Health & NHS

GP DMIRS could send 20m patients to community pharmacy

A patient referral model could lead to 20.4m GP consultations being transferred to community pharmacy.

STI diagnoses up 5% in England last year

The rise in STIs is likely to be due to people not using condoms correctly and consistently with new and casual partners, and an increase in testing.

Matt Hancock: “People trust pharmacists”

In a message he recorded for the NPA Conference, health secretary Matt Hancock told community pharmacists they are a vital part of the health service and that they will be “ever more important to the NHS and the country in the years to come”.

LPCs should co-ordinate contact with PCNs

LPCs should co-ordinate pharmacists' engagement with primary care networks across England.

Fitness lowering COPD

Good fitness levels in middle-aged people associated with lowering risks of chronic lung disease (COPD).

Stevens: Knife crime, pollution high on NHS agenda

Simon Stevens commits the NHS to tackling the society's major challenges including health.

NHS publishes PCN guide for community pharmacy

Pharmacies should agree ways of working with primary care networks, NHS England has said.

Video gaming recognised as addictive disease

Meeting in May at the 72nd World Health Assembly, 194 members of the WHO unanimously agreed to recognise 'gaming disorder' as a condition.

CCG mergers gather pace

Four CCGs – South Worcestershire, Redditch & Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, and Herefordshire - are planning to merge by April next year.

NUMSAS continues to grow

Over 4,020 pharmacies in England are now registered to offer the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS).

Recall of paracetamol 500mg tablets

M&A Pharmachem has recalled batches of paracetamol 500mg tablets because of “a small number" of contaminated pots.

DHSC releases first list of price concessions for June

The Department of Health and Social Care has today published the first list of drug price concessions for June.

Phenytoin 50mg Infatabs “unavailable,” warns PSNC

The PSNC has warned contractors that Pfizer's licensed phenytoin 50mg Infatabs is unavailable.

No PCN funding “earmarked for pharmacy”

No portion of PCN funding has been “earmarked exclusively for pharmacy,” says the deputy chief pharmaceutical officer.

Fraud investigation in 2019-20 will partly focus on contractors

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority says its investigation into fraud during 2019-20 will partly focus on pharmacy contractors

Online support for type 2

Advice to help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition is to be made available via a NHS online portal.  

Flour power

A 12-week public consultation on plans to add folic acid to flour in the UK has started. 

Scarlet fever warning

Parents still need to be aware of scarlet fever symptoms in children according to Public Health England (PHE).

Inhalers and antidepressants most common NUMSAS items

The number of referrals made through the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) has more than doubled in the past year

Cannabis delays driving opioid use, MP claims

In a backbench debate in the House of Commons on Monday May 20, MPs shared stories of the effect prescribing restrictions were having on their constituents

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