COVID-19 Coronavirus 2020


For information on testing of staff see here

National Pharmacy Association

Financial support for your business

The NPA has produce some useful summaries and links that highlight the business support that is available to community pharmacies during Covid-19

Financial Measures Available to Community Pharmacy during COVID-19

HMRC Helpline for deferral of payments

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) COVID-19 Ethical Guide Document

The RPS has published guidance on ethical, professional decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The document is intended for utilisation by all sectors of the profession and by staff in both strategic roles and those in roles closer to patients

RPS COVID19 Ethical guide document WEB – April 2020

MDS

Medicines Returned by Patients

The GPhC website has coronavirus specific advice which can be accessed here: https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/contact-us/coronavirus-latest-updates.

This includes a statement about the GPhC’s function during the pandemic, an ethical decision-making framework to support pharmacists and pharmacy teams and Q&A section.

Updated PHE Posters

Public Health England (PHE) updated the set of posters for use in pharmacies on 10th April 2020. These include an updated poster that should be displayed so it is visible to people seeking to enter the premises, a poster to advise on maintaining a 2m distance from others and a poster pharmacies can use if they are working behind closed doors for part of the day:

These can all be downloaded from the PHE campaign resources hub. Any previously issued posters should be removed from display and be replaced by the above poster.

If pharmacies have a printer, they are advised to print out the print-friendly black-and-white version. However, if they want a colour version and don’t have a colour printer, they can order the A3 or A4 colour versions online via, for instance, Vistaprint or another company.

PSNC has asked HM Government to print and distribute colour copies of these posters to pharmacies and we understand that PHE are now working to do that.

A zero tolerance poster for use in pharmacies can be found here.

As the information is constantly updating please see links below to PSNC for all information about COVID-19 and action plans for pharmacies.

PSNC COVID – 19 Main Site

This contains all the latest PSNC news and information on COVID-19 including

PSNC Report medicine shortages or pricing issues

If COVID-19 is causing you a medicine shortage or price increase, please report to PSNC in the usual way as above.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) standard operating procedure – Community Pharmacy v2 published 22 March 2020

This is the updated link to the standard operating procedures specifically for community pharmacy teams.

PHE campaign resources hub

Please use this link to the current poster you should be displaying at entry points to your pharmacy and COVID-19 banners to display

Useful Documents