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Category Reviews

Eye problems and their management

With high street opticians now struggling with a backlog of cancelled appointments, pharmacy’s role has never been more essential.

Seasonal woes – with an added twist

When it comes to advising customers on how to protect themselves against winter ailments this year, there is the added complication of Covid-19 to take into account.

Head lice and other parasites

As the new school term gets underway, even with social distancing measures in place pharmacy teams can expect a resurgence in queries about head lice.

Bladder weakness

Bladder weakness remains a taboo subject – so how can you help raise awareness without causing any additional embarrassment? 

Lower gastrointestinal problems

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are two conditions characterised by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. 

Metabolic syndrome and the link to skin diseases

Patients with inflammatory skin diseases should be targeted and provided with heart health checks by community pharmacy teams.

A fertile area for pharmacy?

Pharmacy has shown that it can offer effective sexual health services but fragmented commissioning and significant funding cuts mean that provision varies widely.

Targeting pain

When pain strikes most people reach for a pack of oral analgesics – but there are times when topical pain relief may be more appropriate. 

Allergy awareness

For many allergy sufferers there is no pollen involved, nor is the problem seasonal in nature – all of which can make it harder to determine the cause. Pharmacists can help.

Nutrition and Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased interest in the role of nutrition in immune function and could boost the supplements category in pharmacy.

Women's health in lockdown

Women may have more specific concerns about their health during this challenging time. It is important to help them stay motivated to protect their health and wellbeing to avoid more serious issues developing in the future.

Warts and all

The diagnosis of warts is usually straightforward but when it is uncertain or if there is a suspicion of actinic keratoses, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma, it is important the person is referred.

Technology shaping community pharmacy

Patient apps, a new take on dispensary IT and the ongoing saga of hub-and-spoke are among the elements shaping the development of technology in community pharmacy.

Pets and parasites

Pet owners often have poor knowledge about the internal parasites that can affect their dogs and cats. Pharmacists can help...

Making self care a policy priority

There is still some way to go before self care is established as a policy priority and included in healthcare frameworks.

Promoting good oral care

Pharmacy teams are well-placed to sink their teeth into the oral health challenges described by the Oral Health Foundation in its five-year plan.

Venous leg ulcers: A silent crisis?

Described as ‘a silent crisis’ in a recent report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vascular and Venous Disease (VVAPPG), venous leg ulcers impose a heavy burden on both sufferers and the healthcare system as a whole.

Has obesity been normalised?

In an overweight society, obesity is normalised and sometimes even goes unrecognised. Community pharmacy teams are in a good place to help by engaging customers in a non-judgemental manner and if necessary signposting to further help.

HPV vaccination & pharmacy

HPV vaccination became available to boys last autumn, 11 years after it was introduced for girls. So what opportunities for patient care does this programme and others like it offer community pharmacists?

Heart of the matter: BP checks in pharmacy

A new report recommends that routine health assessments like heart and BP checks need to become a regular part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

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