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NICE guideline offers “menu” of treatment options for depression
A MENU of treatment options should be offered to patients with depression in discussion with their healthcare professional, says NICE in new draft guidance.
Delays in emergency treatment pose “acute patient safety” risk
NEARLY two thirds of A&Es across the UK had ambulances waiting to transfer patients every day, according to a snap survey conducted in November by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM).
GDC battles negative perceptions among dental professionals
OVER half of dental professionals and other stakeholders expressed negative perceptions of the General Dental Council (GDC) in research commissioned by the regulator.
New study confirms safety of Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy
PREGNANT women vaccinated against Covid-19 were found to have no increased risk of having a stillbirth or low birthweight baby, according to a new study.
Updated dental Covid SOP in England
REVISED infection prevention control (IPC) requirements for dental settings have been published by the UK Government and this has prompted NHS England to update the standard operating procedure (SOP) for practices.
Updated long-Covid guidance published
GUIDANCE for treating patients with long Covid has been updated jointly by NICE, SIGN and the Royal College of GPs.
Nearly half of UK consultant posts unfilled
THE proportion of unfilled medical consultant posts across the UK is at its highest level in almost a decade, according to the results of a new census.
Reduction in antibiotic-resistant infections
ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT bloodstream infections fell (15.5 per cent) in 2020 for the first time since 2016 but still remain at a higher level than 6 years ago, according to new data published by UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
Covid-19 boosters offer significant protection
A BOOSTER dose with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine offers over 93 per cent protection against symptomatic infection in adults aged 50 and over who have had their primary jabs, according to a study published the UK Health Security Agency.
Increase in antibiotic prescribing by dentists
ANTIBIOTIC prescribing by dentists in England rose in 2020 for the first time in many years, likely due to a decrease in face-to-face dental treatment under Covid-19 restrictions.