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Back to the nineties? Hormonal contraception and breast cancer

Back to the nineties? Hormonal contraception and breast cancer image
Dr Simon Curtis
30th March 2023

GPs of a ‘certain age’ remember well the panic after the Lancet paper in 1996 that showed a link between the combined pill and breast cancer. In combination with a health alert the year before linking...

What’s the point of point of care tests?

What’s the point of point of care tests? image
Dr James Seddon
23rd March 2023

I remember, a good few years ago now, my GP trainer telling me that “GPST2 is about knocking the hospital out of you; not every patient needs a CRP.” She was, of course, absolutely correct. Now here I...

Chickenpox exposure in pregnancy – avoid rash mistakes

Chickenpox exposure in pregnancy – avoid rash mistakes image
Dr Rachel Brettell
16th March 2023

For most of us, when chickenpox strikes, it’s an itchy nuisance for the kids and a childcare headache for the grownups. But for pregnant women, as discussed here, it can result in life-threatening disease,...

Coming soon to you: Direct access imaging for suspected cancer…Maybe

Coming soon to you: Direct access imaging for suspected cancer…Maybe image
Dr Rob Walker
8th March 2023

How to improve timelines for cancer diagnosis has been a hot topic for years. The Long Term Plan (LTP) for cancer announced in 2019 boldly set out to increase the number of patients diagnosed with early...

Semaglutide for obesity – how does it work, what’s the evidence and can my patient have it?

Semaglutide for obesity – how does it work, what’s the evidence and can my patient have it? image
Dr Stephanie De Giorgio
2nd March 2023

If you have been reading or watching any media recently, you will almost certainly have seen discussion around the new “celeb weight loss drug” or “life changing medication for obesity”, depending upon...

Kindness in our surgeries: our key safeguarding tool

Kindness in our surgeries: our key safeguarding tool image
Dr James Booth
23rd February 2023

When I train GP and practice nurses about child safeguarding, I like to finish with a true story.  This story is about my father, who remains the best GP I have ever worked with, and someone who knew more,...

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