Sum­mer health­care is right on your doorstep

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

Sum­mer is on its way and while we all look for­ward to the warm sunny days ahead, this is not al­ways the best sea­son for many who suf­fer from al­lergy and hayfever symp­toms. For­tu­nately there are a large num­ber of reme­dies avail­able and Vo­gel Street Phar­macy, in the Ross­mont Shop­ping Cen­tre, has all you need to keep those rashes and sneezes un­der con­trol.

Phar­macy owner Nel­son Ro­drigues is both a reg­is­tered phar­ma­cist and fully trained in com­ple­men­tary medicines.

‘‘We stock a range of med­i­ca­tions suit­able for al­lergy suf­fer­ers as some are more suited to a per­son’s par­tic­u­lar com­plaint than oth­ers. For gen­eral hayfever we cur­rently have a spe­cial on all pur­pose al­lergy med­i­ca­tion of only $2 for a pack.

Vo­gel Street Phar­macy car­ries a wide se­lec­tion of both phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and com­ple­men­tary med­i­ca­tions to as­sist in building im­mu­nity and boost­ing en­ergy lev­els. Nel­son says they of­ten have peo­ple call­ing in ask­ing for med­i­cal ad­vice.

‘‘Th­ese are usu­ally mild but an­noy­ing com­plaints like skin rashes, up­set stom­achs and other sea­sonal com­plaints. We can give ad­vice as to what we be­lieve may be the prob­lem and sug­gest reme­dies but if we feel the com­plaint is more se­ri­ous we will def­i­nitely rec­om­mend they see a doc­tor.’’

As well as pro­vid­ing the usual phar­macy ser­vices, Vo­gel Street Phar­macy is the lo­cal Lotto Shop and also stocks an ex­ten­sive range of beauty prod­ucts, women’s and men’s toi­letries and fra­grances as well as or­thopaedic footwear, chil­dren’s toys, nov­elty items, gift packs and a great se­lec­tion of med­i­cated hair care prod­ucts, as well as all you need for sum­mer at the beach, in­clud­ing shoul­der scarves and sarongs, beach footwear, tan­ning lo­tions, sun­screens and their cur­rent spe­cial of only $14.99 for in­vis­i­ble zinc

Other ser­vices in­clude blood pres­sure checks, and if Christ­mas is feel­ing a lit­tle too stress­ful, Nel­son says they will be of­fer­ing free blood pres­sure checks over this pe­riod. They also hold reg­u­lar ‘Mole Check Clin­ics’ where they work in con­junc­tion with the nurses from To­tal Health­care, and plan to hold the next clinic early next year, so just give them a call on 06 3551905 to con­firm the date.

The phar­macy also pro­vides ear pierc­ing, pass­port photos and a fax and pho­to­copy­ing ser­vice. Plus, not only can you have your pre­scrip­tion faxed through but they can also take pre­scrip­tions via email at vo­gel­street­phar­

‘‘All a per­son has to do is send a screen shot or scan of their pre­scrip­tion to our phar­macy and later in the day they can call in, with their orig­i­nal script, and pick up their pre­scrip­tion with­out hav­ing to wait. This is handy for peo­ple who have seen the doc­tor ear­lier in the day and gone back to work, they then know they can pick up their pre­scrip­tion straight af­ter work,’’ says Nel­son. ’’We also of­fer a free blis­ter pack ser­vice where there is no ex­tra charge for their first month’s sup­ply.’’

Nel­son adds that they give a 10 pe cent dis­count to Grey Power card hold­ers plus, for all cus­tomers they give a $5 voucher for ev­ery spend over $80, and this in­cludes both their spend on pre­scrip­tions as well as any other items they may pur­chase, but this does not in­clude Lotto prod­ucts.

An­other pop­u­lar ser­vice Nel­son pro­vides at the phar­macy is the dis­creet and con­fi­den­tial con­sul­ta­tion specif­i­cally for men who want to en­joy an ac­tive love life.

‘‘We pro­vide a pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion, and to make sure the med­i­ca­tion is suit­able for the cus­tomer, the con­sul­ta­tion cov­ers heart health and any other fac­tors that may im­pact on them tak­ing this med­i­ca­tion.’’

Vo­gel Street Phar­macy is open Mon­days to Fri­days from 8.30am till 5.30pm, with late night Wed­nes­days till 6.30pm and on Satur­days they are open from 9am till 7pm.

‘‘We find our cus­tomers re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate our open­ing times and that we don’t charge any ad­di­tional ‘out of hours’ pre­scrip­tion charges. The range and va­ri­ety of prod­ucts and ser­vices we pro­vide is also ex­tremely pop­u­lar plus, in the run up to Christ­mas, we will wrap your presents for free.’’

Phar­macy owner Nel­son Ro­drigues as­sists a cus­tomer.

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