Healthcare

RPS: a “scandal” not to make best use of pharmacists

The RPS’s Sandra Gidley has said it would be “nothing short of a scandal” if health services did not make best use of pharmacists' clinical skills

Group B Strep info for mums

Group B Strep is the focus of a new patient leaflet that will be provided to all pregnant women as part of their routine antenatal care.

Taking control of snacking

Helping parents take control of their children’s snacking is the focus of Public Health England's latest Change4Life campaign and the first promoting healthier snacks.

Consultation launched on plans to rein in prescriptions

A consultation on proposals to “rein in prescriptions” for a number of OTC products has been published by NHS England.

Targeting smokers this new year

A new TV advert highlighting the dangers of tar in cigarettes and urging smokers to make a quit attempt with help from Smokefree has been released by PHE.

Protect against STIs, urges PHE

Public Health England launches ‘Protect against STIs’, a new campaign that aims to reduce the rates of STIs among 16-24-year-olds and normalise and encourage condom use.

Stopping bowel cancer in its tracks

Almost 332,000 people living in the UK will needlessly lose their lives to bowel cancer between now and 2035 unless urgent action is taken to fill critical research gaps, says Bowel Cancer UK.

Check your balls boys, says new app

The first, simple to use, step-by-step “check yourself” testicular cancer app has been launched by cancer charity The Oddballs Foundation.

Battle against type 2 diabetes goes digital

More than 5,000 people are expected to benefit from a pilot project, which will test a range of digital products aimed at supporting people who are at risk of type 2 diabetes.

Stress ruins festive season for 15 million Brits

New research reveals that 30 per cent of UK adults – 15.5 million people – dread the Christmas and New Year period because they suffer from increased stress levels.

Men’s health focus for Boots

Boots UK has announced the launch of a new erectile dysfunction service – its biggest online pharmacy service to date.

Timely intervention from NHS Choices

The NHS Choices website is to test an improved ‘find a pharmacy’ service allowing users to find the nearest pharmacy to them which is open at the time of the search.

Update: Measles warning from PHE

PHE is raising awareness of measles outbreaks in the UK and Europe and warning anyone travelling to Europe over the Christmas period to check NaTHNaC travel health advice.

Link between physical activity and wellbeing

A clear link between physical activity and mental wellbeing has been proven by a Sport England survey.

Viagra to switch POM to P

UK men will be able to access an erectile dysfunction medicine over the counter for the first time after MHRA’s approval of a POM to P switch for sildenafil.

Pharmacy Winter action – take to social media today!

Pharmacy teams are being asked to join in with today's #pharmacywinter action day

Call to extend NHS health checks

The NPA has responded to a report by think tank ResPublica which calls for community pharmacy to provide health checks for all working-age adults to tackle long-term disease.

Migraine sufferers at risk of MOS

Nearly 60 per cent of people with migraine are currently overusing pain relief medication, according to a new survey by Migraine Action in partnership with anti-migraine device Cefaly.

Childhood obesity on the rise

The number of obese children aged four and five has risen for the second consecutive year, according to PHE’s National Child Measurement Programme.

New pharmacy winter campaign

The role that community pharmacy teams can play in helping people to stay healthy through winter and reduce pressure on other NHS services is being promoted by the national pharmacy organisations.
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