It's Time To Address The Future Of Community Pharmacies

Shamir Patel | Posted 06.10.2017 | UK
Shamir Patel

Among all the cost-cutting in the NHS it's vital that we safeguard the futures of community pharmacies and the pharmacists who carry out such important work.

The Great Community Pharmacy Deception

Julie Cooper | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Julie Cooper

When it comes to community pharmacy it really does seem that the Government has been trying to pull the wool over our eyes. In December 2015 Ministers announced that hundreds of millions of pounds would be taken from pharmacy budgets over several years. The sector, they said, should make its fair share of efficiency savings.

Pharmacies Vs The Department Of Health

Ian Strachan | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

If the government does not change course and listen to frontline pharmacists desperately trying to make them see sense, I foresee a desperately bleak future for community pharmacy and indeed the whole of the NHS - a hole in the high street and in the chain of healthcare that will never be filled.

Could Pharmacies Be The Answer To The NHS Crisis?

Dan Faber | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Dan Faber

With mounting pressure on the NHS from chronic cuts to funding and ever increasing demand on all sides, our safety net is starting to come apart at the seams. There has been much debate around both the implications of this and measures to be put in place to ease the pressure. One such measure is to modify the way we use other resources like pharmacies to redirect some of the flow.

E-Cigarettes: A Blessing Or A Curse?

Stuart Gale | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Gale

There have been a number of conflicting reports on the health implications of smoking e-cigarettes. In spite of a Public Health England review finding that they are 95% safer than traditional cigarettes and are an effective quitting aid, the wider health implications for smokers and non-smokers alike, are unknown.

Fix The Problems: Written Medicine's Research Paradox Two

Murtada Alsaif | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Tech
Murtada Alsaif

Our solution to this problem was to increase the number of languages and the number of pharmacies enrolled so that each pharmacy can give us fewer surveys and we can still hit data collection targets.

Why Investing In Hospital IT Is About Patients Not Paperwork

Chris Spencer | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Spencer

Investing in IT is a vital route to improved patient care. And not just in terms of the patients able to go home promptly and with the precise medication they require. With an aging population and soaring admission rates, demand for beds has never been higher.

The True Value Of Community Pharmacy

Julie Cooper | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Cooper

The Government's decision to push ahead with the huge funding cut for community pharmacies shows no understanding of the contribution that community p...

Community Pharmacy Has The Potential To Do So Much More

Elizabeth Wade | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK
Elizabeth Wade

But don't take my word for it, ask the Blair Government, or Gordon Brown's...or even David Cameron's for that matter. You see, community pharmacy owners have heard this phrase repeated for a very, very long time now. And, of course, they're absolutely right.

An Open Letter to Theresa May

Ian Strachan | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

Community pharmacy is a part of the health service that bucks the inverse care law - there are more pharmacies per head of population in deprived areas than in more affluent areas. I speak for community pharmacists all over the nation when I implore you to bear this in mind as you pursue your aspiration of making Britain a country that works for everyone.

Politics Is in Flux and the Future of the NHS Is at Stake

Ian Strachan | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

The NHS absolutely cannot handle the closure of up to 3000 pharmacies in addition to its already enormous problems. Officials should get around the table with pharmacists and patients to discuss, from first principles, a future in which the pharmacy sector is vibrant and efficient, and fulfilling its full potential on the health service front line.

Health Minister Alistair Burt Resigns - Nobody Cares, But They Really Should.

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 08.07.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Keith Walker

Alistair Burt, Health Minister, resigned this week. It's important news. It's not because of a scandal, nor (as he joked) because resignations are contagious. He's just stepping down. Hardly worthy of headlines compared to the Brexit story, the leadership contests or the Chilcot enquiry, is it? Well actually, yes.

Two Million Voices Against Pharmacy Closures

Ian Strachan | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

Last month the UK's largest ever healthcare petition was delivered to Downing street, containing 1.8 million signatures. Since then another 200,000 more patients, pharmacists and concerned citizens have added their concerns, asking that the government reconsider their ill-conceived plans to reduce investment in local pharmacies. Two million people have spoken, and all we are asking for is that the government simply listens.

The Government Has Listened to Pharmacists, Now It Must Act to Safeguard Vital Services

Ian Strachan | Posted 17.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

As those of you who read these blogs regularly will know, plans to cut pharmacy services by what might be anything up to a quarter threaten our sector...

From Bored to Entrepreneurial Pharmacist in Under 800 Words

Murtada Alsaif | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Tech
Murtada Alsaif

There would always be that one patient who seemed really nice (positive attitude to healthcare professionals) and asking about their medicines (engaging with therapy) but who I didn't share a common language with. I had to use crappy broken English, mime, rely on that patient's children or, in a worst case scenario, send them away without giving them any medication counselling.

Save Pharmacy or We Risk the Whole NHS

Ian Strachan | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

You can’t avoid it; in every newspaper, every day, another story about the NHS under increasing strain from all areas. Statistics show that GP pract...

Why the Government Plans for Pharmacy Make No Sense

Ian Strachan | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

If the government wants to improve patient access it should invest in this; in allowing community pharmacies to help, instead of closing 'potentially' a quarter of them. Instead of being forced to go to your GP you can walk in to the pharmacist with no appointment and be seen, in most cases, immediately.

Pharmacists Save Lives Too!

Ian Strachan | Posted 29.04.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

I wrote in my article earlier this week that pharmacists save lives, and was asked on this very page to back up my claim. This article is for the GP w...

Pharmacy Could Be the Key to Saving Our Health Service

Ian Strachan | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

This government seems to have ignored the real victims to their proposals: the elderly, the vulnerable, the immobile and those without access to transport. The housebound; those who pharmacy has helped to remain living independently in their own homes for longer. The frail, and those who have little resource or influence to fight back.

Alcohol and Risk: When Will Alcohol Start to Damage My Health?

Dr Wayne Osborne | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Wayne Osborne

Remaining alcohol free for a month is an achievement, which deserves to be rewarded, but compensatory drinking is not what Dry January is trying to advocate. A healthy attitude towards consumption (not necessarily total abstinence) is something which should be practiced during every month of the year to reap lasting health benefits.

Breaking the Erectile Dysfunction Taboo

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

Sexual problems like erectile dysfunction often top the list of conditions that people shy away from talking about. But this 'keep quiet, and carry on' tactic means that many are suffering in silence. Around one in every 10 men has a sex-related problem, such as erectile dysfunction (ED), but it's an issue some find very difficult to discuss with friends, partners or even a doctor.

Pharmacists: Ready, Willing and Able to Improve Patient Care

Ash Soni | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Ash Soni

For a long time awareness of what pharmacists do (in addition to dispensing medicines) and how they can help patients has been low. Yet pharmacists can support better patient centred care within health and social care, particularly with the support of other NHS colleagues. And that support is building.

Learn to Trust Me, I'm a Pharmacist.

Chris Perrington | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK
Chris Perrington

Knowing for some time that pharmacy advice can play a central role in improving the health literacy of the nation, at Sainsbury's Pharmacy we commissioned a yearlong experiment to prove it.

Experts Argue Morning After Pill 'Opt Out' Be Banned

PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Current "conscience clauses" which allow pharmacists to opt-out of giving women the morning after pill are not satisfactory, experts said. These cl...

Freedom of Access? Asthma Inhalers Available in Pharmacies

Sarah Phillips | Posted 30.09.2012 | UK
Sarah Phillips

Having easy access to reliever inhalers, when you have forgotten to bring one with you, must surely be a good thing?