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Good record keeping essential with remote consulting
MDDUS has seen a rise in calls from members concerned about treating patients safely in remote consultations. One way to manage risk is to ensure that record keeping is clear, sufficiently detailed, accurate and contemporaneous.
Using chaperones in remote consultations
AN increasing proportion of consultations are being carried out remotely by video – but can healthcare professionals provide safe care to a patient requiring an intimate examination that would normally involve use of a chaperone?
How safe is your telephone triage system?
COVID-19 has changed the way in which medical practices operate, with the need to reduce risk of exposure to both staff and patients. An effective telephone triage system has become an essential tool in this new way of working.
Dealing with the press
WALL-to-wall coverage of the coronavirus pandemic has put health professionals squarely in the media spotlight – and it may seem helpful and straightforward enough to engage with the press but MDDUS urges caution
Providing routine primary care during COVID-19
WHAT are your professional responsibilities in providing routine healthcare in a primary care setting where service demand and modes of delivery are drastically different?
Are you ready for online patient access to medical records?
THE new GP contract in England commits to all patients having online access to their full record by April 2020. The rest of the UK is not far behind. Is your practice ready?
Practices in England face the clock on online consultations
THE new GP contract in England calls for all practices to offer online consultations to patients by April 2020 and video consultations by April 2021. But what about the risks?
Communicating with patients about the coronavirus
THE coronavirus outbreak has now been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation, and MDDUS has drawn up a risk alert to guide general practices in maximising communication with patients at key contact points.
Data concerns when texting patients
TEXT messaging patients has become almost routine in healthcare today but robust processes are still needed to monitor and control both message content and intent, as well as protect patient confidentiality.
Safe approach to handling racist abuse
ARE you expected to carry on treating a patient despite being racially abused or threatened? Can you refuse to treat such patients or have them transferred or removed from your list?