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Unichem Total Health Pharmacy

Pharmacy Service


8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Covid-19 vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Anyone currently eligible can access
  • Make an appointment
  • Walk in

FREE Covid-19 Vaccines are available from Unichem Total Health Pharmacy.

Please book an appointment time with us now -

But walk in doses are also available.

We have Covid-19 Vaccination appointment times available 7 days a week.

Getting a free COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the virus.

The majority of routine vaccinations can now be administered before, after, or at the same time as your COVID-19 vaccinations. The exception to this is the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine where a 7-day gap before or after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 is advised. If you have any questions, please discuss with your health provider.

Please arrive 5 minutes before your appointment time and you need to wait 15 minutes after your vaccine.


Pharmacists can help to support the health of your family; they can provide advice and treatment for common minor illnesses for all ages.

Pharmacists ensure that prescriptions are dispensed correctly and that the medicine and dose is appropriate for you, so that you receive the maximum benefits from your medicines. Your pharmacist will help you understand what your medicines are prescribed for, how to take them, possible side effects and how to store them.

All advice and treatment is conducted in a professional and confidential manner and most services are provided free of charge and do not generally require an appointment. 

For safe disposal, please return any expired or unwanted medicines, or needles/lancets and syringes to your pharmacy. There is no charge for this service. All sharps must be returned in an official yellow sharps bin, these sharps bins are provided at our pharmacy.

Please don't hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions.

Dispensary Manager

Becky Li and Megan Aldridge


FREE  prescriptions are provided when you have a prescription subsidy card.

FREE prescriptions for all children under 14 years old.


8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Sat9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

we are now open Sundays for COVID-19 VACCINATION only.

Pharmacy Weekend and Public Holiday Roster:

Whakatāne operates a duty roster for weekends and Public Holidays ( between 5 different pharmacies ).

The duty pharmacy will be open:

Saturday afternoon's 2.30 pm to 4 pm

Sunday's 10.30 am to 1 pm AND 2.30 pm to 4 pm

To find which pharmacy is open - check the duty roster in the front window of the pharmacy.

Listen to 1XX radio station.

Look in the Beacon newspaper.

Visit www.Whakatā

Public Holidays: Closed Auckland Anniversary (31 Jan), Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct). Open Easter Monday (18 Apr).

Languages Spoken

Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, English

Services Provided

Maviret dispensing for hepatitis C

This pharmacy has been registered to dispense Maviret (glecaprevir and pibrentasvir) for the treatment of Hep C and to provide you with counselling to support your treatment. You will not…


Clozapine dispensing

It is very important that you receive regular blood tests while you are taking clozapine. We will check your blood tests to make sure the appropriate dose of clozapine is…


Community pharmacy anticoagulant management Service (CPAMS) – INR testing for warfarin patients

Warfarin is used by some people as a blood thinning medicine e.g. after a stroke. It is important that blood results are regularly checked. This service involves having a quick…


Long-term conditions (LTC) service

This service is designed for people with long-term illnesses who may need support with their medicines. An assessment is used to identify the things that affect their ability to take…


Methadone dispensing

This pharmacy works alongside the DHB methadone programme. Pharmacy staff can administer methadone on a daily, or a takeaway basis, depending on what has been agreed.

Smoking cessation

Pharmacy staff are trained to provide a service to help people to stop smoking. This service includes advice and providing quit smoking support aids e.g. nicotine gum.

Free after hours prescriptions for under 14s

We are able to fill your under-14 year old's prescription for free (if the medication is fully funded) both within normal working hours and after hours.

Script Reminder Service

Do you want a quick reminder when your repeat script is due?

Ask our pharmacy team about our free text service.

Blister packs

This pharmacy can provide you with individually made blister packs of your medicines. These can be supplied weekly, fortnightly, or monthly depending on your needs. This type of packaging can…


Emergency contraceptive pill (ECP)

Your pharmacists are trained to assess whether the ECP is appropriate for you. This is done in a confidential manner. The ECP works best if taken as soon as possible…


Selected oral contraceptives

Our specially trained pharmacists can supply selected oral contraceptives without a prescription under certain circumstances.

Up to six months’ supply of selected oral contraceptives can be sold to women who…


Medicine & needles disposal service

Unwanted medicines are often dumped into the toilet, tipped down the sink or put out with the garbage, which starts a journey that can seriously harm the environment. Please return…


Sildenafil dispensing for erectile dysfunction

This pharmacy has specially trained pharmacists who are able to prescribe sildenafil for erectile dysfunction in men aged 35 – 70 years who meet specific assessment criteria.

Trimethoprim dispensing

This pharmacy has trained pharmacists who can supply the antibiotic, trimethoprim, for women aged between 16 and 65 who have an uncomplicated urinary tract infection.


  • Influenza (flu) vaccine
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

Immunisation is one of the most effective medical interventions to prevent infections and has led to the decline of many serious, potentially lethal, diseases. There may be a charge for…


Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

This pharmacy has staff that are trained to give MMR vaccines. The MMR vaccination is free for people aged from 16 to 49 years (inclusive).

Influenza (flu) vaccines

This pharmacy has staff that are trained to give flu vaccines. The flu vaccination is free for people 65 years and older and for pregnant women, for everyone else there…


Blood pressure checks

Rhuematic Fever Throat Swabbing

Free consultation and throat swabbing for children aged 4 - 19 years.   Antibiotic treatment provided if needed.

Skin Infections

Free treatments  for skin infections:

  • Headlice
  • Scabies
  • School sores ( imeptigo )
  • Insect bites, cuts and srapes
  • Boils
  • Cellulitis

After a free consultation with our pharmacist we can provide you…


Ear and Nose Piercing

Zinc Testing - Zinc taste test

Are you zinc deficient?   Come in for a free zinc taste test - it's quick and simple.

Zinc is essential for:

  • Hormone production
  • Immune function
  • Skin and hair repair

COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Anyone currently eligible can access
  • Make an appointment
  • Walk in

FREE Covid-19 Vaccines are available from Unichem Total Health Pharmacy.

Please book an appointment time with us now -

But walk in doses are also available.

We have Covid-19…


Special Assistance Support (COVID-19 Vaccination)

Special Assistance Support (COVID-19 Vaccination)

  • Wheelchair access

Wheelchair Access



Bay of Plenty

Contact Details

We are next door to Total Health Doctors, a friendly group of GP's and Nurses.

252 The Strand
Bay Of Plenty 3120

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252 The Strand
Bay Of Plenty 3120

This page was last updated at 4:09PM on October 15, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Unichem Total Health Pharmacy.