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Covid-19 brings rise in antibiotic prescribing by dental practices

ANTIBIOTIC prescribing by dentists in England between April to July 2020 was 25 per cent higher than the same period in 2019, with a peak in June 2020, according to data analysed by researchers at the University of Manchester.

  • 30 November 2020
  • News

Call to “lock in” bureaucracy busting measures

A NEW drive to empower frontline NHS staff by reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and “locking in positive change” seen during the Covid-19 pandemic has been announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.

  • 27 November 2020
  • News

New HIV diagnoses in gay men at 20-year low

HIV diagnoses in gay and bisexual men in 2019 outnumbered new diagnoses in heterosexual adults by only 100 cases, according new report by Public Health England.

  • 27 November 2020
  • News

Covert recording in a time of Covid

The increase in remote telephone and video consultations due to the pandemic has made it easier for patients to record consultations. Is this something that should worry clinicians?

  • 25 November 2020
  • Risk alert

Broken file

...A review of the patient records reveals that Dr F had noted that there might be a file fragment lodged in the mesial canal and she includes a reminder to undertake a periapical radiograph at the next visit but there is no record that this was done...

  • 25 November 2020
  • Case study

NHS faces hidden backlog in routine hospital care

AROUND 4.7 million fewer people were referred for routine hospital care between January and August 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, according to a report from The Health Foundation.

  • 24 November 2020
  • News

Corridor care returns in EDs

THE number of patients waiting on trolleys in emergency departments in England increased by 50 per cent in October, with patients waiting longer than 12 hours from decision to admission having quadrupled from September 2020.

  • 17 November 2020
  • News

100-fold increase in number awaiting elective hospital treatment

THE Covid-19 pandemic has led to a 100-fold increase in the number of people waiting over a year for elective hospital treatment in England, according to figures for September published by the NHS.

  • 17 November 2020
  • News

BDA urges action on service in "crisis"

OVER 14.5 million fewer dental treatments were delivered in England between the March lockdown and September compared to the same period last year and 70 per cent of practices are now operating at less than half their pre-pandemic capacity, according to the British Dental Association.

  • 17 November 2020
  • News

Domestic abuse and remote consulting

HOUSEHOLD isolation measures during the pandemic have increased risks for those under threat from domestic abuse. A majority of clinical interactions now being undertaken remotely means reduced opportunities to recognise and act on cases. What can you do to help potential victims?

  • 30 October 2020
  • Risk alert