Pharmacists and their teams should be able to manage patients presenting with ear discharge, earache and dizziness effectively, referring patients only when necessary.
Managing ear problems: hearing loss and tinnitusSubscription
Pharmacy teams should know when to manage and refer patients presenting with hearing loss or tinnitus.
Community pharmacists encounter patients at all stages in their life; however, patients who require palliative care require dedicated time and special consideration.
Sepsis can lead to organ failure and death. However, early diagnosis and recognition in the pharmacy may help prevent these potentially fatal consequences.
Practical steps for implementing a training programme to support staff in delivering consistent and reliable cold and flu management advice to the public.
Having a meaningful conversation with patients about cold and flu symptoms and management can be challenging, but it can be made easier by applying effective consultation skill theory to everyday practice.
Patients should use pharmacy as their first point of call for advice for the management of minor conditions, such as cold and flu, and have clear expectations around what pharmacy can offer. This article outlines the approach and principles behind effective and meaningful consultations.
Outlining the vital role of each member of the pharmacy team and highlighting best practice when patients present with cold and flu ensures a consistent, high standard of care is available across pharmacy.
Case-based learning: sore throatSubscription
Most sore throats are caused by viral infections and get better within a week through self-care. However, it is important to recognise when a sore throat is a symptom of a more serious illness.
A range of symptoms can indicate potential body dysmorphic disorder. Pharmacists should know how to have conversations about this condition and provide advice about the available treatments.
Patients with antisocial personality disorder often present with substance misuse problems and comorbid mental health problems. Pharmacists can support them by improving medicine adherence and advice on how they can take their medicines safely.
Case-based learning: cough Subscription
Most coughs are acute and self-limiting; however, it is important to understand when a cough becomes clinically significant.
An overview of the 2018 guideline for management of this sexually transmitted infection in men and women.
Aspergillosis: causes, types and treatmentSubscription
Aspergillus-related disease is rare, but results in high mortality rates. The limited treatment options and emerging antifungal drug resistance mean that accurate diagnosis and management is paramount.
How to improve antifungal stewardshipSubscription
Selecting appropriate antifungal therapies and performing ongoing reviews of these therapies can help support antifungal stewardship efforts and help reduce antifungal resistance.
The variety of over-the-counter treatment options and guidelines means there can be misconceptions around the best options for patients. This article, part of the acute pain learning series, has been developed to highlight when and why pharmacists should review guidelines and the evidence base to support clinical decision making in patients presenting with symptoms of acute pain.
How to understand and interpret clinical dataSubscription
This resource, part of the acute pain learning series, has been developed to help pharmacists understand the quality of evidence from clinical data to inform the advice they give to patients.
Case-based learning: meningitisSubscription
Causes, diagnosis and initial management options for adults and children with meningitis.
Case-based learning: acne vulgarisSubscription
Causes, diagnosis and management options for a range of patients, including those with mild or moderate acne.
Diverticular disease and diverticulitis can be managed well in the community, with GPs, pharmacists and dietitians playing major roles.
A step-by-step guide for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to undertaking and documenting this vital part of revalidation, according to General Pharmaceutical Council requirements.
A step-by-step guide for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to writing and submitting this vital part of revalidation to General Pharmaceutical Council requirements.
Patients often present to community pharmacies with oral and dental problems. This article focuses on the advice pharmacists and their teams can give to patients presenting with hard tissue emergencies.
Showing kindness and compassion is central to the delivery of patient-centred care and can help make better use of the short time pharmacists have in consultations.
Pharmacists must be able to advise UK-based travellers to malaria-endemic areas on the precautions they can take to protect themselves against the disease.
Motor neurone disease: management of common symptoms Subscription
There is no cure for motor neurone disease, but symptom control is achievable and can improve quality of life.
Oral ulceration: causes and managementSubscription
Patients often present in community pharmacy with mouth ulcers. This article describes the aetiology, presentation and treatment options for six types.
The risk factors for suicide, and the psychological frameworks and practical tools to use when dealing with disclosure of suicidal ideation.
Prescribing errors affect patient safety, but pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can reduce the risk of them occurring.
Appropriate community pharmacy management and referral of patients with chronic peripheral joint pain
A summary of best practice joint pain management recommendations for use by community pharmacy teams.