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Happy Easter to all of our customers. ūüź£ We are open over Easter, on Good Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 6pm, Easter Sunday from 11am to 6pm and Bank Holiday Monday from 11am to 6pm. ūüź£
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****UPDATE ON FLU VACCINATIONS****
There has been a great response to our Flu Vaccination service so far!
We would just like to remind everyone that the Flu Vaccination is a safe and effective way to help prevent the Flu.

This is especially important for:
People aged over 65 years old
Anyone with a chronic medical condition
Pregnant women
Healthcare workers and Carers who work with these high risk groups

To book an appointment for a flu vaccination please give us a call.
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Happy Easter! We will be OPEN throughout the Easter weekend as follows:
Good Friday 25th March: 9am -5pm
Easter Saturday 26th March: 9am-6pm
Easter Sunday 27th March: 11am-6pm
Easter Monday 28th March: 11am-6pm
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Merry Christmas! Should you need us over the holidays we will be OPEN as follows:

Christmas Eve: 9am - 5pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
St. Stephens Day: 10:30am - 1pm
Sun 27th Dec: 11am - 3pm
Mon 28th Dec: 9am - 4pm
Tues 29th Dec: 9am - 9pm
Wed 30th Dec: 9am - 9pm
New Years Eve: 9am - 5pm
New Years Day: CLOSED
Sat 2nd Jan: 9am - 6pm
Sun 3rd Jan: 11am - 6pm
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Allergy Season is upon us again! Are you suffering with itchy eyes, runny nose or constant sneezing? If so, you may have hay fever caused by pollens and dust in the air. There are many over the counter remedies available. Why not pop in and chat to us so that we can find one to suit your needs.
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Happy Easter! We will be OPEN throughout the Easter weekend with opening hours as follow:
Holy Thursday, April 2nd - 9am - 9pm
Good Friday, April 3rd - 9am - 5pm
Saturday, April 4th - 9am - 6pm
Easter Sunday, April 5th - 11am - 6pm
Easter Monday, April 6th - 11am - 6pm
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Happy St Patrick's Day from all the team at Lucan Village Pharmacy.
Should you need us we will be OPEN normal hours this weekend and on St Patrick's Day, March 17th from 11am - 3pm.
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Iron is one of the essential nutrients needed in our diets. It is used by the body to make haemoglobin which is the protein attached to the red blood cells. These transport oxygen around the body. 
In order to function properly our bodies need a sufficient supply of iron. It is thought that many  people do not get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of iron in their diets. Irish women are particularly at risk with figures suggesting that as many as 91% of women of child bearing age may be deficient in iron.

Teenagers are also very prone to iron deficiency as their diets may not be well balanced and they have a greater need for iron. As the body goes through growth spurts during adolescence it requires extra nutrients. In addition to rapid growth, teenage girls begin to lose blood during menstruation at this time and so require extra iron in their diets to compensate.

If iron levels in the body are low the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow slows and smaller than normal red blood cells are produced. These do not contain enough haemoglobin to carry sufficient oxygen around the body. This leads to the symptoms of anaemia, some of which are: tiredness
poor concentrations
hair loss
pale complexion
dark circles under the eyes

The Irish population also has a higher than average  prevalence of a genetic disorder called haemocromatosis with around 1% of the population at risk.  Haemocromatosis is a disorder which causes the body to absorb too much iron leading to higher than normal iron levels.This can cause damage to organs such as the panceas and liver.  A symptom of haemocromatosis is also excessive tiredness.

It is therefore important to check iron levels in order to ensure that they are in the optimal range. Screening can be done in the pharmacy - it takes just a few minutes and involves a finger prick to obtain a small sample of blood. 
#iron #haemoglobin
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Have you thought about trying to Quit Smoking for the New Year? Here are some good reasons to think about it -

‚ÄĘSmoking is the biggest preventable cause of illness and the HSE statistics show that 1 in every 2 smokers die of tobacco related disease. A poll carried out by the Irish Cancer Society showed that around 80% of the one million smokers in Ireland would like to quit.

‚ÄĘSome illnesses associated with cigarette smoking include heart attacks, strokes, and chronic respiratory problems such as emphysema and bronchitis.

‚ÄĘCigarette smoke contains over 19 known chemical carcinogens (cancer causing substances) and is one of the main causes of several different cancers.

‚ÄĘSecond hand smoke (passive smoking) is also responsible for many illnesses including heart disease, asthma, and even cancer.

The benefits of quitting smoking are numerous and include lowering of high blood pressure, decreased levels of carbon monoxide in the blood, improved circulation and breathing, younger looking skin, whiter teeth,and  improved fertility. After 5 years the risk of smoking related cancers is greatly reduced and after 10 years the risk of heart attack is the same as a non smoker.
#quit #smoking

Giving up smoking is not easy and requires a strong desire and determination! Many people do not succeed on their first attempt but its important t not to give up - keep trying! There are many products available to help make the process easier. If you are considering quitting we would encourage you to visit the pharmacy for advice and support.
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Food Intolerance Testing can help to determine foods which may be causing you problems. Food intolerance is a problem for around 20% of the Irish population. A food intolerance is caused by an inability of the body to properly digest a certain type of food leading  to a build up of toxins in the bloodstream. These cause an overreaction of the immune system  resulting in symptoms such as : sinusitis, asthma, hay fever, recurring cystitis, arthritis, or headaches.


Some foods which most commonly cause problems include milk (lactose intolerance) and gluten (found in products containing wheat,barley or oats). Some others are cheese, MSG, caffeine, red wine, chocolate, some vegetables and some herbs or spices.


Symptoms of a food intolerance tend not be very specific and may be just a general feeling of being unwell or tired. Coupled with this they may take several days to appear which makes it very difficult to pin-point which food has caused the problem
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