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CPCF Roadshow: 6 days to go

Following the announcement of a five-year deal on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF), PSNC is holding a series of Sunday roadshow events for community pharmacists across England. The Roadshow begins in just under a week’s time, with events being held in Darlington and Doncaster on Sunday 25th August, so there is not long left...

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New pharmacy system receives EPS accreditation

NHS Digital has confirmed that a new Patient Medication Record (PMR) system called Titan has been granted Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) accreditation. The system supplier, Invatechhealth, has set out details about the system on their website. Their contact details and a link to their website is listed alongside other supplier details here. PSNC recommends that...

4 hours ago

CPCS: Check that your shared NHSmail account is in the pharmacy directory

Community pharmacies will be required to have a shared NHSmail account to deliver the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS), but only accounts listed accurately in the NHSmail pharmacy directory will be recognised as meeting this requirement. Whilst most pharmacies will have their NHSmail set up correctly, contractors are advised to make sure that their pharmacy's...

7 hours ago

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South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee

The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee (SWYAPC) coordinates issues of prescribing across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees (Greater Huddersifled and North Kirklees) and Wakefield.

The SWYAPC website (www.swyapc.org) may be a useful resource for pharmacy teams, particularly if dispensing a drug not commonly seen in primary care.  The website also hosts local prescribing guidelines, such as the local antibiotic formulary, wound management formulary and details of RAG classification identifying drugs that should not be prescribed in primary care.  There are some great resources on the website, including respiratory resources (inhaler technique videos, inhaler leaflets for patients) and a wide array of antimicrobial resources.
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Improving communication about medicines between primary and secondary care

If you have a query regarding the medicines for a patient who has been under the care of Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Please email;  medicinesinformation@nhs.net or call 0113 206 4344 / Fax 0113 206 5210

 

If your patient has been or is in the care of Leeds & York Partnership FT

Please email: Pharmacyleedspft.lypft@nhs.net  or call 0113 855 6319 / Fax 0113 855 6322

 

Medicines Information Websites

Below are a few websites commonly used in practice by medicines information services that are free to access and may be of use when dealing with enquiries within community pharmacy

Electronic Medicines Compendiumhttps://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/ - For information on the SPC of individual products

UKTIShttp://www.uktis.org/html/exposures_abc.html - information on exposure of various medicines during pregnancy.

BUMPShttp://www.medicinesinpregnancy.org/ - useful summaries for patients and their carers about various medicines used in pregnancy.

UKMi Drugs in Lactation – http://www.midlandsmedicines.nhs.uk/content.asp?section=6&subsection=17&pageIdx=1 – West Midlands Medicines Information service database on use of various medicines during breastfeeding.

LactMed – http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/newtoxnet/lactmed.htm - American resource for drugs used in breastfeeding.

Palliative Care Guidelines Plushttp://book.pallcare.info/ - information on medicines management issues commonly encountered in palliative care.

Green Book Online – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation-against-infectious-disease-the-green-book -  Information on vaccines/schedules from DoH, useful for vaccine related enquiries.

Paediatric Formulary http://www.evelinalondon.nhs.uk/our-services/hospital/pharmacy/formulary.aspx

and http://cms.ubqo.com/public/d2595446-ce3c-47ff-9dcc-63167d9f4b80

Information on any aspect of drug therapy can be obtained from the Regional Medicines Information Centre in Newcastle 0191 2824631.  This and other useful medicines information numbers can be find in the front cover of the BNF.