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Health services will take over a year to return to full capacity
ALMOST half of UK physician specialties expect to be working at less than previous pre-COVID activity levels for at least 12 months or more, according to the The Royal College of Physicians (RCP).
Over two thirds of vulnerable patients following shielding advice
OUT of 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people in the UK, 63 per cent report that they are completely following shielding guidance to avoid COVID-19, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Phone consultations have “negative impact on care”
MORE than a third of doctors who have taken up phone consultations with patients throughout the pandemic said it has had a negative impact on the care they are able to provide.
Same-day COVID tests key to restoring surgery
DOCTORS need access to same-day coronavirus testing in order to safely restore elective surgery.
GPs taking on secondary care workload
GPs are providing an increasing number of tests and treatments during the pandemic that would normally be carried out in hospital settings.
Inflammatory bowel disease dementia risk
INFLAMMATORY bowel disease is linked to an increased risk of dementia, new research suggests.
Revalidation delayed by up to 12 months
DOCTORS can delay their revalidation by up to a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Poor health literacy increases mortality risk in heart patients
PATIENTS with heart failure who have poor health literacy face an increased risk of hospitalisation and death.
Death certification guidance during COVID-19
DOCTORS should use their clinical judgement when deciding whether to include COVID-19 in a cause of death certificate.
GP trainees to submit video assessments
GP trainees will be asked to submit recorded consultations to complete their qualification after normal exams were disrupted by coronavirus.