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Unichem Buchanans Pharmacy

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8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Covid-19 vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination

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

If you meet the current criteria please phone for an appointment or refer to our website.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself, your kaumātua and whānau from the effects of the virus. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines and eligibility visit Ministry of Health - COVID-19 vaccines

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.


Unichem Buchanans Pharmacy is a dispensing and retail pharmacy located in Tikipunga, Whangārei. We are a Unichem pharmacy, which enables us to offer you a wide range of home healthcare products, plus regular product specials and great gift ideas. And of course, you’ll still enjoy all the usual pharmacy services you’d expect from us.

A family business since 1954
Unichem Buchanans Pharmacy is a family owned and run business, and has been operating in Whangārei since 1954, when it was owned by Ted Buchanan. Back then, the pharmacy was located in Whangārei CBD, but moved to Tikipunga in 1987 and has been under the current ownership of Iain and Gemma Buchanan since 1998.

Iain and Gemma actively work in and run the business – Iain as a Pharmacist and Gemma as the General Manager. They employ a team of friendly and helpful pharmacy and retail staff, who are always happy to help and offer advice. 

Dispensary Manager

Iain Buchanan


8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Sat9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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

Services Provided

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…


Medicines use review service (MURS)

Medicines Use Review Service enables community pharmacists to work with people who are on complex medicine regimens or have difficulty managing their medications. Our pharmacists are MUR accredited and can…


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.

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…


Disability aids

This pharmacy hires out wheelchairs, walkers, bathroom aids, lift out chairs, crutches and bed accessories.


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…


Incontinence products

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.

Specialised wound care

Some wounds require extra attention and skill to manage. This pharmacy has staff qualified to do this and can refer you to your doctor if necessary.


  • Influenza (flu) vaccine
  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Varicella zoster (shingles) 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…


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…


WINZ and other reports

If you require reports on your medicines or the cost of your medicines please ask a member of the pharmacy team.

Health screening

Buchanans Pharmacy does Blood Pressure checks, Zinc testing and Cholesterol testing

Miscellaneous services

  • Ear Piercing
  • Passport Photos
  • Ball Makeup
  • Prescription Delivery Service

Sleep services

Buchanans Pharmacy is affiliated with the Sleep Well Clinic and we also stock a range of CPAP equipment both for sale and for hire.

COVID-19 Vaccination

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

If you meet the current criteria please phone for an appointment or refer to our website.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is an important step you can take to protect yourself,…


Covid-19 vaccination booking URL

Special Assistance Support (COVID-19 Vaccination)

Special Assistance Support (COVID-19 Vaccination)

  • Support to make decisions
  • Assistance to move around
  • Quiet, low sensory environment
  • A longer appointment time
  • More space to move around
  • Wheelchair access

If you would like additional support or assistance at your vaccine appointment, you can let us know when you book your slot.

Wheelchair Access




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81 Paramount Parade
Northland 0112

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Street Address

Paramount Plaza (next to Countdown)
81 Paramount Parade
Northland 0112

Postal Address

PO Box 7100
Whangārei 0144

This page was last updated at 2:24PM on October 15, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Unichem Buchanans Pharmacy.