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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:JANUARY/FEBRUARY


Firstly, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and I hope that your Christmas was spent doing things you enjoy with people you enjoy doing them with. If it wasn’t, then I hope it was relatively quick and painless.


On behalf of all of the staff I would like to once again thank our customers for their Christmas wishes, greeting cards and generous gifts. I did the same back in the last issue but many more gifts arrived since then, so it wouldn’t be right not to say thanks. Your kind words mean a lot to us and your gifts have managed to challenge all of our resolutions yet again. Dry January and confectionary bans are pretty much impossible thanks to your generosity.


In pharmacy, January used to be a quiet month. A month where we could get ourselves back on an even keel after the bedlam, which is December. We now seem to be busy all year round, which we are grateful for, but it means that some (but not many) of the gifts now survive until February.


Christmas ‘Sweaters’


During the festive season we yet again clambered aboard the Christmas jumper bandwagon and wore them for the run up to Santa’s arrival. Customers seemed to quite appreciate the effort and if nothing else, it kept my ironing basket a little less full. I did get a few quizzical looks from patients who had come to us for a travel vaccine from another area. There’s a possibility that a reindeer jumper does not instil you with confidence in the pharmacist who is about to vaccinate you. On the flipside, it did seem to help when I was vaccinating a couple of little ones against meningitis B.


I’ve previously mentioned that the women in the shop seem to exist in their own individual climatic zones, with one wanting the air con on whilst the other is wearing a scarf and body warmer. The wearing of Christmas jumpers threw up some ‘interesting’ scenarios where one of the cooler ladies actually asked to have the heating turned OFF in December! This will have no doubt made ‘the bill payer’ happy as you do wonder if the shop is a few degrees hotter than it should be when customers are being blatant about the fact that they are coming in for a warm.


That’s not pharaoh!


Many of you will have seen the news recently about Laura Plummer from Hull who was sentenced to three years in jail for taking 290 Tramadol capsules into Egypt without having had them prescribed to her. There were initially suggestions of a 25-year sentence and even the death penalty for this offence. Even as a pharmacist, who knows how tramadol works and its controlled nature in the UK, I was extremely shocked at what happened to her.


The Egyptian authorities demand that if asked, you have a letter signed by your GP to say that you are receiving medication (they don’t stipulate any in particular), what condition they are for and the quantity you are prescribed.


The difficulty with this is that it is open to interpretation and a repeat medication slip may satisfy one inspector but not another. One thing that is for certain is that you should not carry or take medication that is not prescribed for you. We are a bit lax in this country about taking other peoples medication and I’ve even had ‘discussions’ with my own family when they attempt to set up swap shops in the living room as they’re only blood pressure tablets!


Nat Mitchell WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


A LITTLE WINTER SUN?


Our trained pharmacist can administer your travel vaccines* and antimalarials* including:


• Diphtheria Tetanus & Polio (1) £30 • Meningitis ACWY (1) • Hepatitis A (1) • Hepatitis B (3)


£40 • Rabies (3) • Japanese Encephalitis (2)


£30 • Tick Borne Encephalitis (3) £85 • Typhoid (1)


Generic Malarone (Atovaquone/Proguanil) just £2 per tablet Doxycycline just 20p per capsule.


We also vaccinate against: Meningitis B (from 2 years old) – 2 doses at £100 per dose.


Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in both boys and girls – number of doses depends on age. £140 per dose.


Vaccinations require a consultation and some need to be started weeks before travel. We can professionally advise you on what you need for travel, removing some of the uncertainty searches on the internet can bring. We are confident that our prices are extremely competitive and have a track record for sourcing vaccines that others struggle to obtain.


*We are not yet a designated Yellow Fever centre


FREE NHS FLU VACCINES


We still have vaccines available for both our NHS and private (over 12 years) flu jab services. Just ‘drop in’ to see us and you won’t be waiting long to get vaccinated.


FREE NHS HEALTH CHECKS Perfect Companion for your New Year’s Resolution!


Available to eligible patients aged 40-74 and includes cholesterol check. Please get in touch to see if you are eligible and to make an appointment.


FREE Prescription Collection and Delivery Available


For further information on our services please visit our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter


31 Main Street, Cockermouth CA13 9LE Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 6.00pm and Saturday: 8.30am - 4.00pm


www.allisonschemist.com | 01900 822 292 ISSUE 422 | 25 JANUARY 2018 | 11


£50 £50 £60 £30


The number in brackets is the number of doses needed and the price is per dose Antimalarials


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