Latest News Brief for pharmacies in Cumbria

COVID-19 Updates 12th May 2020

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8th May Bank Holiday Survey
Contractor Update: 25th May Bank Holiday Opening
May Drug Tariff Updates: £300 for staff protection
NHS Webinar. Wed 20th May from 7- 8pm
Facemasks
COVID-19 Daily Updates from PSNC, NHSE&I, NPA & Community Pharmacy Cumbria
8th May Bank Holiday Survey
 
Community Pharmacy Cumbria have added a simple survey to Pharmoutcomes regarding the 8th May Bank Holiday.
 
Please can you complete this ASAP so we can send the evidence to NHSE&I before they start to direct us for the next bank holiday.
 
The survey can be found under:
  • Other Services
  • Bank Holiday Survey
 Thank you for your help.
 
Contractor Update: 25th May Bank Holiday Opening
 
During last week’s COVID-19 Community Pharmacy Webinar, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) stated that they are hoping to revert to standard locally determined opening arrangements for the Spring Bank Holiday on 25th May 2020.
 
However, it was suggested that NHSE&I would need sufficient data about those community pharmacies that are already planning to open to be able to determine whether there will be sufficient provision on that day.
 
Contractors are therefore strongly encouraged to tell their local NHSE&I team if their premises will be open on the 25th May Bank holiday.
The email address for the South of Cumbria is england.lancsat-pharmacy@nhs.net.
 
NOTE: For North Cumbria NHSE&I have sent an email regarding the 25th May Ban Holiday to pharmacies NHS Shared email on the 11th May 2020.  This email needs to be actioned by 15/05/20. NHS England – North East and North Cumbria can be contacted on ENGLAND.Pharmacyandoptometry@nhs.net
 
May Drug Tariff Updates: £300 for staff protection

The £300 payment from NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) to help community pharmacy contractors adapt their premises to keep their staff and the public safe was sent to the majority of contractors on 1st May 2020

The money is intended to be a contribution towards the installation of physical barriers and other measures to help encourage social distancing. As distance-selling pharmacies don’t provide essential services face-to-face, they are excluded from this payment.

Whilst it was not itemised on the FP34 Schedule of Payments, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has sent letters to contractors confirming the payment. Any contractors who have temporarily closed their pharmacy for more than two weeks since 31st March 2020 but made adjustments for social distancing prior to or shortly after the closure, will need to claim the £300 payment by 5th August 2020 using the appropriate NHSBSA claim form: https://tinyurl.com/ybpslzn2
 
NHS Webinar - Wed. 20th May 2020 from 7 - 8pm

NHS England and NHS Improvement would like to invite you to the next webinar about community pharmacies and the COVID-19 response being held on Wednesday 20th May from 7-8pm. To connect to this webinar please click here: https://tinyurl.com/ycohaubo to join shortly before 7pm on the day.

As before please submit your comments via the Q&A function
 
Facemasks 

Following the publication of guidance from the Cabinet Office on the 11th May, the NPA would like to remind its members that Pharmacies should not be selling facemasks of any specification to the general public. Facemasks which can be procured should be reserved for use by healthcare professionals such as the Pharmacy team. Where possible, members of the public should be encouraged to wear face coverings when entering enclosed spaces which is likely to include the pharmacy premises. Face coverings should not be used by those who may find it difficult to use them correctly, such as unaccompanied young children, children under two and those with underlying respiratory diseases. It is important that face coverings are used properly, including washing hands before putting them on and taking them off.

The NPA has produced a poster for pharmacy teams to display in their windows, to highlight these messages to the public.
  
The poster can be downloaded HERE.
COVID-19 Daily Updates from PSNC, NHSE&I, NPA & Community Pharmacy Cumbria
We have produced a page on our website where you can access all of the updates/information sent out by PSNC, NHSE&I, NPA & ourselves.
All of these links can be found on this Web-page.
Community Pharmacy Cumbria Website 

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