Health check service

Health check service

Introduction

Dears Pharmacy is now able to provide a Health Check Service, where your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, height and weight will be checked to help identify any factors that may put you at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Our pharmacy teams will discuss your test results with you and offer you lifestyle advice to help you improve your health. This includes providing you with a personalised tailored health check report. This service includes a finger prick blood test, and we may need to refer you to your GP for further tests if we identify that you are at high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Service description

Our pharmacist can then provide you with specific guidance and advice to help you improve your health including a tailored report.

  • Blood Pressure Check
  • Diabetes Check
  • Height/Weight/BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Cholesterol Check
  • Lifestyle Advice
  • 10yr Risk Assessment to Determine Your Risk of Stroke/Heart Problems
  • Medication Review

An appointment is required as this takes roughly 20 minutes.

Bronze service: FREE

Body mass index

BMI (Body Mass Index) is a way of expressing your weight in relation to your height. It is important for calculating whether you are a healthy weight, overweight or underweight. Being overweight has serious health implications and can be a major cause of:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks
  • Angina
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis

If you want to check your BMI pop into your local Dears Pharmacy and we can carry out a quick, simple and non-invasive test. You’ll receive your results straight away and, depending on your results, we can also give you some lifestyle advice relating to diet and exercise.

Blood pressure 

Did you know that as many as five million people are undiagnosed with high blood pressure in the UK? High blood pressure causes strain on your blood vessels, which can lead to the narrowing of the vessels, blood clots and an increased risk of heart disease. If the following describes your lifestyle you may be at risk:

  • Eating too much salt
  • Not eating enough fruit and vegetables
  • Not taking enough exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Drinking too much alcohol

Checking your blood pressure is quick, easy and non-invasive and can be done by our pharmacy teams with no appointment necessary. To receive a blood pressure check, please visit your local Dears Pharmacy today.

Silver service: £5.00

As per the Bronze service with the addition of the following:

Blood glucose test

Sugar is a vital energy source and is carried to all the cells in the body by the blood, however elevated blood sugar levels may be a sign of diabetes. It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK who have undiagnosed diabetes. To measure your blood sugar level, pop into your local Dears pharmacy for a quick and simple test*. We can also provide you with healthy lifestyle advice to help you reduce your risk of developing diabetes. For more information or to take the test, please visit your local Dears pharmacy today.

*This service includes a finger prick blood test, and we may need to refer you to your GP for further tests if we identify that you are at high risk of developing diabetes.

Gold service: £10.00

As per the Bronze and Silver service with the addition of the following:

Cholesterol test

Everyone age 20 and older should have his or her cholesterol measured at least once every five years. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is broken down by the liver from the fatty foods we eat. Two out of three adults have a higher than recommended cholesterol level; which can lead to the development of heart disease and subsequently puts you at a greater risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. Our test includes checking total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides

Total cholesterol–a measure of the total amount of cholesterol in your blood, including low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

LDL (bad) cholesterol–the main source of cholesterol build-up and blockage in the arteries

HDL (good) cholesterol–HDL helps remove cholesterol from your arteries

Triglycerides–another form of fat in your blood that can raise your risk for heart disease

If the following describes your lifestyle you may be at risk:

  • Eating a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Taking little exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol
  • Having a family history of heart disease

For more information or to take a test*, please visit your local Dears Pharmacy today.

*This service includes a finger prick blood test, and we may need to refer you to your GP for further tests if we identify that you are at high risk of developing heart disease.

Service details

Price: Free service or small charge

Frequency: When required...

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Availability

This service is available in / from the following pharmacies:

Drylaw

Easter Road

Glenrothes

Kelty

Oxgangs

Select your preferred pharmacy to visit their page and enquire about this service or just pop in when it suits you.

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