Your Local Imaan Pharmacy
Your local pharmacy is the place to go to get any prescription medicines and clinical advice for minor health concerns, but we do a lot more than that. Learn more about our Pharmacy Services below:
As well as helping with common illnesses – like sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains – our local pharmacy teams can also help with stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol, advice on safe sex and emergency contraception.
All Imaan pharmacies have consultation rooms for private conversations. Your pharmacist can also talk to you confidentially without anything being noted in your medical records, which some people may prefer.
What does Imaan Pharmacy offer
Imaan Pharmacy offers a different range of services, speak to your local team to see what is available in your area.
Imaan Pharmacy provides the following services:
- Repeat dispensing
- Disposal of unwanted or out-of-date medicines
- Advice on treatment of minor health concerns and healthy living
Other Pharmacy services that may be available from your local Imaan Pharmacy
Advice on alcohol consumption
Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help.
You may need help if:
- you often feel the need to have a drink
- you get into trouble because of your drinking
- other people warn you about how much you’re drinking
- you think your drinking is causing you problems
A good place to start is with your Pharmacist. Try to be accurate and honest about how much you drink and any problems it may be causing you.
If you have become dependent on alcohol, you will have found it difficult to fully control your drinking in some way.
So you’ll probably need some help either to cut down and control your drinking or stop completely and also some plans to maintain the improvement after that.
Chlamydia screening and treatment service
What does the chlamydia test involve?
The recommended tests for chlamydia are simple, painless and generally very reliable.
They involve sending a sample of cells to a laboratory for analysis. You don’t necessarily have to be examined by a doctor or nurse first and can often collect the sample yourself.
There are two main ways the sample can be collected:
- using a swab – a small cotton bud is gently wiped over the area that might be infected, such as inside the vagina or inside the anus
- urinating into a container – this should ideally be done after at least one or two hours since you last urinated
Men will usually be asked to provide a urine sample, while women will usually be asked to either swab inside their vagina or provide a urine sample.
The results will normally be available after 7 to 10 days. If there’s a high chance you have chlamydia – for example, you have symptoms of the infection or your partner has been diagnosed with it and you’ve had unprotected sex with them – you might start treatment before you get your results.
Read more about treating chlamydia.
When should I get tested?
Don’t delay getting tested if you think you might have chlamydia. Being diagnosed and treated as soon as possible will reduce your risk of developing any serious complications of chlamydia.
You can get a chlamydia test at any time, although you might be advised to repeat the test later on if it was less than two weeks since you had sex as the infection might not always be found in the early stages.
You should consider getting tested for chlamydia if:
- you or your partner have any symptoms of chlamydia
- you’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner
- a condom splits while you’ve having sex
- you or your partner have had unprotected sex with other people
- you think you could have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
- a sexual partner tells you they have an STI
- you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy
If you’re under 25 years of age and sexually active, getting tested every year or when you change sexual partner is recommended because you’re more likely to catch chlamydia.
If you have chlamydia, you also should be offered another test around three months after being treated. This is because young adults who test positive for chlamydia are at increased risk of catching it again.
Where can I get a chlamydia test?
You can get a free, confidential chlamydia test at your local pharmacy.
Condom supply service
Emergency hormonal contraception service
Emergency contraception (morning after pill, IUD)
There are 2 types of emergency contraception:
- the emergency contraceptive pill – Levonelle or ellaOne (the “morning after” pill)
- the intrauterine device (IUD or coil)
Ask your local Pharmacist for more details.
Emergency supply of prescription medicines
Flu vaccination service
The flu jab
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- anyone aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
The injected flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS annually to:
- adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone aged 65 and over)
- pregnant women
- children aged 6 months to 2 years at risk of flu
Find out more about who should have the flu jab.
Where to get the flu jab
All your local Imaan Pharmacies will be stocking flu jabs. If you would like to book please contact your local branch.
Independent prescribing by pharmacists – some pharmacists can now prescribe prescription-only medicines for certain medical conditions
Minor ailment service
Minor ailments and common conditions your pharmacy can help with
Needle and syringe exchange service
New medicine service
About the New Medicine Service (NMS)
If you’re prescribed a medicine to treat a long-term condition for the first time, you may be able to get extra help and advice about your medicine from your local pharmacist through a free scheme called the New Medicine Service (NMS).
People often have problems when they start a new medicine. As part of the scheme, the pharmacist will support you over several weeks to use the medicine safely and to best effect.
The service is only available to people using certain medicines. In some cases where there’s a problem and a solution can’t be found between you and the pharmacist, you’ll be referred back to your doctor.
How will I know if I’m eligible?
The service is only available for people living in England, and only for those who have been prescribed a new medicine for the conditions listed:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- type 2 diabetes
- high blood pressure
- people who have been given a new blood-thinning medicine
How do I join the scheme?
When you take your new prescription to your local pharmacy, ask the pharmacist if you can take part in the service.
How does the new service work?
Start your medicine
You can talk to the pharmacist when you first start taking your medicine and ask any questions you may have about it. For example, you might want to know about side effects or how you can fit your treatment around your lifestyle.
Your second appointment
You’ll have a follow-up appointment two weeks later, when you and your pharmacist can talk about any issues you might have experienced with the medicine. For example, if you’re not taking it regularly or are finding a tablet hard to swallow, your pharmacist can help you get back on track and work with you to find solutions to any issues.
Your third appointment
You will have your last appointment a fortnight later, when you can catch up with your pharmacist again to see how you’re getting on. The service then ends, but your pharmacist will always talk to you about your medicines when you need help.
Do I have to talk about my medicines over the counter in the pharmacy?
Any pharmacist providing the New Medicine Service must have a private consultation area. This is a separate room where you can’t be overheard, and around 85% of pharmacies have one. All the discussions with your pharmacist can take place in person or by phone.
How long will each appointment take?
The appointments are designed to fit around you, but a typical consultation will take around 10-15 minutes.
Do I have to pay?
No. This service is free through the NHS
Stop smoking service
NHS Health Check – blood pressure, cholesterol or blood glucose testing
The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It’s designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.