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Health & NHS

Patient signature exemption extended to 30 June

Script charges go up on April 1, while flu vaccination and pandemic delivery services end

E-referral added to NHS app to reduce missed appointments

Patients have been given easier access to the NHS e-referral service after it was integrated into the NHS app.

Eight per cent of non-communicable diseases attributed to inactivity

Physical inactivity is found to be responsible for up to eight per cent of non-communicable disease and deaths worldwide.

Office of Health Promotion takes over from PHE

New body will lead national efforts to tackle obesity, improve mental health and promote physical activity.

Two-thirds of pharmacies in Northern Ireland giving Covid jabs

Almost 350 community pharmacies are taking part in Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, health minister Robin Swann announced.

Growth of pharmacy flu jabs ‘far surpasses’ general practice

Community pharmacies have vaccinated over one million more patients against influenza in the 2020-21 flu season than in the previous year.

Covid lateral flow test service announced today

Contractors will be able to claim up to £450 for signing up to a new service involving the distribution of lateral flow tests to asymptomatic individuals.

50 to 64-year-olds added to 2021/22 flu programme

Contractors asked to await updated flu reimbursement letter before amending vaccine orders.

Levothyroxine SSP extended until April 1

The serious shortage protocol for Levothyroxine 12.5mcg tablets has been extended until April 1.

NHS rolls out capsule cameras to test for colon cancers

Initial group of 11,000 NHS patients in England will receive capsule cameras in 40 parts of the country.

Two new preventative Covid trials get government funding

Trials will evaluate prophylactic treatments for Covid-19 in care homes and for the immunocompromised

Pandemic deliveries for vulnerable end on March 31

The pandemic delivery service for clinically extremely vulnerable people ends on March 31. 

New UK Health Security Agency starts work in April

UKHSA combines the key elements of PHE with the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and NHS Test and Trace

SSP issued for Competact with immediate effect

The Department for Health and Social Care has issued a serious shortage protocol for anti-diabetes medicine Competact with immediate effect

Smokers need help with basic tasks 10 years before non-smokers

A report by ASH revealed smokers rely on support to do the most basic things by the time they are 63. 

Groundbreaking antipsychotic drug withdrawal paper released

Academics believe the paper is the first to outline how patients can reduce their intake and risk of relapse.

Alphega joins Covid vaccination drive

Around 60 members of the virtual chain will soon be offering Covid-19 vaccinations in locations throughout the country.

EPB chair: Pharmacy must receive share of new Covid funding

The Government has pledged £7 billion to continue supporting the NHS' fight against Covid.

Pandemic delivery service extended until June 30

NHSE&I has extended the pandemic delivery service until June 30 for people who are self-isolating.

Welsh government launches plan to transform hospital pharmacy

The Welsh government has pledged to invest £67 million to improve the way medicines are prepared.

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