LloydsPharmacy- so much more than a dispenser of medicines.

We have a LloydsPharmacy opposite our GP surgery and I love exploring the store while waiting for my prescription. In the past I have bought gifts, treats for myself, medicine cupboard essentials and even cat flea products in there!

Recently a second LloydsPharmacy opened in my local market town's centre and it has been invaluable for many reasons, including those last minute present purchases as mostly my town has estate agents and restaurants lining the High Street!

Until I visited the brand's summer showcase recently however even I had not realised the scale of what LloydsPharmacy has to offer.

Along with the obvious pharmacy items, non-prescription and homeopathic meds, first aid, sun-care, mum and baby and health and beauty products did you know you can get expert help on a wide variety of subjects?

Take asthma for instance. At the doctors, you have limited time and often your head is whirling with so much information you forget to ask questions. Maybe they have prescribed an inhaler for you, a child or an elderly relative.  What if in all the stress you find you aren't really sure how to use it? Luckily LloydsPharmacy can help you FREE to check you ARE using it properly and getting the full vital dose, or suggest different approaches and/or products if you aren't.

LloydsPharmacy is all about "healthcare for life" and so the Asthma Support Service is not the only free service they offer.

The New Medicines Service  helps customers confidently and comfortably incorporate any new medicines into an existing regime with follow ups to make sure all is going well.

Theres a COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) support service too offering free confidential advice on controlling symptoms and getting the most out of any medication.

You might have spotted the notices in your local LloydsPharmacy offering blood pressure testing but did you know trained advisors can also carry out heart checks, type 2 diabetes screening, skin analysis and pain management consultations?

The list goes on. Head to LloydsPharmacy for travel and flu vaccinations, or help to stop smoking or for emergency contraception or sexual health advice.

You can book appointments for all these services or consult the Lloyds online doctor for a variety of health and lifestyle issues.

Obviously you have to pay for some of the services LloydsPharmacy offer but on the plus side, it's convenient, with any prescribed meds being delivered (sometimes the same day) or collectible from your local LloydsPharmacy.

You can tackle seemingly embarrassing conditions without facing a waiting room full of your neighbours AND there will be no queuing amongst wailing babies and people coughing all over you when you just want help with migraine, erectile dysfunction or cystitis!

Check out the website for details of services I have mentioned and for an even bigger picture of what LloydsPharmacy offers.

Disclaimer: I attended a summer showcase event and received a goody bag with free samples. Views and opinions remain honest and my own.