Health checks and support


Cholesterol Testing

We offer two types of Cholesterol Tests. We offer a ‘Total Cholesterol’ test and an ‘HDL’ test which measures the good cholesterol.

A combination of the two tests gives us an ‘LDL’ measurement, this is your bad cholesterol. It includes a consultation and advice to help you on your way to a healthier heart. No appointment is required for these tests but if making a special trip, we would advise that you contact us to make sure the correct staff is available.

The cholesterol test costs £10.

BMI

BMI (Body Mass Index) is a way of expressing your weight in relation to your height. It is important for calculating whether you are a healthy weight, overweight or underweight.

Being overweight has serious health implications and can be a major cause of:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks
  • Angina
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis

If you want to check your BMI pop and we can carry out a quick, simple and non-invasive test. You’ll receive your results straight away and, depending on your results, we can also give you some lifestyle advice relating to diet and exercise.

 

Blood Pressure Test

Did you know that as many as five million people are undiagnosed with high blood pressure in the UK?

High blood pressure causes strain on your blood vessels, which can lead to the narrowing of the vessels, blood clots and an increased risk of heart disease.

If the following describes your lifestyle you may be at risk:

  • Eating too much salt
  • Not eating enough fruit and vegetables
  • Not taking enough exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Drinking too much alcohol

You can just pop into Holland Pharmacy with no appointment to have your blood pressure tested. You will be given advice and information on how to make changes to your lifestyle if you need to.

As high blood pressure affects one in three adults, it’s important to be aware of the risks and how you can reduce them. Our free, confidential service only takes a few minutes.

Checking your blood pressure is quick, easy and non-invasive.

 

Blood Glucose

It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK who have undiagnosed diabetes.

Sugar is a vital energy source and is carried to all the cells in the body by the blood, however, elevated blood sugar levels may be a sign of diabetes. The symptoms of diabetes aren’t always obvious and can develop slowly.

We can help identify your risk of developing diabetes and provide advice on reducing the chances. To measure your blood sugar level, pop into our pharmacy for a quick and simple test*. We can also provide you with healthy lifestyle advice to help you reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

*This service includes a finger prick blood test, and we may need to refer you to your GP for further tests if we identify that you are at high risk of developing diabetes. This is a private service and costs £5.

 Supervised Consumption

The Pharmacy has become central to delivering the substitute medicine for opioid dependence.

This is an important service provided by pharmacies to target misuse of illicit substances and prevent withdrawal symptoms and reduce risk to the patient.

A care plan will have been put in place and agreed with the patient and they will be assigned to a pharmacy.

The person supervising the consumption is normally the pharmacist.

The pharmacy team will protect the patients confidentially and provide support in any way they can. Supervised consumption usually lasts for approximately three months although it can vary depending on the patient’s compliance level. The patient will have to attend the pharmacy to collect their dose, how often they will have to do this will depend on the level of supervision required. If the patient misses three or more doses, they will be referred back to their Doctor or prescriber before the next dose.  A review needs to be performed as they will have lost their tolerance and will be at a risk of overdose. Therefore a new titration may need to be started. The need for supervised consumption will be reviewed on a regular basis. If treatment failure is identified, supervised consumption will be re-introduced.