Point of Care Testing
In community pharmacy, Northern Pharmacies Trust have piloted a new point of care test for use in patients with cough, cold and flu symptoms. MOIC are assisting with the evaluation of this service.
Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination
In October 2019, the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Flu Vaccination (CPFV) Pilot Service for frontline Health & Social Care workers (HSCW) was launched within the Western Health & Social Care Trust area. This service was commissioned to run alongside the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2019/2020 to sustain and maximise the uptake of the flu vaccine amongst frontline HSCW.
MOIC are assisting the HSCB and Public Health Agency in the evaluation of this CPFV pilot service. In the Western Trust area, 26 pharmacies are offering the service during the Flu Season from October 2019- March 2020. Building the capacity of community pharmacies as an additional route to vaccination could provide improved accessibility and convenience for frontline HSCW. Evaluation is set to commence at the conclusion of the current Flu Season (March/April 2020).
During Winter 2019 a new ‘Pharmacy First’ service for coughs, colds and flu like symptoms was introduced across NI. MOIC worked closely with HSCB colleagues in order to evaluate this service.
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