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A Fortunate Woman

Dr Simon Curtis
20th December 2022

‘It was not that she was out of the ordinary’  writes Polly Morland near the start of her compelling and beautifully written book A Fortunate Woman, ‘Put simply, she is a doctor who knows her patients....

Is FIT fit for purpose? 

Dr Nick Jones
15th December 2022

I think it is fair to say that the recent NHS England letter to practices advising on the role of Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) in the assessment of people with suspected colorectal cancer has not...

Invasive Group A Strep – A Keeping it Simple Update

Drs Laura Darby & Simon Curtis
7th December 2022

 With terrifying headlines reporting children dying from (iGAS)  invasive Group A streptococcus it’s no surprise that parents are alarmed. A quick scrawl through the BBC news site reveals a series of articles...

Suspected OA Hip: is an X-Ray a useful investigation?

Dr Laura Darby
1st December 2022

Morning clinic brings Stan, a 48 yr old man with hip pain. ‘Doc I’ve got a dodgy hip. It’s been playing me up on and off for months. Can I have an Xray?’ Your history and examination suggest Stan has osteoarthritis...

No smoke without fire? Vaping, EVALI and respiratory health

Dr Rachel Brettell
24th November 2022

Asking a patient about their smoking habits is second nature. But when it comes to asking my patients about vaping, let’s just say I’m much less consistent. Given the growing body of evidence and public...

Cognitive bias and the importance of safety netting

Dr Rob Walker
17th November 2022

Safety netting is something that is drummed into us at a very early stage in our medical careers. It’s a recommended part of a standard consultation, and one that we all got taught to do as GP trainees,...

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