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  • 11Sep

    Britons consult ‘Dr Google’ 100m times a year

    Research by Benenden Health using Google search data has revealed some of the UK’s biggest health concerns. Last year, Britons consulted ‘Dr Google’ more than 100 million times. Benenden Health has used that search data to identify what it believes are the UK’s biggest health concerns. Mental health, specifically anxiety, was the top concern, accounting…

  • 11Sep

    Another View: On seeing one person’s records

    In this column for Digital Health, GP Neil Paul discusses the difficulties surrounding looking at one person’s records. He delves into the complicated world of consent and who should have access to what when it comes to a patient’s record. www.digitalhealth.net

  • 4Sep

    Empowering patients to self-manage appointments with e-Referral Service

    Information packs have been published to help GPs encourage patients to use the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS). The NHS Digital pack includes a GP practice staff leaflet, leaflets for patients and A4 posters to display in waiting rooms. GPs can also download a video to be played in the waiting room, with a PowerPoint and YouTube version also…

  • 21Aug

    Majority of British people think A&E services are overused

    The first large-scale research into attitudes towards emergency care shows most British people (86%) think A&E services are overused. The most recent British Social Attitudes Survey, carried out by The National Centre for Social Research and funded by the National Institute for Health Research, also found half (51%) think it is hard to get a GP…

  • 14Aug

    Paper prescriptions ‘rare’ by next year

    In this interview with the Pharmaceutical Journal, NHS Digital’s Programme Director for Digital Medicines Richard Ashcroft says paper prescriptions will be rare by next year. He discusses the target of getting around 90 per cent of prescriptions issued through the electronic prescriptions service within the next 12 months. www.pharmaceutical-journal.com

  • 4Feb

    Army of workers to support family doctors

    An army of advisers will be recruited to help patients live fitter, healthier lives and combat anxiety, loneliness and depression under NHS plans to ramp up social prescribing. Around half of GP appointments are not directly related to medical conditions, according to experts. The blueprint for universal personalised care, which will also free up GPs to deal…

  • 13Jan

    GP premises: The patient perspective

    Poor confidentiality at reception desks, issues with access for disabled people and dated waiting rooms are some of the biggest problems highlighted by patients in a new report published by the Patients Association. The report has found that patients are concerned about various internal and external aspects of their local GP practice premises. The report outlines…

  • 25Oct

    GP Online Services Communications Toolkit

    NHS England has published a guide for GP practices to promote GP online services to patients. The GP online services team developed this toolkit to support you to promote online services to your patients and encourage them to register for GP online services. The aim of this toolkit is to help you to: promote GP online services…

  • 16Aug

    GP Patient Survey 2018

    NHS England together with Ipsos MORI, have published the latest Official Statistics from the GP Patient Survey. The survey provides information on patients’ overall experience of primary care services and their overall experience of accessing these services. Data are weighted by age and gender so that results resemble the eligible registered list population of each practice…

  • 17May

    RCGP calls on government to facilitate ‘social prescribing’ for all practices

    Every GP surgery should be funded to have access to a dedicated social prescriber in a bid to tackle crippling GP workload, and free up their time for those patients most in need of medical care, according to a report by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP). The report assesses NHS England’s Time for Care Programme –…

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