Latest updates and advice

Civilians displaced by war will need help in accessing NHS treatment following their arrival in the UK.

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How GPs can deal with referral delays caused by COVID-19

4 April 2022

Steps that could avoid patient harm if there is a delay in onward care.

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Certifying deaths after expiry of the Coronavirus Act

18 March 2022

Doctors must have seen the patient during last illness or attended body to certify death.

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Citizen access to records - advice for GP practices

10 March 2022

From April 2022, patients with online accounts will be able to see new entries in their records. We answer your questions on how it'll affect your practice.

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Delayed diagnosis of ovarian cancer

10 March 2022

Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed in its late stages with more women dying from this type of cancer than any other gynaecological malignancy.

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Avoiding diagnosis delays in endometriosis

7 March 2022

Diagnostic delays for endometriosis can occur, with many of the symptoms similar to other common medical conditions.

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Dealing with Valentine's Day advances

8 February 2022

How to deal with inappropriate advances from patients and avoid misunderstandings.

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Healthcare assistants and flu vaccinations

12 January 2022

Healthcare assistants can administer flu vaccines, provided robust protocols are in place that follow the legal framework.

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Anaesthetists reminded to 'stop before you block'

6 January 2022

New guidance on anaesthetic nerve blocks aims to avoid errors.

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Dealing with patients who decline to wear a face covering

13 December 2021

There may be a small number of patients who will not follow government guidance on face coverings in NHS settings.