Our Services

Seasonal Flu

Gallagher Pharmacy have trained pharmacists available to provide flu vaccinations within the pharmacy for any individual over 18 years of age.

If you don’t qualify for a NHS seasonal flu vaccination, we can help keep you healthy and well with our in local seasonal flu vaccination service saving you a trip to your Health Centre or Doctor.

Apart from the serious ill effects of catching influenza, millions of working days are lost each year with seasonal flu. If you cannot afford that time off work or are worried about potentially passing the flu to family friends and associates then book a vaccination with a member of the Pharmacy team to protect yourself and others.

Sexual Health Clinic

Gallagher Pharmacy welcomes the opportunity to provide free, friendly, confidential advice and treatment in our sexual health and contraception clinic.

Gallagher Pharmacy offer the following services:

• Oral Contraceptives (1st time supply, or further supplies if previously prescribed to you before)
• Contraceptives Injections (1st time supply, or further supplies if previously prescribed to you before)
• Condom Supply and c-card sign up
• Emergency Hormonal Contraception
• Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing, and Chlamydia treatment

Our clinic is run by a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber, Claire Cairns, from our branches at 41 Hamilton St, Saltcoats KA21 5DT and 1 New Street, Dalry  KA24 5AH. This service is funded by Ayrshire & Arran Health Board and can provide free, friendly confidential advice and treatment where appropriate.

The clinics run on:

  • Dalry – Mon Wed Thurs and alternate Fridays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm ( last patient at 5:00pm) and alternate Saturdays 9:30 – 12:30
    This is a drop-in clinic, but you can make an appointment for a date and time that suits you if you prefer.

    Please phone before visiting on Fridays and Saturdays to check availability before attending the clinic
    For further information, or to make an appointment please call us on 01294 833644

  • Hamilton St – Tuesdays 9:30 am – 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm ( last patient at 5:00pm)
    For further information, or to make an appointment please call us on 01294 463524.


Information provided by Ayrshire Sexual Health can be viewed on their website www.shayr.com

Travel Advice

Gallagher Pharmacy offer a complete travel advice service including, either providing advice or signposting you towards other agencies who can provide more comprehensive advice on specific topics.
  • Information concerning the stability of your medication when travelling
  • How to minimise the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (Blood Clots) on long-haul flights
  • General security requirements you should check before taking medicines on to flights
  • Specific travel requirements for those with medical conditions such as diabetes
  • Planning your medication requirements whilst abroad
  • Advice on Malaria and vaccination requirements for your destination
  • Specialist travel items such as water purification tablets and first-aid packs
  • Restrictions on taking specific drugs into foreign countries
  • Travel requirements for those with common medical conditions

 

Caring for your healthcare needs does not stop when you leave our Pharmacy. Whether you simply need assistance to help choose the best sunglasses or sun cream for that special trip abroad, or you require professional healthcare advice, our Pharmacy team are here to help.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency hormonal contraception containing the hormone levonorgestrel and commonly known as the “morning after pill” is available from Gallagher Pharmacy either with or without a prescription.

You need to take the emergency contraceptive pill within 3 days (Levonelle) or 5 days (ellaOne) of unprotected sex for it to be effective – the sooner you take it, the more effective it’ll be.

Taken as a single pill, emergency hormonal contraception works by stopping a pregnancy before it becomes established by:

  • Delaying ovulation or the release of an egg
  • Preventing fertilisation of an egg that may already have been released
  • Stopping a fertilised egg from embedding within the lining of the womb


Emergency hormonal contraception is not an abortifacient, meaning it will not cause the abortion of a fertilised egg which has already attached itself to the womb; therefore it must be taken within 72 hours (Levonelle) or 120 hours (ellaOne) of having unprotected sex and ideally within 24 hours when it is most effective.

We appreciate the trust our customers place in us when dealing with private and often sensitive healthcare matters. If you need emergency hormonal contraceptive advice you can speak with a Pharmacist, either in the Pharmacy, or informally by phone. Direct dial numbers can be found on our website. After a more formal, but discreet and private consultation, within the Pharmacy, if it is considered both safe and appropriate, we can provide you with this form of contraception.

We will never ask you about the circumstances which have led to you seeking contraception advice but we will need to ask you some general medical questions to make sure emergency hormonal contraception is suitable for you to take. Emergency hormonal contraception is extremely safe with no serious side effects and if it was to fail, and you become pregnant, it has not been shown to affect the pregnancy or harm the developing baby in anyway.

Remember this form of contraception should not be used on a regular basis as a first choice method of contraception. We stock a full range of contraceptive products and our Pharmacy staff can advise you on the many options available to you.