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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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The flu – what you need to know now

Flu season has arrived … for everyone! Now, more than ever knowing what to expect helps you and your family win the fight against flu. What is the flu The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. One distinguishing factor is that flu symptoms occur rapidly, one morning you may be well, and that afternoon you’re running a high fever and feel extremely ill. In general, cold symptoms tend…
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Sun Smart for your skin

Summer is officially here, and many of us are enjoying outdoor activities and lots of time in the sun at the beach or pool. While sun exposure is important for many reasons – for example, production of Vitamin D, your mood and healthy circadian rhythms – our time in the sun can also be associated with a significant health risk: Cancer.   South Africa has the 2nd highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia, and in particular one of the highest incidences of melanoma worldwide, as far as Caucasians are concerned. At least 20 000 South Africans…
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Preventing Injuries: Simple steps to keep your family safe

The holiday season is usually a time of relaxing, reflection, fun-in-the-sun and exciting outings. But regrettably it is also a time when people are more careless. Statistics show that over the holiday season, the number of accidents, whether it be at home, on the road or on the beach, sharply increase. We take a look at how you can prevent injuries with a few simple actions. The holiday season is usually a time of relaxing, reflection, fun-in-the-sun and exciting outings. But regrettably, it is also a time when people are more careless. Statistics show that over the holiday season, the…
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ansen’s disease: how leprosy has changed

Leprosy control has improved significantly due to leprosy case detection and awareness campaigns in several endemic countries. Integration of basic leprosy services into general health services has made diagnosis and treatment of the disease more accessible. In 2016 WHO has launched the “Global Leprosy Strategy 2016–2020: Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world” – which aims to reinvigorate efforts for leprosy control and to avoid disabilities, especially among children affected by the disease in endemic countries. Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) is an infection caused by slow-growing bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. It can affect the nerves, skin, eyes, and lining of…
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Disability Awareness: How we can integrate people living with disabilities into our societies

It is estimated that one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. In South Africa, 3 December also marks the beginning of the Disability Awareness Month. Here are a few  ways we can continue to make our world more accepting of people with disabilities. The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, aims to promote: An understanding of disability issues The rights of persons with disabilities Gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social,…
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CPR: The effects it has on the body

Cardiac arrest is one of the ultimate emergencies that people sometimes face. The heart stops sending blood to the body and brain, either because it is beating too fast and too erratically, or because it has stopped beating altogether. Oxygen-starved brain cells start to die. Death occurs in minutes — unless a bystander takes matters into his or her hands and starts cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When a person is in need of the chest compressions they are in what is called “cardiac arrest.” The meaning of cardiac arrest is: The sudden stop of the heartbeat and cardiac function resulting in…
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