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From Screening Your Health to Daily Exercise, Here Are 3 Tips for Improved Wellness

Wellness is not just in the lifestyles we lead or the medication we take. It is a holistic concept that encompasses everything that contributes to a human being’s overall quality of life. Wellness takes a closer look at our physical, mental, emotional, and even environmental wellbeing. While it is not always possible to control every facet of our wellness, there is always room for improvement and ways to contribute to a better, longer, and healthier life. Many of the wellness factors within our control pertain to physical health. Taking a few, small steps towards your wellbeing means that you can…
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Clinic Services to Ask About When Visiting One of Our Pharmacies

Healthy living is about more than those 20 minutes of exercise each morning, it is about the small choices we make daily that lead to big changes. These choices can include choosing a healthier meal over junk food, taking a flight of stairs instead of the elevator, and getting regular health screenings. In the end, all one has is their wellbeing, and taking extra steps to care for one’s body is essential. At The Local Choice, we aim to empower customers and patients with accurate information, quality medication, and a range of world-class services to help improve and maintain their…
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Why Getting a Health Check Done Can Increase Your Quality of Life

In the past, visiting a doctor or having the family physician on-call was only reserved for emergencies. These days, however, doctors encourage patients to stay up to date with their screenings and wellbeing assessments, as this is the best way to prevent and catch diseases early. With our fast-paced, modern lifestyles, it is not always easy to find time in a busy work schedule to see a doctor for a health check. Fortunately, our network of The Local Choice clinics offers wellbeing assessments for all patients at affordable rates. Prevent Illnesses from Developing Certain screenings during a routine health check…
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10 Reasons to Visit a Wellness Clinic Near You Today

Nothing contributes more to your quality of life and overall vitality than your personal health. While many of us take our health for granted, it is essential to keep a close watch on our bodies, especially as we age. Keeping your health and wellbeing in check means you can catch potential conditions early and begin treatment as soon as possible, which gives you a greater chance of living a long and happy life. For this reason, each wellness clinic within our pharmacy network is geared towards partnering with you, no matter your health status. If you are still waiting for…
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6 Values That Make Our Pharmacy Business a Stellar Industry Standout

The role of a cost-friendly, accessible, and professional pharmacy within a community is usually undervalued business. Most patients take for granted how essential pharmacies are, given that they are often the first and only place patients will seek healthcare advice and treatment. Pharmacists play a vital role within a nation’s healthcare system, especially when it comes to screening and treating conditions, and helping patients manage their own health through medication and lifestyle guidance. Here at The Local Choice, we are guided by strong values in our aim to uplift and empower the communities in which we are located. Partnering with…
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Essential Tips for Choosing a Pharmacy that Really Cares About Your Health

Some of us are old enough to remember when a trip to the local chemist was but a brisk walk down the road. Here, a dedicated and familiar pharmacist already knew about your prescription and health concerns, and might have even asked how your family was doing. This level of personal care has, unfortunately, been lost in more recent times. Today, many patients are left to deal with their own concerns and questions about their health, guess at medication interactions, and do their best to manage drug side effects or the symptoms of an illness. At The Local Choice, our…
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Does Your Pharmacy Clinic Offer an Extensive Range of Healthcare Services?

Many people prefer to visit their local pharmacy before going to the doctor. Pharmacies offer free advice, and act as the first point of contact for professional medical healthcare. From medications to screenings, partnering with the right pharmacy means you are privy to a whole host of benefits. We are here for you, no matter your healthcare needs. We are registered as a preferred medical provider for most medical aid schemes, and we dispense our medication at the rates prescribed by these schemes. Because we prioritise personalised healthcare, each clinic under our name is committed to offering a vast range…
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Need to Know More About Testing for Diabetes? We Can Help

With modern lifestyles so reliant on convenience and instant satisfaction, fast food has become a staple in many households. Cheap, accessible due to mass production, and full of flavour, junk food is a preferred option for those who work long hours and don’t have the energy to cook. This is also true for many individuals who often crave sweet, salty, and deep-fried meals. The downside to eating this way, however, is that it can contribute to a host of health problems, one of which is diabetes. This is not the only cause, however, as various kinds of the condition exist,…
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How Pharmacy Month Reminds Us to Take a Closer Look at Our Health

Every year in September, medical professionals across the board can look forward to Pharmacy Month. The Pharmacy Month is an official part of the national Health Calendar, which dedicates 30 days towards a single, unified message or “theme”, as well as a celebration of all the professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry. This celebrated month is also the perfect time, however, for everyone (patients and non-patients) to consider their health and well-being, and to reclaim power over their health status by partnering with a pharmacy they can trust.

Own a Pharmacy or Understand How to Sell Medication? This Franchise Opportunity is for You

Starting a pharmacy – or any business – in our current economic climate brings with it plenty of risks. Independent drugstore owners and those who sell pharmaceuticals understand how difficult it can be to compete with large pharmaceutical retailers. People almost always default to a name they know, because when it comes to their health, they are seeking a tried and tested local business to support. Anyone thinking of establishing their name in the pharmaceuticals industry has a tough climb ahead of them – but our franchise opportunity makes this dream achievable. What’s in a Name? Here at The Local…
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Regular Cholesterol Screening is Essential – Here’s Why to Get Tested

Most of us spend our days going about our business – working, spending time with family and friends, and doing things we enjoy. It is not until illness strikes that we stop to consider what is happening within our bodies.   Many unseen factors are at play inside of us that dictate our general health status. Unfortunately, being constantly aware of each one of these factors is impossible, but keeping tabs on the most important things such as blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol is vital to one’s overall health. The best way to manage this is through regular screening….
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From Planning Parenthood to Taking That Pregnancy Test, We Are Here for You

At The Local Choice, we are passionate about the availability of quality healthcare within our communities. This includes reproductive health, family planning, and paediatric care. For this reason, we not only stock an extensive range of products but also boast selected locations that offer superb clinic services geared towards the whole family. Whether you are thinking of falling pregnant and growing your family, or if you already are expecting, we warmly invite you to pop in for advice on everything from nutrition during pregnancy to baby wellness. We also do pregnancy testing and will be there for you during every…
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Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace with Our #HereForYou Face Masks

With the economy opening back up as lockdown restrictions ease, more and more of the national workforce are returning to their places of employment. Whether you work in a small office or in a hospital itself, the risk for catching infectious diseases such as the COVID-19 virus is still a real possibility. The only way to prevent and eventually stop the spread of this pandemic is to take the necessary precautions as set in place by international organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the South African Department of Health. Below, we explore ways to keep your current…
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Visit The Local Choice for High-Quality, Convenient Clinic Services

No two people are the same. It’s not just our fingerprints that differ, but our genetic make-up, life history, and health status too. This means that when it comes to your physical wellbeing, you need professional care and advice that is tailored to your needs. Here at The Local Choice, we have built up our clinic services to promote high-quality, convenient care that is not only affordable but customised to suit your healthcare needs. When it comes to you and your family, you can trust us to take care of you. Health Status Support We are here for you; whether…
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Join the Fight Against COVID-19 With Our #HereForYou Range of Face Masks

Medical-grade face coverings are in short supply, but the National Department of Health has recommended that every South African wear a cloth facial covering to prevent and stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) has also issued statements encouraging people to cover their faces while out and about, and for most local and international citizens cloth face masks are the best way to do so. So, what kind of coverings are required, and are some better than others? We take a look at our #HereForYou AeroMask range and how they are superior…
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Let Us Be Your Pharmacy of Choice When it Comes to Caring for Your Family

Remember back in the good old days when you could pop down to your local pharmacy and get personalised, compassionate service? Back when your pharmacist was a trusted medical contact and knew each customer on a first-name basis? At The Local Choice, we want to revive this warm relationship between customer and pharmacist, and to provide our surrounding families (and communities at large) with affordable, quality medical care and services. If you are looking for a personal touch when it comes to your health and wellbeing, let us be there for you. Professional Pharmaceutical Advice and Care Most people would…
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Choice Card Competition

Choice Card members will automatically be entered into the draw when purchasing any front shop products at their nearest The Local Choice Pharmacy between 20 February – 8 April 2020 TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY NB!! Winners will be automatically drawn and announced by 14 April 2020 THE LOCAL CHOICE COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS : The Local Choice “Choice Card” Competition (“Competition”) is organised and conducted by The Local Choice (Pty) Ltd, including their affiliates, partners, associations and agents (“Local Choice”). This Competition will run from 20 February until 8 April 2020. Purchases made after the closing date will not be…
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Eco Poly Bag

At The Local Choice we are conscious of the influence that a business like ours can have on the world around us. We realise that making considered choices can make a significant environmental impact. To this end we have decided to embark on a Green Journey. As of October 2019 all shopping bags will now be ecopolybag. We see ourselves as a leader in this direction and are happy that you are part of this journey. What is ecopolybag? Find below a list of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is oxo-biodegradable plastic? It is ordinary plastic to which a catalyst has…
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All 4 Women

Can the use of probiotics help soothe colic? Infant colic is a condition that affects up to 40 % of all babies in the first3 – 5 months of life and is defined as an otherwise healthy baby that has unexplained episodes of fussing and crying for at least 3 hours per day for 3 days per week. Otherwise healthy would refer to a baby that is gaining sufficient weight, feeding correctly and has no other signs of fever, pain or discomfort. These episodes of crying and fussing are usually predicable and happen at the same or similar times every…
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Codeine Addiction: Signs And Symptoms

Found in over-the-counter cough mixtures, codeine is a substance known for its pain relieving properties while also assisting in suppressing any persistent coughing. It’s a product most families have in their homes in the form of a simple cough syrup, but has now become the new recreational drug of choice for several youngsters across South Africa. Due to it being relatively cheap, and the fact that several high-profile celebrities endorse the use of codeine-laced drinks, the popularity of the drug has skyrocketed in recent years. Users often view the use of an over-the-counter cough syrup as harmless, but they couldn’t be…
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Frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine.

Seasonal changes are upon us, and so is flu season … for everyone! Let’s address some of the most frequently asked questions patients have. What is the flu vaccine? This vaccine helps to protect you or your child against influenza (flu), particularly in people who run a high risk of associated complications. When a person is given the vaccine, the immune system (the body's natural defence system) will produce its own protection (antibodies) against the disease. None of the ingredients in the vaccine can cause flu. Flu is a viral infection that can spread rapidly and is caused by different…
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