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Revealed: Impact of remote GP consultations on pharmacies

Virtual GP consultations are causing a massive spike in pharmacy workload and sparking patient safety concerns, an exclusive survey shows. 

Boots partners with private electronic prescriptions provider

Boots UK is partnering with online GP consultation provider Doctor Care Anywhere (DCA) in a London pilot.

Exodus to general practice threatens continuity of care

By Richard Thomas, editor, Pharmacy Magazine It is a well established principle that continuity of care – seeing the same health professional over time – improves patient outcomes. It is something pharmacists, embedded in their local communities, instinctively recognise in their day-to-day practice. Commissioners understand this as well. In Wales, for example, the chief pharmacist Andrew Evans has said on several occasions that the NHS should value continuity and reward those pharmacies that deliver it.

Boots trials in-store GP video service

Boots UK has begun trialling an in-store video service giving patients access to GP consultations.

Funding settlement is “a total disaster”

The new contract is simply part of the DHSC plan to force closures, says Sheffield pharmacist Chris Armstrong

GP video consultations set to mushroom

Nearly 2 million more NHS patients in England will have access to video consultations with a doctor.

Average wait for GP appointment hits two weeks

The average wait for a routine GP appointment has exceeded two weeks for the first time ever according to a Pulse survey.

Flu jabs in community pharmacies boost overall uptake

Offering flu immunisation in community pharmacies increased the number of people in Wales who received the jab, report finds.

GPs disregard pharmacist recommendations in new study

GPs trialling a new model of care were often reluctant to follow pharmacist recommendations, say researchers.

New GP indemnity scheme covers practice pharmacists

A new government-funded indemnity scheme for GP practices will, for the first time, cover practice pharmacists

Wales cracks down on script drug dependence

NHS Wales has been told to make better use of the expertise of pharmacists to support evidence-based prescribing

Public satisfaction with NHS at lowest level since 2007

Overall satisfaction was 53 per cent – a 3 point drop from the previous year and the lowest level since 2007

GP workload crisis: Increasing numbers looking to quit

A survey of 929 GPs has found that over 40 per cent intend to quit the profession within five years

HEE extending pre-reg programmes in GP practices

HEE is providing additional training places for pre-registration pharmacists in general practice in 2020/2021

GP pharmacists not the only answer, MPs told

Policy makers need to look to the innovative potential of community pharmacy to solve the NHS access crisis

Clinical briefing: How far have we come on cancer survival?

Crucial advances have been made but there are still barriers to improving survival rates

NHS App being rolled out but most functions on hold

PSNC is encouraging pharmacy teams to get to grips with the app, which will allow patients to manage repeat prescriptions

GP referrals: Helping, not hindering

We have received a letter from one of the local GP practices bemoaning the fact that we have been referring patients to them who needed to be seen urgently, a pharmacist writes

Most GP surgeries rated good by CQC

The Care Quality Commission has rated 91% of GP surgeries in England as good in the 12 months to July 2018

The NMS and hypertension: the way forward for pharmacy?

A study into the management of hypertension through the NMS offers some pointers for pharmacist-led care

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