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Free Blood Pressure Checks.

Reduce your risk of heart and circulatory diseases

Why get your blood pressure checked?

  • High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a condition which can be controlled to reduce your risk of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease.
  • In the UK there are about five million adults (one in every nine) who have high blood pressure without even knowing it, since high blood pressure itself rarely causes symptoms.
  • The British Heart Foundation estimates that high blood pressure causes over 50% of heart attacks and strokes.

Please share this information with your family and friends.

High blood pressure – know your numbers

Blood pressure is the force of your blood moving against the walls of your arteries. It is expressed as two numbers, one above the other.

What does this check involve?

We are offering free blood pressure checks to eligible people over 40 with no appointment necessary. This involves around 10-15 minutes in the pharmacy consultation room with a trained member of the pharmacy team. Following this, you may be invited to take home a blood pressure monitor that measures your blood pressure as you go about your daily life.

Depending on your blood pressure reading you may be referred to your GP.

The pharmacy team will guide you through any necessary steps depending on your blood pressure result.

For general healthy living and high blood pressure information visit:

We recommend that all adults should get a cholesterol check – no matter what your age or how healthy you feel.

Your cholesterol levels depend on your genes as well as your lifestyle, so the only way to know your cholesterol numbers is to get a check. You can have your cholesterol tested in our pharmacy using a simple blood test. This involves a finger prick test, it’s quick, you only feel a small pinch, and the results can be checked there and then.

This is a private service – current cost £15 per test

Delivery of medicines is a private service, and is carried out at the expense of the pharmacy. We offer one free delivery per patient per month. A charge of £2 per delivery is applied to any subsequent deliveries for that month.

We provide the Discharge Medicines Service.  The service has been established to help you understand your medicines and any changes when you leave hospital and to reduce incidences of avoidable harm caused by medicines.

It is important not to dispose of any unwanted medicines down the sink, in the toilet or in your general waste!

We are happy for you to return all your unwanted and unused medications to us for safe disposal.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept used any “sharps” (needles etc), – you can check with your GP practice or the local council on disposal of sharps.

We are able to obtain your prescriptions electronically without the need for a paper copy. Simply ask your GP Surgery to nominate our pharmacy in order for your prescriptions to be transferred to us automatically.

Our Emergency Hormonal contraception (EHC) service is a private service.

If you are worried your method of contraception failed or if you had sex without using contraception, drop into our pharmacy and ask for the pharmacist. Who will confidentially speak to you and provide you with the EHC if deemed necessary.

We offer a bookable Mobile Flu Vaccination service to local businesses available Monday – Friday.

Why should you offer your staff a flu vaccination? No-one wants to be ill, the consequences of illness for you and your staff can be significant. Flu vaccinations represent a cost-effective way of keeping employees at work, while taking an active interest in their health.

The benefits of offering a flu jab to your work force are clear: Workplace absences, in total, cost British employers £13 billion a year and 90% of those absences are attributed to flu and colds.

We can help you hold a flu clinic at your premises. Signing up to our service means your employees can choose to have their flu jab at a time and location that’s convenient for you and the business.

Contact us today to discuss our flu service and we’ll explain the service further, including how with each flu jab you can play an active role in helping to stop the spread of flu.

The pharmacist and our trained assistants are available for advice on all medicines and minor ailments, in private if required. We can also give you advice on how to live a healthy life, for example, advice on how to stop smoking, exercise, or healthy diets. We can direct you to other sources of advice and assistance if we cannot help you ourselves.

If either yourself or someone you care for has problems remembering how or when to take prescribed medication, we may be able to help with a compliance device. A monitored dosage system (MDS) is a medication storage device designed to simplify the administration of solid oral dose medication, especially for those on multiple medications.

Our Pharmacist can help identify which patients this type of system would be suitable for.

MDS may be suitable for patients in the following circumstances:

– You struggle to organise medications and find it difficult to remember to take them at the correct time each day

– You have a large number of medications to take each day

– You find it difficult to remove medication from its packaging

– You have a carer who helps you to ensure you take your medicines correctly.      

Please note, however, that such a device might not be suitable for all patients and potential candidates will need to be assessed before such an aid can be offered.

This is a private service – current charges are £15 every 4 weeks.

When you are prescribed a new medicine by your doctor our pharmacists can offer support and advice to ensure you take the new medication as prescribed without suffering any unwanted side effects or explain any further questions you may have. We usually do this by keeping in contact with you during the first 4 weeks of your new medicine being prescribed.

The service is only available for people living in England, and only for those who have been prescribed a new medicine for certain conditions such as:

  • asthma
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • type 2 diabetes 
  • high blood pressure
  • people who have been given a new blood-thinning medicine

The NMS can help:

  • improve your adherence (taking your medicines correctly) which will generally lead to better health outcomes
  • increase your engagement with your condition and medicines, supporting you to make decisions about your treatment and self-management
  • reduce medicines wastage
  • reduce hospital admissions due to adverse events from medicines

If you are taking a prescription for methadone or a substance of misuse – you can bring your prescription to Southcote Pharmacy. Our fully trained pharmacist will offer you a non-judgemental, friendly, and confidential service. Support and advice if also be provided if you require any.