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Practice-based pharmacists prove a benefit
A STUDY has found that specialist clinical pharmacists working with 16 urban practices halved GP time spent on key prescribing activities.
GPs should routinely ask about herbal and supplement use
A STUDY of adults over age 65 found that 34 per cent were taking herbal medicinal products (HMPs) or dietary supplements concurrently with prescription medicines and 33 per cent of those were at risk of potential adverse drug interactions.
Mixed success in reducing child tooth decay
HOSPITAL admissions in England for tooth decay in children aged 5-9 have increased for the second consecutive year but have dropped among ages 1-4 years and 10-14 years.
Sepsis awareness increase in Scotland
AWARENESS of sepsis and its symptoms has shown small increases in Scotland following a national campaign.
Enhanced flu vaccine this winter
A NEW "adjuvanted" flu vaccine will be available in England this winter for those aged 65 and over and other at-risk groups.
GMC provides guidance on reflective practice
REFLECTIVE notes do not need to capture full factual details of an experience but should focus on learning or actions taken from a case or situation, says GMC guidance published to reassure registrants in light of the Bawa-Garba case.
“Write directly to patients”, doctors advised
HOSPITAL doctors should avoid medical jargon and write outpatient clinic letters in plain English directly to patients, rather than to GPs.
Clarity on antibiotic prophylaxis against infective endocarditis
NEW implementation advice on antibiotic prophylaxis against infective endocarditis aims to clarify the "non-routine circumstances" in which such treatment might be justified.
Two in five GPs have a mental health problem
A SURVEY of GPs conducted by the mental health charity Mind found that 40 per cent said they were experiencing a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Expansion of electronic prescribing in England
ELECTRONIC prescribing in GP surgeries and pharmacies in England is to be expanded bringing estimated savings of up to £300 million for the NHS by 2021, according to the government.