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Staying well this winter

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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.

Dr Owl from the Scottish 'Be Health-Wise This Winter' wellness campaign

Winter pressures campaign urges Scots to check repeat prescriptionsSubscription

3 DEC 2018By Kathy Oxtoby

Patients in Scotland are being urged to check their repeat prescriptions as part of a campaign targeting people with minor ailments and illnesses.

Flu vaccination being administered

Shortage of enhanced flu vaccine for over 65s in ScotlandSubscription

3 OCT 2018By

The adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccination Fluad will not be offered to people in Scotland aged 65–75 years, after problems with procurement of the drug by NHS Scotland.

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PSNC issues advice on how to handle GP criticisms of flu vaccination serviceSubscription

3 SEP 2018By

Pharmacists have been provided with ‘responsive lines’ to use if doctors or local medical committees question the community pharmacy flu vaccination service.

Someone being given a flu vaccination

Pharmacies to be paid more for flu vaccinations this winterSubscription

21 AUG 2018

The Flu Vaccination Service payment will be increasing to £9.48 in 2018/2019 following discussions between the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and NHS England.

Box of syringes for administering the flu vaccine

Payment spot checks could be extended to flu vaccinationsSubscription

26 JUN 2018By

Spot checks confirming that community pharmacists have carried out medicine use reviews have been extended to a second advanced service, with another likely to follow later this year, it has emerged.

Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer at NHS England

Front line staff should be vaccinated against flu or face redeployment, say NHS leaders

11 SEP 2018

All front line staff are expected to be vaccinated against flu in 2018, and those who are not should be asked why or even be redeployed to other areas, NHS leaders have said.

OTC medicines for coughs

OTC remedies and honey rather than antibiotics for acute cough, says NICE and PHE

23 AUG 2018

Over-the-counter cough medicines and honey, not antibiotics, should be the first-line treatment for coughs, according to draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Public Health England.

Alastair Buxton, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee director of NHS services

Community pharmacies administer almost 250,000 more flu vaccines

10 APR 2018

Community pharmacy teams administered at least 240,000 more flu vaccinations during this winter than last.

Flu vaccine being administered

Mandatory flu vaccination for healthcare workers 'difficult', MPs told

15 MAR 2018

Making seasonal flu vaccinations mandatory for healthcare workers would be difficult, the national medical director at NHS England has told MPs.

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Point-of-care C-reactive protein testing in community pharmacy to deliver appropriate interventions in respiratory tract infectionsSubscription

4 MAY 2018By , ,

This pilot study sought to evaluate the potential use of point-of-care (POC) C-reactive protein (CRP) testing for respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in a rural community pharmacy in North Staffordshire, UK, in conjunction with local GP practices. The study found that the use of POC CRP testing in community pharmacies has the potential to reduce the number of GP appointments caused by RTIs and, therefore, may help reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing.

Winter 2018 is shaping up to be a difficult flu season

Why the 2018 flu season could be a major challenge for pharmacySubscription

26 SEP 2018By

Despite the success pharmacy had in 2017 with offering influenza vaccination to people across the UK, winter 2018 is shaping up to be a difficult season, with different vaccines for different groups, staggered deliveries until December and guidance that makes patient prioritisation a problem.

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