Smart Card Authentication - EPS Issues (HSCIC Alert 17th October)

Submitted by Paul Bennett on 17 October 2014 - 6:45pm

A number of pharmacy contractors have been experiencing significant problems with the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) today due to an issue with authentication and the BT Spine.

As a consequence pharmacies may be finding that they are suffering connection problems and this is impacting service for patients. 


The issue is being escalated with HSCIC by Pharmacy Voice and PSNC. The links below take you to the news items on their respective web sites.

Free local workshop on Conflict Management available to community pharmacists

Submitted by Felicity Mitchell on 11 October 2014 - 10:51pm


LPC Chair & Chief Officer Receive Their Flu Vaccinations

Submitted by Paul Bennett on 3 October 2014 - 2:27pm
LPC Chair & Chief Officer Receive Their Flu Vaccinations

The Chair of the LPC, Debby Crockford and the Chief Officer, Paul Bennett visited Rowlands Pharmacy at Middle Park Way, Leigh Park, Havant today (3rd October) where Pharmacy Manager Mima Atanasova administered their flu vaccinations.

Healthcare workers are being encouraged to protect themselves and to minimize the risk to their patients of exposure to influenza. As many as one in four healthcare staff are otherwise likely to become infected. If you are in one of the 'at risk' groups this is particularly important.

Have you thought about your own vaccination?

NHS Flu Commissioned Service - Performance

Submitted by Paul Bennett on 1 October 2014 - 3:32pm

The Hampshire & IOW and Dorset LPC's are now receiving a weekly report from the NHS Wessex Primary Care Commissioning team regarding the number of flu vaccinations administered in community pharmacy under the PGD introduced in September.

As a reminder, the aim of the Enhanced Service is to ensure that adults (18yrs and over) who are under 65 years, and in an at risk group, are offered the vaccine and have the choice of where to be immunised.



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