If you can see the damage, you’ll stop!

A new ad campaign to encourage people to quit…   Make quitting an important component of your New Year resolution.   as my friend Cyril, a smoker, said himself:   No good comes from smoking.   The question is: Wouldn’t you want to stop if you could see the damage? Time to get the quit kit […]

Case Study 8: Being Cyril

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS   In our latest interview, Kazeem chats with Cyril Siou – Community Pharmacist. This interview effectively introduces the reader to Cyril – the man. He was one of the people that said yes when I presented him with a blank canvass of what I wanted to achieve with this project. The […]

My Conference notes 2: What is Medicines Optimisation?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I was at the Pharmacy Management National Forum held on Thursday 15 November 2013 at Novotel  in Hammersmith. This is the second instalment of my conference notes. In my first instalment, I eluded to what we are doing in  Wessex around transfer of care. I will be using this post to explore what Medicines Optimisation […]

Case Study 7: To infinity and beyond…

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS It is with great pleasure that I introduce the subject of our most current case study. I have been busy interviewing this amazing community pharmacist.  Her name is Patricia Lee, Community Pharmacist at Tesco-in-store pharmacy at Bursledon Towers, mother to Lucas, wife to Romano, loyal, knowledgeable, experienced and all round supper community […]

My Conference notes 1: Pharmacy Management National Forum

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS One of the cornerstones of pharmaceutical research (and indeed any other scientific research) is dissemination. If you have done the work, why would you not want people to know about it? It is with that in mind that I congratulate the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer of Hampshire and Isle of Wight LPC, […]

Pharmacy: The Profession of Aspiration

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS When I talk about Pharmacy being the profession of aspiration, some of my colleagues cringe! I understand why they might. It fits into an old narrative that goes something like this: we are pharmacists because we failed in our bid to get into medical school. It is true that some people […]

Vision coming together…

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I took my daughter to the optician recently and it got me thinking: What an amazing thing: vision! We all need it and all the better if it is a good one. In October last year, I wrote a blog about the 2020 vision of the University Hospitals Southampton.  In that […]

Apps Updates! – MicroGuide; NICE Guidance; CPPE; NICE BNF; NICE BNFc

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS If you follow our blog, you will know that we are passionate about apps (you know..iphone (OS), android and possibly others – I know Microsoft is working very hard to narrow the gap on its rivals – so when we get our hands on a phone that uses windows mobile, we […]

Who will show clinical leadership?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I cannot help but notice, with concern, the latest news item by in which  Boots the Chemist is to offer ‘3 for 2’ mix and match promotion across its entire healthcare range this week (link). Clearly the customer will welcome an opportunity to pay less for products in these chastened times. If […]

Case Study 6: Critical Evaluation

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS This July we have posted our 6th Case Study. We are quite proud about this one. Kazeem conducted an interview with Sue Gough, a Critical Evaluation Pharmacist at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. It provides an insight into what these breeds of pharmacists do. They read the many clinical papers […]

Saved – The future is bright.

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS I was delighted by the news that the National Paediatric Surgery Reviews has opted for option B which means that University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHSFT) in partnership with Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust will continue to deliver first class quality service for children with heart disease in the South […]

Yet another one from the nice folks at NICE – NICE BNF

by Kazeem Olalekan Clearly I am excitable. When I learnt of the new iphone and Android app from the nice folks at NICE, then you know what is coming. Hee Heee Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee  Haaaaaaaaaaaah! I’ll tell you why. I spent my top dollar about a year ago on a BNF Iphone app only to be told […]

Febuxostat (Adenuric) and hypersensitivity reaction

by Kazeem Olalekan Attention has just been drawn to the Drug Safety Update on Febuxostat (Adenuric) via the PJOnline website. In summary, there have been rare but serious reports of hypersensitivity reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome and acute anaphylactic shock, with febuxostat (Adenuric). Febuxostat must be stopped immediately if hypersensitivity occurs, and must not be re-started […]