When should we worry about excessive inhaled steroid use in patients with asthma using MART regimens?
What should I say to a patient asking about suspending anticoagulants before dental treatment?
Did you know that strawberry naevi can be treated with topical timolol eye drops?
These are just some of the questions that have been discussed this week on NB ON CALL, our new closed, private and supportive forum for GMC registered GPs to ask their GP peers up and down the country to discuss clinical and non-clinical issues relevant to primary care. Previously known as GP Horizon, we are delighted that it is now part of the NB family of learning products and it has been relaunched in a new improved format as NB ON CALL.
So, what exactly is NB ON CALL and is it safe for me to use? It is a closed, private and supportive forum designed for professional discussion between GPs accessible via a web-site and App on iOS and Android. It is for registered GPs only, to make it a safe space where GPs can ask questions and share clinical and non-clinical issues with fellow GPs. GPs must enter their GMC number when enrolling and all accounts are checked against the GMC register to protect user security and private discussion. When you sign up you agree to a charter of use so that members always act in a professional and ethical manner and to ensure that patient confidentiality is protected and the forum is checked by the NB Medical team to make sure that this is the case. If you wish, to protect yourself even further, you can post questions anonymously or you can just browse, learning from the questions and the answers generated by others. NB ON CALL even converts the time spent on the app into a CPD certificate for your appraisal. It is completely free to use and there is no external advertising.
Although we work in teams, working in primary care can sometimes seem a solitary experience with our long busy clinics. I have always found it comforting that there are so many GPs up and down the country wrestling with the same trickly problems, both clinical and non-clinical, every day. And every day in general practice we get faced with a question or problem that we haven’t seen before, but we can be certain that other GPs will have and may be able to help or advise. Our hope for NB ON CALL is that it can bring these colleagues in general practice closer together, and that we can all learn from each other and our collective experience in a safe and supportive environment.
So, sign up here and have a look and see what you think and if you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . We hope to see you on NB ON CALL soon!