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24 hour Blood Pressure monitoring - it could save your life....... find out how.......here

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High Blood Pressure is a silent killer How 24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring could save your life   High blood pressure is one of the most important preventable causes of premature ill health and death in the Ireland. It is a major risk factor for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, chronic kidney disease and cognitive decline (dementia).   If you have been diagnosed or suspected of having high blood pressure, a 24-hour blood pressure monitor is the most reliable tool to check the accuracy of the diagnosis and in many cases, prevent you having to take blood pressure medication due...

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Now that it's Summer time - sandals and flip flops are the order of the day, here's some advice on......Fungal Nail infection

Posted by Eamonn Brady on

Eamonn Brady is a pharmacist and the owner of Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St, Mullingar. If you have any health questions e-mail them to info@whelehans.ie   Question Part of my large toenail on one foot has turned yellow over the last 6 months. My wife thinks it is a fungal nail infection. Sean, Mullingar   Response  Approximately half of nail problems are due to a fungal infection. Fungal nail infection is about four times more common in toenails than fingernails and can involve all or part of the nail, including the nail plate, nail-bed and root of the nail. The chances...

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In this weeks Topic - some quick tips on PPE best practice when using masks and gloves

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Using PPE properly Social distancing and regular handwashing are still the two most important ways to protect from Covid-19. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) PPE is important in circumstances where close contact with others is not avoidable in certain workplace and healthcare settings. However, it should not be used as an alternative to hand washing and social distancing.   Masks There has been conflicting evidence regarding use of face masks. Health authorities continue to update guidance. Protection level depends on the type of mask and using them correctly. Social distancing is a better way to protect yourself rather than facemasks alone....

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In this weeks Health blog - we revisit some helpful tips and advice for those Cocooning

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Cocooning   Cocooning is a special measure to protect those of us most at risk of getting severe symptoms if we get infected with Covid-19. It is a personal protection technique. It involves staying inside your home and minimising contact with others. When you are cocooning ask carers, neighbours, family members or the local county council to make sure your needs are met. Many local businesses like supermarkets and pharmacies offer free delivery services and prioritise older people and those in more vulnerable categories. Who needs to Cocoon? If you are over 70 years old, have cancer, are solid organ...

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In this weeks Health blog, Eamonn outlines the measures put in place at Whelehans to protect the most vulnerable and continue to serve

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Covid-19 Pharmacy: Protecting the most vulnerable   Pharmacy is our most accessible front-line health service. Pharmacies up and down the length of breath of Ireland continue to provide an essential service of medicine provision to their patients in an efficient and safe manner despite the threat society faces due to Covid-19. All pharmacies are following strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines to protect you and the public at large. Pharmacy reacting to the threat Given the rapid escalation of the threat level that Coronavirus (COVID-19) poses to the wellbeing of people and in particular our most vulnerable, Whelehans Pharmacies introduced...

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