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Healthcare

PDA urges employers to report workplace Covid exposure

The PDA urges pharmacy employers to report any cases of occupational exposure to coronavirus. 

Flu jabs rise 20 per cent in 2019/20 season in England

Community pharmacies in England completed 1.71 million NHS flu vaccinations in 2019-20 – a 19.6 per cent jump on the previous year.

Face coverings to be compulsory in Scottish pharmacies

From Friday it will be compulsory for members of the public to wear a face covering in community pharmacies in Scotland.

Fitness app nears 1 million downloads during lockdown

Public Health England’s (PHE) Couch to 5k fitness app has reached nearly one million downloads. 

Nearly half of school children not using soap

The Global Hygiene Council has found that 42 per cent of children aged five-10 are not always using soap when they wash their hands in school.

Pharmacies part of Covid-19 road to recovery

Key issues for the life sciences sector explored as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic

Parents happy with pharmacy for childhood vaccinations

Nearly half of parents – 44 per cent – said they would be happy to visit their local pharmacy for vaccination services, a new survey reveals

New £1.3m programme to evaluate Covid-19 tests

CONDOR will provide a single national route for evaluating new coronavirus tests

Covid-19 risk prediction model in development

A risk prediction model to allow clinicians to identify patients who are at higher risk from Covid-19 is being developed  

SCR alert deemed a success but more tests to follow

A Reasonable Adjustment Flag on the SCR to indicate a learning disability or other impairment could be rolled out by the end of the year

Shielding guidance to be relaxed from 6 July

From 1 August vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shield

New app coming to help those with type 2 diabetes

NHS England appoints a Newcastle-based tech company Changing Health to deliver diabetes support programme

Covid-19 saliva test being piloted in Southampton

A weekly coronavirus testing model using a new ‘no-swab’ saliva test is being piloted over four weeks

Pharmacy staff could be first in line for Covid vaccine

Frontline health and social care workers are at increased personal risk of exposure to infection, says the JCVI.

Pandemic delivery service could be scrapped in July

PSNC to discuss the future of the pandemic delivery service if the Government's shielding policy is rolled back.

RPS: Government must act on second BAME Covid report

EPB chair Claire Anderson urges the government to “urgently” act on a report on Covid-19`s impact on BAME communities.

Low cost steroid hailed as breakthrough Covid-19 treatment

The low-cost steroid dexamethasone has become the first drug proven to significantly reduce deaths in patients hospitalised with Covid-19.

Pharmacy teams get free access to Covid-19 mental health training

Pharmacy teams are among those who can access Public Health England’s new psychological first aid (PFA) training course.

Pharmacy risk assessment survey launched

The Black Pharmacists Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society are investigating whether pharmacies are carrying out risk assessments.

NHS: Pharmacies ‘must ensure Test & Trace does not impact service’

Community pharmacy contractors need to take steps to ensure service provision in their area will not be impacted by the Government’s new Test and Trace scheme, NHS England & Improvement has said.

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