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Pharmacy saves 35k GP consultations a week in Wales

Community pharmacies in Wales conduct an average of 15.5 advice consultations a day – a total of 11,000 per day – according to a new audit.

‘Selected’ pharmacies to offer on-site Covid jabs, NHS confirms

NHS England & improvement has confirmed that “selected” community pharmacies will be invited to take part in England’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Boots, Alliance donate dexamethasone tablets to NHS

Boots UK and Alliance Healthcare have donated 500,000 dexamethasone tablets to the NHS to help treat patients hospitalised with Covid-19.

Earlier NHS intervention for eating disorders

Young people with eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia are to gain access to specialist support across England.

Most people would turn to pharmacy for Covid vaccine

The majority of people would go to a community pharmacy for a Covid vaccine, according to an NPA survey.

7 in 10 people visit pharmacies during pandemic

The “vast majority” of the UK’s adult population has visited a pharmacy since March, the National Pharmacy Association has said. 

Pharmacy teams to benefit from extra £15m mental health funding

Pharmacists and support staff in England are set to benefit from extra £15 million in mental health funding.

Pharmacy bodies urge Churchill to address test & trace concerns

Pharmacy bodies contact Jo Churchill about a glitch with test and trace that could force a pharmacy to close for two weeks.

Government places order for one million antibody tests

The Government has placed its first order for one million Covid-19 antibody tests in a bid to understand the spread of the virus.  

P2U accused of ‘misleading’ NHS claims in its advertising

Online distance dispenser Pharmacy2U has been accused once more of using misleading claims in its advertising.

PSNC kicks off Covid-19 funding negotiations with Government

PSNC says the issue of ‘how and when’ cash advances totalling £370m might need to be repaid by community pharmacies will dominate talks. 

CMA fines three pharma companies for anti-competitive behaviour

The CMA found Amilco, Tiofarma and Aspen took part in an anti-competitive agreement on the supply of fludrocortisone. 

Fitness app nears 1 million downloads during lockdown

Public Health England’s (PHE) Couch to 5k fitness app has reached nearly one million downloads. 

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.

NHS social media campaign supports pharmacy

Updated resources available to support campaign 

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.

Frustration at Easter opening instruction to pharmacies

All pharmacies in England are to open from 2pm to 5pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday without any additional payment, said NHSE&I.

Cost worries mount as Easter opening confirmed

Some community pharmacies must open on Good Friday and Easter Monday, NHS England & Improvement confirmed last night.

£300m Covid-19 downpayment for pharmacies ‘not new money’

The Government has signed off on £300 million in advance funding for community pharmacies in England over the next two months.

£5 million to expand mental health services

In a drive to help support the public’s mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic, PHE are to provide mental health guidance.

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