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The case for collaboration in primary care for depression

The case for collaboration in primary care for depression

A study has demonstrated that collaborative care for people with depression, provided by a multiprofessional team in GP practices, offers improved outcomes in comparison with usual treatment

Responding to patients at risk of contracting ebola

Responding to patients at risk of contracting ebola Subscription Required

Health workers need to understand how to respond to patients with, or at risk of, ebola to ensure any isolated cases occurring in the UK do not result in an outbreak

Anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life care

Anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life care Subscription Required

Nurses often play a key role in administering medicines from anticipatory prescriptions to patients near the end of life. This article summarises a study of their experiences

Is chest pain always an emergency?

Is chest pain always an emergency? Subscription Required

Chest pain is a complex symptom with a variety of causes. It is essential that health professionals have good communication skills to ensure an accurate diagnosis

Glaucoma: the “silent thief of sight”

Glaucoma: the “silent thief of sight” Subscription Required

Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable sight loss. Vision can often be preserved with early identification, good adherence to treatment and long-term monitoring

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Exclusive: New app will help practice nurses find temporary work

Practice nurses are being targeted for a new, free app that will allow them to view job postings for temporary shifts at GP services in their area and see ratings of potential future employers.

NICE backs CRP test before prescribing antibiotics for pneumonia

Primary care clinicians should use a “simple blood test” if it is unclear whether a patient has pneumonia and needs to be treated with antibiotics, according to the National Institute for Health Care Excellence.

Divide between expectation and service ‘threatens to unravel NHS’

An emerging, “terrible” divide between what patients expect and the services nurses and doctors are able to provide threatens to “unravel the NHS from the bottom upwards”, an organisation representing primary care groups has warned.

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Herpes zoster

Practice nurses drive success of new vaccine programme  

Latest figures show there has been a high uptake of the new shingles vaccine during the first year since it was launched, with public health officials highlighting the contribution of practice nurses. 

Simple urine test could help tailor child asthma treatment  

A new urine test could help ensure children with asthma receive the level of medication they need to manage their illness better and prevent future exacerbations, according to researchers.

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'Choose and book' scheme - an NHS patient's experience

In August 2014 I was fortunate enough to be admitted to BMI Healthcare as an NHS patient under the ‘choose and book’ scheme.

Norovirus returns: advice is to stay away from GP

Norovirus returns: advice is to stay away from GP

After Halloween and Bonfire Night, we have the return of another, much less welcome, winter tradition: the norovirus. Or, as The Times reports, “Tis the season for winter vomiting bug”