Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Health Check at Barnton Pharmacy

Health Check at Barnton Pharmacy

The Barnton Pharmacy Health Check will give you an overview of your health to help you prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, certain types of dementia and lung disease. The health check is for anyone who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions. You will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.
These diseases cause the majority of long term diseases in Scotland and many of them can be prevented.

Heart disease

Heart disease occurs when the artery that supplies blood to the heart becomes blocked.
A stroke deprives your brain of blood and is a medical emergency.
Kidney disease
When the kidneys don’t work properly, it can cause serious health problems.
Type 2 diabetes
Diabetes can raise your risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
Vascular dementia is caused by problems with the supply of oxygen to the brain following a stroke or vessel disease
Lung Disease
Common in smokers and ex smokers. Can lead to breathlessness.

What happens at a health check?
The Health Check at Barnton Pharmacy is carried out by our highly trained team. It involves a few straightforward health tests and some simple questions about your medical history and lifestyle. The health check takes about 60 minutes to complete.

Getting ready for your health check
         Do not eat anything for 12 hours before your test. This includes milk in tea or coffee. You may have water
         Wear light clothing and a short sleeved top to make it easier to take your blood pressure. Bare feet needed for accuracy on scales, for ease at BMI test stage. Must be able to remove all footwear.
         Bring a fresh sample of urine with you.(No more than 2 hours prior to appointment) We can provide a specimen bottle.

Tests offered during your health check

Your Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI is a measure of whether you are a healthy weight for your height.
People who are overweight are more likely to develop vascular disease
Blood pressure
This is the pressure that your blood exerts on the walls of your arteries as it moves through them. High blood pressure can weaken the walls of your arteries, increasing the risk of blockage or breaking, which can lead to heart disease, stroke and vascular kidney disease.
Cholesterol is a vital fat for the proper functioning of your body. There are two kinds of cholesterol and too much of one kind in the blood can narrow the arteries, which can lead to vascular disease. A small amount of blood is taken from your finger for this test.
Diabetes risk assessment
Diabetes occurs when the hormone insulin, which converts sugar into energy, doesn't work properly. This results in a build-up of sugar in the blood, which can result in a wide range of serious health problems. Left unmanaged, diabetes can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. A small sample of blood from your finger is taken to check the level of sugar in your blood.
Urine test
A sample of urine is tested for blood or protein to check whether your kidneys are working well.
Lung function test
To establish how well your lungs are functioning. You simply breath long and hard into a special device, which will monitor how well your lungs are functioning and give an estimation of how ‘old’ your lungs are compared to your actual age.

The results
Your health check results will be discussed with you fully.
You will get a personalised health action plan to take away which may include advice on what action you can take to lower your risk and improve your chances of a healthier life. This could include suggestions on small changes to your diet or how much exercise you take if your risk is low or moderate. If you are at higher risk, you will be referred to your doctor to discuss the findings further.

How much does it cost?

The health check at Barnton Pharmacy costs £50.00

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Not all echinaceas are the same

I am on my second cold of the season. It is boring!

The first one was over Christmas and I blame my two small germ carriers (delightful though they are!) for most of the snotty noses and coughs and sneezes in our house. This time I decided to do my own small scale study on Echinacea,

I like the A Vogel products. The brand is well supported with great campaigns and good educational support for the pharmacy team and for customers. 
I have been using Echinaforce drops since starting with a sore throat last Thursday and I have to say I am quite impressed. you add 15 drops to water three times a day. Easy enough to and not unpleasant tasting.

Research has shown that Echinacea 

  • strengthens the immune system
  • is anti-viral 
  • is anti-inflammatory
A Vogel Echinacea use a combination of the herb ad the root from the plant. This makes sense to me and has been shown to have a greater effect that either the herb or the root alone. 

Although I still have a stuffy nose, this cold has really not come to much whilst others around me have taken to there beds. Perhaps it is luck, but I am certainly convinced enough to try it next time.

At Barnton Pharmacy we can give you advice on a rage of herbal alternatives and natural products to help you feel great through the winter months.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Life on Roaccutane

Although it is almost the end of January - Happy New Year!!!
For the first blog of 2014, I to hand over to one of my talented staff and highlight her blog.
One of our Saturday girls, Alix has been writing about her life, fashion and beauty on her blog "Let's kiss and Make Up"
During 2013, Alix also went on a course of the potent anti-acne drug Roaccutane and documented her journey to better skin.

Acne is not an easy thing to talk about, so thank you Alix for sharing your journey and I would encourage you all to have a look at Alix's story.