Dedicated to serving the health of the community
Grant Irvine Pharmacy, on Albert Street, has been serving the community for almost 35 years and over that time has built up a strong rapport with customers.
Pharmacy owner Grant Irvine believes it is important to develop the trust and confidence of customers as they are relying on them to provide essential medications to improve their health and well-being.
‘‘We are not only providing a prescription service but we also become a significant part of our customers’ overall healthcare.’’
This includes not only prescription but also pharmacy only medication. Grant says this enables the pharmacist to discuss with the customer the correct use and the efficacy of these medications as well as provide advice on their general health and well-being.
‘‘With all our services we do not add any extra charges over and above the Government prescription taxes and we also have no after hours’ fees and do not add charges for receiving faxed prescriptions. We see the ability for customers to have their prescriptions faxed through as a real benefit. By the time you have left the doctor’s surgery and driven round to Albert Street, your prescription will be ready and waiting, and it doesn’t matter who your doctor is or where he is located,’’ says Grant.
Grant Irvine Pharmacy also has a drop off depot in Ashhurst, where customers can arrange to have their prescriptions delivered to The Lotto Four Square.
‘‘This is a free service, and one which makes it so much easier for patients who can have their prescription faxed to us directly from their doctor and then we will deliver them to the Ashhurst depot where they can be picked up that same evening.’’
Grant Irvine Pharmacy also has a private consultation room and they also provide a free rehydration service for sick children.
‘‘This is especially important to ensure that children who are vomiting and/or have diarrhoea are rehydrated quickly and kept hydrated until the bug passes. Coming directly to the pharmacy means that parents don’t have to wait at a doctor’s surgery and the risks to the child are kept to a minimum,’’ says Grant. Again this is a free service funded by the local DHB.
Keeping track of medications can sometimes be a nightmare, especially for carers who are looking after the person and, for people who are on a number of medications; Grant Irvine Pharmacy provides a full blister packing service. Again charges are kept to a minimum and for only $3 for up to one month’s supply customers have the convenience of the packaging as well as ensuring the correct medications are taken at the right time each day.
As well as general pharmaceutical products, first aid supplies and cosmetics, along with a full range of vitamin and mineral supplements, Grant Irvine Pharmacy also stocks an extensive range of giftware including toiletries and perfumes, children’s toys and greetings cards. They also have the best priced passport photo service in town.
Grant Irvine Pharmacy provides free, friendly and professional advice for all your healthcare concerns and, with free parking ‘just a pill bottle toss from the front door’, they are located just past the Fergusson St roundabout on Albert St.
The team at Grant Irvine Pharmacy, from left, Grant, Karen, Kirsty, Alessia, Charlotte and Angela.