Health checks and support


At The Pharmacy, Long Melford

we offer a range of health checks and support to help you identify areas to improve your fitness or wellbeing.  Our teams have been successful in a number of areas from weight loss to smoking cessation. Come in for a confidential chat with our pharmacist or health advisors. We have private consultation rooms where we can help you in confidence.

 

Cholesterol Testing

We offer two types of Cholesterol Tests. A ‘Total Cholesterol’ test and an ‘HDL’ test which measures the good cholesterol.

A combination of the two tests gives us an ‘LDL’ measurement, this is your bad cholesterol. It includes a consultation and advice to help you on your way to a healthier heart. No appointment is required for these tests but if making a special trip, we would advise that you contact us to make sure the correct staff is available.

The cholesterol test costs £10.

BMI

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 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 Test

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

You can just pop into our Pharmacy with no appointment to have your blood pressure tested. You will be given advice and information on how to make changes to your lifestyle if you need to.

As high blood pressure affects one in three adults, it’s important to be aware of the risks and how you can reduce them. Our free, confidential service only takes a few minutes.

Checking your blood pressure is quick, easy and non-invasive.

Blood Glucose

It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK who have undiagnosed diabetes.

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. The symptoms of diabetes aren’t always obvious and can develop slowly.

We can help identify your risk of developing diabetes and provide advice on reducing the chances. To measure your blood sugar level, pop into our 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.

*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. This is a private service and costs £5.