Friday Letter 03/04/2020

Friday 3rd April 2020

Final update for March 2020 price concessions

The final list for March 2020 has been granted, click here to view on the PSNC website

Reminder: COVID-19 important points for Community Pharmacy

Latest guidance letter from NHSE&I for COVID-19 (31st March) – click here to read

Updated PPE guidance now recommends use of masks in pharmacies when working in an area with possible or confirmed cases and unable to maintain 2 metres social distance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control

For PPE queries, please contact the National Supply Disruption line  0800 915 9964 (opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00-18:00) or email supplydisruptionservice@nhsbsa.nhs.uk.

Resilience Guidance for Opening hours and pharmacy closures:

Furthermore, PSNC have a hub page with guidance on Business Contingency Planning – click here to view.

PCSE Service update

PCSE has published a letter to pharmacies, detailing how the current COVID-19 pandemic will affect their services.

Click here to view

Informative articles from Chemist and Druggist

Please see the following articles which you may find useful in your pharmacy

33 ways that you can manage the COVID-19 situation:

https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/opinion/33-ways-pharmacy-teams-can-handle-covid-19-crisis

Advice regarding the closures:

https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/news/covid-19-pharmacies-under-pressure-may-close-25-hours-day?cid=AFF-CDNEW-RELATEDARTICLE-POSITION1

Pre-registration pharmacist trainees and their tutors

Please see the following joint statement from various bodies, with regards to the COVID-19 response and pre-registration training and exams.

Free access to headspace

Free access to Headspace Plus for NHS workers until 31st December 2020, http://headspace.com/nhs

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

You may find this supportive guidance useful in your pharmacy:

click here to view

Freebies and discounts for NHS Staff

Please see below a spreadsheet of ‘freebies’ and discounts to NHS staff.

There is also a link to obtain volunteers.  The NHS Volunteer Responders referrers’ portal.

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