“ Brand: Lloyds / Type: Thermometer „
I purchased this thermometer last year, during the swine flu panic that we had here! I am a self-confessed hypochondriac, and was absolutely terrified about swine flu, and 100% convinced that I was going to catch it! Every little symptom I had scared me even more... If my leg ached, I had the flu, everything meant I had the flu! The sure-fire way of finding out if I had indeed contracted swine flu or not is to see if I had a temperature or not. I'd not owned a thermometer before, so I went to Lloyds Pharmacy and was advised to buy this digital one.
I paid £10 for this thermometer, which I actually thought was very expensive, I was only expecting to pay about 50p!
I got home and opened the packet. The thermometer came with a battery included, and with 18 months of use it hasn't worn out yet and I imagine that it will last years and years. The instruction booklet is easy to understand and I found it took about 5 minutes to set up the thermometer for use.
To use, you simply press the on button and wait for the thermometer to beep to indicate it is ready. You then hold the thermometer against your forehead. A few seconds later it beeps for a second time, and you can remove the thermometer. You look at the LCD screen and it gives you your temperature reading. I got my reading but wasn't so sure if it was bad or not, so this is why the lights underneath the screen are usual. It's like a set of traffic lights and it lights up green if everything is ok, orange if you are borderline, and red is if you have a temperature. I love that feature.
It also is very useful as it stores the last 8 readings that you have taken, so if you have a fever, you can keep taking your temperature and see if it has increased or decreased with time.
Fortunately I didn't have a temperature and I never have, but having this thermometer in my medicine cabinet really gives me peace of mind and as soon as I worry that I might be ill I can instantly check to see if I have a temperature or not!
Last year, following the massive outbreak of swine flu, my family were in quite a state. We all had various degrees of it, some worse than others, but my elder sister had it bad. She had every symptom going, tiredness, severe headaches, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough, no appetite, aching muscles, vomiting - to name a few. The worst was the vomiting. My mum quite cleverly placed her comfortably in our front room. We quickly developed a system that allowed her to loudly sound whenever she was about to chuck, so we'd all run like the clappers for the door. Not a pleasant experience I must say for me who was continually unable to escape in time.
Laughs aside. Her condition only worsened and after contacting doctors, they prescribed the TamiFlu drug and insisted on buying a forehead temperature to keep an eye on her progress. My mum instantly sent me on my travels down to our local Lloyds pharmacy and I purchased the digital forehead thermometer for £9.99.
The package came complete with the digital thermometer itself, a user manual and a CR2032 battery. We haven't had to replace the battery as of yet, basically because we haven't used it too often, but the batteries are relatively cheap and you can buy a pack of two from Tesco for about £2.94 - for anyone that's interested.
It was really simple to use and measures temperature with a gentle scan of the temple area, so really ideal for sleeping children :) It comes with a clever '9 memory function' which we found useful for my sister, as it stores up to nine of the last readings in its memory which can be referred to if you want to track a person's progress. To get a reading, begin by holding the power button until the unit sounds, then you simply hold the thermometer on the person's forehead for a few moments and wait for the process to finish. The reading is then displayed clearly on its LCD screen and also through its 'traffic light' symbols located below the screen. It will either light up green, orange or red - green being normal, orange is verging above/below above normal and red is very high/low.
I'd recommend this product to any body; after all you never know when a situation may arise when you'll need it. It's easy to use, accurate and much more reliable in comparison to other manual thermometers.
==Lloyds Pharmacy Digital Forehead Thermometer==
Having a Lloyds pharmacy attached to the doctors surgery where I work means that I am always in there spending my wages on various things they have on sale. The fact that because I get a professional 10% discount makes everything even more tempting and when I needed a new thermometer for home, this is the first place I thought of going.
Although I can pretty much tell if Jack is running a temperature I always find that having that little machine or device to tell you what the actual reading is always helps and the reason I felt I needed a new one was because the previous thermometer we had was very old and worked by putting it under the tongue which didn't feel overly reliable.
This thermometer from Lloyds is a digital one and reads the temperature from the forehead. It costs around £10 to buy but of course I got it for around £9 which I felt wasn't an overly bad price for an item such as this.
The digital thermometer uses a button cell battery which it does come already installed and these are easy enough to find and not to expensive to buy singularly. The set up of the product was easy and the instruction booklet which came with the item was clear and concise and easy to follow.
The date and time needs inputting into the thermometer to be able to show this on the digital LCD screen which is on the front of the item. The buttons which are needed to input all the correct information are labelled and easy to use and to set this up doesn't take more than 5 or so minutes.
The thermometer itself is advertised as being suitable for the whole family and quick and easy to use and this is correct as far as I am concerned as it has been noting but reliable and simple on all the occasions we have needed to use it.
The reading of someone's body temperature is easy to get from this thermometer by simply turning the item on by pressing and holding down the on/off button and then waiting for the thermometer to beep at which point the device can then be placed upon the forehead and rubbed around the temple area. It takes a few seconds for the reading to take place and the temperature is given in two ways. The digital numbered reading appears on the small LCD screen on the front and also a light will turn on at the bottom of the machine. The lights are easy to understand as the use the traffic light system where green is fine, orange is borderline and red is very high.
There is also a internal memory which saves up to eight of the last readings which have been taken and this feature can be rather helpful when remembering what the temperature was a few hours and ago and to be able to compare the two or three readings.
The fact that taking the temperature is so quick and easy and very non-invasive, means that the temperature can even be taken when your child is asleep and this thermometer can be used without disturbing them.
The device can stand up on the base as it is a wide and sturdy item. It also can be used as a room thermometer which is stated in the instructions but this will of course run the batteries down quicker. I have had this particular thermometer for a good year or so now and have not yet had to change the batteries. However I have not used the thermometer as a room temperature reader as we already have this on Jack's monitor (which we still like to use).
I have found that the general use of this digital thermometer cannot be faulted. The readings are accurate and come quickly and easy to read. It is far more reliable and easier to use than the previous under the tongue thermometer which we were using and for this price I would say it is well worth it.
Thankfully we haven't had to use the item too often but I would still recommend the digital thermometer as opposed to the old style thermometers where the readings can easily be read wrongly.
I think I will award a 5 out of 5 star rating and give it a recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.