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vrijdag 14 september 2018

RCGP: Alcohol guidelines 'set for a reason', says RCGP

Alcohol guidelines 'set for a reason', says RCGP

"Any form of substance misuse can have serious, negative consequences on our patients' health and wellbeing. Alcohol intake has been linked to a range of serious, chronic diseases including liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and some cancers.

 

"GPs are not killjoys, and although there is not completely safe level of alcohol intake, the upper drinking limits are set for a reason, and we would encourage everyone to try and stick to limiting their intake to a maximum of 14 units a week, with at least two alcohol-free days every week.

 

"It's always good to see balanced public awareness campaigns being launched to encourage patients to take note of how much they drink and, in turn, make sensible lifestyle choices that could drastically improve their health and wellbeing."

 

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Contraceptive services 'at a crossroads' due to frustrating cuts, says RCGP

"It's also incredibly frustrating, because we've actually had years of improvement in the quality of sexual and reproductive healthcare in the UK; we've seen teenage pregnancy rates halved; we've seen take up of long acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) increasing.

"But the most recent data shows prescriptions for LARCs – reliable, cost-effective contraception – decreasing. We're at a crossroads, whereby all the progress we've made is under serious threat, and we fear it will be some of our most vulnerable patients who are affected most.

"The complex and fragmented way sexual and reproductive health services in the community are now commissioned is something the College has called out in our recent 'Time to Act' report. Funding for one service might come from NHS England, funding for another from the Local Authority, and yet funding for another from the local Clinical Commissioning Group – it's so confusing to navigate for GPs and our teams, never mind patients.

"We're hearing of GP practices that have been running LARC-fitting clinics, but not being adequately funded to do so. That simply isn't sustainable when you think of the intense resource and workforce pressures facing general practice at the moment. There is also a lack of funding for the appropriate training for staff to fit LARCs safely - it's patchy across the country.

"So much progress had been made in this area in recent years and the service is too important to be allowed to fall into decline. It is vital that this decimation of services is stopped, and the trend immediately reversed."

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GPs on 'permanent alert' for signs of meningitis, says College

"GPs are on permanent alert for signs of meningitis in their patients and we do speak to the parents of babies and young children about what they need to look out for which may indicate that an illness could be developing into something much more serious.

"The College would certainly welcome new resources that GPs could share and discuss with patients and parents of young children, that raise awareness of the symptoms of meningitis, so that people can get the best possible care as quickly as possible.

"GPs also recognise that parents and carers are the ones who really know their child best and that listening to a parents' concerns about their child is often an important indicator of whether something is not right. This is something we will always try to take into account, along with any other physical, psychological and social factors potentially impacting on the health of the patient in front of us.

"Sepsis is a Spotlight project for the RCGP and we have developed high quality resources to support GPs and other members of the practice team identify possible cases of sepsis, which also includes a 'symptom checker' to illustrate the signs and symptoms to look out for."

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