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Health & NHS

Mental health support ramps up

New and expectant mothers across the UK now have access to specialist mental health care in the area they live, says the NHS.

Wales gets additional 1.4m pharmacy funding

The additional funding will secure further changes to contractual arrangements in 2019-20 to offer innovative services.

Wales cracks down on script drug dependence

NHS Wales has been told to make better use of the expertise of pharmacists to support evidence-based prescribing.

CCGs merge in Devon and Derbyshire

Two new clinical commissioning groups came into being on April 1 following the merger of existing CCGs.

Drug names to change in no deal Brexit scenario

In the event of a no deal Brexit drug names in the UK will revert back to their original British Approved Name (BAN).

NMS pledge boosts adherence rates in Boots study

Asking patients to acknowledge that failure to take prescribed medicines endangers their health may improve adherence.

Dramatic drop in prescriptions spend in 2018, report shows

The number of prescriptions dispensed in the community grew modestly in 2018 while overall costs fell dramatically.

Pharmacy's sexual health potential untapped, says PHE

Community pharmacies can do a lot to address sexual health issues like STIs and HIV says Public Health England.

Opt-out organ donation approved

Adults in England will be considered potential organ donors from 2020, unless they choose to opt out or are excluded.

NHS trialling home smear test kits to boost screening rates

Women will be able to self-test for HPV as part of a scheme aimed at combating low cervical cancer screening rates.

NHS ramps up guidance for 'no deal' Brexit

Health sector preparations for readiness to leave with 'no deal' have been ramped up.

Diabetes in remission

Some 36 per cent of people with type 2 diabetes who took part in a weight management programme are in remission.

Steve Brine resigns as pharmacy minister to back Brexit motion

Mr Brine resigned to vote against the Government on Brexit, leaving the future of pharmacy contract talks unclear.

New guide to promoting healthy ageing

A newly published guide helps pharmacy teams to support older people to improve the quality of their lives.

Public satisfaction with NHS at lowest level since 2007

Overall satisfaction was 53 per cent – a 3 point drop from the previous year and the lowest level since 2007.

Highlighting child tooth decay

Almost nine out of 10 hospital tooth extractions among children up to the age of five are due to preventable tooth decay.

New ageing guide from PHE

A guide aimed at helping pharmacy teams support older people in different settings has been published by PHE.

Pharmacy diabetes screening programmes show promise

Detection rates in pharmacy are comparable to GP practices and offer a similar cost per test, a study suggests

Roadshow offers free liver health checks

Members of the public are being offered free liver health checks by a charity in a cross-London roadshow.

London LPC receives AF detection funding

Calls for the scheme, which builds pathways between pharmacy and cardiologists, to be rolled out nationwide.

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