The Scottish Government has written to NHS Health Boards in Scotland advising of the establishment of a national twelve-month trial scheme designed to encourage improved uptake by beneficiaries in Scotland of Healthy Start Vitamins. Boards are now required to invite all Community Pharmacies and dispensing practices in their area to participate in this trial for the supply and distribution of
For the first time researchers have calculated by how much radiotherapy for breast cancer increases the risk of heart disease and the findings can now be used by doctors to help treat patients more appropriately, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.The research, by scientists at the University of Oxford and in Scandinavia, looked at
Successful examples of community pharmacy supporting the public health agenda were recently presented by Celesio’s public sector and healthcare services director, Andrew Willetts. Andrew was speaking at an event for local commissioners in the House of Commons on 14 March, which was also addressed by public health minister Anna Soubry, and Rosamond Roughton, director for commissioning systems and strategy at
Research from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that food, water, chopping boards, cleaning cloths and security wristbands sampled from mobile and outdoor food vendors were contaminated with a range of bacteria including E.coli.This bacteria, which originates from human or animal faeces indicates either poor hygiene, undercooking or cross-contamination in the kitchen.The report ‘A follow-up study of hygiene practices
We are already half-way through Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The RPS believes community pharmacists have an important role in the early detection of cancer by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms in symptomatic patients who are self-medicating for certain cancers.