Services

Our Pharmacies deliver a wide range of pharmaceutical, health services and products. With four locations in the City of Greater Bendigo we are easily accessible.

Our pharmacists and friendly pharmacy staff provide expert advice on all your pharmaceutical needs.


Flu Shot

SAVE TIME! GET THE FLU SHOT NO APPOINTMENT OR PRESCRIPTION NEEDED   Only $29.95 + UFS members receive 10% discount.  There’s no need to make a doctors appointment or hang around in waiting rooms. Drop into UFS and one of our trained UFS Pharmacists will do it for you – no bookings or prescription necessary!…

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UFS and Webster-pak®

MEDICATIONS NEED SORTING? UFS MAKE IT EASY FOR YOU. Webster-pak® is the simple and safe way of keeping track of your own or a loved one’s medications. The daily breakdown on the pack tells you what time of day to take it ensuring no mistakes are made with dosage. Let us take the worry out…

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Supercare in our community

“Supercare Pharmacy is an important health initiative for the Bendigo region and UFS Pharmacies is proud to be part of it. The initiative allows our organisation to provide community access to high quality advice and service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” – Michael Fleming, CEO, UFS Pharmacies   What is a Supercare…

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The Youngblood Difference

Mineral cosmetics with a flawless finish for all ages and skin types.   Of course, all mineral cosmetics are not created equal. Pauline Youngblood Soli, a pioneer in the industry, developed her first products in a medical setting, specifically for patients recovering from harsh medical procedures, such as laser or chemical peels, surgeries, and even…

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Glaucoma: you won’t see it coming

Glaucoma is a largely unobservable group of eye diseases in which damage to the optic nerves causes a loss of vision. What causes glaucoma? Damage to the optic nerve is responsible for the vision loss that comes with glaucoma, the most common cause of this damage is high pressure in the eyes. However, there are…

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The Flu and you

Unlike the common cold, the flu virus can cause severe illness. Being able to identify symptoms and knowing where to find treatment can reduce the severity of the infection. Symptoms can be very similar to the common cold, such as fatigue, headaches, coughing, sneezing and runny noses. However, the flu can include more serious symptoms…

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Optometrist’s View: Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.Comprehensive dilated eye exam Comprehensive dilated eye exam Visiting your eye care professional for a…

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Educating kids on Asthma

If you have a child with asthma, or even a curious child with a friend or classmate with asthma, you might want to check out asthmakids.com.au – it’s a website that speaks to kids about asthma, without all the heavier grown up or medical jargon. It’s bright and engaging, targeting pre-school and primary school children…

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Fast-track Guide: Getting Holiday Ready

Looking your best this holiday season doesn’t just start on the day – maintaining a good skincare regime is key to mastering your healthy summer skin for the holidays and beyond. Take a look at these fresh tips – from bronzing up to stepping out in style with that healthy glow. Book your pre-travel preparations…

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Fast-track guide: Silky Smooth Skin

The cool change is here, with your favourite jeans, leather boots and warm woollens, it’s that time to cover up again, and now is the perfect time to start thinking about rejuvenating your skin. Be it acne reduction, pigmentation therapy, vascular therapy, permanent hair reduction or just a healthier glow, there’s an IPL & Advanced…

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Optometrist’s View: Finding your Perfect Fit

Did you know that lens fitting errors can significantly reduce the optical performance of your lenses?   Best vision can only be achieved if your lenses are fitted to match the position of your eyes, the inclination of your head and the position of your glasses on your nose. Introducing the state-of-the-art i.Terminal mobile from…

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Member Benefits: Healthy savings with GMHBA

Leading not-for-profit health fund GMHBA offers quality health insurance at discounted rates for Bendigo UFS Members. Members can access up to a 6% discount off GMHBA’s already great value rates and enjoy the convenience of direct debit deductions.   To take advantage of this great offer please contact GMHBA on 1300 446 422 or Request…

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Bringing something new to the bedroom

Sleep Apnoea: a disorder in which breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep.   Treatment for sleep apnoea can rely on some simple changes to lifestyle, such as losing weight. There are also some medical conditions which can affect your quality of sleep too – talk to your UFS Pharmacist. Assuming you’ve got your lifestyle factors,…

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Optometrist’s View: Focus on early detection

At UFS Optical our focus is on detecting eye health problems early. Depending on your symptoms, we often recommend examining and recording the state of your eyes in greater detail with a 3D retinal camera. This helps us to see the bigger picture. Things we can see sooner Two of the most critical future eye…

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Fast Track Guide: Cool Summer Looks

Summer brings with it great ‘shades’, designer shorts, shorter hemlines, plunging neck lines, skimpy bikinis and bathers, making it more essential then ever to keep your body and skin in tip-top condition well before you hit the beach or pool. The great news is that throughout this most revealing of seasons you can chill out…

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Medicare Cards

About Medicare Medicare provides access to medical and hospital services for all Australian residents and certain categories of visitors to Australia. We administer Medicare, including the payment of Medicare benefits on behalf of the Department of Health, which is responsible for developing Medicare policy. Medicare covers: free or subsidised treatment by health professionals such as…

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About Medicare

Medicare provides access to medical and hospital services for all Australian residents and certain categories of visitors to Australia. We administer Medicare, including the payment of Medicare benefits on behalf of the Department of Health, which is responsible for developing Medicare policy. Medicare covers: free or subsidised treatment by health professionals such as doctors, specialists,…

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Eligibility for Medicare Card

Everyone who lives in Australia, excluding Norfolk Island, is eligible for a Medicare card as long as you: hold Australian citizenship hold documented New Zealand citizenship – read more about Medicare enrolment for New Zealand citizens have been issued with a permanent visa have: applied for a permanent visa, excluding an application for a parent…

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What are the current patient fees and charges?

Patient co-payments

The co-payment is the amount you pay towards the cost of your PBS medicine. Many PBS medicines cost a lot more than you actually pay as a co-payment.

From 1 January 2015, you pay up to $37.70 for most PBS medicines or $6.10 if you have a concession card. The Australian Government pays the remaining cost.

The amount of co-payment is adjusted on 1 January each year in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).


Medication Expenses

About the PBS The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) began as a limited scheme in 1948, with free medicines for pensioners and a list of 139 ‘life-saving and disease preventing’ medicines free of charge for others in the community. Today the PBS provides timely, reliable and affordable access to necessary medicines for Australians. The PBS is…

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About the PBS

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) began as a limited scheme in 1948, with free medicines for pensioners and a list of 139 ‘life-saving and disease preventing’ medicines free of charge for others in the community. Today the PBS provides timely, reliable and affordable access to necessary medicines for Australians. The PBS is part of the…

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Diabetes & The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government that commenced in 1987 and is administered by Diabetes Australia. Aim of the NDSS The NDSS aims to enhance the capacity of people with diabetes to understand and self-manage their life with diabetes. We also support people with diabetes by providing timely,…

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The NDSS

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government that commenced in 1987 and is administered by Diabetes Australia.

Aim of the NDSS

The NDSS aims to enhance the capacity of people with diabetes to understand and self-manage their life with diabetes. We also support people with diabetes by providing timely, reliable and affordable access to the NDSS support services and products.

Registration with the NDSS is free and open to all Australians who are diagnosed with diabetes.

To see if you are eligible to register with the NDSS, or for more information, go to the Registration section of the NDSS website.


Home Medication Review

Make sure your medicine is good for you. When you’re on a range of medications, sometimes simply taking your medicines is not enough. You need to be sure your medications are the correct dosage, have not expired and are compatible with any other medications you may be taking. What is a Home Medicines Review? A Home Medicines Review…

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Overview

The Home Medicines Review (HMR) programme aims to enhance the quality use of medicines and reduce adverse medicines events. This is undertaken through a comprehensive medication review conducted by an accredited pharmacist in the patient’s home. HMR is only available following a referral from the patient’s GP. The patient may choose to be referred to…

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Unwanted Medicines

Your medicine cabinet can be a health hazard Most of the medicines in our medicine cabinet we need, but what about the yellow pills in a jar that’s lost its label, and the eye drops we have had for a long time. And what was that Quivinrox B-Sulphamate for?

Returning Medicines

By returning out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy, we can make our home a safer place.

This is all you need to do… it’s really easy

  1. Go to your home medicine area.
  2. Check expiry dates on all your medicines and separate all expired medicines into a container for return.
  3. Check that you actually need all the medicines – separate those medicines no longer needed into the container for return.
  4. Take the container to your local pharmacy for disposal.

Return Unwanted Medicines

Your medicine cabinet can be a health hazard Most of the medicines in our medicine cabinet we need, but what about the yellow pills in a jar that’s lost its label, and the eye drops we have had for a long time. And what was that Quivinrox B-Sulphamate for?

Returning Medicines

By returning out-of-date and unwanted medicines to your local pharmacy, we can make our home a safer place.

This is all you need to do… it’s really easy

  1. Go to your home medicine area.
  2. Check expiry dates on all your medicines and separate all expired medicines into a container for return.
  3. Check that you actually need all the medicines – separate those medicines no longer needed into the container for return.
  4. Take the container to your local pharmacy for disposal.

Bowel Scans

Bowel Cancer Screening Test

Bowel cancer screening involves a test for bowel cancer in people who do not have any obvious symptoms of the disease.

Bowel cancer can develop without any early warning signs. The cancer can grow on the inside wall of the bowel for several years before spreading to other parts of the body.

Often very small amounts of blood, invisible to the naked eye, leak from these growth and pass into bowel movements before any symptoms are noticed.

Bowel Screening tests are available at all UFS Pharmacies, always seek qualified advice from your UFS Pharmacist or doctor about which test is right for you.


Bowel Cancer Screening Test

Bowel cancer screening involves a test for bowel cancer in people who do not have any obvious symptoms of the disease.
Bowel cancer can develop without any early warning signs.  The cancer can grow on the inside wall of the bowel for several years before spreading to other parts of the body.
Often very small amounts of blood, invisible to the naked eye, leak from these growth and pass into bowel movements before any symptoms are noticed.

It’s like taking your Pharmacist home with you

Webster-pak takes the worry out of medication

If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, please talk to your UFS Pharmacist about storing your medications in a safe, simple and convenient Webster-pak.

  • Do you sometimes forget or get confused about taking your medication?
  • Do you find reading and opening medication bottles and boxes difficult?
  • Do you have trouble getting into the pharmacy?
  • Do you want to save time and money?

We will be happy to show you how a Webster-pak can work for you and provide any further advice you need.


Get the best out of your medicines

Ask our Pharmacists about a MedsCheck At UFS Pharmacies, our pharmacists have the professional expertise to help you with any questions or concerns you may have and discuss the best way to get the most out of your medicines. What is a MedsCheck? A MedsCheck Offers one-on-one time with your pharmacist in the pharmacy, to…

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Blood Pressure Part I

The human body requires blood to be constantly replaced with fresh blood, which necessitates a fast, powerful circulatory system. This ensures that oxygen from the lungs can be carried to cells quickly and efficiently. Without oxygen, these cells cannot operate. The body needs to keep the pressure in its blood vessels at a very constant…

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Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure Explained Blood Pressure is the pressure of the blood in the arteries as the heart pumps it around the body and is one of the principal vital signs. There is no ‘normal’ or ‘ideal’ blood-pressure reading. The following figures should only be used as a guide: low blood pressure – below 90/60 normal…

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Blood Pressure Part II

Pharmacists use a variety of medications to lower blood pressure in addition to ‘lifestyle factor modification’. Increased salt intake causes the kidneys to try to push more salt out of the body by releasing hormones that increase the blood pressure to try to get more blood through the kidneys. Exercise (especially ‘cardio’) reduces blood pressure…

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MedsCheck

At UFS we have the opportunity to offer an assortment of free professional services which we can offer our members. Pharmacists are experts on medication and are always available to counsel on any medication issues that you or your family may have. This can be done in store, in private in one of our counselling…

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Professional services

At UFS we have the opportunity to offer an assortment of free professional services which we can offer our members. Pharmacists are experts on medication and are always available to counsel on any medication issues that you or your family may have. This can be done in store, in private in one of our counselling…

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All about diabetes

Diabetes is a serious condition which affects a large percentage of our community.  It causes a large number of complications throughout the body, but an area that is commonly affected is the feet. Diabetes can damage both the nerves and blood vessels in the feet, which require special care in diabetic patients. Nerve damage is a concern because…

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