The best way to dispose of medicines that are no longer needed is to return them to us. We offer a completely FREE disposal service.
Try to return the unwanted medicines in their original packages, when possible, as some medicines may need special handling. Always be sure to tell us whether there are any strong pain killers or ‘sharps’ being returned. Never dispose of medicines down the sink or toilet because it will become a hazard to the environment and water supply.
We offer this FREE service with a specially trained pharmacist. Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, or when you think your usual method of contraception might not have worked. The emergency contraceptive pill has to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
It's more effective the sooner it's taken. It contains progestogen, and it works by delaying or preventing ovulation. If taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex, the emergency contraceptive pill will prevent 95% of pregnancies that could be expected if no emergency contraception were used. Eighty-five per cent of pregnancies are prevented if the pill is taken between 25 and 48 hours after unprotected sex, and up to 58% of pregnancies if taken 49-72 hours after unprotected sex. The sooner it's taken, the more effective it will be.
There are no serious side effects when you use the emergency contraceptive pill although it can make you feel sick, dizzy or tired, or give you a headache, tender breasts or abdominal pain. Your next period may be earlier or later than usual. If in doubt, always consult your Doctor.
We offer this FREE NHS service to ensure you are getting the most out of your medicine.
The way in which you take your medication can have a huge impact on how effective it is in managing your condition and enhancing your lifestyle. Speak in confidence with our pharmacist.
A medicines use review is available to you if:
A medicine's review is useful for a large variety of people including those who might find themselves in the following circumstances:
Even if these circumstances don’t apply you can still ask your pharmacist for advice at any time. Your pharmacist will be happy to arrange a review meeting, and may even suggest it.
When you collect your prescriptions the pharmacist may offer you a review of your medication or you may wish to ask for one. The healthcare staff will book you an appointment either immediately while you wait or at a convenient time to suit you. A medicines check usually takes around 20 minutes and is completely confidential.
We are conscious that for some of people it can be difficult to remember to take their medication at the correct time on a regular basis. Our FREE medicine dosage system can help alleviate some of these difficulties.
We use the NOMAD CLEAR seven day monitored dose system. We prepare a weekly sealed medicine container with four dosage intervals per day (breakfast, lunch, tea, bedtime). The container is clearly labelled with the dosage instructions and easy to use. If you would like to enquire about a monitored dosage system for yourself or a relative or friend please contact us.
We offer this FREE NHS service to help you understand your condition and get the most out of your new medicine. Speak in confidence with our pharmacist.
The service is for people who have received their first prescription for a medicine to treat any of the following conditions:
Between 30% and 50% of prescribed medicines are not taken as recommended.
This means that a lot of prescribed medicines are not as effective as they could be.
The New Medicine Service will give you a chance to ask questions about your medicines, discuss any concerns and ensure that your medicines are right for you.
We will help you to:
When you are given your new medicine you will be asked if you want to sign up to the service, which will be provided in three parts. If you agree, you will need to sign a consent form to allow your pharmacist to share your information with other parts of the NHS. If you do not give your consent you will not be able to use the service. However, when you first receive your medicines your pharmacist will still give you advice about them.
Your pharmacist will give you information about your new medicine.
At home, read the leaflet that comes with your new medicine and make a note of any questions you want to ask about your new medicine. Make a note of any concerns about your new medication that you may want to discuss with your pharmacist.
You will be invited to a meeting with your pharmacist between 7 and 14 days after you first receive your medicine. You will be able to choose a time that suits you.
This is a confidential conversation in a private room within the pharmacy or if you prefer, you could choose to have the discussion over the telephone.
Bring your new medicine along with your questions and any concerns. You can ask anything at all about your new medicine.
Your pharmacist will ask you questions about how you are getting on with your new medicine, find out if you are having any problems and give you any information and support you need.
Your pharmacist will arrange a follow-up discussion with you 14 to 21 days after step 2. You will be able to talk about how things are going with your medicine and ask for more advice if you need.
After the two discussions you may decide that everything is okay with your new medicine and nothing else need happen. If however, you have had problems with the medicine:
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK and can lead to cancer, heart disease and breathing problems as well as a variety of cosmetic side effects. Making the choice to stop smoking is a very important first step, but some people find it hard to take the next one. The good news is that the sooner you stop smoking, the sooner your body can start fighting the negative effects of smoking. Many smokers find that will power alone is not enough to help them kick the cravings, despite their best intentions.
From Nicotine gum or lozenges and tablets to inhalators and sprays, mouth-strips or patches, there are plenty of smoking cessation aids that can offer a way for smokers to alleviate their cravings and concentrate on kicking the smoking habit once and for all. Luckily, there is plenty of help and support available, as well as numerous products designed to help you quit smoking. BidfordPharmacy offers a FREE NHS Stop Smoking service where you can find all you need to know to support you in your attempt to quit smoking.
Our Stop Smoking Service helps smokers stub out their cigarettes and free themselves from their addiction. A mixture of consultations, counselling sessions and nicotine replacement products combined with expert advice can make it easier for you to stop smoking for good. We also know that difficult changes are easier with support, which is why the NHS-supported Stop Smoking service is the vital step you can take to quitting smoking once and for all.
Our FREE Stop Smoking Service includes:
To find out more visit Bidford Pharmacy today for a private and confidential chat with a member of our pharmacy healthcare team.