Be prepared - Norovirus guidance for Care Homes

Health Protection Scotland have published guidance with general information, infection prevention and control precautions to prepare for and manage norovirus. It was written for Care Home settings but could be used in other non-hospital settings where care accommodation services are provided. Norovirus season is fast approaching so don't wait until you have an outbreak prepare now!

Use the document as it is or to update your own policy and procedures for Norovirus. Please remember that this virus can affect children and staff in childcare settings too.

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Care Inspectorate publishes childcare statistics 2010

The Care Inspectorate today published “Childcare Statistics 2010” which presents new statistics on the provision and use of day care of children and childminding services registered with the Care Inspectorate as at 31 December 2010.

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Joint inspection of services to protect children and young people in Perth & Kinross Council

We have published our joint inspection report on the protection of children and young people in the Perth & Kinross council area.

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Role of pharmacists to be reviewed

The role of pharmacists, such as in the care of residents in care homes, is to be reviewed.

The review of NHS Pharmaceutical Care of Patients in the Community will be carried out by Dr Hamish Wilson, a respected figure in primary and community healthcare, with support from Professor Nicholas Barber, a world leader in the field of pharmacy practice based at the School of Pharmacy, University of London.

Click here for more information.

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Voluntary recall of a type of Flu Vaccine called Preflucel

Most Flu vaccines supplied to care homes come from bulk stocks held within the GP Practice.

Baxter Healthcare Ltd has begun a voluntary recall of all batches of the influenza vaccine, Preflucel®.

This a precautionary measure taken because of a higher than expected frequency of reports of adverse reactions following use of this vaccine.

This vaccine should no longer be used and all stocks should be returned to the GP or Pharmacy who supplied them.

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