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    GPs should continue to triage patients remotely and there are currently no plans for when the approach will end, NHS England has said. GP leaders have also told Pulse they believe the ‘total triage’ arrangements will continue ‘for some time’, perhaps even beyond the end of the pandemic, due to the expectation that social distancing measures will continue. However, other GPs revealed practices have stopped offering total triage because of workload pressures and the approach ‘not saving any time for some clinicians’. NHS England said remote triage should remain in place where poss
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    Extremely unwell eating disorder patients are having to be tube fed at home by their families owing to a lack of hospital beds, as the Royal College of Psychiatrists reports a rise in people being treated in units without specialist support. Leading psychiatrists are urging the government for an emergency cash investment as the pandemic has prompted a rise in demand for treatment for conditions such as anorexia, amid “desperate pressure in the system”. In interviews with the Guardian, a number of parents told of the struggles of helping a severely unwell person from home. A number of
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    Allegations of staff assaulting patients at a mental health hospital have been uncovered for a second time, one year after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) first raised concerns over potential abuse at the unit. The regulator criticised Broomhill Hospital in Northampton in a report issued this week after inspectors found details of three alleged assaults by staff against patients. The unit is run by independent sector provider St Matthew’s Healthcare, but treats NHS patients. In May 2020, the CQC placed the hospital into special measures amid concerns it was failing to protect pati
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    Nearly 400 women who were treated by a consultant gynaecologist who "unnecessarily harmed" some patients are being invited to have their care reviewed by an independent expert. University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust is writing to 383 patients treated by Daniel Hay. His conduct has been under investigation since 2019 after hospital colleagues raised concerns. The trust has said at least eight of his patients had been harmed. It has not provided any further information on the nature of the harm. Mr Hay worked at the Royal Derby Hospital and Ripley Hospital between
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    An antiviral typically used to treat influenza is a “good contender” for a drug that could be taken at home by people infected with COVID-19, according to a scientist who is trialling the medicine. Favipiravir, licensed as a flu treatment in Japan since 2014, has already shown potential in reducing lung damage in hospitalised Covid patients and speeding up the time taken to clear the virus from the body. But two UK trials, in Glasgow and London, are investigating whether the drug could be taken by people in the community before their disease has progressed, therefore keeping them out
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    From a recent ISMP presentation. Confusion about labelling leading to risk of over dosing
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    Diabetes technology, in particular real-time continuous glucose monitoring (rt-CGM) devices are revolutionising the management of type 1 diabetes (T1D). The devices provide important advances in blood glucose monitoring technology that address the unmet need for detection of day-to-day glycaemic variability and patient-specific patterns of hyper- and hypoglycaemia. Currently it is estimated that less than 5% of people with T1D are using continuous glucose monitoring to manage their diabetes1 and the access to this technology can vary significantly between clinical commissioning groups2 cr
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    This year ISQua is holding a virtual conference. Reasons to attend: To acknowledge the hard work that the healthcare workers around the world have undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic;. To remember those who have died and to dedicate ourselves to improve what we do, so that we will be better prepared for the next time a crisis arises. To share knowledge and to learn from the experts in the field, as well as those who deliver and receive care. To hear from the great plenary speaker line-up that we have assembled. To attend symposia on coproduction of health
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    Fears that their data would be shared with the Home Office following the Windrush scandal left some people from ethnic minorities afraid to access cancer services during the pandemic, an NHS England document has revealed. The paper from the West Midlands Cancer Alliance said there was a “perception” the government was “accelerating immigration removals” and that, as a result, “individuals (particularly those affected by the Windrush scandal) are then fearful of accessing cancer treatment and may not participate in screening programmes for fear their information will be inappropriately sha
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    Six out of seven new mothers in England are not getting a checkup of their health six weeks after giving birth, despite such appointments becoming a new duty on the NHS last year. Just 15% of women who have recently had a child are having a dedicated consultation with a GP to discuss their physical and mental health, according to a survey by the parenting charity National Childbirth Trust (NCT). The requirement was introduced last year to boost maternal health and especially to try to identify women having psychological problems linked to childbirth such as postnatal depression. The
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    Doctors, nurses and NHS bosses have pleaded with Boris Johnson to spend billions of pounds to finally end the chronic lack of staff across the health service. The strain of working in a perpetually understaffed service is so great that it risks creating an exodus of frontline personnel, they warn the prime minister in a letter published on Wednesday. They have demanded that the government devise an urgent plan that will significantly increase the size of the workforce of the NHS in England by the time of the next general election in 2024. Their intervention comes after the lates
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