Focusing on patients with the most severe and difficult-to-treat issues, the new £1.2m initiative is the first of its kind in Scotland. Glasgow city health and social care partnership say it can’t afford not to act after a year with the highest number of drug deaths on record.
A study has revealed what changes that general practitioners, general practice nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians anticipate in the way in which they will undertake CPD over the next 12 months.
NHS Highland’s innovative video consulting service NHS Near Me has been recognised by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. NHS Near Me has received this year’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety and Culture Technology Award for improving patient safety through the successful implementation of technology and culture change. The service provides outpatient consultations either at a patient’s home or at a local NHS Highland clinic and has been rolled out across the health board area over the last year.
We were delighted to be joined by Miles Briggs MSP on the PIP podcast. Miles is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party MSP for Lothian. He is involved in quite a number of cross-party committees and notably for pharmacists he a member of the Health and Sport Committee. You can find out more about Mile’s voting record, his recent speeches, recent questions that he has asked of the Scottish government and recent motions he has brought forward here.
Only pupils with underlying health conditions that make them more at risk to flu will continue to receive the Fluenz Tetra nasal spray as scheduled. It comes after the vaccine programme for Fife school children was postponed last week. Health bosses have apologised for the delay, which has been caused by batches of the spray failing quality assurance tests. NHS services have been told to focus limited supplies on two-to-five-year-olds not yet in school and school pupils with existing health problems.
The flu vaccine programme for older primary school children in Fife is being postponed due to supply issues.
Earlier this month the Scottish Government said some batches of the Fluenz Tetra nasal spray vaccine were unlikely to arrive as planned due to “routine testing” issues, which are not related to safety or effectiveness.
Recorded cases of Lyme disease spiked last year at the highest level since 2013, according to NHS statistics.
Laboratory tests confirmed more than 200 cases of the tick-borne condition in 2018 in Scotland.
Health Protection Scotland (HPS) says this is likely to be an underestimate of the total number because not every case is established by testing.
Antidepressant prescriptions have risen by 48% in the last decade and continue to be more common in poorer areas.
Part of a larger report on medicines used in mental health in Scotland covering the past ten years, the latest statistics from ISD Scotland show that from 2017-18 to 2018-19 the total amount of antidepressant prescription drugs dispensed increased by 6% to 291 million daily doses.
A meeting will be held in Glasgow to bring together all areas of the UK to work out how to tackle the drugs death crisis.
Home Office minister Kit Malthouse pledged to hold the meeting before the end of the year as he gave evidence today before the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee, which included a warning the drugs death toll in Scotland could be even worse next year.
Supplies of this year’s flu vaccine for children are likely to be delayed due to testing issues, ministers have admitted.
Scottish deputy chief medical officer Dr Gregor Smith says the Scottish Government expects some batches of the Fluenz Tetra nasal spray vaccine are unlikely to arrive next month as planned.