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Local pharmacist hailed a hero after hand-delivering medicines during dam crisis

A local pharmacist has been hailed a hero after he hand-delivered medicines to patients during the Whaley Bridge dam crisis. Deputy chief pharmaceutical officer for England, Dr Bruce Warner visited pharmacist Raj Modi last week (3 October) in recognition of his ‘heroism’, NHS England said. In August, a section of the Toddbrook dam in Derbyshire,…
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Medication errors may cause 1,700 deaths each year, says DHSC

Medication errors could cause up to 1,700 deaths and contribute to thousands more each year, according to research commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Researchers from the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester and York found that medication errors – including delivering prescriptions an hour late or giving the wrong drug – may…
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Delivering better oral health in pharmacy

Healthcare professionals are placing a greater emphasis on prevention of disease and maintaining health by giving advice based on sound, clinical evidence. The guidance document ‘Delivering Better Oral Health – An evidence-based toolkit for prevention’, published by the Department of Health, creates a real opportunity for dentists and pharmacists to work together to promote prevention, and reduce oral health inequalities.

NHS Evidence: a vital tool to support you in delivering best practice

Picture the scenario: a 55 year old man with a previous history of coronary heart disease comes in to your pharmacy for a repeat prescription. He has been prescribed a number of medications for his condition – including a high dose statin, aspirin and a beta blocker – but has not been taking them regularly as prescribed. He has started getting muscle cramps, which is increasing his stress and anxiety. To add to his risk profile, he is also a smoker and would like to seek advice about quitting again. As a pharmacist where would you go to access evidence-based information to ensure you are caring for your patient in line with current best practice guidance?

UK’s first robot delivery vehicle delivers medicines for community pharmacy

The UK’s first custom-built self-driving delivery vehicle made its landmark journey earlier this week (10 November), delivering medication from a pharmacy in Hounslow to a care home. The autonomous car – named Kar-go by its designers – uses artificial intelligence to navigate itself to and from the recipient’s address and offers contact-free delivery of medications….
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Pharmacies advised by PSNC not to provide free blood pressure checks

Contractors should consider not providing patients with free blood pressure checks and other free-of-charge provisions that fall outside the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF), the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said. The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that pharmacies have picked up other primary care work that does not fall within the remit of the…
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Sixth form student joins pharmacy frontline during pandemic

A sixth form student has joined the pharmacy frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic to help his local pharmacy team deal with the increased demand. Har-Saivak Singh Gosal, 16, is currently studying for his A level exams, but since his college closed in mid-March, he has been volunteering at Smarta Healthcare in Bedford for three days…
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Medicines delivery van heist leaves Hull pharmacy team ‘very shocked’

A Hull pharmacy team has been left in shock after witnessing the robbery of a pharmaceutical delivery van. A pharmaceutical delivery van believed to contain prescription and controlled medication was stolen and the driver threatened on Tuesday (7 August) at 2.45pm in front of City Health Pharmacy on Goodwin Parade in Hull. Two men were…
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The latest essential pharmacy stories from the web and papers in our daily news round-up.

Independent prescribing services double in Welsh health board

The number of pharmacies offering an independent prescribing enhanced service within one Welsh health board is due to increase from 11 to 25 ‘over the coming months’, it said. In a statement, published on its website last week, the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) announced the service expansion as part of its preparation for…
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