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Predictable rise in bowel cancer referral waits

THE number of patients in England waiting longer than six weeks for tests to diagnose bowel cancer has risen by 60 per cent during the pandemic, according to NHS figures.

  • 11 September 2020
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Treatment services needed for COVID post-viral syndrome

THE RCGP is calling for quick and easy access to appropriate diagnostic tools and rehabilitation services in the community for patients facing the long-term health effects of COVID-19.

  • 09 September 2020
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RCGP supports weekly testing of NHS staff

WEEKLY coronavirus testing of NHS staff on a voluntary basis would be “sensible” says the Royal College of GPs.

  • 09 September 2020
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Research links obesity with higher risk of COVID-19 complications

RESEARCH has confirmed that obese patients with COVID-19 are at increased risk of admission to intensive care units and death from the virus.

  • 31 August 2020
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Melanoma deaths surged over last few decades

DEATHS from melanoma have increased dramatically in the UK, with rates more than doubling in since the 1970s, according to figures released by Cancer Research UK.

  • 31 August 2020
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Patient access to dental care “off cliff edge” in lockdown

PATIENTS accessing the Urgent Dental Care Network in England – set up to treat emergencies during lockdown when face-to-face care was suspended in practice – amounted to little over 2 per cent of normal levels of activity, according to data acquired by the BDA.

  • 31 August 2020
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Survey exposes national radiologist shortage

ALMOST 2,000 radiologist posts are currently unfilled across the UK with national vacancy rates averaging at 33 per cent, according to a new workforce report.

  • 28 August 2020
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Pandemic further risks child dental health

The BDA is warning that the pandemic will increase the disparity, with the effect of lockdown diets, the suspension of public health programmes promoting the prevention of tooth decay, and high-street dental services currently running at less than a quarter of former capacity.

  • 27 August 2020
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"Gut feelings" confirmed important in cancer diagnosis

A GP's diagnostic "gut feelings" have been demonstrated to be predictive of cancer in patients in a systematic review published by researchers from Oxford University.

  • 26 August 2020
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NHS vaccination programme in Scotland augmented with community pharmacists

COMMUNITY pharmacists in Scotland will now be providing vaccinations and immunisations following introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

  • 26 August 2020
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