Haven Pharmacy Greenes Rathfarnham are Hiring!

Haven Pharmacy Greenes in Rathfarnham Dublin are looking for a Full Time Pharmacy Technician to work as part of their busy dispensary in Dublin 14.

The successful applicant must be qualified with a PSI accreditation

Please send CV and Cover Letter to andrew.buckley@havenpharmacy.ie or for more information phone Andrew on 01 4905256

 

 

Minister for Health signs regulations to assist with prescriptions during COVID-19

Minister for Health Simon Harris has signed two statutory instruments to relieve some of the pressures on our GPs, pharmacists and patients in accessing prescriptions.

The Minister signed the Medicinal Products (Prescription and Control of Supply) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 allowing for the electronic transfer of prescriptions to a pharmacy via an approved electronic system, the HSE’s Healthmail system.

In addition, the maximum period of validity of a prescription is increased from 6 months to 9 months as of the date specified on the prescription.

Some temporary changes to the way in which prescriptions can be repeated are also being introduced to enable pharmacists to ensure the continuity of care of patients without necessarily requiring a new prescription.

Minister Harris commented:

“We are asking people to stay home. We know many people will still require access to important medicines and that is why we are introducing these measures. However, I also want to remind patients and the general public not to seek supplies of medicines over and above their normal requirements. Doing so will hamper the supply of medicines for others.
“The changes we will make today will relieve the pressure on GPs and pharmacists. Crucially, it will reduce the need for people to visit their GP or pharmacy during this pandemic.
“I want to thank our healthcare staff, my department and the HSE for their work on this matter. This is a significant step and will help us in our efforts to slow the spread of this virus.”
This is welcomed news from the Minister as it makes life easier for all concerned including patients. Thank you to all who made this initiative happen.

Haven Pharmacy Mobile App

Download the new Haven Pharmacy mobile app today to place your prescriptions and we will message you when ready so you can pick them up at a time that suits you, minimising your wait time at the pharmacy!
 
Available with selected Haven Pharmacy stores nationwide: 
Haven Pharmacy Brennans Ballboden
Haven Pharmacy Brosnans Kenmare
Haven Pharmacy Burkes Macroom
Haven Pharmacy Butlers Birr
Haven Pharmacy Cassidys Rialto
Haven Pharmacy Connollys Dungarvan
Haven Pharmacy Duleek
Haven Pharmacy Gildeas Kinnegad
Haven Pharmacy Gildeas Killucan
Haven Pharmacy O’Connells High St Kilkenny
Haven Pharmacy O’Connells Rose Inn St Kilkenny
Haven Pharmacy Kennellys Tralee

Haven Pharmacy Loobys are Hiring!

Haven Pharmacy Loobys, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 are looking for OTC Sales Assistants

• Experience necessary

• Full Time and Part Time positions available

• Salary dependent on experience

Please contact Justin on 01 6264574 or Email CV to justin.looby@havenpharmacy.ie

 

 

 

Quit Smoking with Haven Pharmacy

1 in every 2 smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease. It doesn’t have to be that way – you can quit!

Have you tried to give up smoking in the past? Have you managed to give up for long periods of time and then one little slip spiralled you back to your former full-time smoking self?

The disappointment in returning to this bad habit might off trying to quit again? Don’t let it… Never give up giving up!

Giving Up
With our customers health in mind, we have put a plan in place for anyone that wants to quit, so please speak to one of our trained advisers or ask your Haven pharmacist if you would like advice on which Nicotine Replacement Treatment (NRT) is best suited to your needs. There are a range of very effective over the counter remedies available from your Haven pharmacy to help stop smoking.

Health Benefits 
Straight away you will have fresher breath, hair & clothes and

Straight away you prevent staining your fingers & teeth and delay premature aging

Straight away you will have more money in your pocket!

Within 20 mins your blood pressure and pulse rate begin to return to normal

Within 1 day your risk of heart attack begins to fall

Within 2 days you will have a better sense of taste and smell

Within 3 days you will feel fitter as you will be less breathless as the nicotine is gone from your body completely

After 2-3 weeks your lung function will improve

Within 2-3 months your lung capacity can increase by up to 30%

After 1 year your risk of sudden death from a heart attack is almost cut in half, while your risk from cancer is also reduced

After 5 years the risk of smoking related cancers will be greatly reduced

After 10 years the risk of a heart attack drops to almost the same as a non-smoker

Did you know Ireland has more quitters than smokers?

Join the Quitters and start your journey today! Here are some helpful tips to guide you on the road to a smoke free life…

  1. Decide to Quit

Write down all the reasons why you want to quit so you can refer to them in moments of weakness.

  1. Make a Date

Pick a date that you feel you will be relaxed and focused on quitting and then stick to it. Throw out all your cigarettes including any emergency supplies as quitting outright is more effective than cutting down gradually.

  1. Talk to Your Support Team

Friends and family can offer wonderful encouragement when trying to quit. Talk to your Haven Pharmacist for advice in our private consultation room or contact the National Smokers’ Quitline on 1850 201 203 for Free Support

  1. Avoid Your Triggers and Temptations

Know your trigger situations and prepare in advance. Many of our customers find it difficult to avoid a cigarette when drinking alcohol. Try to remove this trigger in the first couple of weeks/months after quitting.

  1. Learn how to cope with cravings

Cravings can occur frequently in the first week of quitting. Remember cravings intensify over 3 to 5 minutes then subside.

Practice the Four D’s:

  • Delay acting on the urge to smoke – it will pass
  • Deep breathing, calm your nerves
  • Drink lots of water, it will decrease the need for snacking
  • Distract yourself, do something else to take your mind off it
  1. Make positive lifestyle choices

Increase your level of exercise as this helps improve mood and manages your weight. Many quitters experience a spike in appetite after giving up initially, this is your body and mind adjusting to a habit and it will level out. Avoid snacking on sweets, choose healthy snacks like fruit and nuts instead. Go for a brisk walk or jog to get rid of your anxiety or stress – it will help your body and mind.

  1. Stay positive!

In moments of weakness remember why you are quitting and believe in the strength of your will power. Look back at the list of reasons you put together when you decided to quit. This will shift your focus back to the long term goal.

  1. Reward yourself

Cigarettes are expensive! Get a money box, work out how much money you were spending each week on cigarettes and put it away. Buy yourself something as a treat instead. The important thing is, be kind to yourself. Don’t see quitting as a punishment, see it as a liberation and a step on the road to a happy and healthier life!

For more information on starting your Smoke Free journey – contact your local Haven Pharmacy who will help you with your plan and start you on the right NRT products such as Nicorette and NiQuitin- we have a range of patches, gum, lozenges and inhalers. Using these NRT products increases your chance of successfully stopping by up to 70%.

Download your Quitters Guide from the HSE and start your smoke free journey today to look forward to a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Good luck, YOU CAN DO THIS!

 

 

Haven Rewards available on Stocard

With the FREE App Stocard, you can easily save all your rewards cards on your smartphone!

1. Open the Stocard App and click the + button to add a new card

2. Type in “Haven Pharmacy” and click on our logo

3. Either scan the barcode on your card or manually type in our rewards card number

All done… Easy as 123!

At the checkout, simply show your digitalised
Haven Rewards Card to earn or redeem points.

Download the App here:

Haven Awards 2019

Haven Pharmacy Celebrates Excellence at Awards Night 2019

We hosted our 6th Annual Awards night on Saturday 30th November in the Killashee Hotel, Kildare. The much-anticipated night welcomed over 260 guests from our Haven Pharmacies across Ireland as well as many of our commercial partners. This very special event celebrated not only the dedication and commitment of individuals, but also the professional excellence, community care and customer focus demonstrated by independent Haven pharmacies.

A total of nine awards were presented on the night: Haven Rising Star, Haven OTC Assistant, Haven Pharmacy Technician, Haven in the Community, Haven Community Pharmacist, Haven Ambassador of the Year, Haven Special Achievement, Haven Customer Service Team of the Year and Haven Pharmacy of the Year.

We were thrilled to announce the Haven Pharmacy winners on the night as follows:

Haven Pharmacy of the Year – Haven Pharmacy Butlers, Birr, Co. Offaly sponsored by Clonmel Healthcare Ltd and presented by Barry Fitzpatrick.

 

Haven Customer Service Team of the Year – Haven Pharmacy Hickeys, Rush, Co Dublin sponsored by Uniphar Retail Services and presented by Adrian O’Sullivan

 

Haven Ambassador of the Year – Michelle Melia, Haven Pharmacy Cavan sponsored by Reckitt Benckiser Ireland Ltd and presented by Ciaran Woods.

 

Haven Community Pharmacist of the Year – Aideen Delaney, Haven Pharmacy Raffertys Stillorgan, Dublin sponsored by KBC Bank and presented by Michael O’Grady.

 

Haven in the Community – Haven Pharmacy Kennys, Tramore sponsored by United Drug presented by Veronica Carragher

 

Haven Pharmacy Technician of the Year (Joint Winner) – Lauren Kelly, Haven Pharmacy Brennans Barna and Helen Condon Haven Pharmacy Dohertys Beaumont Dublin sponsored by Fitzgerald Power and presented by Noel Winters

 

Haven Pharmacy Special Achievement of the Year – Karl Bingham, Haven Pharmacy Moloneys, Dublin sponsored by Perrigo presented by Niall McMorrow

 

Haven Pharmacy OTC Assistant of the Year  – Ciara Leavy, Haven Pharmacy Mullingar, sponsored by GSK represented by Maria Kenyon, Indepharm Ltd pictured here with Kieran Brennan and Andre Barbosa, Haven Pharmacy Mullingar

 

Haven Rising Star – Marie Kelly, Haven Pharmacy Hollys Liosban, Co. Galway sponsored by Accord Healthcare and presented by Gregg Farrell

 

Indepharm Co-Op and Haven Pharmacy Chairman, Daragh Connolly, thanked everyone for their input into another successful year for the Group. He welcomed new Co-op members and new staff to the Haven family and congratulated the Pharmacy Interns who were placed on the PSI Register earlier this month and continue to practice as Pharmacists within the Haven group.

 

Mr. Connolly said that the staff in Haven directly contributed to the success of Haven and he was delighted with the results of a recent Haven Staff Satisfaction Survey which confirmed that over 88% of staff are happy to work in Haven and 80% would recommend working in Haven to a friend. The results of the survey reinforced the positive impact of being in the Haven Pharmacy Group as well as the strong bonds of collegiality between the pharmacy teams. Mr. Connolly noted that the co-operative ethos of helping improve the health and well-being of patients & customers in local communities was part of the Haven DNA. He praised the teams on raising over €55,000 for charities including CRY Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Pieta House, Childline, Temple Street Children’s Hospital, the Irish Cancer Society and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland to name just a few.

 

He concluded by extending his thanks to all the sponsors for the event – Clonmel Healthcare, KBC Bank, Perrigo, Accord Healthcare, Fitzgerald Power Accountants, GSK Ireland, Reckitt Benckiser Ireland Ltd., Uniphar Retail Services, United Drug, Fleming Medical, HMR Ireland, Parle & Hickey, iMed, Sam McLernons, Touchstore, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Azpiral – and said he looked forward to another successful year for Haven in 2020.

 

Jack Wise, MC for the night, wowed the audience with his winning combination of jaw-dropping magic tricks and razor-sharp wit ensuring the audience were thoroughly entertained all night.

 

Over €2,000 was raised on the night for Bumbleance, the Childrens National Ambulance Service.

Knitivity 2019

Haven Pharmacy are proud to support Knitivity
in association with Beaumont Hospital Foundation

Knitivity is a Christmas knitting campaign which invites people countrywide to knit one, or all, of its festive knitting projects – which include patterns for both the experienced and the novice knitter – and return them back to their local Haven Pharmacy. The completed knits will be sold in attractive branded gift bags, accompanied by a card identifying the name and county of origin of the knitter to acknowledge and personalise their contribution.

The price range for the completed items will be from €4 to €15 and the festive knits can be bought in Haven Pharmacy stores nationwide.

The festive items make wonderful gifts for all the family this Christmas and 100% of the sale price goes directly to Beaumont Hospital.

If you would like to get involved you can register online at https://www.beaumontfundraising.ie/knitivity or pick up your Knitivity pack in your local Haven Pharmacy.

So come on everybody, let’s get knitting… for good! 

 

 

Have you had your Flu Vaccine yet?

The seasonal flu vaccine is available from October 2019 until the end of April 2020

What is the Flu?

Seasonal flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains, headache, weakness and exhaustion. Symptoms can last for up to one week. You may need to stay in bed until your symptoms get better. Flu affects people of all ages. In some people flu can cause serious complications such as pneumonia.

How flu is spread?

If you are carrying the virus, you can spread it by coughing or sneezing. This can happen from 1-2 days before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after symptoms develop. Flu can survive on worktops and objects, especially in low temperatures and low humidity. You can get flu by touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose. The virus can live on a hard surface for up to 24 hours and a soft surface for around 20 minutes.

How Serious is Flu?

The Flu virus is an unpredictable virus. If you are healthy you will usually recover in 7 days. But Flu can be severe and can cause serious illness and death. Complications of flu include bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections and rarely acute encephalopathy (swelling of the brain). Serious complications of flu are more likely if you have a chronic medical condition or if you are aged 65 years or older. Pregnant women are also at increased risk of flu complications. In Ireland, between 200 and 500 people, mainly older people, die from flu each winter. Every year, around the world, flu causes between 3 and 5 million cases of severe disease and up to 646, 000 deaths.

How can I care for someone with flu at home?

If you are at home with flu or taking care of someone at home, follow these tips to help stop the flu spreading to others:

  • If you have the flu stay in one room with the door closed and, if possible, open a window for fresh air
  • Family members should limit time spent with someone with flu and avoid sharing dishes, books, toys, etc
  • Avoid face-to-face contact with someone who has the flu
  • Discourage visits from people not living in the house
  • If you have flu, cover your nose and mouth with disposable tissues when sneezing or coughing. If tissues are not available, coughing or sneezing into your arm or sleeve (not hand) is recommended
  • Used tissues should be put into a bin and the bin sealed in the room and immediately taken outside for collection
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, especially after coughing and sneezing
  • Everyone in the house should frequently clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, especially after every contact with someone with flu or their room or bathroom
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with your hands as this helps spreads the flu virus
  • Surfaces and items inside the house should be cleaned regularly with bleach-based household cleaners

The Flu Vaccine

This year, the seasonal flu vaccine protects against the 4 strains of flu virus recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the strains most likely to be circulating this season. The flu viruses that are circulating change every year. This is why you need to get a new vaccine each year. You should get your flu vaccination from early October to be protected for flu season. People 10 years and over should get the vaccine from their GP or Pharmacist or Occupational Health Department. Younger children should get the vaccine from their GP. The flu vaccine is free if you are in an at-risk group but you may be charged a consultation fee, unless you have a medical card or a GP visit card. The flu vaccine doesn’t contain any live viruses – it cannot give you the flu.

How it works

The flu vaccine helps your immune system to produce antibodies to fight influenza virus. If you have been vaccinated and you come into contact with the virus, these antibodies will attack it and stop you from getting sick. The flu vaccine starts to work within two weeks.

At-risk groups

The HSE are strongly urging people in at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine. It is strongly recommended the vaccine if you:

  • are 65 years of age and over
  • are pregnant
  • are a child or adult with a long-term health condition
  • work in healthcare
  • are a carer or household contact of anyone at increased medical risk of flu
  • live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
  • in regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl

You should not get the flu vaccine if you have had a severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous dose or any part of the vaccine. Don’t get the flu vaccine if you are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors (e.g. ipilimumab plus nivolumab). Vaccination should be re-scheduled if you have an acute illness with a temperature greater than 38°C.

Speak to your local Haven Pharmacist about the Flu Vaccine. You can make an appointment in selected Haven Pharmacy stores nationwide.

For more information about Flu and it’s symptoms check out the HSE website

 

 

Haven Health Week

Many people believe that a pharmacist’s job is just to dispense medicines. However, Pharmacists do a great deal more than meets the eye!

At Haven Pharmacy, we are a group of healthcare professionals who can assist you with your health concerns quickly. We can offer you information about treatments, explanations on medication  and provide essential health advice saving you a trip to the doctors.

During Haven Health Week, we are offering a range of health services absolutely Free! Here are just some of the great services available at selected Haven Pharmacies:

  • One-on-one health consultation in privacy
  • Free Health & Wellness Checks* including weight checks and blood pressure measurement
  • Special Offers on vitamins & supplements to suit your specific needs
  • Healthy lifestyle & nutrition tips from guest suppliers in-store
  • Advice on alcohol consumption and smoking cessation
  • Review your medication and ask questions on dosage, usage and side effects
  • Book your Flu Vaccine (available in selected Haven Pharmacy stores)
  • Discuss preventative measures to stay healthy this Winter
  • Receive your Haven Health Screening Card with follow-up appointment

Please note that the free health services vary from store to store so please check with your local Haven Pharmacy to find out what is on offer and make your appointment directly.

You can trust Haven Pharmacy to put you and your family’s health first this Winter… so when you Think Pharmacy, Think Haven.