Healthy Heart Clinics Offer Critical Screening to Reduce Risk of Heart Disease: Leading Cause of Death in Canada
Nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke
Despite the fact that almost 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through healthy behaviors, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women and the second leading cause of death among men in Canada. Research shows that nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
As part of Heart Month in Canada, London Drugs is encouraging Canadians to take preventative action by attending a Healthy Heart Clinic running February 6th to March 23rd at 68 London Drugs locations.
Many Canadians miss the signs of heart disease that often precede a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Prevention ultimately starts with knowing your risks as there are often no symptoms until the underlying disease has progressed.
London Drugs’ Healthy Heart Clinics involve a one-on-one 45 minute screening and evaluation with a Patient Care Pharmacist. They take a measurement of total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, random glucose and blood pressure and assess risk factors such as family history, age, level of exercise, diet, smoking history and high blood pressure. Next they focus on minimizing these risks. This might include a discussion of changes to diet, fitness routines or lifestyle. Habits like eating healthy, being active and living smoke-free, have a big impact on health. The appointment is collaborative and customized for each patient and pharmacists can contact physicians to recommend further medical intervention or changes to medication.
For more information about London Drugs’ Healthy Heart Clinics or to book a clinic appointment visit: http://www.londondrugs.com/healthyheart
A complete list of clinic dates, times and locations can be found here: https://pharmacy.londondrugs.com/pdf/Heart_Health_Clinics_2017.pdf
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Doctors and Pharmacists Working Side-by-Side to Provide More Coordinated Care.
A new walk-in medical clinic has opened its doors inside London Drugs in Lethbridge making non-urgent health care services more accessible for Lethbridge residents who may not have a family physician or are unable to get in to see them quickly. The clinic offers comprehensive primary and preventative health care services that compliment those services offered by pharmacists.
“With doctors and pharmacists working side-by-side, we can provide more coordinated care to our patients. The new clinic will offer better access to health care for non-urgent medical services,” says Tim Neufeld, Clinic Manager with the Campbell Clinic, who have been providing healthcare to the patients in Lethbridge for over 100 years.
The clinic’s physicians specialize in family health and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as strep throat; bladder, ear, eye and respiratory infections; stomach issues and diarrhea. They can also provide general consultations, physical examinations, preventive screening, conceptive care; treatment for minor wounds, skin conditions, sprains and strains; and make referrals to other specialists.
London Drugs Pharmacists can quickly identify potential barriers to medication adherence and can offer solutions to help encourage patients to stay on course. They also educate patients about drug interactions and possible side effects and can identify potential gaps in care. In addition, London Drugs pharmacists provide comprehensive medication management and wellness programs including; individualized diabetes management programs, medication reviews, chronic illness management, weight management & lifestyle counselling, asthma education, administering vaccines and immunizations; as well as assistance with everyday health issues around allergy, cough & cold, pain management, stomach health and eye care.
“Pharmacists are now the most accessible health care providers but our work requires a team-based approach. The opportunity for patients to come to one location to see a physician, consult with a pharmacist, get their prescription and receive follow-up care is a huge benefit not only from a convenience perspective but also from a quality perspective. The collaboration ultimately improves patient care,” says Rick Siemens, Pharmacy Manager at London Drugs in Lethbridge.
The clinic is located inside the new London Drugs location in Lethbridge at 1240 2A Avenue North. Patients can now walk-in to see a doctor from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. Appointments can also be made by calling 587-425-0200.
Following a successful pilot and first ever oral cancer screening in pharmacy in 2015, London Drugs is committed to bringing the clinics to more locations and will be offering oral health screening clinics at 15 locations in Metro Vancouver between April 25 and May 18, 2016.
“What began as a three clinic trial with a dental professional in collaboration with our pharmacists in April 2015, quickly grew to 12 clinics in a matter of weeks, during our first ever attempt at this program,” explains John Tse, Vice President Pharmacy, London Drugs. “There is clearly demand for the oral screening and continued need for awareness of oral cancer and oral cancer prevention.”
Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the world with approximately three people dying of oral cancer every day in Canada. Early detection is crucial. Most oral cancers are diagnosed late when the survival rate is poor.
During your 45-minute one-on-one consultation, your London Drugs Patient Care Pharmacist will begin with a review of your usual eating habits and lifestyle and any concerns you may have. They will then perform a complete body composition analysis that helps you see beyond your weight. Your session will conclude with tips and resources, as well as a personalized eating and physical activity plan towards a healthier lifestyle.
Visit www.londondrugs.com/nutritionclinics to learn more.
Flu vaccinations are available at all London Drugs pharmacies
As the most accessible health care professionals in Canada, Pharmacists now play a key role in achieving higher flu immunization rates in Canada. During this year’s immunization campaign, London Drugs pharmacists expect to administer more flu vaccinations than ever before. Longer hours, appointments, as well as flexibility for walk-in patients and customers has allowed pharmacists to significantly improve ease of access to the vaccine.
“It’s really about convenience. People can literally call the pharmacy and make an appointment or walk in, fill out the paperwork and get a shot right then. So by coming to the pharmacy they can avoid lineups or wait times at their doctor’s office or at the public flu clinics,” says Jason Chan-Remillard, Pharmacy Manager at London Drugs.
Aside from providing in-store injections, London Drugs pharmacists are also venturing out into communities to administer flu shots at public events. Making the vaccine accessible through pharmacists has had a substantial impact on increasing public awareness and utilization of the flu vaccine.
“People want to protect themselves and their families against the flu but they want to get it done when it is close and convenient for them. The more accessible we can be, the more people we can vaccinate,” he says.
This year’s seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the H3N2 strain — along with H1N1 and influenza B. The vaccination is available at all London Drugs locations where it is administered by London Drugs’ Certified Injection Pharmacists. The public are invited to contact their local London Drugs pharmacy to inquire about getting a flu shot or visit http://www.londondrugs.com/flu for more information.
“Being proactive and prepared is the key to surviving the flu season,” says Chan-Remillard. “By getting the influenza vaccination early in the season, as well as taking some simple and healthy preventative actions, you not only protect yourself, but you protect others because you are less likely to spread the flu.”
Osteoporosis Screening Clinics return for two days at London Drugs in Tillicum Centre
As individuals continue to focus on their health there are many tools available to provide guidance on health goals. One area of health people may not consider is the health of their bones. London Drugs is announcing the return of their Osteoporosis Screening Clinics to give individuals an overview of their bone health. For two days only, London Drugs Victoria customers will have an opportunity to book an appointment with a pharmacist.
It’s summer, and the pharmacy is busy! Although we see customers with a wide range of questions and concerns, most visits relate to the same warm-weather issues. This year, we thought we’d share them with you.