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Tuesday 20 March 2018
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Topic: patients

March 15, 2018

Tens of thousands of patients across Bury, Greater Manchester are joining their GP practice’s online services.

NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced on its website yesterday (14 March) that over 20,000 new patients joined the online services in 2017 alone, compared with over 5,500 in 2016.

A total of over 35,000 users opened an account to use GP digital services since it launched in 2015, the CCG said.

March 14, 2018

Patients with multimorbidity take up more than half of GP appointments, a study has found.

March 13, 2018

Two Hampshire practices have launched an urgent care system to improve access to same-day appointments for their patients.

GPs at the practices in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire are confident that this system will help them to offer more routine doctor appointments and reduce patients waiting times.

In a letter to patients, Lee-on-the-Solent Health Centre said they will be working with Manor Way Surgery to deliver a new urgent care system.

March 9, 2018

A GP practice is launching a virtual patient participation group (PPG) to run alongside with its regular face-to-face meetings.

Adelaide Street Family Practice in Blackpool hopes that the existence of a digital group on Facebook will encourage more people to become active participants and contribute to the practice’s PPG.

The digital group is launching on 20 March, but the practice will be running a test session before the official release date.

March 8, 2018

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has expressed concern over the use of patients’ data held at GP practices for immigration purposes.

The College is concerned about the existence of an agreement allowing the Home Office to access patient’s data for immigration purposes, which could deteriorate patients trust into general practice.    

February 28, 2018

Satisfaction with GP services is at the lowest point since records began, a survey of almost 4,000 people has revealed.

Satisfaction with general practice among the 3,988 people surveyed by research company NatCen Social Research fell to 65% in 2017, marking a 7% point drop on the previous year and the biggest one-year change since the survey began in 1983.

February 16, 2018

GP practices in England have lost 219 GPs in three months.

Provisional NHS England data shows that there were 33,872 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) GPs in December 2017 compared to 34,091 in September 2017 – a 0.6% decrease.

‘Very disappointing’

Commenting on the finding, chair of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said that this is ‘very disappointing and frustrating news’.

February 6, 2018

The Health Committee wants NHS Digital to withdraw from a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that allows it to share patient’s data with the Home Office.

February 2, 2018

A GP practice has closed after failing to secure a new contract with a provider to run the service, the local CCG has said.

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced at a meeting on 30 January that it had not managed to find a new provider for the service and was therefore forced to close the practice.

January 30, 2018

Practices should adopt a few changes to create an ‘accepting atmosphere’ and improve health outcomes in LGBT patients, a study published today in the British Journal of General Practice has suggested.

In their study, researchers said that sometimes only inexpensive changes are needed, such as ‘displaying signs or symbols that convey an accepting atmosphere, such as a rainbow symbol or the Human Rights Campaign logo’.

January 23, 2018

The provision of care and rota gaps are getting worse, a British Medical Association (BMA) survey of 900 doctors from different specialities in the NHS has found.

Around 71% of doctors had rota gaps in their department, whereas 47% of GP practices reported vacancies that in 73% of the cases remained uncovered for six months or more.

Doctors also lamented that the delivery of care had deteriorated in different areas over the last year, with 86% them believing that the NHS financial sustainability had worsen and 72% saying the same of mental health provision.

January 19, 2018

GP practices in England saw a 150% increase in patients’ attendance for influenza-like-symptoms (ILI) since the beginning of 2018, latest figures published by the Royal College of GPs' Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) have shown.

During the second week of January (8-14 January), the RSC registered an increase more than 9,000 (42%) extra patients presenting to GP practices with flu-related symptoms in comparison with the previous week, for a total of around 31,300 patients.

December 14, 2017

Patients can download a new free app which informs them if their local NHS services are experiencing delays.

NHSquicker provides people in Devon and Cornwall with access to up-to-date waiting times for A&Es and minor injury units. It also calculates how long it takes patients to reach a treatment centre, based on their geolocation.  

December 13, 2017
November 24, 2017

A programme to help GPs refer domestic violence and abuse (DVA) victims has just launched as a social enterprise and will expand across the UK and globally.

IRIS provides training and support to GPs, practice nurses and other primary care clinicians to help them identify and refer women suffering from domestic abuse.

November 23, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled the awaited Budget 2017.

November 23, 2017

Two weeks ahead of the Budget, NHS CEO Simon Stevens spoke at an NHS Providersconference in Birmingham to remind politicians of the £350m a week promised to the NHS during the Brexit campaign.

He said that, if there was a cash injection into the NHS, waiting lists will reach five million patients by 2021.

Instead, the Government has decided to give the NHS:

November 17, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Hylton Medical Group in Sunderland as ‘good’, after an inspection they carried out in September.

The practice was rated ‘inadequate’ twice, following two CQC inspections in April 2015 and February 2017. However, following an inspection by the CQC in September, the practice was rated ‘good overall’.

November 14, 2017

Scotland practices will need highly qualified practice managers to engage with the wider primary care system, says the proposed 2018 General Medical Services (GMS) contract in Scotland.

On top of their traditional duties, practice managers will be asked to collaborate with GP Clusters, NHS Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCP), and any new service that might emerge.

November 14, 2017

One in 4 (23%) of healthcare IT professionals in the UK revealed that they do not think their organisation will be able to deal with cyberattacks, a new report by Infoblox has shown.

About 305 healthcare IT professionals in the UK and US (152 and 153 respectively in each region) took part in an online survey, which was conducted by the polling company Censuswide.

November 14, 2017

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has placed Old West Surgery in Old Road West, Gravesend, Kent into ‘special measures’, after an inspection they carried out in August.

The practice, which was previously rated ‘good’, has now been rated overall ‘inadequate’.

The CQC report says: ‘The practice failed to assess, monitor and mitigate risks to the health, safety and welfare of service users.’  

November 9, 2017

GP consultation lengths in the UK are among the shortest in Europe, a study by Cambridge University and published in the BMJ Open has revealed.

The study, called International variations in primary care physician consultation time: a systematic review of 67 countries covered more than 28.5 million consultations showing that GP appointments last less than five minutes for half of the world population, ranging from 48 seconds in Bangladesh to 22.5 minutes in Sweden.  

November 9, 2017

Northern Ireland's general practitioners committee (NIGPC) leader Dr Tom Black spoke at the Autumn Conference of Local Medical Committees (NI) to encourage practices to protect basic services in lack of Government funding.

Chair of BMA (NIGPC) Dr Tom Black said practices should make sure they can still provide their basic services to preserve those patients who need them the most.  

November 8, 2017

Recruitment and funding problems have contributed to the closure of Folkestone East practice in Kent, says practice manager Christopher Lewis.

He also added that further investment in general practice is needed to help practices which are struggling with the current crisis.