Apart from dispensing medicines, pharmacies offer a range of services to keep you and your family well.
Some pharmacies provide more services than others. If you are unsure about which services your pharmacy provides, give them a call. Here are some examples of services pharmacies can provide.
On this page, you can find the following information:
- COVID-19 – How your pharmacy can help you
- Treating minor ailments and health conditions
- Health checks
- Inhalers and devices
- Medicines packaging such as blister packs
- Safe disposal of expired medicines
|Pharmacies are staying open to the public through all levels of the COVID-19 Protection Framework as they are an essential service|
Remember not to enter pharmacies if you have symptoms, or suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, your pharmacy can help you with the following:
Always be kind to the pharmacy staff. They are on the frontline of the COVID pandemic. It can be frustrating that sometimes the line is long and waiting times longer than they used to be, but please be kind and respectful.
Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals with the clinical know-how to give you the help you need. They can assess your minor illness and recommend the right treatment, whether it’s over-the-counter medicines, a few days rest or a bit of reassurance.
|Examples of minor health concerns|
Some pharmacies may also be able to help you with the following:
- Emergency contraceptive pill (morning after pill which is called Postinor).
- Oral contraceptive pill (under certain circumstances).
- Nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation.
- Treatment for urinary tract infection.
- Weight management.
- Erection problems.
- INR monitoring if you are taking warfarin.
- Sleep apnoea testing and treatment.
Some pharmacies offer health screening tests, like testing blood pressure, blood glucose and blood cholesterol. Early detection and prevention are key to improved long-term health. Always call your pharmacy to find out if they offer these checks and whether an appointment is necessary. With your approval, they may be able to send your results on to your doctor.
|Examples of health care checks offered by pharmacies|
- Your pharmacist can also show you how to use devices such as asthma inhalers, diabetes blood test kits, blood pressure machines and air humidifiers.
- Many pharmacies have a range of medical equipment available for hire, including crutches, vaporisers, nebulisers, walkers and even wheelchairs.
New Zealand pharmacists who have completed an approved vaccinator training course can administer a variety of vaccines including the flu vaccine, measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine, meningococcal vaccine and shingles vaccine. Always call your pharmacy ahead of time to find out if they offer this service, the cost and whether they can order the vaccine for you.
Many pharmacies offer a service where your medicines can be packaged into blister packs or rolls of sachets. This type of packaging can help you to take all the right medicine at the right time. It can also make it easier to see if you have missed a dose or are running out. Blister packing is also useful if you are travelling, as it avoids having to take multiple containers. Your medicines can be supplied weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on your needs.
If you have leftover medicines, take them to your pharmacy for safe disposal. Do not keep old medicines because you think you may need them in the future. This is one way to avoid accidental ingestion, either by yourself or others, including children. Do not throw medicines in the rubbish or flush them down the toilet. This can harm the environment. For more information talk to your local pharmacist.
Read more about returning expired or unused medicines to your pharmacy