Latest updates and advice

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

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Delayed diagnosis of ovarian cancer

26 March 2024

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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Treating overseas visitors in primary care

30 January 2024

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

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Communicating with patients about cervical smear tests

30 January 2024

Complaints received by MDU members around cervical smear tests highlight key risk management advice.

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Five tips to excel as a foundation doctor

30 January 2024

Your first few months on the ward can be exhilarating, but there's also a lot to consider. Here are our tips for new foundation doctors.

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Receiving and storing patient images from online consultations

30 January 2024

Patient images can be helpful in remote consultations, but it's important to be mindful of the medico-legal issues around receiving and storing them.

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Maintaining professional relationships with patients

30 January 2024

The doctor-patient relationship can sometimes expose medical professionals to unwanted attention from their patients.

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Common queries from foundation doctors

30 January 2024

We share some of the most common reasons foundation doctors call the MDU, and explain what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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Patients with access to online records - your questions answered

26 January 2024

Patients with online accounts can now see new entries in their records.

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Understanding the updates to the Irish Medical Council's good practice guidance

18 December 2023

What you need to know about updates to guidance underpinning the values and principles of being a doctor in the Republic of Ireland.