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MHRA Drug Safety Update February 2019

Date issued 18th February 2019 A new Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Drug Safety Update (Vol 12 Issue 7¬† February 2019:1) has been published and includes articles on: Carbimazole: Increased risk of congenital malformations; strengthened advice on contraception. Carbimazole: risk of acute pancreatitis. SGLT2 inhibitiors: reports of Fournier’s gangrene (necrotising fasciitis of the...

15 hours ago

Class 4 MHRA Drug Alert – Atropine Sulfate 3mg/10ml Solution for injection in pre-filled syringe (Laboratoire Aguettant)

Drug Alert No: EL (19) A/05 Date Issued: 18th February 2019 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 4 drug alert for certain batches of Atropine Sulfate 3mg/10ml Solution for Injection in pre-filled syringe (Laboratoire Aguettant) Atropine Sulfate 3mg/10ml Solution for injection in pre-filled syringe. (Laboratoire Aguettant) PL 14434/0016 Batch Number...

17 hours ago

PSNC agrees strategic plan for 2019/20 at latest meeting

The PSNC Committee held the first of its new-style quarterly meetings this month, and agreed its plan for 2019/20. The Committee held important discussions on the NHS Long Term Plan, Brexit contingency planning, price concessions, service updates, and of course the commitment to Primary Care Networks (PCNs) made in the GP funding deal. The Committee...

17 hours ago

Signposting

Signposting is an essential service (i.e. a service that all pharmacies must provide) which forms part of the Terms of Service under the NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework.  Signposting is the provision of information to people visiting the pharmacy, who require further support, advice or treatment which cannot be provided by the pharmacy, on other health and social care providers or support organisations who may be able to assist the person. Where appropriate, this may take the form of a referral.
 
Signposting information relevant to each Local Authority area is included below to assist pharmacies find information to assist with signposting patients.
 

See also our Making Every Contact Count (MECC) page here: http://www.cpwy.org/hlp/making-every-contact-count-mecc-.shtml

 

Bradford and Airedale 

 

Bradford Medicines Support at Home (MESH)

The MESH service aims to optimise medicines and reduce inappropriate poly-pharmacy for vulnerable patients.  Community pharmacies can make direct referrals into the MESH service should a patient who would benefit from this support be identified.  The referral criteria which can be found in the service leaflet below but includes patients on 10 or more regular medicines, or taking between 4-9 regular medicines but on higher risk medicines or have a non-compliance issue or incur frequent hospital admissions linked to medication issues.  The service is only available to patients registered with a GP practice within Bradford City and Bradford Districts CCGs.
 

MESH Service Leaflet

 

  

Calderdale

 

Every Baby Matters in Calderdale

Together with a multi- agency task group, NHS Calderdale has produced an excellent guide, full of useful information and advice for promoting the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies. It covers issues such as:

  • health in pregnancy
  • healthy lifestyle
  • breast feeding
  • genetic awareness
  • healthy homes
  • safe sleeping
  • caring for sick children

It also has lots of useful contact numbers and is available in a range of languages (English, Czech, Slovak, Polish and Urdu).

We believe that this guide will be useful for all practitioners working with families.  The information is also highly relevant to those working with young people who may be parents in the future.

Further copies of the leaflet are available from:  01422 397340 or email: healthresources@swyt.nhs.uk

Every Baby Matters - English

Every Baby Matters - Czech

Every Baby Matters - Polish

Every Baby Matters - Slovak

Every Baby Matters - Urdu-EBM 

 

Calderdale Healthy Early Years Website - A parents guide from birth to 5

The Healthy Early Years website is a useful resource both for pharmacy teams to promote to families and for pharmacy teams to use to provide up-to-date messages about health to the families of children aged 0-5 years.
www.healthyearlyyears.co.uk. 
 
 

Calderdale - Staying Well

The Staying Well team works with people to access the hundreds of social and physical activities available in the community as a way to address loneliness and isolation.  People with active social lives tend to be happier and healthier and may even see health improvements.
 
Any adult in Calderdale can benefit from the service which is client-led.  The Staying Well worker will spend time with a client to identify the support they need and help them to navigate a range of services.  Support can range between providing information about local activities and organisations to accompanying a client to an activity to help them to settle in. The Staying Well service also works with community groups to develop social activities and interventions that meet the needs of the clients including volunteering opportunities.
 
Pharmacy teams can refer directly to the service or encourage the client to self-refer to the Staying Well service. More information about the service can be found here: stayingwellhub.com including how to make a referral.
 
Calderdale Staying Well Poster
 
Calderdale Staying Well Leaflet
 
Calderdale Staying Well Referral Form
 
 

The Calderdale Directory

Calderdale have launched an online Directory of Services for local voluntary sector organisations to promote the work they do in Calderdale.  http://cvac.org.uk/directory/
 
The directory includes up to date information about voluntary sector organisations in Calderdale and the services they offer.  The directory allows pharmacy teams to search for groups by postcode or keyword (eg carer, dementia, asthma).  The directory is a useful tool which will allow pharmacy teams to signpost patients to groups and services in Calderdale that can provide them with additional support.
 
 
  
 

Kirklees

 

Better in Kirklees - Social Prescribing

Better in Kirklees supports people living with a long-term health condition to become more active and involved in their community. Through Social Prescribing, they connect people to groups and activities close to where they live based on their interests. 

A Better in Kirklees leaflet and fact sheet can be found below:

Better in Kirklees - Leaflet

Better in Kirklees - Fact Sheet

Better in Kirklees - Poster

Better in Kirklees - Referral Form

For more information, please visit: https://www.touchstonesupport.org.uk/services/better-in-kirklees-bik/.

 


Leeds


The Leeds Directory

Leeds Directory is a council funded source of information on a wide range of services and organisations which can accessed online. http://leedsdirectory.org/
 
There are over 1800 organisations and services to assist and support people to live independently. The directory includes information on wellbeing services (stop smoking, weight) and support groups for patients (carers, cancer) information and could be used by pharmacy teams to support signposting of patients.
 
 

Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing is a short term-intervention service that works with people to identify their needs and to help them to access existing community-based support services. This can be through providing information, signposting to relevant services, creating action plans and goals setting.  Community pharmacy can refer people to the Social Prescribing service for support if the person presenting with needs outside of the remit of the community pharmacy role or is asking for support you cannot provide or you don't know where else to signposting them for further support.
 
Please see the document below for the referral checklist and information of which social prescribing service (as this differs depending on which GP practice the patient is registered with).
 
Social Prescribing Services Information and Checklist
 
 
PEP (Leeds West)
T: 0113 2795870
 
Connect for Health (Leeds South & East)
T: 0113 387 6380
 
Connect Well (Leeds North)
T: 0113 336 7612