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Wear masks where distancing not possible, pharmacies told

PHE says pharmacy workers should wear fluid resistant surgical masks when it is not possible to maintain social distancing of two metres or more.

Social distancing 'best protection for pharmacies' say bodies

Pharmacy bodies have signed a joint statement on the importance of social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

GPs asked to maximise use of eRD

General practices are being asked to increase the use of eRD as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bristol pharmacy pilots volunteer medicine deliveries

A Bristol pharmacy partners with a local fitness group to help deliver medicines during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Advice on breaking down bulk paracetamol for retail sale

The NPA sets out labelling and other requirements for breaking down bulk packs.

COVID-19: Scottish pharmacists given access to emergency care data

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Scotland are to be given access to emergency care summary data.

Pharmacies help women with UTIs in new study

Community pharmacy test and treat services provide “accessible and timely care” for women with UTIs, a study has found.

National antimicrobial clinical audit cancelled

The requirement to complete the National Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Audit has been waivered with immediate effect. 

Pharmacies notify GPs of 30k flu jabs

GPs have been electronically notified about 30,000 flu vaccines provided in community pharmacies during the flu season.

Patients discharged from hospital to be referred to pharmacies

Patients discharged from hospital will be referred to pharmacies for advice on newly prescribed medicines.

Exemption checking rollout 'will save many staff hours'

Real time exemption checking allowing pharmacies to check patients' entitlement to free prescriptions is to go national. 

Lloyds launches mental health pilot in Manchester

Community pharmacists are piloting a new service that offers personalised support to mental illness patients.

Resupply dates pushed back for shortage drugs

PSNC has today issued resupply updates for five medicines that have been affected by shortages in recent months.

Pharmacy safety organisation targets LASA errors

The Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group cites reducing look alike, sound alike errors as one of its top priorities for 2020.

Pharmacist-led AF screening reduces strokes by a fifth

A pharmacy-led AF screening programme in the North West of England found over 100 strokes could be prevented each year.

Use pharmacies to support cancer patients, says RPS

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society calls for pharmacies to be utilised to support people with cancer.

Pharmacies receive over 100k CPCS referrals in first 10 weeks

Pharmacies have had over 100,000 patients referred to them by NHS 111 since the CPCS was launched on October 29.

Coroner raises concerns about repeat prescriptions

A coroner's report outlined concerns about pharmacists ordering repeat prescriptions without involving patients.

New MHRA website for PILs and SPCs

New site provides information on SPCs, PILs and PARs

SSP issued for haloperidol 500mcg capsules (Serenace)

SSP04 allows for haloperidol 500 microgram tablets to be supplied in place of capsules.

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