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Latest news - Sunday, 26 May 2019

GPs must maintain commissioning role as CCGs merge

Report stresses clinical role in commissioning changes

Plans unveiled for new GP IT systems

GPs will be able to choose the best technologies they want

GP at Hand service popular but limited scope to expand

28% of new patients left the service since July 2017

Virtual reality could help spot Alzheimer’s quicker

VR tests could be better at identifying disease than current methods

New plea for MMR vaccination as cases rise

795 cases of mumps and 231 of measles in first quarter of 2019


OTP Oncology - May 2019

Single-fraction SBRT better than standard MFRT for bone metastases pain relief

The future for our students

Being honest about the challenges in primary care, but also showcasing the rewarding aspects of the job

Endangered species

To prolong the recent media attention on GP shortage, Chris Preece proposes a new kind of Attenborough style documentary

The beginning of the genomics revolution

How the world of medicine is affecting the development of genomics


Join the OnMedica Media Panel

OnMedica has launched a media panel that will enable its members to air their views to the media on topical healthcare issues in the UK

How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

As the role of nursing associate grows in number, we need to understand it better. Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, introduces us this new role and how it’s set to complement the NHS Long Term Plan’s workforce strategy

The collaborative approach turning things around

Tara Kearney, director of integration for Salford Care Organisation, talks about setting up and working in a whole-system collaborative, and its impact on Salford Royal Foundation Trust and the people in her community

Shaping the future of medicines and pharmacy

NHS England’s associate chief clinical information officer (Medicines), Ann Slee, looks at how digital technology will help deliver the NHS Long Term Plan


A clinical review of the classification, investigations, and management of a condition affecting about 600,000 people in UK. This article also includes considerations about pregnancy and the GP responsibility with the DVLA.


Drug and Therapeutics Update - 24th May

MHRA issues drug safety updates on magnesium sulfate, tofacitinib and alemtuzumab (Lemtrada); primary hyperparathyroidism NICE guideline published; EMA announces withdrawal of marketing authorisations for fenspiride medicines

Fitness to fly

This course reviews a group of case histories covering the assessment of a series of patients with various medical conditions

Varicose veins

A 36-year-old woman comes to the surgery because she is getting leg swelling and pain during the course of her work. The swelling progresses during the day. She had some problems with her legs during pregnancy and was given stockings to wear

Endocrine causes of hypertension

A 26-year-old lady comes to see her GP with a recent history of feeling more tired than usual. She has also noticed she has been more thirsty than usual and is passing more urine too. Examination reveals that her blood pressure is elevated at 159/98

Transient ischaemic attack

Accurately diagnosing a TIA can be quite difficult as the diagnosis is largely based on history from the patient. This clinical review includes the latest NICE guidance on imaging and the role of urgent carotid endarterectomy

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