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Vitamin D And The Vital Role It Plays In Our Lives

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for our overall health. Not only does it regulate more than 2,000 of the 30,000 human genes but it also plays a significant role in immune function and physical performance.  In addition, Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium which promotes strong and healthy bone growth…. Read more »


IBD: Signs, Symptoms And Treatment Options

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is an umbrella term used to describe disorders causing chronic inflammation of your digestive tract. It’s mainly aimed at ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease which are both long-term conditions. Whilst anyone can get IBD, it’s usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40. In this article, we delve a little… Read more »

Steroid Emergency Card

The New NHS Steroid Emergency Card

To support the early recognition and treatment of adrenal crisis in adults, NHS England and NHS Improvement’s national patient safety team have issued a National Patient Safety Alert. Supported by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians and the Society for Endocrinology, here is everything you need to know about the… Read more »

C19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service UK

C19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service

The C19 Lateral Flow Device Distribution Service or LFD Distribution Service is a new advanced service that is available to community pharmacies. The service enables NHSE&I to distribute COVID-19 Lateral flow test kits to pharmacies to allow asymptomatic people to identify positive cases within the community and to break the chain of transmission.  All pharmacies… Read more »

Discharge Medicines Service

Discharge Medicines Service Within The CPCF

The NHS Discharge Medicines Service is a new essential service for community pharmacies that commenced on 15 February 2021. All community pharmacy contractors must ensure that relevant staff, including pharmacists including Locums and pharmacy technicians, have the necessary knowledge and competence to undertake it safely.

Community Pharmacist Consultation Service - GP Referrals

Community Pharmacist Consultation Service And GP Referrals Is Now Live

In October last year, the government implemented a new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service following a successful pilot programme in several areas across the UK. Now, after the September 2020 meeting, there have been a few changes. The PSNC agreed to proposals to implement the general practice referrals service into the CPCS this autumn and… Read more »

Pharmacy Quality Scheme Part Two

Pharmacy Quality Scheme Part Two Overview

A few weeks ago we covered the first part of the 2020/2021 Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) which they announced on 13 July 2020. Whilst the primary focus of part one was preparing for and protection against Covid-19, the Pharmacy Quality Scheme part two also looks at the response and recovery from the pandemic.

flu vaccination service

Flu Vaccination Service Amidst Covid-19

Covid-19 continues to make headlines but with winter around the corner, you can’t afford to ignore the all-important flu vaccination service. This year it will significantly different due to the high probability of flu and Covid-19 co-circulating putting more people at risk of becoming seriously ill. In this article, we look at the comparisons between… Read more »

pharmacy quality scheme

Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) Part One

A new Pharmacy Quality Scheme for the first part of 2020/21 was announced on 13th July 2020 with a primary focus on Covid-19. It is to ensure that community pharmacy contractors and their teams have put the necessary measures in place to respond to the pandemic to help protect themselves and the people within the… Read more »