Health & NHS

Smokers incorrectly think cold turkey best quit strategy

Many smokers still try to quit by going ‘cold turkey’ despite this being the least effective way, Public Health England has said

Lloyds reaches diabetes milestone

LloydsPharmacy has now tested over 10,000 patients since the NHS launched its Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme in 2016.

Government to address medication errors in NHS

The Government is launching a series of measures to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety

Lib Dem panel calls for ring-fenced health tax

A new tax earmarked solely for the NHS and social care is among the recommendations in a new report on healthcare reform

Update: Green light for e-cigs?

PHE has published a new independent expert evidence review of e-cigarettes, advising anyone struggling to quit smoking to try switching to an e-cigarette and get professional help.

Gluten-free staples to remain on prescription

Gluten free breads and flour mixes will remain on prescription in England, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced following its consultation launched in March 2017.

Paracetamol not antibiotics for sore throat, says NICE

Paracetamol, rather than antibiotics or medicated lozenges should be recommended to alleviate sore throats, says new guidance developed by NICE and Public Health England.

Vulnerable people face “endless cycle” of hospital admissions

A new Red Cross report looks at the problem of NHS patients being discharged back to homes with unsuitable living conditions only to be readmitted to emergency departments

Painkillers better for sore throat, says NICE

Sore throat lozenges make little difference to symptoms, according to NICE. Sufferers should stick to simple analgesics instead

Healthcare websites to be awarded quality ratings

The DH has granted the CQC further powers to rate independent healthcare providers, such as those that offer prescriptions from GPs online

The sick men and women of Europe?

The increase in life expectancy in the UK is slowing down and there remains a persistent north-south health divide

Pharmacies need to be more trans-inclusive

A survey asking trans people about their experiences of healthcare suggests pharmacies need to improve their approach

New trivalent flu jab approved for 2018-19

A new trivalent flu vaccine (Fluad from Seqirus) has been licenced and is available for use next winter

Flu epidemic set to hit UK

A flu epidemic will hit England in a fortnight if current trends continue, according to latest figures from PHE

Sign up to Moving Healthcare Professionals programme

PHE is offering free local training sessions on the importance of physical activity for interested healthcare professionals

Consultation launched on plans to rein in prescriptions

A consultation on proposals to “rein in prescriptions” for a number of OTC products has been published by NHS England.

Targeting smokers this new year

A new TV advert highlighting the dangers of tar in cigarettes and urging smokers to make a quit attempt with help from Smokefree has been released by PHE.

EPS being tested in urgent care

NHS Digital is to begin trialling use of the electronic prescription service by prescribers in urgent care settings

Half of Brits take prescription drugs daily

Almost half of UK adults have taken at least one prescribed medicine in the last week, according to a new survey commissioned by NHS Digital.

Timely intervention from NHS Choices

The NHS Choices website will shortly be testing an improved ‘find a pharmacy’ service
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