A visit to the pharmacy can help with maintaining and improving your own health. The pharmacy is so much more than just a place where people can collect it medications that have been prescribed and dispensed, or go to purchase products that can be used for health reasons. The pharmacy is staffed by highly qualified staff with have extensive training that can be used by people who choose to take advantage of this opportunity. The pharmacy is open extended hours and a visit for health screening purposes can be the gateway for further assessment and treatment that can be delivered after seeing your general practitioner (GP) or other doctors. The medical management of serious health issues is a task is best undertaken under the supervision of a medical doctor. However, pharmacy is an accessible starting point that allows people to have an initial check to determine whether further medical assessment and treatment may well be necessary. Some people, (especially men!) are notorious for putting off the job of having health checks. The consequences of this can be very important and can have a serious negative impact on a person’s ongoing health. For example, issues such as undiagnosed diabetes and high blood pressure may pose a serious risk and so early detection is vital. There are a number of situations where screening in the pharmacy may be helpful to uncover potentially unhealthy situations that could warrant referral for more intensive investigation and management.