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87c Booterstown Avenue,
Blackrock, Co. Dublin, A94A6K8

87c Booterstown Avenue, 87c Booterstown Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, A94A6K8

For more information on the Coronavirus and our procedures please click the ”COVID-19” information button

Services

We are dedicated to providing patients with continued excellence in our services.

Services

For a more extensive breakdown of our services or any questions feel free to contact us.

Blister Packing

Extra care is necessary when taking several different medicines. This is particularly true for patients with visual or cognitive impairment.

Blister packs make it simple and easy to take the right medicines at the right time by dividing your tablets into separately sectioned blisters, each marked with the time of day when the tablets should be taken.

This can improve your medication adherence and reduce errors. Caregivers can also easily check that the right medicines have been taken in a timely manner.

Blister packs can help if you are

  • Struggling to organise medicines.
  • Finding it difficult to remember when to take your medicines.
  • Helping to look after someone else.
  • Recently home from hospital and suddenly have a lot more tablets to take.
  • Looking after someone who is visually impaired.
  • On a complex medication regime.
Blood Pressure Monitoring

Hypertension is the foremost risk factor for cardiovascular events globally and affects around a third of adults.

High blood pressure can affect people of all ages but does not always have symptoms. Untreated, high blood pressure may lead to conditions like heart disease or a stroke.

Monitoring your blood pressure for 24 hours can help work out if its consistently high. This would be particularly useful if you:

  • Have family members with a history of high blood pressure.
  • Suspect you have high or borderline high blood pressure.
  • Experience variable blood pressure.
  • Have conditions such as diabetes or high cholesterol.
  • Already take medicines to reduce your blood pressure.
  • Experience blood pressure that is hard to control.
  • Want to check for Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).

For convenience and proximity reasons, community pharmacies play an increasingly important role in hypertension screening and monitoring.

Our service involves fitting you with a device to wear, which includes a cuff around your arm that will measure your blood pressure for 24 hours.

Blood Pressure Category Systolic mm Hg (upper number) Diastolic mm Hg (lower number)
Normal Less than 120 and Less than 80
Elevated 120-129 and Less than 80
High Blood Pressure – Hypertension Stage 1 130-139 or 80-89
High Blood Pressure – Hypertension Stage 2 Higher than 140 or Higher than 90
Hypertensive Crisis Higher than 180 and/or Higher than 120
Blood Sugar Testing

A blood sugar test is used to test people for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a condition characterised by high blood sugar (glucose) levels. It is caused by a lack or insufficiency of insulin which regulates the way glucose is used in your body.

You should consider a blood sugar test if you experience symptoms of diabetes such as

  • Constantly feeling thirsty or hungry
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Extreme fatigue

This is especially the case if you any of the risk factors apply to you including being overweight, family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, lack of exercise, over 40 years old or high cholesterol.

The American Diabetes Association recommends testing for prediabetes and risk for future diabetes for all people beginning at age 45 years. If tests are normal, it is reasonable to repeat testing at a minimum of 3-year intervals.

BMI Check

A person’s BMI, or body mass index, is one way of measuring whether you are a healthy weight for your height. Body Mass Index is calculated using a person’s weight in kilograms (kg) divided by the square of height in meters (m2).

Initially used as a statistical index of health and weight for a population group, BMI can be used to show the weight categories that may lead to health problems but it is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual. Nonetheless, your BMI is a good indication of whether you are a healthy weight, and if not, how over or underweight you are.

BMI Classification
Less than 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 Normal Weight
25 - 29.9 Overweight
Over 30 Obese

Obesity is currently a worldwide problem, with overweight (body mass index ≥25 kg/m2) and obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2) estimated at 35% and 12% of the overall adult population, respectively.

We can assist with weight loss steps by evaluating potential obesity-related diseases; obtaining a weight history, identifying patient triggers and screening for medications that may influence weight gain. Plus, we can evaluate and track weight and height in calculating your body mass index (BMI).

Cardiovascular Health Screening

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in Ireland, accounting for 36% of all deaths. Figures published by the HSE show that approximately 10,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease - including coronary heart disease, stroke, and other circulatory diseases.

The heart is a muscle that pumps blood around your body. Oxygen-rich blood is pumped by the heart to the organs of your body through a network of arteries. The blood returns to your heart through veins before being pumped back to your lungs to pick up oxygen.

The heart gets its own supply of blood from a network of blood vessels on the surface of your heart, called coronary arteries.

Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart's blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries. Narrowing of the arteries can restrict the blood flow to the heart muscle causing chest pains – angina. A complete blockage of the coronary artery can cause a heart attack.

Screening programs have been shown to detect high risk patients with early disease development and guide them toward controlling risk factors. As a result, cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality can be reduced.

Screening helps to detect if you are high risk, and we can help with education, referral, and possible medication treatments.

Diabetes Screening

Diabetes mellitus (“diabetes”) is one of the fastest growing chronic diseases worldwide, and is related to significant morbidity, mortality, and health care costs. Diabetes is characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia).

There are three main types of diabetes:

  1. Type 1 diabetes mellitus in which there is an absolute deficiency in insulin production. This disease can occur at any age, though it typically occurs in children and young adults.
  2. Type 2 diabetes mellitus which is associated with insulin resistance, with an initial increase in insulin secretion. However, over time, insulin insufficiency occurs. Although type 2 diabetes mostly occurs in people aged over 40 years old.
  3. Gestational diabetes which occurs during pregnancy. The condition usually vanishes once the baby is born. However, a history of gestational diabetes increases a woman’s possibility of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Patient care interventions provided by community pharmacies can be defined as complex public health treatments usually provided by pharmacists to patients in the community pharmacy setting. In diabetes, such interventions may include health promotion and diabetes prevention, screening of at-risk individuals, diabetes management, patient education and support on self-monitoring, and medical referral, when suitable.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency Hormonal Contraception (morning after pill) can be used to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

An unplanned pregnancy could occur due to mishaps with contraceptives, a missed pill, incorrect timing of patch or vaginal ring application.

Emergency contraception is not suitable as a regular method of contraception and it does not prevent pregnancy in every woman. It can be used by women of all ages to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

Emergency contraception is most effective if taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.

However, if you are already pregnant, emergency contraceptive pills will not work.

Medical card holders can get emergency contraception directly from a pharmacy, free of charge, without having to go to their GP for a prescription.

Emergency contraception does not provide protection from sexually transmitted infections.

Our compassionate pharmacists provide access to emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) following a private consultation.

Flu Vaccination

Seasonal flu or influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by flu viruses which circulate in all parts of the world.

Seasonal flu symptoms include a high temperature, a severe (usually dry) cough, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, sore throat, and a runny nose. A person with the flu will also feel extremely unwell.

Most people recover from the symptoms within a week or two without requiring medical attention. But flu can cause severe illness or death especially in people at high risk (see below).

Illnesses range from mild to severe and even death. Hospitalisation and death occur mainly among high risk groups.

The most effective way to prevent the flu is get vaccinated. An annual vaccination is recommended as immunity decreases over time. The flu vaccine can be administered as an injection or using an intra-nasal spray.

While everyone should consider getting a flu vaccine, it is especially important that the following groups get vaccinated:

  • Persons aged 65 years and older.
  • Persons with a chronic illness requiring regular follow up, e.g. chronic respiratory disease (including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma and bronchopulmonary dysplasia), chronic heart disease (including acute coronary syndrome), chronic renal disease, diabetes mellitus, haemoglobinopathies, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease (including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system).
  • Those who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment including those with missing or non-functioning spleens.
  • All cancer patients.
  • Patients with any condition that can compromise respiratory function, e.g. spinal cord injury, seizure disorder or other neuromuscular disorder.
  • Persons with Down syndrome.
  • Those with morbid obesity, i.e. body mass index over 40.
  • All pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy).
  • Healthcare workers.
  • Household contacts of at-risk persons.
  • Out-of-home care givers to at-risk persons.
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions.
  • Carers.
  • People with regular contact with pigs, poultry, or waterfowl.
Free Delivery

If you find it difficult to come to the pharmacy to collect your medicines, we are happy to deliver to patients in the locality for free. Please call us if you need to avail of this service and we can organise a delivery time that suits.

Medication Usage Review

Our Medication Usage Review is a pre-booked consultation to discuss your medicines (prescribed and non-prescribed). The review helps increase your knowledge and understanding of your medicines, including how and why the medicines should be taken.

Our aim is to improve outcomes by helping you to better understand your health conditions and the medications used to manage them.

The review also provides an opportunity to highlight any issues, side effects or other medication-related problems and propose solutions if appropriate.

This review can be especially helpful for people who are older, have several chronic conditions, take multiple medications, have been using a specific medication over a longer period or are seen by multiple doctors.

Viagra Connect
Viagra Connect is a medicine for adult men living with erectile dysfunction (ED). The purpose of the consultation is to ensure Viagra Connect is safe and suitable for you.

How does Viagra Connect work?
Viagra Connect contains 50mg of the active ingredient sildenafil. Sildenafil relaxes blood vessels to help increase blood flow to the penis helping a man get and maintain an erection. It will not give you an instant erection, requires sexual arousal and can take between 30 minutes to an hour to work.

Who is Viagra Connect suitable for?
Viagra Connect is for men aged 18 or over who have erectile dysfunction symptoms. It’s for men who are fit enough to have sex, but unable to get or maintain an erection hard enough for sexual intercourse. During your consultation, we will check if Viagra Connect is suitable by asking you a few questions related to your health and any medication you may be taking.

Viagra Connect is not suitable for:
  • Men under the age of 18
  • Men who do not have erectile dysfunction
  • Men living with certain health problems
  • Men taking certain medications
  • Women


How can I buy Viagra Connect?
You can buy Viagra Connect in our pharmacy once you complete a consultation.

Does my GP need to know I'm using Viagra Connect?
If Viagra Connect is suitable for you, we recommend you speak to your GP within six months of getting your first supply.

Are there any side effects when using Viagra Connect?
Some people may experience side effects when taking Viagra Connect including:
  • Headaches
  • Hot flushes
  • Dizziness
  • A blocked nose
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • An upset stomach
  • Changes to your vision

Taking Viagra Connect
Take one Viagra Connect 50mg tablet with water approximately one hour before sex. Your erection will subside after you’ve had sex.

Please note:
  • You can only take one 50mg tablet per day.
  • If you do have a constant and painful erection that lasts for over four hours, please seek urgent medical help.