National alerts and information
The following database has recently be launched regarding drug stability in MDS systems
UKMI – MDS medicines stability database: http://www.ukmi.nhs.uk/applications/mca/
Manufacturer stock shortages – information leaflet for the patient and gp
With regard to out of stocks it was felt that it is unreasonable to expect GP’s and Medicines Management Teams to keep up to date with manufacturer shortages and that this is best done on a local level with information coming from community pharmacies. It is also felt that phone calls to surgeries are not always the best way to communicate this information.
We hope that you will consider using the form below. The idea is to hand to patients to take back to the surgery with some basic information to facilitate a timely resolution to the issue caused by the stock shortage.
Supply of salbutamol inhalers for emergency use to schools – some pharmacies appear to be unaware of the DH and RPS guidance so please check your pharmacy team are aware of the amended legislation which permits the sale/supply of the items to a school on the production of a signed order from the head teacher or principle of a school. The LPC would expect most pharmacies to make a charge for this service, because it is not covered by the NHS.
Ebola information sheets and posters
Please find attached posters for immediate use in Pharmacies for staff use and the poster for use in public settings. We are being asked to cascade this to all users for displaying with immediate effect, and is an action resulting from the Secretary of State for Health from COBR.
Ebola A5 flier for staff in pharmacies 18 Oct for print
Ebola A5 flier for staff in pharmacies 18 Oct electronic
Ebola A3 poster for public in health settings 18 Oct for print
Ebola A3 poster for public in health settings 18 Oct electronic
Guide to keeping well this winter for patients in Nottinghamshire – please keep a copy in the pharmacy as it contains important and up-to-date signposting contact details.
Please find below a link to resources that provide an extensive range of materials to print off and key messages for:
STAY WELL THIS WINTER
An integrated multichannel campaign, aimed to ease seasonal pressure on NHS urgent care and emergency services.
The winter months can be challenging for the NHS, especially for urgent care services. While the NHS can usually manage high levels of A&E attendance, the seasonal increase in hospital admissions can lead to repeated and sustained breaches of the urgent and emergency care standard, which is that 95% of patients should be seen, treated, admitted or discharged within 4 hours of arrival at A&E. This in turn can lead to hospital congestive failure (where resources are diverted from elsewhere in the hospital to cope with the influx from A&E). The holiday period from 24 December to 2 January is particularly challenging as many GP practices and pharmacies close for all or part of this period.
The Stay Well This Winter campaign aimed to ease seasonal pressure on NHS services. It is designed to reduce the number of people, who become so ill that they require admission to hospital.
The campaign was jointly commissioned last year by NHS England, Public Health England and the Department of Health, with additional support from local NHS trusts, local authorities, charities and commercial sector partners. The programme will be run again this year with some changes to the messaging and creative.
Objectives for the programme – to ensure that people who are most at-risk of preventable emergency admission to hospital are aware of and, wherever possible, are motivated to take, those actions that may avoid admission this winter.