Latest updates and advice

Magnifying glass
Medical examiners to scrutinise deaths in the community

24 June 2021

The medical examiner system is now expanding out from acute trusts to include community settings, including GP practices.

GP checking patient
Avoiding diagnostic delays in malignant melanoma

16 June 2021

Advice on avoiding missing a diagnosis of skin cancer.

remote-consultations
What you need to know about new GMC guidance on prescribing

12 March 2021

The GMC's new prescribing guidance, Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices, is due to come into effect from early April '21.

Hospital doctor with elderly patient and relative
Assessing best interests when patients can't consent to treatment

8 March 2021

How to make a best interests assessment.

The Caldicott principles: the proposed updates explained
The Caldicott Principles: the proposed updates explained

28 February 2021

Medico-legal adviser Dr Kathryn Leask discusses the proposed changes to the Caldicott principals.

Walking in woods
Be alert to Lyme disease in patients

26 January 2021

Watch out for the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.

Prescribing errors
Warfarin: learning lessons from complaints and claims

25 January 2021

Warfarin is a commonly prescribed medication in primary and secondary care. In the majority of cases it is a safe and effective drug, however it does need careful monitoring and can interact with other commonly prescribed medications.

Tube feeding
Withdrawing clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH)

19 January 2021

Guidance on making the difficult and emotive decision to withdraw life sustaining treatment from patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state.

Heart failure
Avoiding diagnostic delays in heart failure

19 January 2021

Delays in diagnosis can be due to the vague and non-specific signs and symptoms that patients may present with to their GP.

Doctor
Guidance and advice for occupational health doctors

13 January 2021

Protocols on disclosing medical reports, clearly communicated to both patients and employers, can help manage patients' expectations.