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Another 65 pharmacies begin Covid vaccinations

Sixty-five community pharmacy-led vaccination sites have this week become part of the coronavirus vaccination programme in England.

NHS publishes details on discharge medicines service

Pharmacies have been told they must read up on the NHS Discharge Medicines Service, which will become an essential service within weeks. 

Government under fire over pharmacy vaccine ‘snub’

Government under intense criticism for failing to deploy England’s community pharmacy network to help deliver Covid vaccinations on a wide scale.

Designated pharmacies to start Covid jabs on January 11

Community pharmacy-led Covid-19 vaccination sites will begin operations on Monday January 11, NHS England & Improvement has confirmed.

Pharmacy Covid funding petition passes 40,000 signatures

A petition urging the government to cover costs incurred by pharmacies during Covid-19 is gathering pace.

PSNC seeks urgent clarity on Christmas opening

The PSNC is seeking urgent clarity from NHS England & Improvement on the opening requirements for pharmacies over the Christmas period.

Ridge: Only use dexamethasone for oxygen patients

Dexamethasone should be used to treat patients with critical or severe Covid-19 but not patients with ‘non-severe’ illness, Keith Ridge says. 

Practice pharmacists to be freed up for Covid jabs

Pharmacists working in general practice are likely to find themselves deployed as part of the workforce that will vaccinate the population against the coronavirus.

NHSE: Some pharmacies will ‘lead Covid vaccination sites’

NHS England & Improvement has said it will “very soon” release details of how some community pharmacies could “lead vaccination sites”.

All pharmacy staff to be tested twice a week for Covid-19

Pharmacy teams are included in NHSE&I’s new plans to send health workers home testing kits for coronavirus twice a week, PNN has learned. 

GPs can make CPCS referrals from Sunday

From Sunday November 1, GPs will be able to refer patients with minor illnesses to community pharmacies via the NHS consultation service. 

Pharmacies ‘will get flu vaccines at same time as GPs’

Community pharmacies will receive additional supplies of flu vaccine from the start of November along with general practices, the PSNC has stressed.

Pharmacy Brexit forum airs supply chain worries

At a recent meeting of the PSNC's Brexit forum the focus was on medicines supply and the risk that doctors may issue extended prescriptions.

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.

Pharmacy employers encouraged to give staff flu jabs

It is important that staff in vulnerable groups, such as Black and Ethnic Minority employees, are adequately protected this winter

Pharmacy teams delivering chemo drugs during pandemic

Community pharmacy teams are among the health workers who have delivered chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients during the Covid-19 crisis.

Major flu jab scheme expansion to include over-50s

The government has added new groups of people to the upcoming national flu vaccination programme. 

New Pharmacy Quality Scheme agreed by PSNC

A revised pharmacy quality scheme for the first part of 2020-21 has been agreed.

Pharmacies told to update NHSBSA on Covid-19 risk assessments

Pharmacies have been told to provide an update on progress made in ensuring staff have coronavirus risk assessments.

Pandemic delivery service to continue until July 31

The community pharmacy pandemic delivery service is to continue until the end of the month, NHS England & Improvement has confirmed.

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