Very Common

20-60% incidence depending on destination (high risk regions include: Africa, Asia, Middle East and South America).

Causes

A. Bacterial – Bacterial pathogens occur in 80-90% of cases. Common agents include E.coli, Campylobacter jejuni, Shigellaspp and Salmonella spp.

B. Viruses – Norovirus, rotavirus are common causes.

C. Parasites – Giardia most common, others include Entamoeba.

Symptoms

Usually includes the sudden onset of diarrhoea (can be bloody), abdominal pain/cramps, fever, vomiting. Duration typically 3-5 days in bacterial cases, 2-3 days in viral and can be weeks in untreated parasitic infections.

Treatment

A. Hydration - oral rehydration sachets/solutions

B. Antimotility drugs - provide symptomatic relief

C. Antibiotics - in moderate/severe cases have proven beneficial.

We advise to seek medical advice if not improving after 1-2 days, especially in the elderly/children or if symptoms of dysentery (bloody loose motions) are present.

Prevention

The cholera vaccine gives cross-protection against E. coli enterotoxin. Can provide some protection against traveller’s diarrhoea.

Repeat Prescription Services

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Our Services

You can make an appointment with our pharmacist to discuss how you are getting on with your regular medicines or talk about any new medications. It will allow you to learn more about your medicines and ask any questions you may have, and if you are having difficulties taking your medicines our pharmacist may be able to assist. Ask for more details on these services.

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Some STIs (also known as sexually transmitted diseases or STDs) do not show any symptoms. At least 75% of infected women and around half of infected men will not have any visible signs of chlamydia, although it can still cause unseen damage and lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.

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This service require the pharmacist to supervise the consumption of prescribed medicines at the point of dispensing in the pharmacy, ensuring that the dose has been administered to the patient.

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Also known as the morning after pill, our pharmacists will supply Levonorgestrel when appropriate to clients in line with the requirements of a locally agreed Patient Group Direction (PGD). This service is available to women aged 14 years and 24 years of age.

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If you want to help protect yourself against flu this winter, our Winter Flu Jab Service is here to help. Even if you had a flu vaccination last year, you may consider having it again this year to protect yourself against the viruses responsible for causing most cases of flu, including the H1N1 (swine flu) virus.

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At Broadway Pharmacy we have a private consultation room where you can talk with the pharmacist about any health concerns that you may have. We will be able to provide you with quick and accurate advice, to help put your mind at ease.

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Our pharmacies also participate in NHS immunisation each year. For most people, flu is an unpleasant illness, but it's not serious. If you are otherwise healthy, you will usually recover from flu without major complication after a week or two.

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High blood pressure affects one in three adults in the UK. If left untreated it can lead to heart problems, strokes and damage to other vital organs. So it's vital to be aware of the risks and how you can reduce them. Our free, confidential services only takes a few seconds.

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem that affects half of all men aged between 40 and 70 to some extent. In reality, a significant proportion of men under 40 are also affected by ED. It is the inability to form and maintain an erection sufficient for intercourse. In some cases, there may be underlying causes for ED, but in the majority of cases a simple drug treatment may resolve the problem.

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Every year many hundreds of travellers from the UK catch malaria and in tens of cases it is fatal. Symptoms can start rapidly. The right anti-malaria tablet is essential to prevent infection.

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We dispense NHS prescriptions and will give advice on how to get the most benefit from your medicines. We keep a comprehensive stock of medicines and use a fast and an efficient wholesaler service to enable us to fill all prescriptions promptly.

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We can dispense NHS repeat dispensing prescriptions issued by your doctor. Ask us for more information about this service.

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All medicines are dispensed in child resistant containers unless you request us not to. Please remember: keep all medicines out of reach and sight of children. Our pharmacist can advise you on safe storage of medicines.

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Our computer allows us to keep records of all your prescriptions dispensed by us. This helps us check for possible problems, such as reactions between medicines and will help us deal with any queries you may have. We comply with the Data Protection Act and the NHS code of practice on confidentiality. More details about patient confidentiality can be found in another leaflet located in the pharmacy.

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Please return all unwanted medicines to the pharmacy where we will dispose of them safely.

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The pharmacist and our trained assistants are available for advice on all medicines and minor ailments, in private if required. We also give you advice on healthy living, for example, how to stop smoking, or healthy diets. We can direct you to other sources of advice and assistance if we cannot help you ourselves.

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You can make an appointment with our pharmacist to discuss how you are getting on with your regular medicines or talk about any new medications. It will allow you to learn more about your medicines and ask any questions you may have, and if you are having difficulties taking your medicines our pharmacist may be able to assist. Ask for more details on these services.

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If you need one of your regular medicines in an emergency when you are unable to contact your doctor, we may be able to help. We must stress that this can only be done in genuine emergencies and it may incur a charge.

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Ring or email us to order your medication and we take your repeat to the surgery. After 3 working days you just have to collect your medication from us.

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Our Diabetes Risk Awareness Service provides you with a personal assessment of your average blood sugar level over the previous 2-3 months and an indication of your potential risk of develpoing Tpye 2 Diabetes. We will then be able to offer advice on healthier lifestyle, signpost to other services, recommed other products and where appropriate refer you to your GP.

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The Healthy Heart Service provides you with a perosnal assessment of your risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease ( CVD). The assessment is then used to advice on Healthier Lifestyle, create an action plan to reduce risk of developing CVD, signpost to other services, recommend relevant products  and equipement related to hearth health and also refer to your GP if appropriate. 

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