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Giving travel advice in the uncertain age of COVID-19

Links to recent and upcoming changes in guidance for all 4 areas of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Diagnosing COPD in general practice

Long-term exposure to risk factors such as tobacco smoking – the most common cause of COPD – and symptoms caused by progressive lung damage are often present before individuals seek a diagnosis. The...

Advanced practice education and development

During the 1990s, regulation of nurses was provided by the United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC). The UKCC undertook a number of consultations and identified growing support for regulation of ‘higher...

PROTECT NOW: A new resource for diabetes and kidney health

The iDEAL diabetes multi-disciplinary (MDT) advocacy group, following the success of ACT NOW, are aiming to reduce the number of preventable lower limb amputations by 50% in 5 years (Edmonds et al,...

World COPD Day: supporting people to live well with COPD

It is important to ensure from the moment someone presents at their GP practice with symptoms of COPD that they get support for smoking cessation if they smoke. Having a conversation with patients...

Stand up for general practice

I am sure it hasn't escaped your attention that the media onslaught on general practice has continued this month, with stories deploring the apparent lack of face-to-face appointments and campaigns...

New approaches to an old challenge: what can we do about smoking?

Raising the subject of smoking with patients should be standard practice in all healthcare settings, but we know from a study published by Cancer Research UK (2019a) that only 53% of primary care...

Preventing skin tears among older adults in general practice

Skin tears can present a complex and chronic problem for an older patient with fragile skin, and can be very disabling, reducing quality of life dramatically in some cases. The right care is essential...

Fungal skin infections

Fungal infections caused by dermatophytes, a group of fungi that invade and grow in dead keratin, lead to infection that is normally confined to dead layers of skin. Because dermatophytes require...

Shaping and delivering services in primary care: benzodiazepine and opiate withdrawal service

Good practice in prescribing opioid medicines for pain should reflect fundamental principles in prescribing generally. The decision to prescribe is underpinned by applying best professional...

COVID vaccination: What's next?

There are concerns that developed countries such as the UK have resorted to ‘vaccine nationalism’, that is stockpiling vaccines to prioritise rapid access for their citizens due to public or political...

We should be celebrating general practice, not criticising

It would be so helpful to have more public messaging with positive stories of general practices being open to face-to-face appointments, and more stories of the benefits of remote access to a...

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