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Neonatal mental health awareness week

Every day 300 babies are admitted to neonatal care – that’s roughly one in seven babies born in the UK. These babies can be born prematurely (born before 37 weeks) or can be born at term but unwell. The duration of a baby’s stay in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) varies greatly and is

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Managing your list size

The average patient list per doctor is said to be in the region of 1,800 patients. However, my experience of working in a registration department suggests that around 600 patients may have moved on, unknown to the practice, or be in the process of registering elsewhere. The NHS income from 600 patients is significant so

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Success Stories Showcase: New consultation types

One thing the health sector in the UK loves is a good survey and project pilot. There seems to be an endless stream of studies highlighting the good and bad of the NHS and healthcare delivery – and one common topic for these is the use of telephone consultations. It’s also a topic being discussed

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Improving health literacy in GP practices

Improving health literacy in GP practices

By Kara Dudley “Enquire at Reception about Extended GP Access” or “Ask at Reception for an evening or weekend appointment” Which sounds better? Which is easier for your patient to understand? When you work in primary care, it can be all too easy to rely on the jargon that we all use on a daily basis.

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Does the new Loneliness Strategy go far enough?

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister launched the UK Government’s first Loneliness Strategy, designed to tackle what Theresa May described as one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. The headline news from the Strategy is that all GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to community activities and

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Notes on a scandal: responding to the ghost patient media frenzy

August 30, 2018, by in GPs, News, Patients

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Notes on a scandal: responding to the ghost patient media frenzy

GP practice managers are hitting back at recent news stories stating that the NHS pays £543m a year to GPs for 3.6 million ‘ghost’ patients who don’t exist. A number of newspapers reported on the story first published by the Mail on Sunday that despite a crackdown launched three years ago on so-called ‘ghost patients’,

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NEWS: A million patients displaced by closures

More than a million patients have been forced to find new practices in the last five years because of the growing rate of closures, it was reported today. 445 practices closed between 2013 and 2017, according to the latest analysis of closures. About 270 of these have occurred since 2016. In total about 1.3 million

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