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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

*UPDATED* Hospital visiting changes, home testing kits, Vaccine info, general info and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.

Health Protection and Screening

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:-

Infection Control

Knowledge of infection control principles is important to protect yourself and your patients.

And

Immunisation and Storage of Vaccines
Advice on safe storage of vaccines which must be stored in the ‘cold chain’ between  2oC and 8oC at all times.

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.

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.   

For any enquiries regarding health protection please contact

[email protected] or [email protected]

Last Updated: 10 July 2020