Staying well this winter

Flu vaccination being administered

Shortage of enhanced flu vaccine for over 65s in Scotland

3 OCT 2018By

The adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccination Fluad will not be offered to people in Scotland aged 65–75 years, after problems with procurement of the drug by NHS Scotland.

Flu vaccine

PSNC issues advice on how to handle GP criticisms of flu vaccination service

3 SEP 2018By

Pharmacists have been provided with ‘responsive lines’ to use if doctors or local medical committees question the community pharmacy flu vaccination service.

Someone being given a flu vaccination

Pharmacies to be paid more for flu vaccinations this winter

21 AUG 2018

The Flu Vaccination Service payment will be increasing to £9.48 in 2018/2019 following discussions between the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and NHS England.

Box of syringes for administering the flu vaccine

Payment spot checks could be extended to flu vaccinations

26 JUN 2018By

Spot checks confirming that community pharmacists have carried out medicine use reviews have been extended to a second advanced service, with another likely to follow later this year, it has emerged.

Vaughan Gething, Welsh health and social services secretary

Sore throat 'test and treat' scheme for Welsh pharmacies

7 JUN 2018

A ‘test and treat’ scheme for patients with sore throats will be piloted at 70 Welsh community pharmacies in autumn 2018.

Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer at NHS England

Front line staff should be vaccinated against flu or face redeployment, say NHS leaders

11 SEP 2018

All front line staff are expected to be vaccinated against flu in 2018, and those who are not should be asked why or even be redeployed to other areas, NHS leaders have said.

OTC medicines for coughs

OTC remedies and honey rather than antibiotics for acute cough, says NICE and PHE

23 AUG 2018

Over-the-counter cough medicines and honey, not antibiotics, should be the first-line treatment for coughs, according to draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Public Health England.

Alastair Buxton, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee director of NHS services

Community pharmacies administer almost 250,000 more flu vaccines

10 APR 2018

Community pharmacy teams administered at least 240,000 more flu vaccinations during this winter than last.

Flu vaccine being administered

Mandatory flu vaccination for healthcare workers 'difficult', MPs told

15 MAR 2018

Making seasonal flu vaccinations mandatory for healthcare workers would be difficult, the national medical director at NHS England has told MPs.

flu vaccine stocks in holding tray

New flu vaccine guidance for 2018–2019 winter season

9 FEB 2018

GPs and community pharmacists need to ensure that flu vaccine orders for next season are of the most effective vaccines for the population 

Finger prick test

Point-of-care C-reactive protein testing in community pharmacy to deliver appropriate interventions in respiratory tract infectionsSubscription

4 MAY 2018By , ,

This pilot study sought to evaluate the potential use of point-of-care (POC) C-reactive protein (CRP) testing for respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in a rural community pharmacy in North Staffordshire, UK, in conjunction with local GP practices. The study found that the use of POC CRP testing in community pharmacies has the potential to reduce the number of GP appointments caused by RTIs and, therefore, may help reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing.

Rows of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine

A new way to look at acute cough in the pharmacySubscription

31 MAR 2017By

Cough is the most common symptom for which people seek medical advice, and patients with cough frequently present to community pharmacy. Cough can be either acute or chronic. Acute cough, defined as being of less than three weeks’ duration, is often caused by viral respiratory tract infection and is probably one of the most common reasons for accessing healthcare in the community. For these infections, no antiviral treatment exists and antibiotics have been shown to be ineffective in ...

Winter 2018 is shaping up to be a difficult flu season

Why the 2018 flu season could be a major challenge for pharmacySubscription

26 SEP 2018By

Despite the success pharmacy had in 2017 with offering influenza vaccination to people across the UK, winter 2018 is shaping up to be a difficult season, with different vaccines for different groups, staggered deliveries until December and guidance that makes patient prioritisation a problem.

Hand holding vaccine bottle with rhinovirus vaccine (RV14)

Rhinovirus vaccine development is about more than fighting coldsSubscription

8 JUN 2017By

Rhinovirus, the pathogen behind the common cold, can cause severe, acute lung disease in children and those with underlying respiratory conditions. Since the 1970s, vaccine development has been hindered by the presence of numerous virus serotypes and the lack of a good animal model to test vaccine candidates. However, several different research groups are now making good progress on rhinovirus vaccines, using a variety of different techniques.

Close up of a woman taking cough syrup

It's time to change the way we approach coughs in community pharmacySubscription

9 MAR 2016By

Over-the-counter treatments for the common cough need to be brought up to date and improved, especially considering the social and economic implications of the condition.

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