Something to shout about….

by Kazeem Olalekan The latest Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) report showed the general intensive care unit (GICU) at Southampton General Hospital had the lowest number of deaths over a three-month period. Now that is something to be really proud of….Well done to the GICU team at Southampton General Hospital More here

Pharmacy: Third Largest Health Profession in the UK

By Kazeem Olalekan With pressure on services across the NHS, it is time to really look at making better use of the third largest health professionals in the UK – The Pharmacists. Watch the video below produced by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and your pharmacist will see you now…

The COPD Pathway : COPD Series

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS The construction of the COPD Pathway fills me with real excitement. I now, more or less know how to navigate my way through the myriad of services and service providers in the NHS: right from symptoms recognition right through to the end of life. This will form the basis for our […]

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 […]

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 […]

Transfer of Care – an update

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS The final report on the transfer of information about medicine when patients move between care setting has been published. It makes for an interesting read. The main recommendations are:     The report quoted an audit conducted in 2010 across 50 acute trusts involving over 8600 patients. It found that when […]

Who’s Who in Scotland and Wales – Election 2012

by Kazeem Olalekan Following from quotes from candidates from English Pharmacy Board election, this post focus on Scotland and Wales candidates. Scotland Election Board I believe that pharmacists need to engage and shape the future of their professional body and will strive to ensure that it is fit for purpose and that pharmacists are supported both […]

Professional Support – Dealing with children who are collecting medicines from pharmacy

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS One of the benefits of being a member of the Pharmacy professional body: RPS is access to the Pharmaceutical Journal and professional support in the form of Professional Matters. It is the NO 12, April 2012 edition of the Professional Support Bulletin that caught my attention. It tackles how to deal […]

The Who’s Who – Election 2012

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS It’s election season at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the arrival of my Ballot Paper last week has filled me with real excitement. The Society is about to elect new members to the English, Scottish and Welsh Pharmacy Boards. The candidates are listed here. I sure hope all members will be […]

Transfer of Care – A tale of two discharges

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS   Do you know what has been our bugbear for a while now? How we can safely and effectively transfer our patients from one care setting to another. As a pharmacist, I am focussing on the medication journey. We haven’t done that very well in the past. It is not surprising […]

Wrong Choices?

by Kazeem Olalekan MRPharmS Last April we posted a blog entitled “NHS choices” where we highlighted the choices facing patients in the NHS with respect to increasing prescription charges. The choice then was stark: …is it inconceivable that patients will re-locate to another place within the UK where the choices made by the local NHS […]