Our pharmacies are open late and even throughout the weekend. We pride ourselves on being able to help when you can’t reach your doctor. So what kinds of things can you ask your pharmacist?
- Did you know that pharmacists can write medical certificates? We can offer certificates for absence from work, though only for conditions commonly treated by pharmacists.
- Conjunctivitis can be an inconvenient illness. Luckily, pharmacists can provide antibiotic eye drops to people (over the age of two) to help clear the infection. We can also provide advice on how to avoid transmitting the infection to others in the same household and when it’s safe to return to work/school/child care.
- The common cold is also well within your pharmacist’s ability to treat. We have dozens of products at our disposal to find the right solution for you. Plus, we’ll make sure it’s safe with your existing medications or medical conditions.
- Skin reactions? Insect bites? Let us take a look. We can often treat it with products over the counter or we’ll direct you if it needs further attention from your doctor.
- Many pharmacists are also trained to give common vaccinations. As well as vaccinations for influenza, trained pharmacists can provide vaccinations for whooping cough among others.
- In Queensland, a new pilot program means that women between the ages of 18 and 65 can access antibiotics for urinary tract infections from their pharmacist. This makes it quicker and easier for women to treat UTIs without waiting for a doctor’s appointment.
- Likewise, pharmacists can also treat vaginal thrush. We are trained to differentiate from other, more troublesome infections, and again have a variety of treatment solutions at our fingertips.
- Tummy troubles are also well within our area of expertise. Mild reflux, diarrhoea, constipation and haemorrhoids can all be treated at home with the help of your pharmacist. It’s our job, and we promise not to make you feel uncomfortable!
- And if you’re not sure? Why not come in and ask. Pharmacists are a great first person to call on when you’re unwell. We are widely trained to recognise and triage many conditions. And if we can’t help, we’ll normally know exactly where to send you next.