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E-referral added to NHS app to reduce missed appointments

Patients have been given easier access to the NHS e-referral service after it was integrated into the NHS app.

Patient signature exemption extended to 30 June

Script charges go up on April 1, while flu vaccination and pandemic delivery services end

NPA funding petition nears 90k signatures after protests

Just over 89,000 people have signed an NPA petition calling on the Government to reimburse pharmacies’ Covid-related expenses.

Duchess of Cornwall praises pharmacy teams in Sussex visit

The Duchess of Cornwall met with community pharmacy workers yesterday to learn about the role they have played during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eight per cent of non-communicable diseases attributed to inactivity

Physical inactivity is found to be responsible for up to eight per cent of non-communicable disease and deaths worldwide.

Asthma exacerbation rates fall during pandemic

Fewer people with severe asthma attacks were admitted to hospital or seen by their GP during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two-thirds of pharmacies in Northern Ireland giving Covid jabs

Almost 350 community pharmacies are taking part in Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, health minister Robin Swann announced.

Growing calls for diversity in national RPS elections

The deadline for nominations for the national pharmacy board elections closes in two days' time.

Office of Health Promotion takes over from PHE

New body will lead national efforts to tackle obesity, improve mental health and promote physical activity.

Covid lateral flow test service announced today

Contractors will be able to claim up to £450 for signing up to a new service involving the distribution of lateral flow tests to asymptomatic individuals.

Growth of pharmacy flu jabs ‘far surpasses’ general practice

Community pharmacies have vaccinated over one million more patients against influenza in the 2020-21 flu season than in the previous year.

Rowlands joins Covid vaccine programme

A branch of Rowlands Pharmacy in north Wales has started administering Covid vaccines.  

Levothyroxine SSP extended until April 1

The serious shortage protocol for Levothyroxine 12.5mcg tablets has been extended until April 1.

Rowlands pharmacists’ pay rises by 'up to' 1%

Pharmacists working for Rowlands Pharmacy have been informed they will receive a maximum pay increase of one per cent from April 1.

Over 90% of pharmacists want yearly Covid jab service

Pharmacists want to lead on an annual service similar to flu jabs, but have concerns around capacity and policymakers' attitudes, new data shows.

50 to 64-year-olds added to 2021/22 flu programme

Contractors asked to await updated flu reimbursement letter before amending vaccine orders.

CCGs to be 'subsumed' into ICS before end of 2021

ICSs will also take on community pharmacy commissioning once they are established.

GPhC commissions research on impact of Covid on trainees

The GPhC has commissioned Keele University researchers to look into the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on trainees. 

New UK Health Security Agency starts work in April

UKHSA combines the key elements of PHE with the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and NHS Test and Trace

Pandemic deliveries for vulnerable end on March 31

The pandemic delivery service for clinically extremely vulnerable people ends on March 31. 

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