09/10/2019 STOPTOBER

What is Stoptober? 28-day national stop smoking campaign from 1st of October every year. Helps participants attempt quitting by providing support and resources Provides motivation to make a major change in their life. Stoptober offers support through many methods such as online chats and communities, free online personal quit plan, Stoptober app, stop smoking medicines and face to face support. Reasons to take part in Stoptober Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable illnesses and premature death causing over 80 thousand deaths per year in the UK. If smokers can quit for 28 days, they are 5 times more likely to quit for good Quit with support – people are four times more likely to quit if they identify the right quit plan and support for them. OSS and similar local SSS present the most effective route to stop smoking. Most smokers in England want to quit the habit (6 […]


People who should have a flu vaccine The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications. You should have the flu vaccine if you: are 65 years old or over are pregnant have certain medical conditions are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility receive a carer’s allowance, or you’re the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill If any patient does not fall under a free NHS flu jab, they should be offered our private vaccination at a small cost of £9.99! When to get vaccinated: You can be vaccinated at any time during the flu season (September – March). The best time to get vaccinated is September – early November. […]

20/09/2019 Shine Night Walk

Our staff from across the 23 branches of PillBox Chemists Ltd are participating in Shine Night Walk London in support of Cancer Research UK. https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/pillbox-chemists-team?fbclid=IwAR3mAnbCvHXqY4zb7gmGbuII-aM8nbfWhIJSUsw-cEfFSpSuovAVTgWlGUA

13/09/2019 Coughs, Cold & Flu

Common colds are often treatable without the need to see a GP. Common symptoms include: • Blocked or runny nose. • Sore throat. • Headaches. • muscle aches. • Coughs. • Sneezing • Raised temperature • Pressure in your ears and face. • Loss of taste and smell. GPs don’t recommend antibiotics for colds as they’re only effective against bacterial infections, whereas colds are caused by viruses. Pharmacists can offer alternative OTC medicines such as: • Decongestant sprays or tablets to relieve a blocked nose. • Paracetamol or ibuprofen which can help ease aches and also work to lower temperature. • Cold & flu medicines such as Day/Night Nurse and Lemsip which target multiple symptoms. Types of medicines that can be offered to help coughs, but not get rid of them, include: • Cough syrup. • Cough medicine (some cough medicines should not be given to children under 12) • […]

11/09/2019 Pillbox New Services for the Community

This month Pillbox staff members went to Long Acres Garden Centre, Bagshot to offer services from our private health clinic. Well done to all the team members who helped deliver the services and make the day a success!