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  • Three and a half month-old baby receives DTP vaccination which protects infants from diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)

    Whooping cough: public health management and guidance

    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious, acute bacterial infection. It can affect people of all ages, but is especially dangerous in vulnerable groups, such as unimmunised infants.

  • Close up of young woman holding elderly patient's hand

    Facilitating anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life care Subscription

    Anticipatory prescribing enables patients in the last days and weeks of their lives to have their symptoms managed at home. Pharmacists are ideally positioned to provide practical support and advice to other healthcare professionals on the prescribing and administration of anticipatory medicines and to facilitate timely supply.

  • Close up of a health worker examining a toddler's ear

    How to diagnose and manage primary and secondary earache and ear infections Subscription

    Earache is a common problem that can be the result of a variety of different pathologies. It is important for pharmacists and healthcare professionals to appropriately diagnose primary and secondary earache and ear infections.

  • Close up of a man using a tongue scraper

    Advising patients on halitosis and oral hygiene Subscription

    Halitosis (bad breath) is estimated to be the third most frequent reason for patients to seek dental care, following tooth decay and gum disease. Pharmacists are ideally placed to promote oral health and provide patients with advice on the prevention and management of halitosis.

  • Pharmacist takes the blood pressure of an elderly patient

    How to support cancer patients in community pharmacies Subscription

    Every community pharmacy team will come into contact with cancer patients or their family members. This article aims to provide community pharmacists and healthcare professionals with the tools to be able to speak confidently to patients with cancer and summarises the useful resources available.

  • Man looking at gluten free products in a supermarket

    How to identify symptoms of coeliac disease in community pharmacy and primary care Subscription

    It is estimated that in the UK there are more than half a million people with clinically undiagnosed coeliac disease, caused by an adverse immune response to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can play a key role in identifying individuals with symptoms, referring them for testing, ultimately leading to earlier diagnosis.

  • Amniocentesis

    Preconception care: genetic and pre-existing conditions Subscription

    Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can provide appropriate and comprehensive preconception care by identifying couples who are at risk of having a baby with a genetic or chromosomal malformation and can empower the couple by giving them enough knowledge to make informed decisions.

  • Staff meeting at a general practice

    Understanding the aims of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and what they mean for pharmacy Subscription

    An overview of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) — which the NHS will use to deliver the ‘Five year forward view’ — and how to work with them.

  • Health worker holding a dying patient's hand

    Communicating with palliative care patients nearing the end of life, their families and carers Subscription

    Pharmacists are becoming increasingly involved in palliative care and can be a source of important information and support for patients at the end of life. Health professionals caring for patients with advanced illness should develop skills for communicating with patients, and their families and carers.

  • Woman holds a positive pregnancy test

    Preconception care: dietary and lifestyle advice Subscription

    Engagement by women with a pharmacist or healthcare professional for preconception advice and care ranges from 18% to 45%. Pharmacists are uniquely placed to provide this advice when individuals present for new registration checks, well-woman consultations, contraceptive advice and reviews, as well as medicine use reviews.

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