Vittoria Healthcare Pharmacies

Services

Vittoria Healthcare provide the following services:

Please check your local branch for services provided.

Prescription Collection

Prescription delivery and collection vanWe collect prescriptions from all local surgeries on a daily basis.
Usually we can collect your prescription from your GP free of charge.

Prescription Delivery

We can deliver your prescription medicines - Free of charge.
This is a local service principally for housebound patients

Please contact your branch to see if you are eligible for this free service.

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

electronic prescription service

Prescriptions in England are going paperless.

GP's can electronically send your prescription straight to your local pharmacy as part of the new NHS Electronic Prescription Service.

Just ask us, or your GP, which pharmacy you which to nominate and then pick up your prescription from there.

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Medicines Use Review (MUR)

Medicines Use Review (MUR)

This involves a face-to-face consultation between the pharmacist and patient to discuss their prescribed and non-prescribed medicines.

What is the purpose of an MUR?

An MUR involves carrying out a structured review of a patient’s medicine to help them understand why they are taking a medicine, how they should take it and to talk through any side effects they may be experiencing.
The review should help patients to:

  • understand their therapy
  • identify any problems or side effects they are experiencing
  • find possible solutions to any problems

Who should have an MUR?

An MUR is ideal for patients on multiple medicines, particularly those receiving medicines for long term conditions.

Stop Smoking

Stop Smoking

Smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease and death in the UK with more than 120,000 people dying each year as a direct result of smoking.

  • 21% of the UK population smoke
  • 66% of smokers want to quit and half of these are ready to quit

Smoking cessation pilot schemes have shown that when a patient is offered support quit rates rise to around 20% on average, compared to around 2-3% success rate without support.

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Weight Management

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Being overweight can cause a number of health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. Obesity can reduce life expectancy by 6-7 years.

  • Quarter of UK adults are considered obese (BMI over 30)
  • 42% of men and 32% of women considered overweight (BMI 25 - 30)
  • Ideal BMI: 18.5 – 25

Our pharmacies offer the Lipotrim weight management programme.

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Blood Pressure Testing

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Blood pressure directly affects a person’s health with high blood pressure dramatically increasing the risk of heart disease, a stroke, a heart attack and kidney disease.

  • 16 million people in the UK have high blood pressure
  • One third of women and two fifths of men are affected
  • Half of all people over 75 have the condition

High blood pressure is not something that can be felt and it usually has no symptoms: 1 in 3 people with high blood pressure don't know they have it.
The only way anyone would know if they had high blood pressure is to have it tested.

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Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

If you have unprotected sex, then if you take an emergency contraceptive pill (sometimes known as the morning after pill) within a few days you have a good chance of preventing pregnancy.

Emergency contraception can be used:

  • If you have had sex without using contraception.
  • If you have had sex, but there was a mistake with contraception. For example, a split condom or if you forgot to take your usual contraceptive pills.

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Flu Vaccination

Flu, short for influenza, is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. We offer a Free NHS influenza vaccination service to the following :

  • Patients aged 65 years and over
  • Patients with Chronic Respiratory Disease
  • Patients with Chronic Heart Disease
  • Patients with Chronic Neurological Disease
  • Patients with Diabetes
  • Patients who are Immunosuppressed
  • Carers
  • Pregnant Women
  • Members of Voluntary Organisations providing planned Emergency First Aid
  • Community First Responders

Please ask for further details.

The flu vaccine is available from October each year.

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NHS Choices - Flu