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Covid 19

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) -

Evidence-based strategies to promote vaccine acceptance

The range of psychological, physical and contextual barriers to vaccination uptake are set out in a previous paper (While, 2021).

Understanding vaccine hesitancy: the evidence

The WHO commissioned a systematic review due to concern related to influenza vaccine hesitancy across the globe, which was particularly evident during the 2009–2010 H1N1 pandemic (WHO, 2016). The...

Supporting people with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic

‘Dementia is a syndrome – usually of a chronic or progressive nature – in which there is deterioration in cognitive function (ie the ability to process thought) beyond what might be expected from...

How to communicate effectively while wearing face masks

Communication can be defined as transaction and message creation. The process of communication occurs in the context consisting of physical space, cultural and social values, and psychological...

COVID-19 and its effect on the nursing team in primary care

April 2020 saw the development of two ‘hot hubs’ in Lewisham, at opposite ends of the borough, to which patients with a COVID-suspected diagnosis were referred. Our local primary care federation, One...

Managing diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic

The virus responsible for the disease known as COVID-19 was identified as SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), which belongs to the coronavirus group of viruses that commonly...

Understanding COVID-19 in at-risk patients

Because COVID-19 is a new disease, there is still a huge amount to learn, and scientists are desperately trying to uncover many of the unknown elements. What is known is that there are a number of...

Travel and COVID-19: what the practice nurse needs to know

On 4 July 2020, UK travel advice changed, with exemptions for travelling to certain countries and territories no longer considered to pose an unacceptably high risk for UK travellers. The UK...

SAFER PRACTICES in the COVID-19 pandemic

The first part of the mnemonic, SAFER, has two purposes. Firstly, to ensure that the clinician comes to the consultation with the medical knowledge, along with the clinical assessment skills and...

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