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donderdag 25 januari 2018

RCGP: State of Child Health report highlights importance of investing in future generations, says RCGP

State of Child Health report highlights importance of investing in future generations, says RCGP

She said: "GPs deliver care to young patients every day. It's estimated that around a quarter of our workload centres around delivering the best possible child healthcare, and we would encourage any steps to improve the long-term health and wellbeing of our future generations.

"This important report highlights what will happen if we don't invest properly in promoting healthy lifestyles to children, or tackling health inequalities across the country – and it paints a bleak picture.

"GPs and our nursing colleagues in the community are working hard to make a difference on the frontline of patient care by recommending measures such as whole family lifestyle changes, monitoring our young patients' weight, and educating them and their parents about the importance of keeping fit and healthy.

"The College has long-supported the tax on sugary drinks, and would welcome other public health initiatives to improve child health, such as better food labelling. 

"To ensure GPs are able to continue advising and delivering care to children and their parents as well as possible, we need to see NHS England's GP Forward View, which promises an extra £2.4bn for general practice each year and 5,000 more GPs and other members of their teams, delivered, in full, as a matter of urgency and similar initiatives in Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland."

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New review into prescription drug medication welcomed by RCGP

"Addiction to any substance can have a devastating impact on a patient's health and wellbeing – and that of their family and friends. We welcome this independent review as a means of better understanding the complex reasons behind addiction to prescription medication, and to shape our approach to tackling it.

"Many addictive medications, when prescribed and monitored correctly, and in line with clinical guidelines, can be very effective in treating a wide range of health conditions. But all drugs will have risks and potential side-effects.

"It is important not to automatically jump to the conclusion that more drugs being prescribed is always a bad thing. Advances in medical research mean that more medications are constantly becoming more available for patients, and they can increasingly be used to improve their health – and the nature of our NHS is that these medications are available to anyone who could benefit from them.

"GPs will always prescribe in the best interests of the individual patient in front of us, taking into account the physical, psychological and social factors that might be impacting their health. We will only prescribe medication after a frank conversation with the patient about the potential risks and benefits, and we will also conduct regular medication reviews in partnership with the patient.

"However, we know most patients would rather not be on long-term medication and where appropriate we will explore non-pharmacological treatments, but these – and this is particularly so for psychological therapies - are often scarce at community-level.

"We hope that conclusions from this review will include highlighting the need for greater provision of and access to alternative treatments in the community – and for those patients who do become addicted to prescription medications to have easy, consistent, but also confidential access to appropriate, high-quality support."

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Flu rates 'levelling off' for the moment show RCGP figures

The rate of presentations of ILI in general practice largely remains unchanged across England rising by just over 1,000 consultations from 53.1 per 100,000 population in the second week of the year to 54.1 per 100,000 population in the third.

Broken down by region, presentations of ILI:

  • in the South region increased from 54.3 to 59.6 per 100,000 population
  • in London increased from 42.1 to 44.9 per 100,000 population
  • in the North region decreased from 57.3 to 54.9 per 100,000 population
  • in the Midlands and East region decreased from 57.9 to 53.6 per 100,000 population 

Nationally, presentations of Acute Bronchitis, Common Cold and Respiratory System Diseases in general practice also remained largely unchanged. Presentations of Asthma increased slightly from 17.7 per 100,000 population to 20.8 per 100,000 population.

Commenting on the new figures, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Whilst influenza rates have levelled out for now, this means that there are still huge numbers of patients being seen in general practice with flu and other common winter conditions – and GPs and our teams are certainly feeling the pressure.

"If patients have flu, the best thing to do is get lots of rest, and take in lots of fluids as it is easy to become dehydrated. Where possible, we would encourage patients not to mix with other people, particularly elderly or other 'at-risk' people, such as pregnant women, to try to avoid spreading the virus further.

"Whilst there is no cure, the best advice is to maintain good hygienic practices, such as washing your hands regularly and throwing tissues away as soon as you use them. Paracetamol or ibuprofen, if appropriate, can be used to manage fevers or muscle aches – and there are numerous over the counter remedies available that can ease symptoms.

"We continue to urge patients who are ill to think hard about whether they do need to see a GP – not just in terms of reducing pressures on the NHS, but to minimise the possibility of passing viruses, such as flu, to others.

"The College's '3 before GP' advice asks patients whether self-care is an option in the first instance; whether advice from a reputable online UK source, such as NHS Choices, could help; or whether they could seek advice from a pharmacist, before booking an appointment with their GP."

Professor Simon de Lusignan, Medical Director for the RCGP's Research and Surveillance Centre, said: "Today's figures show that rates of ILI presentations in general practice have flattened off, but they do remain above what we term the 'medium' threshold overall, and rates in over 65-year-old patients remain above the 'very high' threshold.

"We're certainly not out of the woods yet this flu season as the influenza virus is incredibly unpredictable. It is quite possible that rates will rise again, although they may continue to level out or even decline."

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