Dr. Mark's Blog - Archive for December, 2015

Why you should register to use the online services at your GP surgery.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Published in The Times 8:12:15 Are you part of the NHS digital revolution? Can you book appointments to see your GP online? Or order repeat prescriptions through your practice website and access your notes? If not, why not – because your surgery almost certainly now offers the facility? In 2012 I promised to eat my Read More…

New NICE guidance on HRT – key changes (2015)

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

NICE has released its long awaited guidance on the use of hormone replacement therapy in women (HRT) and it includes a few changes that are likely to see more women being offered it / considering it. I have summarised some key points below. To find out more you will need to speak to your own Read More…

Thoughts on screening for Alzheimer’s / dementia – and why seeking help early can help (sometimes).

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Would you want to know if your GP suspected you were in the early stages of dementia? Because they might not tell you. More than a quarter of GPs surveyed by the Alzheimer’s Society admit they wouldn’t refer people with suspected dementia because poorly resourced services mean an early diagnosis isn’t necessarily helpful. Indeed it Read More…

An insider’s guide for treating colds and flu – courtesy of The Times 15.12.15

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

    It has been a tough week for ibuprofen and paracetamol. An Australian court has ordered the manufacturers of Nurofen to withdraw a number of products because of misleading claims about efficacy. And, as reported in yesterday’s Times, researchers in New Zealand have just published a study suggesting that paracetamol doesn’t alleviate many of Read More…