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Treatment for coughs and colds, sore throats, ear infections and sinusitis

It is that time of year when more people are suffering from coughs, colds, sore throats, ear infections and sinusitis. This post tells you how long you can expect your symptoms to last and when you need to get help. This is based on the latest advice from Public Health England. Fortunately most colds, coughs, sinusitis, ear infections and sore throats get better without antibiotics, as your body can usually fight these infections on its own. You may be wondering how long you can expect your symptoms to last: Most... Read More

Today is European antibiotic awareness day – become an Antibiotic Guardian

Today is European Antibiotic Awareness Day. This is an annual European public health initiative  to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and the importance of careful antibiotic use. This week many pharmacy teams across the country are reminding themselves what they can do to keep antibiotics working effectively. There are also things that you can do to help, this post tells you more about this.   Why is this important? This is important to all of us because without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become... Read More

You will live longer if your high street has a library and pharmacy

According to recent media reports you will live longer if your high street has a library and a pharmacy. According to the Royal Society of Public Health an unhealthy high street could reduce your life expectancy by up to two and half years. Clearly this depends on the life-style choices that you make, but living near a healthy High Street makes it easier and more convient to make the right choices. The Royal Society of Public Health categorised high street businesses as healthy and unhealthy and given an a score... Read More

Do you have diabetes – have you had your flu jab?

NHS England have asked us to check whether people with diabetes have had their flu vaccines. We will be asking people with prescriptions for diabetes medicines who come into our pharmacies this week if they have already had a flu vaccine. If you have not had a flu vaccine, we will offer you the option of booking a flu vaccine at the pharmacy.   Diabetes UK have urged everyone with diabetes to have a flu vaccine This year Diabetes UK have urged everyone with diabetes to have a flu vaccine.... Read More

Preventing tooth decay – what we have learnt

Pharmacy staff across the country are focusing on children’s oral health. All members of our pharmacy teams will be completing online learning and assessments. This post tells you about what we have been learning and gives you top tips for preventing tooth decay. Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable. Although oral health is improving in England almost a quarter of 5 year olds have tooth decay, so 1 in 4 children will have tooth decay when... Read More

Epipen and adrenaline autoinjector advice

EpiPens and adrenaline auto-injectors have been in the media this week. This post tells you more about this. There is new guidance that specifically applies to the 150 microgram dose, for children under 25Kg. Children above this weight are now being given the 300 microgram dose. NHS England have put systems in place to make sure that those who need these most are not left without any medicines. This means that we will ask you additional questions to check that nobody is left without a pen. We will ask how... Read More

EpiPen advice

EpiPens are currently hard to source. So what can you do if your EpiPen is about to date expire? This post gives you more information. Problems in the production of EpiPen, the biggest brand of adrenaline auto-injector (AAI) on the market, have led to a shortage. The distributors, Mylan, say supply problems were due to manufacturing issues. There are other brands of adrenaline autoinjector pens, Jext and Emerade, but there has also been a shortage of the alternative AAIs prescribed in the UK as demand for them has increased Some... Read More