New digital NHS 111 service announced

  • September 13th, 2016
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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has detailed plans to expand the current NHS 111 non-emergency phone line service. The new digital service will allow patients to enter their symptoms online and receive personalised advice or a call back from a health professional. The website will be relaunched with patients being able to book appointments, access […]

Doctors urged to prescribe exercise to tackle obesity

  • September 8th, 2016
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The Local Government Association has called for doctors in England and Wales to offer overweight patients “green space” prescriptions to get them exercising outdoors. Whether it’s walking, attending fitness classes or participating in activities in parks, doctors should be encouraging them to be more active, in a bid to tackle the nation’s obesity crisis. Spokeswoman […]

Doctors praised for prescribing less antibiotics

  • May 27th, 2016
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Last year GPs were ordered to prescribe less antibiotics to avoid being penalised. NHS Improvement have found a decrease of prescriptions for all types of antibiotic by more than 2.6 million from the previous year. They say it is a “fantastic result” and shows doctors are being careful not to over-prescribe them. The target reduction for all types […]