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High antibiotic prescribing correlated to general prescribing
GP practices prescribing high levels of antibiotics tend also to prescribe more medicines in general, according to a study published in the British Journal of General Practice.
Confidentiality a common worry in GP premises
PRIVACY at reception is a common concern among GP patients, according to a new report by the Patients Association on practice premises in England.
Clinical trial for cancer breath test
A CLINICAL trial has begun on a breath test to detect certain cancers at an early stage.
NHS staff struggle with volume of safety guidance
A REPORT looking at 'never events' in 18 hospital trusts in England found that staff struggle to cope with large volumes of safety guidance, with little time and space to implement guidance effectively.
IT can be tricky remaining detached from patients on a personal basis, particularly for GPs who often have longstanding clinical relationships with individuals and families. Risk adviser Liz Price offers some advice.
CPD deadline approaching for 6,000 dentists
NEARLY 6,000 dentists are due to complete their five-year CPD cycle and must submit an end-of-cycle statement to the GDC no later than 28 January 2019 – but those wishing to apply for a "grace period" must do so by 31 December.
Emergency dental treatment over festive period
THE GDC is reminding dentists to ensure patients are made aware of arrangements for emergency dental care over the festive period.
GMC calls for action on impending workforce crisis
A SURVEY by the GMC has revealed that 21 per cent of 45 to 54-year-old doctors and two-thirds of 55–64 year olds intend to take early retirement by 2021, presaging a workforce crisis that could be compounded by Brexit.
NHS fax machine ban
FAX machines are to be banned from the NHS in England in a bid to move to more secure hi-tech systems.
...BPE scores should have been recorded at every patient review and the expert doubts the accuracy of the first BPE, given the patient’s bleeding gums and subsequent scores...