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Nutrition: Screening

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with healthcare professionals on the inclusion of nutritional screening as a directed enhanced service in the community pharmacy contract. (257181)

The Department has had no discussions on the inclusion of nutritional screening as a directed enhanced service in the community pharmacy contract.

The provision of healthy lifestyle advice, including advice on diet and nutrition is already an essential service to be provided by all community pharmacies for people presenting prescriptions for diabetes, those at risk of heart disease, those who are hypertensive, who smoke and are overweight. Educational resources were distributed to all community pharmacies in March 2007, to help them provide healthy lifestyle advice in a consistent manner. They are available at:

www.pharmacymeetspublichealth.org