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What can a hepatitis C eradication service teach us about tackling COVID-19?

Dr Andrew Radley is a consultant pharmacist in public health. He works in NHS Tayside and was recently a member of a successful team who managed to eradicate hepatitis C in NHS Tayside.

He recently wrote to PIP explaining how 56 community pharmacies helped to eradicate hepatitis C in NHS Tayside.

It was a real pleasure to discuss Andrew’s recent activity around hepatitis C and in particular how community pharmacy was central to the success of this project.

Our discussion broadened to cover topical issues like the new NHS Pharmacy First service, his views on how important a multidisciplinary team approach is in pharmacy and also his advice to pharmacists who are new to the register.

We are unfortunately still in the midst of a global pandemic and I found Andrew’s views on how we can learn from the hepatitis C service as we all work to get to grips with the current situation very interesting. Some fascinating insights here.

Andrew is an extremely modest character but I found his work, particularly recently on the hepatitis C front, to be really inspirational. He demonstrates the tangible impact that community pharmacy can have when they are included in a service such as this. He was at pains to make the point that teamwork is key and attributed his personal career success to working effectively as a member of various teams over the years.

I highly recommend you have a look at the stories on the hepatitis C service and we have included the original research articles within these stories if you are interested to delve a bit deeper.

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