Category: Pharmacy Training

Atrial Fibrillation Detection, Symptoms and Treatment

atrial fibrillation

In an earlier article, we discussed hypertension and the role of pharmacies in performing blood pressure checks. Following on from the NHS blood pressure checks service is atrial fibrillation detection. Here, we look at what atrial fibrillation is, some of the common symptoms, its causes and when a patient needs to see a GP for… Read more »

Self-Care for Low Acuity Conditions of the Ear, Nose and Throat

Self-Care For Low Acuity Conditions

It is possible for patients to practise self-care for low acuity conditions, especially since approximately 80% of all care in the UK is self-care. At VirtualOutcomes, we strongly advise medical professionals to promote the benefits of self-care to the community they serve. GPs and community pharmacies should place the highest priority on providing the best… Read more »

Discharge Medicines Service Within The CPCF

Discharge Medicines Service

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.

Spotting The Signs Of Meningitis

Meningitis is a rare, but serious illness that affects the membranes, also known as meninges, which cover the brain and spinal cord. You or your children can be infected as it can spread from person to person. Those most at risk are babies, elderly people and anyone with a compromised immune system. It’s not easy… Read more »

Sepsis: Early Detection And Pharmacy Training

sepsis training

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition and can be fatal if not detected early on. Identifying sepsis can be difficult as there are several possible symptoms to look out for. It becomes even harder to spot in babies, children, dementia sufferers, people with learning disabilities and those who generally struggle to communicate. While it is treatable,… Read more »

Vitamins, Minerals And A Healthy Diet

Every day we make conscious decisions about what to eat and drink but it’s not always easy to follow a healthy diet. While some foods are better than others, not all of them contain the necessary vitamins and minerals. Considering the many roles that vitamins and minerals play in our bodies, we cannot ignore their… Read more »

Importance of Cancer Screening Programmes

Early detection of cancer can greatly increase the likelihood of successful treatment. Cancer screening is essential in healthcare with two major components in education to promote early diagnosis and actual screening. The ability to recognise possible warning signs of cancer and taking prompt action can effectively lead to early diagnosis. While there are several causes… Read more »

National Pharmacy Public Health Campaign – Help Us Help You

NHS England launched a National Pharmacy Public Health Campaign on February 4th 2019 called “Help Us Help You”. It focuses on encouraging members of the public to visit their local pharmacy first for managing minor illnesses. These include ailments such as colds, flu, coughs, upset stomach and general aches and pains. The aim is to… Read more »