Why pharmacists should be involved
The community pharmacist is a trusted source of information and advice for their patients. This is particularly important for those issues which can have high media attention e.g. introduction of a new vaccine or an outbreak of an infectious disease.
Further information and advice can be found in the Health Protection Topics section of this website. Examples of topics included are:-
Knowledge of infection control principles is important to protect yourself and your patients from:
Communicable Disease, Outbreak Control and Emergency Planning
Pharmacists can recognise symptoms of a notifiable disease in order to appropriately refer patients
Understand how an outbreak is being managed to be able to offer appropriate advice and reassurance to the public.
Maintain Business Continuity Plans to ensure minimal impact on the delivery of patient care in the event of an emergency situation.
Immunisation and Storage of Vaccines
Immunisation is one of the most effective healthcare interventions.
Community pharmacists can encourage uptake particularly for patients most at risk.
Advise on safe storage of vaccines which must be stored in the ‘cold chain’ between 20 and 80C at all times.
Screening for Health Protection
Pharmacists can encourage uptake of screening programmes against several cancers e.g. cervical, breast cancer and bowel. More information may be found on the Health Screening website.
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