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Health & NHS

DH sets ambitious targets for winter flu programme

The Department of Health and Social Care announces that it aims to vaccinate 85 per cent of people aged 65 and over against influenza.

Running app downloaded over five million times this month

The Couch to 5K app contains advice and information from a celebrity coach to help users record their progress. 

'Low capacity' pharmacies can give Covid booster jabs

NHS England invites applications from "low capacity" pharmacies capable of vaccinating 100 patients per week in the upcoming booster drive.

Bill could give GPs too much power, warns PSNC

The PSNC and other health bodies want the Health and Care Bill to ensure professions outside of general practice are heard. 

Masks will still be compulsory in pharmacies says NHSE

The requirement for members of the public to wear a face covering in healthcare settings such as pharmacies will remain in place after Monday.

Lifesaving innovations that can spot skin and prostate cancer early is being supported by 20 million of investment by the NHS.

E-cigs get the nod in new NICE guideline

New draft guideline is out for consultation until 6 August and consolidates eight previous guidelines on smoking cessation.

Desogestrel contraceptive pills to be sold by pharmacists

UK medicines watchdog the MHRA has announced that the first progesterone pills are to be available from pharmacies without a prescription.

First NHS report on lesbian, gay and bisexual health

The report found LGB adults are more likely than heterosexuals to report having a limiting longstanding illness.

DMS sees 13k consultations in first 3 months

Around a fifth of community pharmacies have dealt with over 13,000 DMS referrals in the first three months of the service, NHSE reveals.

Pregnant smokers falls to lowest number since records began

The latest NHS Digital data reveals 9.5 per cent of women smoked in 2020-21 compared with 10.4 per cent the year before.

Government "must not drop face mask rule in pharmacies"

EPB chair Thorrun Govind has called on the Government to ensure mask-wearing in pharmacies is compulsory after July 19.

Government launches obesity programme for kids and adults

The Department of Health and Social Care said the scheme is being supported by £12 million of Government funding. 

1,000 pharmacies to support Covid booster campaign in England

Service specifications to be published in early July, with a view to confirming those who would like to opt in in mid to late July

EPB chair slams government plan to lift free prescription age to 66

The English Pharmacy Board chair Thorrun Govind has warned the move will lead to greater health inequalities

Suspension on patients signing prescriptions extended

The health secretary, Sajid Javid, has extended a temporary suspension on patients signing prescriptions until August 31

Social care encouraged to use new tech to aid independent living

The innovations include apps that can monitor the hydration levels of care home residents and help prevent falls

Pandemic delivery service extended until September 30

The pandemic delivery service in England has been extended until September 30 for people who have been told to self-isolate

Javid urged to support pharmacy

Sector leaders have called on the new health secretary to ensure community pharmacists’ skills are used to reduce pressure on the NHS and manage the backlog of care.

Hancock: Vaccinations to shift from GPs to pharmacy

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said he wishes to see a “big shift” in how vaccinations are carried out in England this winter.

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