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Archive | March, 2016

Big drop in use of antibiotics

As part of the health profession’s work to slow down the alarming growth in bacterial infections becoming resistant to antibiotics, it’s great news that the number of antibiotics prescribed nationally in primary care setting fell substantially last year. Between April and December 2015, two million fewer prescriptions were dispensed compared to the same period in […]

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Pharmacies To Be Able To Access Patient Records

NHS England is now giving pharmacies access to Summary Care Record (SCR). This follows a successful pilot at 140 pharmacies in England. Results from the pilot sites showed that where a pharmacy has SCR access, one of the benefits is a reduction in the number of telephone calls to practices with questions about prescriptions.  The […]

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Why the NHS needs better-behaved patients

What does the NHS want for Christmas? More money? Yes. More staff? Yes again. But, whisper it quietly, better behaved patients wouldn’t go amiss either. In fact, in their more candid moments, it’s not unusual to find doctors and nurses having a little moan about the people they care for. Why? Well when the health […]

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Type-2 Diabetes: At-risk offered healthy lifestyle help

People in England at risk of type-2 diabetes are to be offered healthy-lifestyle support by the NHS to help them prevent the condition developing. The new national programme will be launched this spring, with the aim of helping 20,000 people this year. Patients will be offered 13 sessions focusing on exercise, education and lifestyle changes. […]

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Sugary drinks linked to increased fat levels around vital organs

“People who consume sugary drinks are more likely to develop dangerous fat that becomes wrapped around internal organs,” the Daily Mail reports after a US study found a link between the consumption of sugary drinks and increased visceral fat levels. Visceral fat is fat that develops inside the abdominal cavity. Having high levels of visceral […]

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How Are You QUiz

One You is here to help you get back to a healthier you. Take our quiz to see how you score. How Are You is for over 18s only and is only designed to point you in the right direction. It’s not a medical assessment – if you’re worried about your health you should speak […]

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Medicines Information

As medicines are a crucial part of medical treatment, it is important to have a good understanding of them. Pharmacies offer a lot more services than in the past. Using your local pharmacy’s services could save you an unnecessary trip to your GP. How can you get medicines? Some medicines are available from pharmacists or supermarkets, […]

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£136

And what do you get for your £136?   As many consultations with your GP or other practice staff as you need Prescriptions organised and signed Blood tests Other tests e.g. ECGs Hospital referrals Pre-hospital care Post-hospital care Home visits if required   GPs use this money to:  Pay for their premises Pay doctors and […]

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What Your Local Pharmacist Can Do For You

In England, most of us are within a short car ride or walk of a community pharmacy. That means we all have quick and easy access to a pharmacist who’s an expert in the safe use of medicines. Pharmacists have to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council before they can practise. The whole pharmacy […]

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