Lipotrim total food replacement and maintenance

The Lipotrim total food replacement programme uses nutrient complete formula foods, which have been proven safe and effective for weight loss at the maximum safe rate.

Our brains react to food through many of the same neural pathways as addictive substances such as drugs and alcohol. We effectively behave as though we’re addicted to food. The strength of drive to get food, when it’s restricted, is one of the most powerful biological instincts we have.

It is well documented that the most effective means of management is avoidance of the substance of abuse. The basic concept that consuming fewer calories than we burn will result in weight loss is true.

A person who is severely overweight simply cannot except to lose the weight just by consuming a moderately reduced intake, any more than an alcoholic can be cured by reducing intake to a few social drinks a day. In order to treat obesity, a substantial calorie gap is required to achieve significant and rapid weight loss, but a complete compliment of nutrients is essential to maintain health.

Lipotrim is a nutrient complete, very low calorie food formula which meets all the necessary criteria for reliable and safe weight loss. Lipotrim is a total food replacement programme developed in the UK by qualified nutritionists and experts in weight management. The Lipotrim total food replacement programme is only offered by weight management trained healthcare professionals. It is not available online.

The Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme

As the healthcare experts on the high street, pharmacists are in an ideal position to offer the health monitoring, advice and motivation necessary. The programme is suitably medically controlled which allows for safe and healthy weight loss, even whilst treating existing medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

In summary

You stop eating all conventional foods and replace them with the nutritionally complete formula foods. By maximizing the calorie gap, whilst still maintaining nutritional health, the body draws on its reserves of sugar and excess fat to meet the body’s energy requirements. This happens regardless of the calories required by each individual.

Lipotrim is therefore an excellent diet choice whether you are highly active or sedentary. You are not living on a reduced amount of calories, just changing the source of calories. You will feel comfortable, healthy and ultimately in control. You should aim to consume a minimum of 2 to 4 litres of water, plus optional black tea and black coffee only.

If you are compliant on Lipotrim you can expect to lose approximately 1 stone per month (females) and 1.5 stone per month (males). We can also give you advice on the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme for suggestions on how to maintain your weight afterwards.

Orlistat for weight loss

Orlistat (brand name Xenical) can be used in combination with a calorie-controlled diet and exercise to help people lose weight.

Orlistat is not an appetite suppressant, it works in your stomach and prevents your body absorbing some of the fat that you consume in food. It prevents certain enzymes called “lypases” from breaking down the fat you consume and therefore preventing it from being absorbed, the fat then passes out of your body undigested and reduces the number of calories that your body absorbs, helping you lose weight.

Orlistat can be taken up to three times per day with breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It is advisable that you take a daily multivitamin supplement (containing vitamins A, D, E and K) as orlistat can prevent the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. We will provide further information on this during the consultation.

Contact The Pharmacy today to see how a private prescription for Orlistat can help you lose weight and achieve your body weight goals.

The cost of this service is £40.

(These costs may vary depending on the market value of the treatment at the time)

Erectile dysfunction

Most men experience erection problems at some stage during their life. Most of the time, the occasional loss of erection is normal and not usually anything more than a minor inconvenience.

However, stress and anxiety from work or home, relationship problems, ‘performance’ anxiety, alcohol and drug use, among other reasons can result in loss of erection also known as impotence.

If this is the case call in store or telephone for a FREE consultation and join thousands of men who achieve better erections.

Our service is confidential and convenient, we will screen, offer lifestyle advice and enable you to access prescription only medicines if suitable.

All options for treatment will be explained and our trained pharmacist can write you a private prescription for any licensed erectile dysfunction medication.

We can prescribe genuine UK branded medication, and now that some of the patents for these manufacturers have expired we can also prescribe generic products where prices can start from as little as £9.99.

For further information either pop in to The Pharmacy or call 0151 6451013 to discuss this further. If after the consultation, reasons for referral to the GP have been highlighted, we will advise you of this straight away.

This service is available to all patients who think they may be suffering from ED, and to patients who are currently undergoing treatment and would like to discuss other treatment options.

PSA testing for the prostate

Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer in men. Men over 50 are at increased risk of prostate cancer. One quarter of men of black ethnic origin will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Over 40,000 men per year are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Early detection of prostate cancer may lead to better treatment outcomes. A PSA test can give you an idea about whether you may have prostate cancer, before any symptoms develop.

  • Having to wee more frequently, often at night
  • Rushing to the toilet
  • Difficulty in starting to wee
  • Straining or taking a long time when weeing
  • Weak flow
  • Feeling like the bladder is not fully empty

PSA is a protein found in the prostate. When there is a problem with the prostate, such as cancer, the PSA can leak out into the bloodstream.   PSA can also be detected when a person does not have cancer.

For the pharmacy PSA test you will supply a finger-prick blood sample and the pharmacist will test to see if there is PSA present in the blood.

Men over the age of 50 years. Some men are at a greater risk of prostate cancer and may be more   inclined to get their PSA tested. This includes: • Black men • Overweight or obese men • Men with a family history of prostate cancer • Men with a family history of breast cancer in close female relatives, particularly if the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene were involved

To have a PSA test you should not have:

  • A current urine infection
  • Ejaculated in the last 48 hours
  • Heavily exercised in the last 48 hours
  • Had a prostate biopsy in the last six weeks

A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test can be used to provide you with information about whether you may be a risk of prostate cancer

It is important to make an informed choice if you’re considering having a PSA test and you should make sure you are aware of the benefits of having the test and any risks or limitations associate with the test. Our pharmacist will discuss this with you at the time of the test.

A sample of blood will be taken from your finger and put on to the testing device. After ten minutes the test will tell you whether PSA is present in your blood or not.

No. The pharmacy test does not diagnose prostate cancer. The pharmacy test detects the   presence of PSA in the blood. PSA can be present when a person has prostate cancer or could   indicate other conditions.

If PSA is detected during the test the pharmacist will refer you to your GP for further investigation.

If PSA is not detected in your blood there is no reason to visit your GP unless you have any symptoms of concern. In this case you could have another pharmacy PSA test 12 months later to check there has been no change in your PSA levels.

The cost of this service is £12 per test.

Group B streptoccocus screening for pregnant patients

Group B strep bacteria usually lives harmlessly inside the digestive system and in the vagina. It’s estimated around one in every four pregnant women have strep B bacteria in their vagina or digestive system.

The bacteria can sometimes be passed on to the baby through the amniotic fluid (a clear liquid that surrounds and protects the unborn baby in the womb) or as the baby passes through the birth canal during labour.

Most babies exposed to strep B will be unaffected, but in around 1 in every 2,000 cases they can become infected. A strep B infection during pregnancy can also cause miscarriage or stillbirth, but this is rare.

As newborn babies have a poorly developed immune system, strep B bacteria can quickly spread through their body, causing serious infections such as meningitis and pneumonia.

At present routine testing for GBS is not available on the NHS, and UK guidelines recommend a risk factor approach to determine which patients should be offered intravenous antibiotics during labour.

How Can I prevent GBS? `

Currently, testing is the only way to know if you are carrying GBS.  Through Connect 2 Pharma and the Doctors Laboratory, The Pharmacy Bebington can provide a home self-test kit for £35. This will involve vaginal and rectal swabs which will be sent off by the patient and they will receive the result within 2-3 days.

If you test positive, our trained pharmacist can write a prescription for an appropriate course of antibiotics.

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Period delay

Do you have a special occasion to attend? Or a holiday coming up and need to delay your period?

Here at The Pharmacy our trained pharmacist can prescribe you Norethisterone to delay your period for up to three weeks if necessary.

Norethisterone is a hormone which needs to be taken for three days before your expected start date and is suitable for women aged 16 to 54.

Please be aware that this is not a form of contraception and is not suitable if you are already taking contraception.

Please contact The Pharmacy for a consultation or for further advice.

Treatment prices start from £15.00

(These costs may vary depending on the market value of the treatment at the time)

Migraine treatment

A migraine is a moderate to severe headache that can be felt as a throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. Many people also have other symptoms including nausea, vomiting and an increased sensitivity to light or sound

Migraines are a common health condition, affecting up to 20% of women and up to 7% of men. Symptoms often start to develop in early adulthood.

Sumatriptan should be taken when lifestyle changes and traditional painkillers have not worked. Sumatriptan cannot prevent a migraine only treat one after the symptoms develop.

Treatment starts from as little as £11.99 for six tablets. (These costs may vary depending on the market value of the treatment at the time)

If you would like further information regarding migraines and treatment for migraines please contact The Pharmacy for a confidential consultation at a time convenient with yourself.

Strep A for sore throats

Group A streptococcus (Strep A) causes 15-30% of sore throats in children and 5-15% in adults. Yet studies suggest 62% of cases of acute sore throats are treated with antibiotics, despite usually resolving with no intervention.

The Pharmacy can conduct a test to detect Strep A in the throat, potentially reducing the unnecessary use of antibiotics and the 1.2m doctor consultations per year for sore throats.

If the test is negative, indicative of a non-bacterial cause of a sore throat, appropriate self-treatment medicines can be sold.

If the test is positive, indicative of a bacterial cause of a sore throat, The Pharmacy can prescribe you a course of antibiotics and appropriate self-treatment medicines.

The cost of this service is £10.

HIV self testing kits

Over 10% of people with HIV are unaware they have the infection. In some patient groups, up to 35% of patients are undiagnosed. This falls shy of the target for 90% of people living with HIV to be diagnosed. Currently, 78,900 people are diagnosed with HIV and another 10,400 are believed to be undiagnosed.

Early testing means people can expect a normal life expectancy. However, in 2016 in England, 42% of adults newly diagnosed with HIV were diagnosed late.

The INSTI® HIV Self Test kits are now available for sale at The Pharmacy. They are over 99% effective and can be used as early as 21-22 days after infection. Results are available straight away following a three-step process.

What are HIV and AIDS?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system, the body’s defence against illness. If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS. HIV and AIDS can’t be cured, but the medications available today help people live normal life spans.

How to use the INSTI® HIV Self Test

The test is simple and straightforward and includes simple instructions inside the test pack. Use the lancet to prick your finger and collect a drop of blood. Add your blood into the bottle and shake. Shake and pour all three solutions into the designated area one at a time. Consult the booklet to interpret your easy to read results.

How accurate is the test?

Extensive research studies have shown that this test is extremely accurate when performed correctly. The accuracy of medical tests is typically described in terms of sensitivity (all truly positive individuals test positive) and specificity (all truly negative persons test negative). INSTI® HIV Self Test has been shown to have a sensitivity of 99.8-100% and a specificity of 99.5-99.8%

The cost of this service is £29.99

Coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity

About 1 in 100 people in the UK have coeliac disease yet only 10-20% of people will have been diagnosed.

What is coeliac disease?

Coeliac disease is a reaction by the body to a protein called gluten, which is found in some foods. It is known as an autoimmune condition, which is where the body’s immune system attacks healthy parts of the body by mistake. The immune system normally attacks infections.

In coeliac disease, the immune system attacks gluten which leads to damage to the small bowel and affects the ability to absorb nutrients from food.

How can I find out if I have coeliac disease?

The pharmacy team can help you find out if you have coeliac disease. This is done via a blood test that shows whether you have something called ‘antibodies’ in your blood that would suggest you have coeliac disease.

Antibodies occur in your blood when your immune system attacks something such as an infection, or gluten. The test requires a small pin prick of blood which is then mixed with special liquids.

You will have the results within 5-10 minutes costing only £10.99 per test.

Heart health check and cardiovascular risk

We all want to live healthy and active lives, no matter our age but it can be difficult and confusing to keep up with everything we should be doing to stay well.

To help you monitor your health, The Pharmacy Bebington offers a simple health check that can quickly show you if you need to make any lifestyle changes.

The health check covers the following;
  • Blood Glucose (diabetes)
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol – HDL/LDL/Cholesterol ratio and total cholesterol
  • BMI
  • 10 year Cardiovascular risk

The consultation will take up to 20 minutes to complete. The results will be immediately available at the end of the consultation.

Yes, we will support and encourage healthier lifestyle changes by providing health advice at the end of your health check.

The test can be done there and then. Occasionally, at busy times, you make need to make an appointment.

Yes, the consultation will cost £20.

Diabetes Screening

This requires a fasting finger prick blood test in the pharmacy. The results will be available within five minutes of the consultation. Depending on the results we will provide you with lifestyle advice and support and/or a referral form for your GP.

The cost of this service is £5.