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Practice nurses urged to get savvy on migrant health risks


The Health Protection Agency has published a guide to help practice nurses and GPs look after migrant patients from overseas.

The HPA says its Migrant Health Guide means nurses “have at their fingertips” information on the health issues associated with over 100 countries.

The HPA’s Dr Jane Jones, who led the development of the Migrant Health Guide, said: “We hope that through providing this support, practitioners will be better placed to look after their migrant patients.

“Knowing the right issues to consider based in part on a person’s country of origin can mean the difference between a health problem going undetected and the patient accessing appropriate care and support services.”

HPA chair Dr David Heymann added: “It’s crucial that primary care practitioners expand their knowledge of the health issues associated with countries outside the UK, if we are to tackle pressing global health issues such as TB, HIV and malaria, to name but a few.”

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Readers' comments (4)

  • Sounds great but the biggest problem for practice nurses is being released for training (they are not)and the fact that GPS will not pay for their training (oerennial)-if PNs want to access training they to take annual leave and pay for it themselves in many cases.

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  • Stop the migrants spunging off the NHS make them pay untill they have contributed to this country for a minimum of 10 years.

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  • Practice Nurses are also responsible for their own education and keeping 'up to date' with new information. PNs have to negotitate with the GP for some of the time needed for education.

    I became a nurse to care for people regardless of where in the world they came from, how does Dawn envisage migrants from overseas accessing health care? Would this include witholding Childhood Immunisation and Cervical Cytology as well?

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    hardly realistic and discriminatory
    Britain relies on a number of migrant workers and this would discourage them from coming to Britain to work

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