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Keeping track of your movement with technology

Keeping track of your movement with technology   Recently, sales of exercise gear and technology-based fitness tools have risen sharply as people try to maintain their workout regimens without going to crowded gyms. If you’re looking for ways to replace a pre-COVID-19 exercise routine, one of these tech-enabled items, like a fitness tracker, may work for you.   What’s all the fuss about? A fitness tracker is a hi-tech device that measures your movements and motions with the help of integrated sensors. It sits quietly on your wrist: counting up your steps, tracking your sleep, monitoring your heart rate and calculating the difference between a…
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Skipped your meds? Don’t just double up!

Skipped your meds? Don’t just double up! Adherence is the fancy word for “following doctors’ orders.” What it really means, for most people, is remembering to take your medication. It may sound simple, but as many as 50% of people do not take their medicine correctly. They forget dosages, take medications at the wrong time, ignore instructions, and even deliberately change dosages, taking more or less than they should. Even if you’re the most organized person, you’ve probably missed a medication dosage at least once. Sometimes the skipped doses cause no obvious problems. But many medications won’t work right if you…
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How The Local Choice Pharmacies Combat the Spread of Common Childhood Illnesses

Every few seasons, there are a couple of childhood diseases that make their rounds within communities. Pharmacies play a vital role in helping to curb the spread of such outbreaks because many of these illnesses are vaccine-preventable, and most reputable pharmacies do offer these immunisations. The other reason why pharmacies are important when it comes to preventing community outbreaks is that they are the first point of contact for many patients seeking medical advice and assistance. They are thus able to better educate the public and provide useful information on how to care for one’s immune system, prevent the spread…
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How We Make a Difference to South Africa Through HIV Testing and Counselling

Quality pharmacists form an integral part of the collaborative network of healthcare professionals in South Africa. Many citizens do not have access to medical care, healthcare advice, and/or guidance on how to assess their wellbeing. For such families and individuals, a nearby pharmacy may be their closest and first point of contact when medical assistance is required. We, at The Local Choice, understand the responsibility of our role as a network of high-quality healthcare providers. Therefore, we make our extensive range of services accessible and affordable for all members of the public. As most healthcare experts in the country, we…
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How Pharmacies Are Changing the Face of Healthcare in South Africa

When considering your local pharmacy, you probably think about the people who interpret a doctor’s indecipherable handwriting or the professionals that know just what over-the-counter medications help best for a cold. Pharmacies have a more important function than this within communities, however – they actively stand on the frontlines of our country’s healthcare system and uplift citizens with their expertise and compassion. Pharmacies, therefore, play a key role in improving the health and wellness of South Africans – especially those without easy access to private doctors’ consultations. Having a pharmacy near you to rely on also comes with several other…
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5 Reasons to Partner with a Nearby Pharmacy Clinic While Pregnant

Pregnancy Clinic

While you may struggle to find a dedicated pregnancy clinic in South Africa, there are plenty of clinics available that specialise in pre-, ante-, and post-natal care for families across the country. At The Local Choice, affordable and accessible healthcare and advice is something we wish to make accessible to every citizen, and we, therefore, offer these services to our communities. Care before, during, and after pregnancy is a vital component of human healthcare, and our clinics at selected locations allow expecting families to make contact with medical professionals who care. If you are pregnant (or planning to be) and…
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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

Pregnancy Clinic

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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