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Resilient. Proud. Magnificent

As the country was ordered to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives, and GPs moved to entry by remote triage, Rob Darracott asked a dozen pharmacists to log their Covid-19 experiences in a series of emails and calls. This is their story of five weeks in community pharmacy.

Where next for vape?

A BBC report in February that there had been two deaths potentially relating to vape products in the UK over the last year is clearly not in pandemic territory. However, it is concerning – not least because of our lack of knowledge about the specific cause of the problem.

What are the risks of using volunteers to deliver medicines?

Solicitor Noel Wardle says that while it is better for patients to receive their medicines than to go without, pharmacists and pharmacy owners have legal and ethical responsibilities to consider when using volunteer delivery people. 

EPS nominations see pandemic rise

Electronic prescription service (EPS) nominations have jumped following the implementation of Covid-19 lockdown measures.

Two months in for CPCS: North and SE lead way

The first statistics are in for the new Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS), and pharmacies in the North and the South East have seen the most episodes to date.

Well says one million sign up to text message service

Well claims one million patients have signed up to its prescription medicine text messaging service. 

Planning for Growth: the outcomes

Last year we invited a panel of independent pharmacy owners to take part in a structured business development programme. Almost 12 months later, we look at how the two who stuck with the programme have got on.

NI pharmacies get £13m funding boost for Covid services

The NI health minister has announced £13.25m to help pharmacies provide additional services during the Covid-19 crisis.

Boots launches online cancer consultation service

Boots launches online video cancer consultation service for people shielding at home during the pandemic.  

Pharmacists eligible for £20k GP partner 'golden hello'

New to Partnership Payment Scheme gives opportunity for pharmacists to become a partner at their GP practice.

Testing, testing

As technology evolves and consumers are encouraged to embrace self care, home diagnostics tests could form part of a wider healthcare action plan.

Soothing the itch

Childhood eczema is so common that it’s easy to believe parents know how to manage it. This is not necessarily true, however, and there is plenty the pharmacy team can do to help.

Missed opportunities

Women are ignoring potentially serious health problems during the current pandemic, worried about bothering busy health professionals or struggling to access the services they need. 

Nearly half of school children not using soap

The Global Hygiene Council has found that 42 per cent of children aged five-10 are not always using soap when they wash their hands in school.

NICE recommends steam treatment for enlarged prostate

Rezum recommended as a treatment option for moderate to severe lower urinary tract symptoms.

GPhC announces new approach to revalidation

Anyone with a renewal deadline between September 1 and December 31 this year will only be required to submit a reflective account.

HIV drug has ‘no benefit’ in Covid-19 patients

The HIV medicine lopinavir-ritonavir has “no beneficial effect” in patients hospitalised with Covid-19, Oxford researchers have said.

LloydsPharmacy and Deliveroo launch delivery service

LloydsPharmacy and Deliveroo partnership to deliver medical essentials across the UK. 

A further £20m cash advance for English pharmacies

Contractors are to receive a further £20 million cash advance at the end of June, bringing the total cash injections from Government to £370m.

Clinical audit to bolster PSNC talks launches today

PSNC has reminded community pharmacy teams to take part in its clinical audit which launches today.

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