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Spirometry going forward – should we restart?

As the diagnostic element of the hub is currently only myself undertaking testing, the risk assessment that is recommended has been based on my personal safety and that of my patients. It also...

Violence in primary care: a growing problem?

Professor Gautam Gulati is a consultant forensic psychiatrist and Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Limerick. ‘The following violent scenario,’ Prof Gulati told Practice...

Improving health outcomes for people with learning disabilities

A project led by Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust aimed to address this by increasing the number of annual health checks carried out with people with a learning disability over 12 weeks. The...

What the practice nurse needs to know about Lyme disease

Infected ticks can be found all over the UK and are found in woodland, heathland and parkland, but have also been found in urban parks and gardens. You can be bitten and infected at any time of the...

Cervical Screening Awareness Week: getting the facts out

14–20 June is Cervical Screening Awareness Week. We have a valuable opportunity to highlight the importance of the test but also to communicate what HPV testing is, and what it means to have HPV....

Weight loss and financial incentives: a flawed scheme?

But what does the evidence show? When Korean mathematicians Lee et al (2021) devised an epidemic model to investigate the theoretical role of financial incentives to see how they might usefully...

What is lifestyle medicine and how can it help our patients?

Most clinical guidelines for managing long-term conditions, both physical and mental, suggest addressing lifestyle/modifiable factors as the first step of treatment. But in practice, this is often...

Understanding autism in nursing practice

I am a nurse, yet I have been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. Special interests are something that are more well known about with this condition. I have about 200 publications, as this is a...

Are BAME communities really reluctant to take the COVID-19 vaccination?

The RSPH commissioned a poll on public attitudes to the COVID-19 vaccine. They asked respondents ‘How likely or unlikely would you be to take a COVID-19 vaccine if you were advised by your GP or...

The legacy of the Ten Point Plan for general practice nurses

Standards for education programmes for nurses new to general practice, developed in partnership with GPNs and educators have also been published, providing consistency for all GPNs who are undertaking...

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