October 2020 12
Considering a Medical Alarm?
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Medical alarms have two parts - a base unit connected to the network – and a pendant that can be worn as a wrist band or necklace. How does a medical alarm work? To activate the alarm, simply press a button on the pendant, which then triggers the base unit…

September 2020 29
Constipation – It’s a Common Problem
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Constipation is when your bowel motions are hard. This can make them difficult to pass. Constipation is a common problem. Signs and symptoms Bloating and stomach crampsStraining to pass bowel motionsHard and difficult to pass bowel motionsSmall, hard bowel motionsReduced frequency of bowel motionsPainful bowel motionsHaemorrhoids Causes of constipation Insufficient…

September 2020 20
Online Virtual Doctor + ZOOM Pharmacy
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Online virtual doctors (eg MedOnline, Bettr, The Waiting Room) connect you with a qualified doctor. Without the need to visit them in person. How does it work? An online consultation can be done from wherever you are. Virtual consultations are done by either video link, or even by phone. What…

September 2020 11
Good Night, Sleep Tight
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There are many things happening in the world right now which have impacted our normal routines. Now, more than ever it is crucial that you take care of yourself and the best way to start is by getting a good night’s sleep. Why Sleep Matters Sleep plays a vital role…

August 2020 29
How to Put On your Face Mask – Buy Now!
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Wearing a face mask or covering helps keep you and others safe and helps stop the spread of COVID-19. A face mask or covering helps stop droplets spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes. They are particularly useful when physical distancing is not possible. Face coverings will be compulsory…

August 2020 19
Use your Patient Portal to Send ZOOM your Prescription
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You can do this in your ManageMyHealth, Health365 or ConnectMed patient portal. Selecting ‘ZOOM Pharmacy’ in your patient portal instructs your medical centre to send your new prescription directly to ZOOM. How do I select ZOOM Pharmacy in my patient portal? Once you have selected your new prescription meds, the…

August 2020 13
Covid-19 September Update
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At the very end of August New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2.5 in Auckland and Alert Level 2 for the rest of the country due to community transmission of COVID. ZOOM Pharmacy is an essential service and remains open during Alert Levels 2 & 2.5. Fast delivery of medicine…

August 2020 10
Supporting Kiwi Business
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If you are a customer of ZOOM Pharmacy, thank you for supporting a Kiwi business and choosing ZOOM as your pharmacy. We are a proudly Kiwi owned and operated company, and really appreciate your support! Congratulations to our latest Prezzy Card winners Congratulations to ZOOM’s latest Prezzy Card winners from…

July 2020 19
Pharmac Lifts Monthly Dispensing Restrictions
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Pharmac has eased its restrictions on the amount of medicine that can be dispensed at once. Since the beginning of the year, some people have been restricted to a month's medicine supply at a time. This was due to Pharmac concerns around global medicines supply during Covid-19. From 1st August…

July 2020 10
Make your own Face Mask
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When social distancing isn’t an option, wearing a face mask or covering can limit the spread of infection. CNN’s Dr Sanjay Gupta demonstrates in the following video how to make, wear and clean a face mask from materials you are bound to have at home.

July 2020 06
ZOOM Pharmacy says ‘Thank you!’
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A huge “THANK YOU!” to all our wonderful ZOOM Pharmacy customers who continued to show remarkable resilience, patience, and often marvellous good humour, during lockdown. It was an extraordinary and challenging time for all of us, but we got there in the end. Thank you for your support, it was…

July 2020 01
Erectile Dysfunction ED Medicine
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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that many men face at some stage in their life. Are you confused by all the brands and different erectile dysfunction medicines available? Erectile dysfunction brands There are three erectile dysfunction medicines available in New Zealand. Each one is available in different strengths and…

June 2020 24
Don’t Delay Seeing the Doctor
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The prospect of visiting and seeing the doctor can inspire negative thoughts in some. Many of us are guilty of conjuring up numerous reasons to delay a visit! Aim to prevent making this mistake by inspiring a change in how you deal with your health. Or maybe a loved one…

June 2020 11
Urinary Incontinence
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Urinary incontinence can be an immense source of stress and embarrassment for its sufferers. It can be nerve-wracking to not know when incontinence may strike; for some, the process of simply walking a few steps can be troubling. Developing greater understanding about urinary incontinence will help those who have it…

June 2020 03
Not All Fat is Bad Fat
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It is time that we toss out the old idea of all fats being bad, but rather know what fats are good for us and what other delicious fats we should eat in moderation. Good fat versus bad fat Fats can be divided into two groups. Saturated and artificial trans…

May 2020 28
Vitamin D & Sunshine
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Many of us are only now fully emerging from our homes after level four then three. It is likely that over the last few months we have not been getting as much of that autumn sunshine as we are used to. Why Vitamin D matters You may be feeling lethargic,…

May 2020 24
Become a Diabetes Foodie
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If you have diabetes, your diet and the food you eat shouldn't feel like a life sentence. Diabetes type two is the most common type of diabetics in New Zealand. Though it has traditionally been late onset - with child obesity rates increasing, this trend is changing. To read more…

May 2020 13
Living with Alzheimer’s
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Alzheimer’s is New Zealand's most common form of dementia. There is no cure, and no proven ways to prevent its onset. Treatment for Alzheimer's focuses on “support and managing symptoms to maximize a person's ability to function and maintain independence for as long as possible.” Supporting your loved one and…

April 2020 29
Menopause Age, Symptoms & Treatment
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Menopause describes the point where a women’s menstrual cycles cease. Both the number of eggs produced by the ovaries, and female hormones oestrogen and progesterone reduce.  Diagnoses comes after 12 months without a menstrual period. It occurs usually between the ages of 45 and 55, but can occur before 40…

April 2020 23
Sensing and Shaping the Post-COVID Era
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This article from the BCG Henderson Institute provides a fresh perspective on COVID-19. It is worth a read to further understand the historical implication of COVID-19 beyond the medical sphere. Its writers’ assess how containment policies have changed the ways in which we function and consume, and how companies are…

April 2020 21
Supporting People with Diabetes
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The Ministry of Health has indicated diabetes, of which 240,000 kiwis have been diagnosed, as the fastest growing health issue in this country. Knowing about this chronic disease is critical. Because of the large numbers, its reach is widespread. We all will likely be connected in some way with an…

April 2020 10
An Updated Reflection on COVID-19 Lockdown
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As we now venture into the second half of the national lockdown, things are looking up. More testing is being conducted, and fewer are found infected. New Zealand, as cited in the Washington Post, has been speculated to be one of - if not the only, western country that could…

March 2020 09
Osteoporosis Facts & Treatment
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Bones are the framework of our bodies, allowing us to stand, move and hold objects.  Our bones grow until our early twenties, and have a smooth outer surface with a weight reducing internal structure. Bones often have a hollow interior, and are filled with bone marrow. Bone health starts early Good bone health starts in childhood with a diet containing plenty…

February 2020 07
Sachet Pack Service Medicine Delivery
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As we get older, it’s increasingly common to have to take different medicines, at different times throughout the day. But, taking more than a couple of prescription medicines can be challenging to manage. A medicine delivery service would make life so much easier! Does organising all your meds and repeats…

January 2020 24
Managing High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
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Over a quarter of adults have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and this figure is rising. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease - the leading cause of death in New Zealand. High blood pressure also increases the risk of kidney disease, blindness and triples the risk of stroke. What causes high blood pressure?…

January 2020 16
Treating Corns & Calluses On Your Feet
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With summer at its best, what better way to spend a Sunday evening than going for a leisurely stroll to relax before the week starts. However, when corns and calluses begin to develop on your feet, walking can end up being a painful experience! In simple terms, a corn or…

January 2020 09
Gout – Prevention & Medication
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Gout is a disease that is littered with old wives’ tales and false information including; what causes it, how best to treat, and with what medication. What causes gout? Gout is a form of arthritis, caused by the formation of urate crystals in the joint, commonly the big toe joint.  It…

December 2019 19
Sunlight & Sunscreen Myths
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Sunlight in the correct amount is essential, as it is our main source of vitamin D. Not only does sunlight play a role in improving mood, it protects us from bacteria, and improves quality of sleep. Just 5 minutes of summer sun exposure to the hands and face is all that is required to maintain…

December 2019 12
Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
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Urinary tract infections (UTI) or cystitis is very common and is usually caused by gut bacteria entering your lower urinary tract and bladder. It can occur in people of all ages, however women are 14 times more likely to be affected then men. This is because of the close proximity…

December 2019 05
ZOOM Christmas Opening Hours and Delivery Deadline
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Want your meds sorted before Christmas? ZOOM may contact you earlier than usual about your upcoming repeat prescriptions, to check if you want us to deliver your meds to you before Christmas. Read more to find out about our Christmas opening hours and delivery deadlines. Get in early! Want your…

November 2019 28
Christmas Shortbread Biscuits
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OK, they may not be a health food, but it's Christmas! Serve on Christmas Day with strawberries, creme patissiere (custard cream) and whipped cream as a dessert, or simply have with a cup of tea. Perfect! Recipe by Alice Taylor @aliceoliviaeats Ingredients 2 cups flour¾ cup icing sugar2 Tbsp cornflourpinch…

November 2019 20
Hay Fever
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Hay fever is the common name for seasonal allergic rhinitis.  The name ‘hay fever’ originally came about from late summer reactions to grass pollens seen during hay making.   Children more affected than adults Hay fever is widely used to describe the combination of sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes and itchy mouth suffered by as many as 40% of the New Zealand population. Children…

November 2019 14
Can Prescription Medicine Help with Weight Loss?
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New Zealand is facing an epidemic of obesity, with 1 in 3 NZ adults (>15 years and over) obese. Doctors are often asked, can prescription medicine like Duromine (phentermine) help with weight loss? Health issues & COVID-19 associated with obesity Many health issues are strongly associated with being overweight; heart disease, Type…

November 2019 07
Travel Medicine & Health
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Did you know that when travelling overseas, you have a 50% chance of suffering from a travel-related illness. Here are some tips that you can take to lower your chances of becoming unwell on your next trip and how to pack your travel medicine! Check in with your GP first It’s…

October 2019 31
Anaphylaxis & EpiPen
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Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency where a substance triggers a massive allergic response. This causes a combination of rash, swelling, breathing problems and large drops in blood pressure. The number of people with anaphylaxis is increasing with up to 2% of the population at risk. Common triggers Foods, particularly peanuts,…

October 2019 23
Why take your medicine if you feel fine?
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Taking your prescription medicine regularly and as prescribed by your doctor at the right dose, the right time and the right frequency is known as medication adherence. So why bother getting prescriptions and taking your prescription medicine, if you feel perfectly healthy? The answer is clear. If you get your…

October 2019 16
On four or more meds?
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Does organising all your medicines and repeats get on top of you? Taking four or more prescription medicines can be really challenging to manage! Do you find blister packs hard to open? It's common to have to take different medicines or doses, at different times throughout the day. Perhaps you…

October 2019 02
Privacy in healthcare
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Do you sometimes cringe at the thought of having to go into a pharmacy and ask for something out loud? Not many of us want to discuss private healthcare issues within earshot of others. Maybe you’re not ready to share that you’re taking a new prescription medicine after a recent…