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New ways to access GPs?

The future of GP access Since lockdown, many GPs have changed how they work,.and patients found there is a whole new system. For some, telephone calls have simplified contact;  all they have needed is to ask a GP for a referral to a consultant, or something about...

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Time to be selfish!

NHS hasn't treated cancer patients very well We are wonderful! We stood back, accepted canceled appointments, and didn't made a fuss.  Now, it's payback time. Time to check up on what appointments we've missed, chase up referrals and get back on our treatment track....

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Having a Scan in comfort

Having a Scan More and more doctors are calling for scans to aid diagnosis.  These are super-efficient, but the machinery can look frightening, especially for an MRI Scan, where you slide head-first into a tunnel. The tunnel is in the middle of the machine with the...

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Manners maketh man

Boris shocks Commons as Theresa May speaks In a display of bad manners that shocked fellow MPs, when Theresa May started to speak last week Boris Johnson pointedly got up and bumbled his way out of the Commons;  apparently, he had a meeting to go to.  His quest for...

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Does anyone like hospital food?

                     Boris isn't helping improve hospital food During lockdown, the NHS decided it needed to commission a report by a Celebrity Chef into hospital food.  This is the umpteenth one - after Loyd Grossman first came on the scene.  One hopes - but doubts -...

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Boosting your skin internally for winter

Foods That Are Good for Your Skin Winter is always a bad time for our skin, both on the face and body.  However much you wrap up, winter cold still penetrates the layers and can cause itching, red patches, etc.  Don't stop using the best moisturiser you can afford on...

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Update on the 10 Commandments today

In today's complex world, when our leaders don't even know what is the law - or even abide by it - I found this update on the Commandments; it seems to make more sense than rules which change every day.  I quite like Nos. 1 and 3  - to be repeated when dealing with...

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What is going on at your surgery

New ways of working for GP surgeries   Almost certainly, your surgery will be operating very differently this winter, according to The King's Fund (KF) medical charity,  They have just carried out a survey, and say GPs are  "hedged around with 'national guidance'...

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NHS wasting our money

Here we go again NHS England is to overhaul the way MRI, CT and other diagnostic services are delivered  ‘They announce One stop shops to be set up away from hospitals, "so that patients can receive life-saving checks close to their homes". NHE envisage Centres set up...

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Does the NHS get its priorities right?

The NHS runs on forms  The NHS chucked out Heat and other dog-eared magazines lying around in Outpatients, and instead, we occupy our waiting time with a clipboard and form to fill in. Handed to you without a smile; the Receptionist knows what's on the form, and she's...

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Stop the NHS treatment see-saw

Mental Health v. Cancer Care  Having negIected Mental Health for years, resources are now being thrown at this branch of the NHS.  But will this do any good, or will we find mental health provision is dumped, just like cancer care has been? The NHS is supposedly fair...

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Is Ministry of Silly Walks now running NHS

NHS plans to 'improve ' A & E  Did Dominic Cummings call in John Cleese to advise him on New Deal, the lastest plan to regurgitation old ideas to supposedly paper over cracks in NHS? Dunno - but some bright spark has come up with a super wheeze - next time we have...

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