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Staff and their social lives – By Robyn Jackson

There’s a lot of traffic on the PI forum and Facebook groups lately about staff social events. Do we have them? Can we have them? If staff go ahead and meet up but don’t follow the government guidelines and then plaster it all over social media, can I do anything about it?! So I thought

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Has COVID forever changed the delivery of primary care?

It would seem that we in the UK are in the midst of a paradigm shift when it comes to delivering primary care appointments. COVID-19 has demanded that technology plays a full part in the tackling of our patients’ diseases and ailments, and the traditional 10-minute face-to-face (F2F) consultation between clinician and patient at the

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Managing the ‘biggest flu vaccination programme in history’

This year’s flu vaccination season looks set to be the most important one in recent memory – and probably the most complex practice managers will have experienced. With the threat of a catastrophic second wave of Covid-19 infections hanging over the health service, ensuring as many people as possible receive the required vaccination is critical.

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The return of the … shielders?

From 1st August, it appears that all protections relating to shielding are being removed. No more statutory sick pay, no more food parcels, and it’s back to work. So, what do we need to do? No doubt we’ve had plenty of patients call us already, asking us to sign them off work or asking for

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NEWS: How practices have taken on out-patient work

June 23, 2020, by in COVID-19, News



GPs have taken on a significant amount of secondary care work during the pandemic – partly because hospital services were ill-equipped for remote working, according to a new survey. This includes performing blood tests for hospital out-patients and prescribing medication that would normally be prescribed in secondary care. Practices have also organised significant testing of

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Face masks: on or off?

In the week when face coverings became compulsory on public transport in England, it seems incredible that there’s still confusion over whether face masks are mandatory for patients in GP surgeries. The guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England is muddled and, if the thread on our Practice Index Forum is anything to

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The changing demands of patients on GP practices during COVID-19

Given that GP practices have changed how they operate significantly to deal with the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, you might expect a few patients to balk at some of the changes but also appreciate the extra effort being made to continue providing care. The reality, however, is that numbers of complaints being made against

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