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Health & NHS

Hancock clarifies ‘extra £300m’ pharmacy comments

Matt Hancock has been forced to clarify remarks about the £300m cash advance being paid to pharmacies in England.

Gender imbalance in Covid-19 deaths

Three quarters of those who die in critical care with Covid-19 are men, according to the latest figures from the ICNARC.

Pharmacy CAS provides extra support at NHS 111

Calls referred to Pharmacy CAS adapted from CPCS symptom groups

Covid-19 revamp for 'Every Mind Matters'

PHE is supporting the public's mental health with a new campaign 'Now More Than Ever, Every Mind Matters'.

Better access to Covid testing for pharmacy staff

Community pharmacy workers and their family members will be able to book Covid-19 tests through a new online portal.

‘Lack of evidence’ for ibuprofen Covid-19 harm

The Commission on Human Medicines has said patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of Covid-19.

Covid-19: Advice for pharmacists on cancer patients

The British Oncology Pharmacy Association has put together advice for community pharmacists on support for cancer patients during Covid-19.

NHSE's lead GP says CP is part of 'whole system' approach

NHS England’s medical director for primary care Dr Nikki Kanani recognises community pharmacy's work as part of whole system approach, including over Easter 

NHSE and PSNC agree funding for Easter opening

Pharmacies opening on Easter bank holidays will receive £750 for a three hour session 

Uncertainty about masks protecting against Covid-19

Doubts have been raised about the effectiveness of face masks in preventing Covid-19 transmission, according to two new studies.

All pharmacies in Northern Ireland receive PPE visors

All community pharmacies in Northern Ireland are being issued with protective visors to provide “an extra level of protection”.

PSNC concerns around 'fraudsters' delivering medicines

Pharmacies may now use an ‘army’ of NHS volunteer responders to deliver medicines – but many are concerned about the safety implications.

Scottish pharmacies get £5.5m Covid-19 funding boost

An ‘initial funding package’ of £5.5m in extra cash has been made available to community pharmacies in Scotland.

MHRA shuts down websites selling ‘bogus’ Covid-19 tests

A number of ‘bogus’ Covid-19 products are being sold on unauthorised websites, the MHRA has warned the public.

Covid-19 contagion lingers after symptoms resolve

Half the patients treated for mild COVID-19 infection remained contagious for up to eight days after symptoms resolved, according to a new study.

Charities badly hit by Covid-19 warns Coeliac UK

The Covid-19 pandemic is drying up health charities’ income streams, Coeliac UK said as it launched an urgent funding appeal.

Pharmacies could issue CDs without a prescription

Emergency measures would allow pharmacists to supply without a script, use SSPs and adjust instalments.

Inhalers and insulin dominate new export ban products

Asthma medications and insulin products make up the vast majority of the medicines newly added to the DHSC’s parallel export ban list.

NPA: Volunteers in pharmacies 'uncharted territory'

Using volunteers to provide community pharmacy services is “uncharted territory” said the NPA.

Asthma UK clarifies who is at high risk from Covid-19

Preventer inhaler plus preventer oral medication plus continuous oral steriods equals high risk.

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