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Brown is out of touch with average voter – PRimge agree 100%!

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Given the increasingly inept performance by our beleagured Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team were unsuprised to read that a new opinion poll today showed he was becoming more and more out of touch with the average voter. We wonder how many fresh blows he can survive before he gets the message that the electorate, business leaders and the media want him to step down?

CCA give ‘cautious welcome’ to new proposals on pharmacy funding

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

PRimage client, The Company Chemists’ Association, has welcomed the announcement of new funding proposals for the pharmacy contract.

Rob Darracott, CCA CEO commented:

“This settlement recognises that the current funding model has not provided acceptable returns on the significant investment our members have made, in good faith, to deliver contractual framework. And we predict that the very welcome cost of service review will reinforce this fact. These transitional increases should help stave off further disinvestment, but the uncertainty that pharmacy owners have been forced to live with has taken its toll. It has been a bitter pill to swallow.

To ensure our members can deliver the quality of pharmaceutical care they aspire to, and that patients deserve, there is a clear need for significant investment by the NHS in pharmacy services in line with the Pharmacy White Paper vision. The CCA has consistently commented that further funding will be a welcome opportunity to deliver real progress in the vision for pharmacy, and will help secure the long-term financial stability for the profession. Thus, we will be supporting PSNC in its dialogue with Government to ensure this happens in the coming months.”

Day Lewis Pharmacies Offer free blood pressure checks

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

120 Day Lewis Pharmacies around the country are taking part in the award-winning ‘Know Your Numbers’ campaign run by UK charity the Blood Pressure Association. The stores will be providing free blood pressure checks from September 8-14 as part of the Blood Pressure Association’s Know your Numbers! Week – and are urging local residents to have their blood pressure checked to see if they are at risk of high blood pressure.

16 million adults in the UK have high blood pressure (that’s one in three) but more than five million of them don’t know it because the condition has no obvious symptoms.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure causes strokes, heart attack and heart failure, and can also lead to kidney disease and dementia. However, once detected, the condition can be successfully treated.

The Day Lewis Pharmacy Group is among 3,000 official ‘Pressure Stations’ being held in pharmacies, supermarkets, shopping centres, workplaces and a wide range of community venues offering free blood pressure checks across the UK during the charity’s event.

Peter Glover, Superintendent Pharmacist of the Day Lewis Pharmacy Group, told Primage managing director, Judy Viitanen: “We are delighted to support the Blood Pressure Association’s campaign and play our part in helping to raise awareness of high blood pressure by highlighting to people that they are putting their health on the line through ignorance of this condition and its complications.

“We hope to see customers and local residents coming in for their free blood pressure checks during the event. And if you are already diagnosed with high blood pressure, our Day Lewis pharmacy teams can help to answer any questions about your medication – all essential to good blood pressure management.”

Mike Rich, Executive Director of the Blood Pressure Association, said: “To raise awareness during this year’s campaign we are asking ‘Are you at risk from the ticking time bomb?’ Uncontrolled high blood pressure is like a hidden time bomb which can cause stroke, heart attack and heart failure.
“So take control and reduce your risk of the silent killer by having a free blood pressure check during Know your Numbers! Week. It’s quick, free and painless and could save your life.”

To find out more about the campaign, or for a free blood pressure information pack, visit the Know your Numbers! website at www.bpassoc.org.uk/kyn or call 020 8772 4994. If you have a question about high blood pressure and would like to speak to someone over the phone, call the Blood Pressure Association’s Information Line on 0845 241 0989 (11am-3pm, Mon-Fri).

Day Lewis Pharmacies – ‘Caring for our local communities’

Blood Pressure Association Know Your Numbers Week 8-14 September

Monday, September 1st, 2008

16 million people in the UK are living with high blood pressure (hypertension), the major cause of both stroke and heart attack.

The Blood Pressure Association’s Know your Numbers!® Week is the nation’s biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event. Since its launch in 2001, KYN Week has ensured more than a million people have had their blood pressure checked so that they know their blood pressure numbers in the same way as they do their height and weight.

The event is run with the help of organisations which volunteer to provide free blood pressure testing and information to hundreds of thousands of people at ‘Pressure Stations’ nationwide.

Pressure Stations are located throughout the community including pharmacies (including 120 Day Lewis branches), GP surgeries, hospitals, health clubs, leisure centres, workplaces, shopping centres and supermarkets. Don’t miss your chance to have a free blood pressure check during the UK’s biggest blood pressure testing event and awareness campaign, which is running this year from 8-14 September.