Bringing your chemist direct to your door
I love online shopping but generally for things like toys, cloth nappies, presents etc, but when it comes to toiletries and medical items I have always gone to the local supermarket to buy my items - I have never considered buying online. That all changed when I was given the opportunity to review an online pharmacy Chemist Direct in exchange for a voucher to spend on the website.
Chemist Direct is a GPhC registered and regulated pharmacy, meaning that it is perfectly safe and legal to order medicines online from them.
An option I found unusual and not something I had ever considered doing, but totally seeing how beneficial it could be, was ordering prescriptions online and getting them delivered to your door. In this day and age when people are busy all the time this could be a valuable option to help people who just don't have time to pick up their prescriptions from their local pharmacy. Although I did not try this option is there is the option to get NHS, private, electronic and even pet prescriptions filled via Chemist Direct. I did have a look into the prescription section, choosing NHS prescription but was unsure how I would have done it and got my prescription for free (I live in Scotland and we don't pay for prescriptions here) so I am not sure how useful this might be for Scottish citizens.
To have prescription filled that is not electronic you have to post the prescription to Chemist Direct so the process could take a few days so if you have a regular repeat prescription this could be an ideal way of getting your medicine without having to pop out to the pharmacy every time.
There is also an online doctor where you select a treatment for your condition, fill in a questionnaire on checkout and a doctor will review your questionnaire then you receive your treatment.
As well as medicines (prescription and non-prescritption) there are plenty of healthy and beauty products you can buy, from toothpaste to deodorant and from shampoo to bubble bath
We used the website to buy some everyday health and beauty items, saving myself a trip to the shops.
I was worried that buying shampoo and bubblebath via the post might result in burst bottles and a wet mess at the bottom of the parcel but everything came wrapped up in bubble wrap so was nice and secure.
As someone who just puts stuff in the trolly when shopping I was not sure how the prices compared with buying from our local supermarket but I have since compared the items and found that of those that I could have bought from Tesco the price was £23.14 from Chemist Direct versus £25.34 at Tesco so Chemist Direct worked out cheaper.
For the items I could not have purchased from Tesco I worked out that Chemist Direct was £29.26 versus a combined total of £32.31 which included postage and shipping cost for buying at different suppliers (Chemist Direct does free shipping over £40).
Here is what we got:
- NUK baby thermometer 2 in 1
- MAM bite and play teeth
- Garnier Fructis sleep and shine shampoo 250ml
- Garnier Fructis sleep and shine conditioner 250ml
- Johnson's baby shampoo 500ml
- Dove Beauty Cream bar 4x100g
- Gillette Mach3 Blades 4pack
- Gillette Series shave gel pure and sensitive 200ml
- Johnson baby bath 200ml +100ml free
- Dove beauty bath indulging cream 500ml
- Dove original deodorant roll-on 50ml
- Sure for men quantum anti-perspirant deodorant 250ml
We ordered out shopping late on Thursday night and were surprised to find it was delivered (to the wrong house by the delivery driver and not a fault of Chemist Direct) on Saturday morning.
When I was ordering my goods I found that I was getting a little annoyed that when I added something to my basket I was brought onto a new page and when I selected to continue shopping it took me back to the home page rather than the page where I was last shopping. I have since been on the website again and noticed they have a new website which has addressed this issue, allowing you to add stuff to your basket without moving from the page you are currently browsing.
The website was clearly marked into sections for bath products, deodorants, shampoo etc so it was easy enough to find the section that you wanted. There is also the option to bulk buy goods such as baby wipes, nappy cream, deodorants etc so you can save even more money if you have the space to store items.
Would we use the website again?
Yes. I sometimes find myself going to the supermarket because I had run our of shampoo and finding myself buying so much other things that I do not need. This helps to stop that and means we can fill up our cupboards without having to go out, or breaking the bank! The new website seems to have taken away any problems we have encountered.
I am not sure I would use for prescriptions just because it means sending away prescriptions and for us it is just as easy to walk to the chemist as it is to go to the postbox.