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'Almost all' 6.7k Well staff Covid risk assessed

Well Pharmacy says it has completed Covid-19 risk assessments for “almost all” of its 6,700 employees, including those on furlough. 

GP flu jab banners send wrong message says MP

Exclusive: GPs seeking to dissuade patients from having their flu jab in a community pharmacy are not being constructive, says Nigel Mills MP. 

Hancock to ‘drive money towards pharmacy’

Hancock plans to “drive money towards pharmacy” from a growing NHS budget, on the condition they provide “more NHS services”.

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. 

Counter assistant awarded £15k in age discrimination case

A pharmacy counter assistant who was fired after a flare-up of her arthritis has been awarded over £15,000 by an employment tribunal.

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.

DHSC extends serious shortage protocols for Fluoxetine

The Department of Health and Social Care has extended serious shortage protocols for Fluoxetine.

Most pharmacies to be loss-making within four years

Three quarters of English pharmacies are on course to be loss-making in four years unless the sector receives an urgent funding boost, a report finds.

PSNC Dukes: ‘We’re not the rolling over committee’

PSNC chief Simon Dukes has said the negotiator will be prepared to walk away from any inadequate funding deal proposed by the Government.

NICE calls on commissioners to promote pharmacy services

Local health commissioners should consider promoting community pharmacies as a first port of call for health and wellbeing, NICE has said. 

Gonorrhoea cases increased 26 per cent between 2018 and 2019

The number of cases of gonorrhoea increased by 26 per cent between 2018 and 2019. 

‘Immediate NHS action’ to safeguard hydrocortisone after Covid study

Seriously ill coronavirus patients have a better than 90 per cent chance of improved recovery when given a seven-day course of hydrocortisone.

Superdrug uses robots for new medicine pouching service

Superdrug has launched a new automated medication pouching service, using a dispensing robot to assemble patients’ pills.

Tackle competition over flu jabs, Hancock urged

Hancock should seek to minimise competition between GP practices and community pharmacies over the provision of flu jabs, a Tory MP says. 

A joint venture

GSK Consumer Healthcare has closed its transaction with Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, creating a new joint venture.

Pandemic delivery service extended until September 7

The government has extended the pandemic delivery service by another week in two areas in England.

Flu jabs can now be given 'anywhere in the pharmacy'

Community pharmacists will be able to provide flu vaccinations “in any appropriate space within the pharmacy” this flu season, says NHS England. 

Children with gastro problems should be tested for Covid-19

Researchers have called for children with gastrointestinal symptoms to be tested for Covid-19.

Pharmacies to get £36 for providing NHS Hep C tests

The Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing service is to launch on September 1 after being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pharmacies invited to register interest in ANI scheme

“Ask for ANI” provides a simple way for victims of domestic to signal to pharmacy staff that they need help.

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