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Health & NHS

New app coming to help those with type 2 diabetes

NHS England appoints a Newcastle-based tech company Changing Health to deliver diabetes support programme

Covid-19 saliva test being piloted in Southampton

A weekly coronavirus testing model using a new ‘no-swab’ saliva test is being piloted over four weeks

Pharmacy staff could be first in line for Covid vaccine

Frontline health and social care workers are at increased personal risk of exposure to infection, says the JCVI.

Pandemic delivery service could be scrapped in July

PSNC to discuss the future of the pandemic delivery service if the Government's shielding policy is rolled back.

RPS: Government must act on second BAME Covid report

EPB chair Claire Anderson urges the government to “urgently” act on a report on Covid-19`s impact on BAME communities.

Low cost steroid hailed as breakthrough Covid-19 treatment

The low-cost steroid dexamethasone has become the first drug proven to significantly reduce deaths in patients hospitalised with Covid-19.

Pharmacy teams get free access to Covid-19 mental health training

Pharmacy teams are among those who can access Public Health England’s new psychological first aid (PFA) training course.

DHSC announces initial drug concessions list for June

The Department of Health and Social Care has today announced the first wave of drug price concessions for the month.

98% of GPs sign up to new PCN contract

Almost all GP practices in England have signed up to the new primary care network (PCN) contract for next year, NHS England & Improvement has said.

NHS: Pharmacies ‘must ensure Test & Trace does not impact service’

Community pharmacy contractors need to take steps to ensure service provision in their area will not be impacted by the Government’s new Test and Trace scheme, NHS England & Improvement has said.

Scottish pharmacies to roll out video consultations

All Health Boards in Scotland are being asked to roll out the use of the NHS Near Me video consultation service to community pharmacy in the coming weeks.

Brexit drug stockpiles running out due to Covid-19

Medicines stockpiled by in preparation for a no deal Brexit are running out due to the pandemic, the pharmaceutical industry has warned.

Guidance for pharmacy teams on making hand sanitiser

Commonwealth Pharmacists Association's training video supports production of WHO formula hand sanitiser. 

Public should wear face coverings in pharmacies says RPS

Matt Hancock announced it will be compulsory for all hospital visitors and outpatients to wear face coverings “at all times”.

Legal action against Hancock over retired pharmacist's Covid-19 death

A dentist has brought proceedings against the health secretary and Public Health England after his father, a retired London community pharmacist, died of Covid-19.

Ethnic minorities at greater Covid risk says Government

The pandemic may be exacerbating inequalities along ethnic and occupational lines, Public Health England has found.

Smokers at greater risk of Covid-19 says Government

Tobacco smokers "generally have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infections such as COVID-19" says the Government.

Flexible SCR access rolled out in English pharmacies

Additional flexibility for 19,000 pharmacists and 3,500 technicians for an initial 12 months during the Covid-19 pandemic

Stop selling Covid antibody test kits, companies asked

Companies providing Covid-19 antibody testing services involving fingerprick blood samples have been asked to put the service on hold.

India ends paracetamol export ban

The Indian Government has lifted a ban on the foreign export of paracetamol three months after it was first introduced to cope with shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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