Get health on track
THE new year is fast approaching, so there is no better time than now to get your health on track.
With an increasing range of extended services from health screening and checks to lifestyle coaching and preventative health and wellness, Emerald Plaza Pharmacy is fast becoming a community health hub that prides itself on offering holistic and collaborative health care.
Local pharmacist and pharmacy owner Jess Burrey and managing pharmacist Peggy Zhu have recently welcomed intern pharmacist Leon Dao to their highly trained team.
“Education of not only our team but our community is a core philosophy of our business,” Mrs Burrey said.
“The inclusion of an intern pharmacist will enable us to increase our contribution to the improvement of our patients and our communities health.”
■ Emerald Plaza Pharmacy recently introduced a screening service to identify patients at risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease characterised by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible.
One in seven Australians over the age of 40 have COPD and around half of the people living with symptoms do not know they have the condition.
Symptoms for COPD include shortness of breath, a repetitive cough and production of phlegm or mucus.
They tend to come on gradually over a couple of years and sometimes can be mistaken as signs of ageing, lack of fitness or asthma.
Main causes include tobacco smoking, passive smoking and exposure to pollutants (dust, gas or fumes).
A consultation with a specialist pharmacist and screening test costs just $15 at Emerald Plaza Pharmacy.
■ The team are also offering full range care for sleep apnoea, a condition which effects five per cent of the population.
Obstructive sleep apnoea occurs when the walls of the throat come together during sleep, blocking off the airway above the voice box.
People with sleep apnoea have fragmented sleep, leading to excessive daytime sleepiness, poor daytime concentration and work performance, and fatigue, irritability and mood changes, impotence and reduced sex drive.
Around one in four men over the age of 30 years are affected and 80 per cent of these are un-diagnosed.
Obesity is one of the most common causes of sleep apnoea, with other contributing factors include alcohol, illnesses such as reduced thyroid production or the presence of a very large goitre, large tonsils, medications such as sleep tablets and sedatives, nasal congestion and obstruction, facial bone shape and the size of muscles (such as an undershot jaw).
Treatment for sleep apnoea relies on changes to lifestyle, including losing weight and cutting down on alcohol.
Sleep apnoea diagnosis is available for $30 with an appropriate referral from your GP.
NEW SERVICE: Managing pharmacist Peggy Zhu explaining the screening service to identify patients at risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Emerald Plaza Pharmacy managing pharmacist Peggy Zhu, intern pharmacist Leon Dao and pharmacy owner Jess Burrey.