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Pharmacy saves 35k GP consultations a week in Wales

Community pharmacies in Wales conduct an average of 15.5 advice consultations a day – a total of 11,000 per day – according to a new audit.

MHRA recalls batches of betahistine dihydrochloride tablets

The MHRA has recalled batches of betahistine dihydrochloride tablets.

Kent pharmacies rocked by staffing issues during crisis

Ninety-five per cent of Kent pharmacies experienced problems with staffing levels during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Best of the rest: Customer Care

There were so many inspiring entries this year for the RoE Awards so meet the ‘best of the rest’ in the Customer Care category.

NI tackles community pharmacy workforce trends

Sector leaders in Northern Ireland have announced plans to recruit more than 1,100 pharmacy workers over the next five years.

GPhC ‘still taking too long on FtP cases’

The GPhC is still taking too long to conclude fitness to practise (FtP) cases, the Professional Standards Authority says in its annual report.

Sharp drop in pharmacy safety reports during pandemic

Pharmacies may not be reporting incidents due to Covid-19 work pressures, the NPA has warned.

Rise in the number of children likely to have mental health problems

The number of children who are likely to have experienced a mental disorder in the last three years has risen.

Cocaine should be sold in pharmacies says charity

A charity is calling for stimulant street drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to be ‘nationalised’ and sold in Government-run pharmacies.

UK drug deaths highest since records began says ONS

The number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales last year climbed to the highest levels since records started in 1993.

Support staff training requirements take formal effect

The GPhC set out requirements for the education and training of pharmacy support staff on October 1.

Pharmacy bodies urge Churchill to address test & trace concerns

Pharmacy bodies contact Jo Churchill about a glitch with test and trace that could force a pharmacy to close for two weeks.

Government places order for one million antibody tests

The Government has placed its first order for one million Covid-19 antibody tests in a bid to understand the spread of the virus.  

Boots stops flu bookings for over-65s as stock worries mount

Boots has stopped taking new bookings for its flu vaccination service for people aged 65 and over.

Study: More patients relying on pharmacies in pandemic

Consumers increasingly turned to pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic for OTC and health advice.

Growth in employee whistleblowing reports to GPhC

The number of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians whistleblowing to the GPhC continues to grow.

Pharmacy employers 'must learn lessons of first wave'

RPS director of pharmacy Robbie Turner warns employers must ensure staff are risk-assessed for Covid-19.

Informal consultations are a vital service

Results of the Pharmacy Advice Audit cement the importance of community pharmacy consultations. 

Revealed: Impact of remote GP consultations on pharmacies

Virtual GP consultations are causing a massive spike in pharmacy workload and sparking patient safety concerns, an exclusive survey shows. 

Pharmacy conducts 1m consultations a week but more evidence needed

A report published by the PSNC today shows pharmacies in England carry out one million consultations each week.

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