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Draft guidelines on diagnosing Lyme disease

NEW guidelines from NICE advise that a patient presenting with a tick bite and a characteristic circular rash (erythema migrans) should be diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease with antibiotics.

  • 28 September 2017
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Telephone first approach no panacea for reduced GP workload

A "telephone first" system in which GPs speak to all patients to decide whether a problem can be resolved over the phone does not necessarily reduce workload nor is there evidence it saves money, according to a study published in the BMJ.

  • 28 September 2017
  • News

New app to open up healthcare access

EVERY patient in England will be able to access their full health record and book GP appointments via an app by the end of 2018 under ambitious new government plans.

  • 28 September 2017
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Text messaging in general practice useful but not without risks

A STUDY of UK GPs found that 38 per cent now use texting to communicate with patients.

  • 26 September 2017
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Dental check by one

HEALTH organisations across healthcare are supporting the launch of a nationwide campaign to promote dental health checks in children before age one.

  • 26 September 2017
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General practice delivering improvement and innovation says CQC

NEARLY 90 per cent of general practices in England have been rated as good or outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, making this the highest performing sector the CQC regulates.

  • 26 September 2017
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RCP advice on employing physician associates

An employer’s guide to physician associates

  • 20 September 2017
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New safety body given investigatory powers

A NEW Health Service Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB) will be given power to investigate serious patient safety incidents under proposals laid before Parliament by the Department of Health.

  • 20 September 2017
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Rise in written complaints in England

WRITTEN complaints to GP and dental practices in England increased by 9.7 per cent in 2016/2017 compared to the previous year, according to figures from NHS Digital.

  • 18 September 2017
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Prescribing guidance for junior doctors

JUNIOR doctors should be given more practical advice on prescribing and be encouraged to learn from mistakes, according to new guidance from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

  • 13 September 2017
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