Healthcare services for the public

More complete care for you and your family

Pharmacists receive additional training to ensure they have up to the minute skills and knowledge to enable them to deliver these specialised services safely and effectively.

Pharmacists are the medicines experts. They support and guide patients about health care choices through thousands of consultations every day. They are the health professional you see most often.

Pharmacists are well trained. A registered pharmacist completes a four year degree and a one year internship working either in a community or hospital pharmacy.

Increasingly pharmacists are undertaking extra training to carry out additional health care services and taking their place alongside other health professionals such as doctors and nurses as part of the health care team.

Examples of some of the extended services pharmacists are now providing include:

Warfarin I.N.R Monitoring

A warfarin monitoring service provided free and without an appointment. Your result is just a finger prick away. Selected pharmacies throughout New Zealand are now providing this service and patient warfarin levels are well managed in the preferred therapeutic range. There is no need for patients to go to laboratories to provide blood samples nor contact the doctor again later for dose adjustments. Everything is managed in one visit to the pharmacy.

Your pharmacist is acting under authority from your doctor. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about the Community Pharmacy Anticoagulation Management Service (CPAMS).

Medicines Management

Advanced medicine services give patients the option to sit down with their pharmacist and discuss their medicines in detail. Depending on your requirements the consultation may focus on helping you to take your medicines when needed ( Medicines Use Review) or consider more complex issues such as any side effects and whether the medicine is the right one for you (Medicines Therapy Assessment). The pharmacist may be able to make recommendations to your prescriber to improve the effectiveness of the medicine or reduce its side effects.

Emergency Contraceptive Pill

Advice on emergency contraception and the medicine is available from many pharmacists. This service is provided discreetly and confidentially at your local pharmacy.


Get your flu vaccination at your local pharmacy. This enables you to drop in rather than make an appointment at a doctor's surgery.

Your pharmacy can provide FREE influenza vaccinations for eligible patients aged 13 and over. Eligible patients include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people with certain chronic conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, etc). For full details of eligibility criteria talk to your pharmacist.

Pharmacies are also able to provide privately funded influenza vaccinations to adults over 13 years of age.

The flu spreads easily. Ideally, you should be vaccinated before the main influenza season in May to September.

Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections

You can now receive medication to treat this common condition without the need to visit a doctor. Many pharmacists offer this extended service. Ask your local pharmacist.

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Many men are able to be supplied treatment in a tablet form, direct from their pharmacist. Most pharmacies now offer this service. A preliminary consultation is required to ensure that there are no underlying health conditions that might affect the safety of the treatment, and you may be referred to your doctor.

Giving up smoking

Your pharmacist can help with advice and therapies that work.

Pharmacists receive additional training to ensure they have up to the minute skills and knowledge to enable them to deliver these specialised services safely and effectively.