Latest updates and advice

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.

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Be alert to Lyme disease in patients

26 January 2021

Watch out for the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Drug-driving and prescription medication

12 January 2021

Some patients may have questions about licensed medications and driving.

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Storing and disposing of human skeletons and material

7 January 2021

How to appropriately dispose of real human skeletons.

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Receiving and storing patient images from online consultations

1 May 2020

Patient images can be helpful in remote consultations, but be aware of the medico-legal issues around receiving and storing them.

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New powers for the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

10 February 2020

The role of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) has been expanded to include how whistleblowing complaints are handled