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Community Pharmacy Based Public Health Services

 
Your Local Authority public health service now commissions a number of services from NHS community pharmacies that help improve the health and well-being of its population and these are described below. As the pharmacies that provide these services may sometimes change, always phone the pharmacy first to check before making a special journey.
Stop Smoking Services

Community pharmacies in each area are commissioned to provide support to help people who want to quit. The stop smoking service includes; nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) treatment (free to those who don’t pay for their prescriptions) and ongoing motivational support and appropriate monitoring / follow up for up to 12 weeks.

Many of these pharmacies are also able to support smokers under 16 years of age and also pregnant smokers to quit.

To find a pharmacy in your area that provides this service please click on the relevant link below:

Healthy Start Vitamins Supplies

Vitamins are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts so that it can work properly. Even though you can get lots of vitamins from a healthy balanced diet, you might not always get everything you need.

The NHS recommends specific vitamins for:

  • pregnant women;
  • new mums with a child under 12 months old; and
  • children from 6 months to four years of age.

Your local council is working with local community pharmacies to make Healthy Start vitamins available FREE* to these groups. Simply ask at your local pharmacy to register your details, get a Healthy Start Vitamin Card and go back there every two months for the next supply. Most local pharmacies are offering the service, but if you visit one that does not, they will be able to tell you the nearest pharmacy that does

Alternatively, to find a pharmacy in your area that provides this service please click on the relevant link below:

  • If you are on certain benefits, or pregnant and under 18, you can also apply for the NHS Healthy Start Scheme to get FREE milk, fruit and vegetables as well as the vitamins. Ask your midwife or health visitor for more information or visit the NHS Healthy Start website to check if you are eligible and apply.
Sexual Health Services

Community pharmacies may offer several services in support of sexual health; these may include

  • Emergency Oral Hormonal Contraception (EOHC), sometimes known as the ‘morning-after pill’ - for women, including young women over 14 years of age, at risk of pregnancy as a consequence of unprotected sex. After a private consultation with a pharmacist to determine clinical eligibility, EOHC is provided free to those women who don’t pay for their prescriptions
  • Chlamydia screening - confidential consultation, free testing kit and advice to enable a test to be completed in a convenient location (i.e. not in the pharmacy)
  • The C-Card condom supply service - pharmacies will complete a personal registration for this service, and supply free condoms and advice in accordance with the scheme on presentation of the ‘C-Card’.

To find a pharmacy in your area that provides one of these services, please click on the relevant link below:

Needle Exchange

The public health consequences of drug misuse are significant. The main primary harm to drug misusers is the transmission of blood borne viruses, including Hepatitis B and C and HIV. Other consequences of injecting include; abscesses, vein damage and endocarditis.

To help minimise the harm to both the drug misuser and the wider population caused by injecting, a number of community pharmacies are able to offer the following services;

  • Provision of sterile needles, syringes and associated materials to drug misusers,
  • Receiving from drug misusers used needles, syringes and associated materials for safe disposal
  • Providing suitable advice to drug misusers and where appropriate, advising on how to access another health care professional, or a specialist drug treatment provider, or harm minimisation provider.

To find a pharmacy in your area that provides this service please click on the relevant link below:

Supervised Self-Administration of Methadone, Buprenorphine and Suboxone® for the treatment of Drug Misuse

One element of a recovery-focused drug treatment journey for opiate users is the opportunity to access pharmacological interventions, including the prescribing of substitute medication such as methadone or buprenorphine.

Supervised self-administration of these substitute medications supports the users to comply with their prescribing regime. Supervision also helps minimise mis-direction or diversion of the substitute medication.

A number of community pharmacies provide this service to opiate users within Tees Valley. As part of the treatment plan, the treatment provider and service user will mutually agree a convenient pharmacy for them attend.

To find a pharmacy in your area that provides this service please click on the relevant link below:

Healthy Living Pharmacies

All pharmacies can offer free advice to support self-care for many minor health-related conditions and lifestyle advice related to specific health conditions such as cardio-vascular disease or diabetes. Some pharmacies are being supported by the public health department of your local authority to undergo enhanced training and offer a much wider range of lifestyle advice and services, and be involved with their communities in a much more proactive way. You might already have seen the ‘Healthy Living Pharmacy’ logo or some activities in your pharmacy.

To find a Healthy Living Pharmacy in your area please click on the relevant link below:

Trial Services – available until 31st March 2016

Some new services are being offered for a short time to see if people find it useful for them to be available in a pharmacy:

Healthy Weight Management

Stockton-on-Tees council is running a trial service at some local community pharmacies. You can attend the pharmacy for FREE one-to-one advice over a period of up to 12 weeks offering you motivation and lifestyle support to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.

To find a pharmacy in Stockton-on-Tees that provides this service please click on the relevant link below:

Alcohol Brief Advice

Middlesbrough council is running a trial service at some local community pharmacies. In this service, the pharmacies will give you a nationally developed questionaire that will help you understand the amount of alcohol that you regularly drink. Based on your own score for the quiz the pharmacist will offer advice on safe drinking. If advisable, and with your consent, they can also arrange for a referral into other support services.

To find a pharmacy in Middlesbrough that provides this service please click on the relevant link below:

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