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Collection and Delivery for Murrays Prescriptions

2016-10-15T08:28:15+00:00 October 15th, 2016|Medication|

Collection and Delivery for Prescriptions From Murrays Pharmacy If you suffer with Chronic illness, mobility issues or if you are a carer for another family member, it can make it a challenge to get out of the house when you need to. Collecting your medication is not only essential but your health depends upon you taking you prescriptions on time, without interruption. As a community pharmacy that care about our patients, we try to ensure we bring you the services you need to make your life easier and at Murrays Pharmacy it is quick and simple to order your NHS prescription for delivery or collection. You can have your prescription delivered to your doorstep saving the hassle of visiting the GP surgery and pharmacy. No more worrying about whether you will be able to get to the branch or relying on others, Murrays Pharmacy care about your health. To order your prescription simply phone your local Murrays Healthcare pharmacy and tell us what you’ve been prescribed and by which surgery. We can then prepare your prescription ready for collection at your convenience at whichever Murrays Pharmacy you wish. Alternatively we can arrange a date and time to deliver your prescription straight to your door! It really is that easy. To arrange a collection or delivery call your local Murrays Pharmacy, once your doctor has issued your prescription. You will need to tell us: •    Your name, telephone number and prescription delivery address. •    The doctor’s surgery that has issued your prescription including its address •    If you choose the collection service, when you would like to collect. •    If you require delivery, the date and time you will be available to receive the delivery. For deliveries we will also require •    Any special directions to your home address. •    How [...]

Paperless Prescriptions

2017-04-21T11:13:31+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Medication|

Make repeat prescriptions easier using paperless prescriptions If you have a chronic illness that needs management for some time, it is likely you will need to have regular medication. Common illnesses that require repeat prescriptions include diabetes, asthma, high blood sugar and, although not an illness, you will also need a repeat prescription on contraceptives. Repeat prescriptions are usually authorised by the doctor for a period of six months to a year, although with some medications, including controlled drugs, this may only be monthly. There are two ways that you can use to have the prescriptions: • Visit your surgery for a prescription within the agreed period when you request your medications. • Join Murrays Pharmacy Electronic Prescription Service where medicine is delivered to you at the required interval The trips to your GP can be time consuming especially when you are busy. You may also forget to take your prescriptions on time which can disrupt the management of your illness.  Paperless prescriptions, on the other hand, do not require you to visit your GP every time you are supposed to get new prescriptions. Here is how to go about it • Visit Murrays Pharmacy website and fill the online prescription form that is available online. You can also contact the team at Murrays pharmacy and tell them about the details of your prescription. • You will receive a call from Murrays Pharmacy to confirm the contents of your prescription How do we manage your prescription? We receive your prescription electronically and have your medication prepared and ready to go when you need it. You pay for medicine by the use of your debit or credit card. This does away with the need to visit the Doctors surgery every time to take your prescription. Other advantages of paperless prescriptions When [...]

Managing Your Prescriptions

2017-04-21T11:13:31+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Medication|

Keeping Ahead With Your Prescriptions In the UK, the incidence of long term health conditions is increasing. This is somewhat inevitable with an ageing population who are living longer and longer, in fact it is estimated that around 20% of the population in the UK are retirement age (65 for men and 60 for women) and is set to continue to increase to a huge 29% by 2039. With ageing comes wear and tear which in turn can lead to long term health conditions such as heart disease, blood pressure issues, weight management, arthritis, respiratory problems and digestive issues. Fortunately, due to advances in medicine, many common conditions that may once have been life limiting can be managed or offer symptomatic relief from the unpleasant effects of the illnesses, with medications.  Of course, when you need to take multiple medications, it is inevitable that you will regularly need to visit your GP and Pharmacy for your NHS Prescriptions. Whether you order your repeat prescriptions on a weekly or monthly basis, it is vitally important that you are organised and ensure you order your prescriptions and do not run out of your medications. This is where Murrays Pharmacy can help!   If you need to juggle a number of different medications, it can be difficult to remember to keep ahead of ordering your NHS prescriptions but with the Murrays EPS Prescription service and our Murrays Pharmacy MediPouch, we can help you stay on top of your treatment. Ordering Repeat Prescriptions From Murrays Pharmacy Sign up for our Electronic Prescription Service online at Murrays Pharmacy. This great new option means you no longer have to travel between your GP and your local branch Murrays Pharmacy to collect your medications. When you sign up for EPS, your prescriptions are sent electronically from your GP [...]

Organising Your Medication

2016-01-26T16:44:26+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Medication, Medipouch|

If you suffer with a long term health concern, it is likely that you will need to juggle a number of different medications. If this is you, you will understand that keeping an eye on what is being used and where it is, is paramount for yourself and, should you have one, your carer. Having different pills that have to be administered at different times can be confusing and potentially dangerous should you lose track of your medications. Traditionally pharmacies relied on dosettes – trays of your weekly medications in rigid plastic containers, bulky and very tricky to open, particularly for those with arthritis or lacking strength in the hands. But now all that has changed with the new Murrays Pharmacy MediPouch! Picked, packed and labelled by £1million, technologically advanced robot, the MediPouch segregates your medicines into easy to manage blister packs and make the dispensing of them quicker and safer! Each MediPouch is manufactured specifically for the individual patient and comprise a series of pockets that contain the exact medicines in the right dose for each time slot in the day required. The patient only needs tear open each sachet, no more wrestling with hard plastic trays, and their timed dose is ready to take. Each sachet is clearly labelled with the patient, medications and dose for extra reassurance. When it is time for your next dose, simply open the next labelled sachet and the patient is assured that the remarkable robot technology has carefully calculated the correct medication and dose to meet the patient’s daily medication needs. Murrays MediPouch offer a number of significant advantages over dosette medication trays or separate packets including: Not having to decant fiddly pills from different packets each usage. Assurance that each dose is right. No more problems with being unsure whether a [...]

New Malaria Vaccine discovered could save millions

2017-04-21T11:13:32+00:00 August 20th, 2013|Malaria, Medication, Vaccinations|

“Scientists herald early-stage clinical tests as the most promising yet in the global war on the world's biggest killer,” (malaria) is the exciting news on the Sky News website. The story comes from a fascinating study testing an experimental malaria vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum – the most deadly of the malaria-causing parasites. Malaria is a highly infectious disease, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent this deadly disease which kills over 600,000 people annually, most of them children. Previous research has found that people who received more than 1,000 bites from irradiated mosquitoes developed some level of immunity against malaria. While using this method is obviously impracticable in a real world setting, it did give the team involved in the study the idea of using the parasites that infect mosquitoes to create a vaccine. The study found that of 15 volunteers who were given higher doses of the new vaccine, 12 were protected against infection by the malaria parasite when exposed to bites from infected mosquitoes three weeks later. This is a tiny, early stage study and its results need to be replicated in larger trials. Nevertheless, the results are a promising step forward in the long and often frustrating journey to developing a malaria vaccine. Where did the story come from? The study was carried out by researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in the US. It was funded by the same institute and published in the peer-reviewed journal: Science. The Mail Online’s headline that the vaccine had proved “100% effective”, while technically accurate, is not as impressive as it sounds. It neglected to mention that this was only the case in the six volunteers who received the highest dose of the vaccine. Other than that, the Mail’s [...]

Parkinson’s drug could help old people decide?

2017-04-21T11:13:32+00:00 April 3rd, 2013|Medication|

“Parkinson's drug 'helps' the elderly think younger and reap the rewards from the choices they make,” according to the Mail Online. It reports that as you age you lose the ability to learn from experiences, which can lead to poor decision making. But the drug levodopa, used to treat Parkinson’s disease, could help the elderly to think again in a ‘younger manner’, it says. Researchers speculate that the lower levels of dopamine found as people grow older could be harmful to the part of the brain that judges whether choices lead to beneficial rewards. Levodopa can increase levels of dopamine, so researchers wanted to see if it improved decision making skills. In this study, a small group of older people performed tasks where making the correct decision could win them money. The researchers then looked at the effect that dopamine treatment had on their performance. They also compared the performance of these older adults with 22 healthy young adults. They found that half of the older people improved performance with levodopa, but there was no improvement in the other half. The research doesn’t tell us much more than how ageing may affect the chemical processes of the brain. Levodopa is only licensed for use in Parkinson’s conditions. Given the side effects of the drug, and that in this small study it only gave some benefit to half the participants, it is very unlikely that its use would ever be extended to all older adults, simply to boost decision making. Where did the story come from? The study was carried out by researchers from University College London and other institutions in the UK and Europe. Funding was provided by the Wellcome Trust. The study was published in the peer-reviewed Nature Neuroscience. Overall, the Mail Online’s reporting takes this small scientific research [...]