Community Pharmacy for professionals
Welcome to the NHS Fife Community Pharmacy for Health Professionals website, which has been designed to provide information and resources for community pharmacies to assist them in supporting their patients living in the community.
Keep scrolling down to see What's new in Pharmacy.......
What’s new in Pharmacy
(24 July 2018)
An SBAR was introduced into the Pharmacy Care Record over a year ago which is a tool to support communications with your GP Practices and other healthcare professionals. To date just over 1100 SBAR’s have been completed through PCR by 31% of pharmacies in Fife.
One of the benefits of using the SBAR tool is that you can send the communication to your local GP practice electronically, reducing the risk of paper copies going missing. If sending by e-mail this MUST be done through NHS Mail as it contains patient specific details. The preferred e-mail address is the generic mailbox for the GP practice.
You can specify on the SBAR if it is a Prescription Query, a Referral or Other type of communication. A sample SBAR can be found here.
If you require any help completing, saving and electronically sending the SBAR please contact Dawn Balfour (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Medicines Shortages - Quick Reference Guide
(Version 2 March 2019)
The Quick Reference Guide has been recently been updated (QRG). It has been developed within NHS Fife to act as a reminder/prompt when community pharmacies are faced with the challenge of medicines shortages.
(13 November 2017)
Presentations from Pharmacy First NES event held on 24 October 2017 at VHK
- Antimicrobial Stewardship - Niketta Platt
- UTI Paperwork - Amanda Dellar
- UTI Presentation - Dr Joanna Coy
- Next Steps - William John
- Impetigo Presentation - Polly Buchanan
Fife Sports and Leisure Trust
(27 October 2017)
Following on from information added here on 21/07/15, details now available on how to refer patients to this programme. NB The only programme clients can self-refer to is Move More Fife:-
Naloxone Supply Service
(24 January 2017)
Naloxone is a pharmaceutical drug which can temporarily reverse the effects of an opiate overdose, providing more time for an ambulance to arrive and treatment to be given.
For further information, resources and a list of Fife pharmacies providing the service please see Substance Misuse
Medicines Change - Information for Patients and Carers
(12 December 2016)
New NHS Fife Formulary - December 2016
Your medicine, or the medicine of someone you care for, may be changing.
NHS Fife has launched a new initiative to review patients' medicines to ensure that the medicines are:-
- Safe for patients
- Still the best treatment for you
- Value for money for the NHS
Our consultants and GPs have been involved in deciding which medicines are best for treating patients in Fife. Before any change is made to a medicine, a doctor, pharmacist or nurse will have spoken to the patient or checked their notes to check that the new medicine is suitable for them. The medicine may have changed:
- To a different brand or name
- To a different medicine which works the same (sometimes the dose is different)
Patients should not notice any difference with the new medicine. However, if they have questions about a change to their medication, please ask them to speak to their pharmacist or call free on our helpline number
0800 224 488
(8.00am-10.00pm - 7 days a week)
Sharps - reminder
(28 July 2016)
Following recent pharmacy visits, it has been highlighted that some pharmacy drivers are transporting "used" sharps boxes. The driver can deliver empty containers to the patients homes when delivering prescription, but they should NOT be transporting full containers from the patients home back to the pharmacy. This is to comply with Road Transport and SEPA regulations.
If the patient is completely housebound and has no way to return the sharps containers please contact email@example.com 01383 565347 and arrangements will be made for a home collection.
End of Healthy Start Vitamin National Trial Scheme
(5 April 2016)
The Healthy Start Vitamin (HSV) - National Trial Scheme via participating community pharmacies ended on 30 September 2015. Following this date no HSV vouchers will be accepted. All Health Boards are now looking into local options for future distribution and further details will follow when available. If any Healthy Start recipient approaches a Community Pharmacy for vitamins after 1 October 2015, they should be informed that these are free from NHS Fife community clinics
(12 August 2015)
In line with national frameworks to allow patients to access medication in local healthcare settings, NHS Fife is delighted to announce that from May 2015 the Specialist Hepatitis C service based at Whytemans Brae and Queen Margaret Hospitals will be working with community pharmacies across NHS Fife to support the community supply of antiviral medication for the treatment of Hepatitis C.
In recognition of the extra work involved procuring these medicines, and in supporting patients through this treatment a fee, per patient, per treatment has been agreed.
Please see the Hepatitis C section on the left to access available documentation which describes the processes involved. Any further questions please contact the Specialist pharmacist for Blood Borne Virus - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fife Sports and Leisure Trust
(21 July 2015)
One of the main priorities of the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust is to encourage the people of Fife to become more active. To raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity please direct your patients to the website, a link to which you can also find on the Useful Links section on the left. Look out for further information on how to refer patients.............coming soon. See above 27 October 2017
(9 April 2014)
One of the issues being raised by the GPhC Inspector at community pharmacy inspections is how you would raise concerns regarding safeguarding vulnerable groups. As you will appreciate if you ever have significant concerns regarding a vulnerable adult, whether a patient or customer, you may need to act quickly.
This flyer provides contact information should such circumstances arise. Please bring to the attention of all pharmacy staff including locum and relief pharmacists who may only work in Fife occasionally.
Adult Protection Telephone number - 01383 602200
If, however, you have concerns or worries about a child or young person, you can talk to a teacher, health visitor, doctor, social worker or a police officer.
If you consider a child(ren) or young person to be in IMMEDIATE danger, DO NOT wait, call the Police on 999.
If it is not an emergency:
- call the Police on 101 or
- call Social Work on 01383 441177 or e-mail email@example.com
- If you need advice in the evening or at weekends, you can contact a Social Worker on the Out of Hours number 03451 550099