Oral contraceptives (OCs) are widely used by a significant number of women, often commencing at early adolescence. Whilst most research has investigated the physiological effects of OCs, some studies have identified impacts upon nutritional status of certain vitamins and minerals.
Significant numbers of patients, prior and subsequent to bariatric surgery are deficient in micronutrients with guidelines in place to manage this situation. Many patients also require medication/s, often from different classes to control co-morbidities.
This pilot study sought to evaluate the potential use of point-of-care (POC) C-reactive protein (CRP) testing for respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in a rural community pharmacy in North Staffordshire, UK, in conjunction with local GP practices.