optrex allergy     eye drops)

The sodium cromoglicate should be used before going outside as they prevent the eyes from reacting to pollen. Nasal sprays are useful if nasal itching or inflammation is a problem. Nasal sprays usually contain a steroid which helps to reduce inflammation in the nasal lining:

–    Fluticasone (Pirinase)

–     Beclomethasone (Beconase)

Decongestants can be effective for blocked noses and are available as tablets, drops and sprays:

–     Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed tablets)

–     Xylometazoline (Otrivine nasal     spray/drops, Sudafed nasal spray)

 

Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot, also called Tinea Pedis, is a fungal infection of the skin. It normally results in Itching, red and scaling skin between the toes and can result in considerable discomfort for the sufferer. The toes which are most commonly affected are the fourth and fifth toes, and usually only affects one foot.

How is Athletes Foot spread?

Since Athletes Foot arises due to a fungal infection, Fungal spores are produced. When they come in to contact with skin they can infect the person, producing the same symptoms. They are commonly spread in swimming pools and changing rooms.

What treatments are available?

Antifungal creams are used to treat Athletes foot. They include Canesten® (clotrimazole), Daktarin ®(miconazole) and Lamasil® (Terbinafine). They should be applied daily to the affected area and should be continued for one week after symptoms have cleared up. This helps to ensure the infection has been fully treated and prevents relapse.

To view our range of athletes foot treatments please click here

How to prevent Athletes Foot

Since Athletes Foot arises due to a fungal infection, general advice in preventing the condition includes washing and drying the feet everyday, paying special attention to the area in between the toes. If this area is left damp, it provides a warm, moist and ideal environment for fungus to grow. Wearing clean socks each day will also help to prevent the development of the condition. Since Athletes Foot spreads fungal spores into the shoes and socks, they could potentially re-infect a person once they have been treated. Washing powder will not kill the spores. Zoom Chemist therefore recommends the use of Mycota foot powder®, which should be used in the shoes and socks to kill fungal spores, in order to prevent re-infection.

To View our range of Mycota® products click here

If you would like any more information about Athletes Foot, please contact our Zoom Chemist pharmacist, or alternatively please start a new topic on our forum

Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation is one of the most common sexual problems experienced by men.  Premature ejaculation (PE) is when a man comes too quickly during sex.  It is most common in younger men, and improves with age as a man becomes more experienced and gains better control of his climax during sex. Premature Ejaculation can however be experienced by men of all ages and this is not uncommon.

Everyone’s definition of PE is different so it is difficult to set a strict criteria.  Generally however, studies have found that a PE sufferer will normally ejaculate within 1.8minutes and men not suffering from PE would on average take around 7.3 minutes. However, it is generally accepted that if either partner feels that orgasm is achieved too early, then PE is probably present too an extent. PE can affect a mans self confidence and can strain relationships.  It can be frustrating for both partners as there is a reduced duration of pleasure during sexual intercourse.

What causes premature ejaculation?

It is thought that a mans early sexual experiences in life can cause him to experience PE later on.  So if a male had to rush his early sexual experiences in order to avoid being caught, it is possible that his body may adapt to completing them quickly. Anxiety also plays a role in PE.  The more anxious a man is about ejaculating too quickly, the more likely he is to do so.

What treatments are available?

  • Delay Condoms– Delay condoms such as Durex Performa contain a local anaesthetic lubricant within the condom. It is discreet and offers an excellent option for men with PE and can be highly effective at delaying climax.

Click here to see Zoom chemists range of delay condoms

If you would like any more information about Premature Ejaculation, please contact our Zoom Chemist pharmacist, or alternatively please start a new topic on our forum.

Erection Problems

Erection problems

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is when a man cannot get or maintain an erection that is required for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is a common problem, believed to affect 40% of all men over 40.  It can also occur in younger men. Erectile dysfunction can affect a mans self confidence and can strain relationships. However, there are a number of effective treatment available for erectile dysfunction.

What are the causes of erectile dysfunction?

Erection problems can arise due to a narrowing of the blood vessels to the penis, therefore the penis cannot fill with blood properly and achieve erection.  This narrowing can occur due to a number of reasons including:

–      High blood pressure

–         Diabetes

–       High cholesterol

Erectile dysfunction may also occur due to psychological issues such as anxiety, depression and relationship problems. Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction may also experience performance anxiety.  This is when anxiety about being unable to achieve an erection causes more anxiety, contributing to the problem and making it even more difficult to achieve an erection.

What treatments are available?

There are three main drugs available in the UK to treat erectile dysfunction.  They are Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (Vardenafil). All of these medicines work by widening the blood vessels to the penis.  This allows more blood to enter the penis to achieve an erection.  It is important to note that when on these treatments an erection is only achieved when you are sexually stimulated. Please see the table below for differences between. Please note that Cialis also comes in a 2.5mg and 5mg strength that can be taken every day.  This therefore allows you to obtain an erection when you would like to, without the need to worry about taking a tablet beforehand.

If you require a prescription for an erectile dysfunction treatment please complete an assessment with our online doctor

If you already have a prescription and would like us to supply the medicine for you please click here

If you would like any more information about Erectile dysfunction, please contact our Zoom Chemist pharmacist, or alternatively please start a new topic on our forum.

Health Centre – Thrush

Vaginal Thrush

Vaginal thrush is a medical condition which affects many women and can often be a recurrent problem that can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. Vaginal thrush is also commonly referred to as a yeast infection and can present with symptoms such as:

–        A thick white discharge which resembles cottage cheese and
is odourless.

–        Itching, pain and swelling of the vaginal and vulval area

–        Pain during sexual intercourse

–        Pain during urination

Causes of vaginal thrush

Vaginal thrush infections are mostly caused by the over-growth of the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans. The infection tends to arise when there is an imbalance in the levels of the Candida and this can occur on its own, but often occurs following a course of antibiotics. Being on antibiotics can increase the risk of developing thrush as antibiotics are intended to treat bacterial infections and in doing so they tend to destroy the ‘good’ bacteria, which help to keep the Candida levels in check.

Treatments available

There are numerous treatments available which can combat vaginal thrush highly effectively to provide relief from the discomfort and pain and to prevent any future attacks for those recurrent sufferers.

Topical preparations

Canesten® thrush cream  contains clotrimazole2% and will treat the Candida around skin and near the entrance of the vagina and can also be used to treat the male partner if he is suffering from thrush on the penis.

Pessaries

Sometimes for recurrent bouts of thrush, more extensive treatment is necessary and this can be achieved via a pessary. A pessary is a device that contains the antifungal medication and is inserted into the vagina using an applicator. These treatments are ideal when there is excessive itching and irritation higher up the vagina.

Canesten® pessary–  contains clotrimazole to relieve the discomfort of the external itching and pessary to target the cause of the thrush.

Oral treatments

Combination preparations are available, which consist of a cream to soothe and relieve the external symptoms and a single oral capsule which can target the internal cause of the thrush, such as Canesten® Duo. This is the preferred choice of treatment.

To view our range of Thrush treatments click here

If you would like any more information about thrush then please contact us.  Alternatively, you can post a new topic on our forum.