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BARNET SENIORS’ ASSOCIATION

Barnet Seniors’ Association is a local voluntary organisation which has developed from the 55+Forum and the Older People’s Assembly in Barnet, North London, UK. It is an organisation that links up with other local clubs and organisations which provide support ..

LONDON AMBULANCE SERVICE LAS

The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been rated Good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), following an inspection that took place in March 2018. The trust was rated Outstanding for being caring and Good for being safe, effective, ..

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Recent figures show that there is an average of 25% of patients with a confirmed atrial fibrillation AF diagnosis are not on any anticoagulation medication. Some practices are as low as 50%. This could be potentially dangerous for this group of patients. ..

DIABETIC EYE SCREENING

Diabetic eye screening is important as it helps to prevent sight loss. As someone with diabetes, your eyes are at risk of damage from diabetic retinopathy. Screening can detect the condition early before you notice any changes to your vision.

DIABETES AWARENESS RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL

A non-invasive risk assessment tool, Know Your Risk, can be used in the community to identify those at risk of diabetes and encourage blood testing for those at high or moderate risk. A letter is generated online that can be taken in to ..

SEPSIS

NICE guidance on sepsis (July 2016) highlights the challenges of spotting sepsis: signs and symptoms can be very non- specific, so a high index of suspicion is needed. If clinicians do not ask themselves ‘Could this be sepsis?’ the opportunity ..

UK RISK ZONES IDENTIFIED

New research has linked waiting times and safety incidents to the financial performance of NHS trusts, and identified 32 “risk zones” across the UK where people are more likely to die of preventable causes. The areas highlighted by the Centre for ..

HOME SECRETARY REVIEW OF VISA CAP FOR DOCTORS IMMIGRATION

Our Home Secretary Sajid Javid review of visa cap comes as good news for our diminishing and overwhelmed medical workforce. Review is for Tier 2 visa for UK immigration (needs job offer, certificate of sponsorship from UK employer with a ..

PRESCRIPTION DRUG SHORTAGES & UNAVAILABLE

Some three years ago I responded into British Medical Journal rapid responses about the difficulties for patients obtaining the drugs on their prescription: PRESCRIPTION DRUG SHORTAGES & UNAVAILABLE. https://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h2514/rr-1 I recently reviewed the unavailable list of drugs which is getting longer ..

CHRONIC URTICARIA

Chronic Urticaria Chronic urticaria CU is characterised by itchy hives (“wheals”), angioedema (sudden swelling of lower dermis and subcutis), or both, lasting for 6 weeks or more. 33-67% of patients have hives and angioedema. 1-13% of patients have angioedema alone. Hives  Central swelling of ..