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Ramadan – coronavirus resources for pharmacy teams

Community pharmacy contractors may receive a higher number of queries about the use of the coronavirus vaccine or coronavirus tests from patients who are Muslim during the month of Ramadan, which starts this week.* During Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, and consuming medicines is also not...

14 hours ago

Ask PSNC: FAQs on the C-19 test distribution service

The Services Team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS community pharmacy COVID-19 lateral flow device distribution service. Below are some of the questions asked this week. Q. If I supply as one transaction, four boxes of test kits to a person requesting kits for four people, do I get paid four transaction...

22 hours ago

COVID-19 Therapeutic Alert: inhaled Budesonide for adults with COVID-19

This afternoon (12th April 2021), a CAS alert has been issued containing guidance for prescribers in primary care and community pharmacies in relation to the therapeutic use of inhaled budesonide in adults (50 years and over) with COVID-19. This follows the recent announcement of the interim results from the National Institute for Health Research supported...

2 days ago

Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice Service

This service aims to raise awareness around the risks of alcohol.  It heps people better understand alcohol units and how alcohol might be affecting their health by providing brief advice and support to those whose drinking is assessed as being at increasing or higher risk of drinking.

Pharmacies use an opportunistic approach to assess drinking in people aged 16 years and over using an alcohol assessment tool, the AUDIT-C.

 

The alcohol IBA pathway is divided into:

 

1. Patient Engagement

A member of the pharmacy team initiates a conversation about alcohol use with patients/customers, explains the alcohol IBA service and offers the initial screen. The pharmacy will determine how to engage and promote the alcohol IBA service with patients/customers.

 

2. The Initial Screen (AUDIT-C tool)

A member of the pharmacy team provides the patient/customer with the AUDIT-C (using the scratch card [provided by the commissioner] or paper-based) offering assistance with completion of the questions. If the result is 4 or below, no action is taken. If the result is 5 or more, a full identification screen is offered.



3. The Full Identification Screen (or full AUDIT)

The IBA accredited member of staff undertakes a full identification screen using the full AUDIT tool to identify between lower risk, increasing risk, higher risk and possibly dependency.

 

4. Brief Advice

The accredited IBA pharmacist or Health Champion uses information drawn from the full identification screen to determine the action to be taken regarding brief advice.

 

 

This service is not currently commissioned in West Yorkshire.

 

 

Last Updated: 27th January 2020