Guides

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Avoiding diagnostic delays in myeloma

12 November 2021

Myeloma is the third most common blood cancer in the UK, but early diagnosis can improve a patient's prognosis and quality of life.

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Dictated notes and best practice

5 November 2021

Dictated notes may pose problems if records aren't transcribed promptly, or if key information is left out.

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Online access to records

29 October 2021

What you need to know about patients accessing their records online.

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Education, media and confidentiality

14 October 2021

The rapid development of recording and communication technologies has had a profound impact on the confidentiality of patient information and patient identity. 

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Minimising risk in out-of-hours consultations

8 October 2021

There are various ways for GPs to minimise the risk involved with out-of-hours consultations.

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Text message communication in general practice

4 October 2021

Text messages are a low-cost and low-effort way for GPs to keep patients updated, particularly for large-scale communications such as flu jab reminders.

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Diabetes diagnosis

20 August 2021

A delay in the diagnosis of diabetes can mean a patient misses out on the opportunity for appropriate screening and monitoring or preventive treatments.

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Planning for your retirement

10 August 2021

Things to consider when retiring from practice.

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Dealing with racism from patients

14 July 2021

We live in a multicultural society but racist attitudes persist - and even now, some patients are not inhibited about expressing them.

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Responding to litigation

30 June 2021

Many doctors who have gone through clinical litigation tell us that coping with personal feelings is perhaps the most difficult aspect of this stressful time.