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Companies offering private blood tests for a range of health conditions and vitamin deficiencies are piling the pressure on general practice, according to the BMA..

Vaginal atrophy: what is it and how can it be treated?

The main symptoms of vaginal atrophy are vaginal dryness and irritation...

SGLT2 inhibitors in type 2 diabetes: time to flozinate?

SGLT2 inhibitors, sometimes also referred to as ‘gliflozins’ or ‘flozins’ are an established class of medications, which are licensed for the treatment of (Table 1):.

Red legs: how to differentiate between cellulitis, venous eczema and lipodermatosclerosis

Cellulitis is an acute infection of the dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin, often occurring after a local skin trauma (Bailey and Kroshinsky, 2011)..

Best practice for medicines management and vaccination

All vaccines are classified as Prescription Only Medicines (POM) under the legislation (HMR 2012), as such they cannot be supplied and/or administered unless there is a valid prescription/patient...

Getting involved in the GPN forum committee

The general practice nurse (GPN) forum should be the ideal place for people to test their wings and make their views and voice heard, to shape the current GPN outlook, maybe based on the Sonnet report...

What compassion looks like to patients

Health Expectations journal published a study that examined what compassion ‘looks like’ to patients, citing how important compassion is in predicting positive patient and practitioner outcomes,...

Research Roundup

Globally, 85% of cardiovascular disease deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes. This is cited by Wang et al (2022) who state that there is limited evidence on the relationship between a...

Tools, guidance and key events for general practice nurses

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has published an illustrated simple text version of the leaflets for the adult and child flu programme aimed at those with low literacy..

Your free revalidation toolkit

A free revalidation portfolio and CPD resource for nurses and midwives.

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Fuel poverty: not a new phenomenon

‘Practice Nursing provides nurses working in general practice with the tools to reach their full potential and deliver the best possible care to their patients. Our monthly journal informs and...

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Health and Social Care Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Thérèse Coffey has outlined her plan to ‘ensure the public receives the best possible care this winter and next’, with a focus on general...

How to relate progestogen-only pill guidance to clinical practice

There will soon be four different POPs available in the UK. Most clinicians will be familiar with the desogestrel (DSG) 75 µg POP and the two ‘traditional’ POPs, levonorgestrel (LNG) 30 µg and...

Cholesterol: how to measure and how to treat

Lipids are basically fats and are a heterogeneous group of substances that have a low solubility in water but are more readily soluble in a mixture of ethanol and chloroform (Durrington, 2007). Lipids...

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Administering medications in general practice: what do non-prescribers need to know?

The Human Medicines Regulation (2012) is clear: prescription only medicines can only be administered or supplied where one of the following three instructions is in place:.

Retaining nurses in general practice through mentorship

A 2021 Local Medical Committee (LMC) survey demonstrated low morale among GPNs, with many planning to leave after the COVID-19 pandemic. GPN vacancies on the LMC website and NHS jobs were also...

How general practice can improve patient health with parkrun

It's safe: all adult parkruns have an automated external defibrillator (AED) available, while a study of 702 UK parkrun events involving almost 30 million participations concluded that ‘serious...

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Chan et al (2022) note that cervical cancer is not only the most common type of cancer amongst women globally, with an age-standardised incidence rate of 13.1 per 100 000 women, it is also one of...

Tools, guidance and key events for general practice nurses

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published updated guidance covering identifying, assessing and managing obesity in children (aged 2 years and over), young people and...

Are quiet summers a thing of the past?

‘Practice Nursing provides nurses working in general practice with the tools to reach their full potential and deliver the best possible care to their patients. Our monthly journal informs and...

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a global concern

NAFLD is an umbrella term used to describe a build-up of fat in the liver, known as steatosis. Fatty liver is the first stage of liver disease, whatever the underlying aetiology may be. In the early...

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Social prescriptions, including walking, wheeling and cycling, will be offered by general practice as part of a new trial to improve mental and physical health and reduce disparities across the...

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Understanding autoimmune diseases: part 2

The basic underlying process of autoimmune diseases was discussed in part 1 of this series (Perry, 2022). In a healthy person, the immune system is able to destroy any invading organisms before they...

Exercise and breathing in rehabilitating long COVID

In exploring what effective rehabilitation would look like, Cheng et al (2021) recommend a comprehensive programme encompassing the promotion of functional recovery, as they note that this has been...

Skin cancer: getting back to basics

All skin types can develop skin cancer and at any age. It is more common among people with light (fair) skin (Fitzpatrick type 1 and 2 skin). Skin cancer can affect both men and women. Even teenagers...

Primary care cardiovascular disease prevention post-pandemic: a call to action

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the effects of disrupting treatment for patients with hypertension. Data from the Quality Outcomes Framework from 2020–21 showed that optimisation rates for patients...

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