Pharmacists are ideally positioned provide to health advice and care to patients during the winter months. Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's special report on managing coughs, colds and flu in the community pharmacy.
NHS managers have written to GPs and community pharmacists warning them not to undermine each other when promoting seasonal flu vaccination services.
A letter has been sent to all pharmacists in direct contact with the public urging them to get vaccinated against flu this winter.
More than half a million flu vaccinations have been administered through pharmacies during this season’s flu vaccination service in under five weeks, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has announced.
Almost every patient vaccinated against flu at a community pharmacy last winter would have their vaccination there again, a patient satisfaction survey carried out by NHS England has found.
GP practice texted patients to say community pharmacists’ flu vaccines are ‘less safe’, it is claimed.
The NHS should prepare for the UK to be hit with a heavy burden of flu cases this winter, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has warned.
Community pharmacy is well positioned to help keep hospital admission and readmission rates down and ease the burden on acute care services.
Successful trial shows new stick-on patch offers painless alternative to flu jab and could revolutionise vaccine programmes worldwide.
Community pharmacists in England administered 950,765 flu vaccinations to patients under the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2016–2017, according to official figures in the Advanced Service Flu Report, published by the NHS Business Services Authority.
Community pharmacists in England administered at least 221,000 more NHS flu vaccinations during 2016–2017 than the previous year, according to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.
A new way to look at acute cough in the pharmacySubscription
Cough is the most common symptom for which people seek medical advice, and patients with cough frequently present to community pharmacy. Cough can be either acute or chronic. Acute cough, defined as being of less than three weeks’ duration, is often caused by viral respiratory tract infection and is probably one of the most common reasons for accessing healthcare in the community. For these infections, no antiviral treatment exists and antibiotics have been shown to be ineffective in ...
Over-the-counter treatments for the common cough need to be brought up to date and improved, especially considering the social and economic implications of the condition.