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Long COVID: What is it and how can GPs help their patients?

Long COVID: What is it and how can GPs help their patients?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data show that as of 31st October, an estimated 1.2 million people (1.9% of the population) reported having long COVID. About a third of those still had ongoing symptoms at least a year after their initial infection. The vast...

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Primary Care Networks: Areas of focus for 2021/22

Primary Care Networks: Areas of focus for 2021/22

On 23 August, NHS England (NHSE) published a letter outlining plans for primary care networks (PCNs) in 2021/22 and 2022/23. Recognising the pressures currently faced by general practice, the letter confirmed a gradual introduction of new PCN service requirements,...

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COVID-19 vaccine booster programme: JCVI advice

COVID-19 vaccine booster programme: JCVI advice

With autumn and winter approaching, COVID-19 continues to circulate in the UK. In England, the infection rate appears relatively stable, reflecting the remarkable success of the vaccination programme to date. Over 80% of people are now fully vaccinated, with a high...

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Recognition and management of sepsis in General Practice

Recognition and management of sepsis in General Practice

Although sepsis is rare, it is a life-threatening condition and patients can deteriorate rapidly. GPs must be vigilant for signs and symptoms, and know what to do when they encounter it. When sepsis is suspected in a patient at high risk, they must be referred to...

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Telephone triage systems: how to avoid the pitfalls

Telephone triage systems: how to avoid the pitfalls

Telephone triage has been defined as ‘prioritising client’s health problems according to their urgency, educating and advising clients and making safe, effective and appropriate decisions’. It is a complex clinical skill. As GP practices moved rapidly to a ‘total...

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Reducing risk when prescribing controlled drugs

Reducing risk when prescribing controlled drugs

Updated guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC) on Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices came into force in April, which emphasises limits on the prescribing of controlled drugs to reduce the risk of harm. This guidance is important...

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