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Unichem Buchanan's – over 60 years of care

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Unichem Buchanan’s Pharmacy has been helping Whangarei residents since 1954. Today you can see them for help with sleep issues, mobility aids, holistic health services – all with a friendly smile.

In the early 1950s, the New Zealand population had just hit the two million mark, the Auckland harbour bridge was completed and Opo the dolphin could be found frolicking with local children in the warm waters of the Hokianga. At the time, Whangarei was not officially a city (the population hadn’t passed the 20,000 mark) and the town was on the verge of a boom.

In 1954 a young Pharmacist decided to purchase a business in the town centre which he would gradually develop to become a beloved part of Whangarei’s social fabric. Ted Buchanan was a chemist with an excellent eye for detail and he knew that there was a niche in the market for a well-respected pharmacy. 

By 1987, Buchanan’s Pharmacy had relocated to Paramount Plaza in Tikipunga. Thanks to the support of regular patients, Buchanan’s Pharmacy continued to grow, however it wasn’t until March 1988, when the supermarket arrived, that the pharmacy’s business really began to gain traction.  

Today you’ll find a thriving pharmacy offering a vast array of professional health services – now led by Iain and Gemma Buchanan.  

The experienced and approachable team at Unichem Buchanan’s Pharmacy can assist you with improving your health in a holistic way. From sleep problems to weight management, the team has the tools to teach you new ways to support your health.  The pharmacy includes a Sleep Clinic (in conjunction with Sleepwell Clinic), which offers treatment for sleep apnoea.

If you have mobility issues, Unichem Buchanan’s can help you regain your independence with personalised solutions. There’s a Home Healthcare Centre within the pharmacy where you can find up-to-date information relating to mobility scooters, mobility aids and home healthcare products available to buy or hire.

As medicine specialists, the team at Unichem Buchanan’s will also assist you with choosing from a wide range of natural health products, vitamins and minerals. They can also help you balance your existing prescription medications with complementary medicines.

“It is hugely important for us to assist our customers with prevention rather than cure. We want to be the friendly face at the top of the cliff, rather than the ambulance at the bottom”, says Iain.  

Unichem Buchanan’s also offers support with a full wound-care service, including a dressing service in a private consultation room. Ask the team about the most advanced wound-care technology for a faster healing process.

If you’re in Whangarei, see Iain, Gemma and the team at Unichem Buchanan’s – they’re passionate about health and wellbeing, and have a wealth of knowledge to help you become the best you can be.