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Prison healthcare in Wales suffers 'significant workforce challenges', RPS says

The delivery of prison healthcare in Wales is suffering “from significant workforce challenges”, with “large numbers of pharmacy staff” required to improve quality of care for inmates, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales has warned.

Time constraints cause 'overwhelming distress' for one in seven UK community pharmacists

Time constraints are the greatest source of “moral distress” for community pharmacists in the UK, with one in seven describing their distress as “overwhelming”, according to a study published in Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy.

Medicine safety expert warns against 'unlawful' guidance to discard IV infusion sets

Following national guidance to discard an intravenous infusion set without flushing it is “unlawful”, the former head of safe medication practice at the National Patient Safety Agency has warned.

Financial pressures make it 'difficult' to maintain a safe service, NPA survey says

The vast majority of respondents to a National Pharmacy Association member survey said that current financial pressures were making it “more difficult for pharmacies to maintain a safe service to patients”.

Everything you need to know about 'primary care networks'

An update on what pharmacists can expect from primary care networks, the latest revolution planned by NHS England.

Diuretic withdrawal appears safe in patients with stable chronic heart failure, trial shows

Patients who have chronic but stable heart failure should have their diuretic use reconsidered, researchers have suggested.

Suzanne Scott-Thomas receives special recognition award

Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the RPS Welsh Pharmacy Board, has received a special recognition award at the 2019 Welsh Pharmacy Awards.  

Almost all community pharmacies able to provide common ailments service in Wales

Wales’s health minister has praised the results of the common ailments service and confirmed that it is now being provided by almost all pharmacies in Wales.

NUMSAS referrals to community pharmacy more than double in a year

The number of referrals to community pharmacy through the NHS Urgent Medicine Supply Advanced Service (NUMSAS) has more than doubled in the past year, according to data from NHS England.

Fast-track lanes for prescriptions ordered using Boots app to be introduced in stores

Patients will be fast-tracked and guaranteed to get their prescription within two minutes at some Boots stores, if they order repeat prescriptions using the company’s app or website, the company has announced.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society coat of arms (circa 1888)

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society coat of arms was first granted in 1844.