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What Can I Ask My Pharmacist?

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, What can I ask my pharmacist?

Don’t be afraid to ask your pharmacist any question about your health and medicine. We have face to face dispensing to encourage these conversations between our customers and pharmacists, as well as being open seven days a week, early to late, so you can catch us on your way home. Some common questions are, “Do I need to take this with food?”, “What side effects might I get from this medicine?” and more. Ask Calanna – we can either help or advise you to see a doctor.





What’s the Main Difference Between a Doctor and a Pharmacist?

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, what’s the main difference between a doctor and a pharmacist?

For any minor medical concerns, your pharmacist is always a great place to start. We can let you know if you’ll need to see a GP, who can then diagnose you and help you figure out what’s wrong. Plus, you don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist (it’s free and easily accessible too!).

In addition, we can advise you as to how your medicines work, how they may affect your body and how they may interact with other medicines or supplements you may be taking along with many other things – just ask!




How Can My Pharmacy Support Me During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Mario Calanna – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Mario, How can my pharmacy support me during the Coronavirus pandemic?

If you’re feeling fluey, or simply don’t want to risk entering a public place, call your local Calanna and you can arrange someone to pick up your shop, or we’ll bring it out to your car. For medication, download the MedAdvisor App, choose Calanna, and then place your order and collect when convenient. It’s a good time to boost your immune system, Vitamin C, Immune Booster Tonic, and Zinc are great things to be taking. Come see us for your personalised plan. If there’s anything else we can do for your family at this time, please let us know.

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What Things Should I Look for in a Pharmacy?

Matthew Calanna – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, What should I look for in a pharmacy?

You should look for one that has pharmacist who’s experienced and understands your family’s needs. Face to face dispensing is important. This means the pharmacist is easily accessible at the front of the dispensary so you can speak with them and access their knowledge. Additionally it should be open seven days a week, early-late. This is because they understand that when you’re crook, or need advice, it generally happens off the clock. A loyalty club with customer benefits is always a plus. Laslty, look for one who genuinely cares about your family, has an experienced team and offers unique products and services to assist your health.


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Why Is It So Important to Choose One Pharmacy?

Matthew Calanna – Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Dear Matthew, why is it so important to choose one pharmacy?

By choosing only one, your family is in safer hands. Why? All of your medication data will be in one place. This helps to avoid the risk of conflicting medications that could make you sicker.

We are able to learn about your medical history and make recommendations on the type of medicine you’re taking. Additionally, we can provide the correct dosage amounts. It helps us to better liaise with your GP and we can provide advice in emergency situations, such as losing an important script or what to do if you have missed a dose. Just like you’d choose one doctor, we’d love you to choose Calanna as your number one pharmacy, so our family can get to know yours.

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Dear Glen, How can we protect our skin from the sun?

With the weather heating up and living in North Queensland (a region with one of the highest incidences of skin cancers in the world), we have to be wary that we can easily get seriously burnt and cause damage to our skin.

The classic campaign of Slip (on a shirt), Slop (on some sunscreen), Slap (on a hat), Seek (shade) and Slide (on some sunglasses), is more relevant than ever to prevent everyone in the family from getting sunburnt.

At Gasworks Pharmacy, we love to assist people to prevent them from getting sunburnt. It may be confusing with all the different brands claiming different SPF.

How to select a sunscreen

When selecting your sunscreen, the higher SPF doesn’t necessarily mean the more coverage you have. SPF is the Sun Protection Factor of the cream – meaning a rating of how long it takes your skin to get damaged by the sun. This means if it takes you one minute to receive sun damage, a SPF 50+ sunscreen will protect you for 50 minutes. This is why re-applying the sunscreen regularly is important; especially if the cream has been washed off from swimming or from heavy sweating.

For those with sensitive skin

For those patients with sensitive skin as well as young children and babies, it is always important to do a patch test on the underside of the forearm. Place a small amount of the cream onto this spot, 24 hours before you are going to use it on the rest of the body. If the skin becomes red and inflamed or is itchy for the person, then they will be glad that it wasn’t used all over the rest of the body.

If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to come in and have a chat to one of our staff. We have a huge range of products from sunglasses and skin protection, to what you should use if you unfortunately get sunburnt or sunstroke.

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