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Lucy Norton writes about recent reports from the British Heart Foundation on genetic heart conditions, and the importance of being aware of not just the things you can do to look after your heart but also to become aware of the things you cannot directly control.
Solicitor Lucy Crawford considers recent research from Asthma UK, reporting that the majority of asthma sufferers do not receive basic medical care for their condition, and the potential cause of this.
Richard Coleman writes about the recently published new national guidelines for the diagnosis and management of sepsis within the NHS.
A blog reviewing the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report which has gathered evidence from their own casework and intelligence from the Care Quality Commission, NHS England and Healthwatch England to review how well GP surgeries in England are handling concerns and complaints when things go wrong with patient care.
Amy Chater, Solicitor, considers the problems facing GPs and their patients as a result of the ongoing pressures of lack of time and resources, and when failures in treatment can lead to a negligence claim.
This blog highlights the importance of prompt diagnosis of symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, and looks at the potential complications if the condition is not diagnosed within the appropriate timeframe.
Failing GP Practices are to face closure under plans being unveiled in England – is this a necessary move and should it be welcomed?
The importance of men seeking prompt advice when faced with symptoms of testicular torsion and the need for early recognition and referral by GPs.
As high level of compensation continue to be paid out by GPs for meningitis claims what needs to be done to reduce cases of delayed diagnosis of meningitis?
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has proposed that in future each elderly or vulnerable patient should have one doctor or nurse responsible for their overall care.
With recent studies demonstrating a marked increase in the number of clinical negligence claims brought against General Practitioners (GPs), why is there a continuing failure to tackle the most common source of these claims – missed diagnoses?
Lack of knowledge of the symptoms of ovarian cancer among the population means that too often women are referred to hospital too late for treatment to make a difference.
Parents of young children in particular need to be aware of the symptoms of the similar illnesses of meningitis and septicaemia because delay in seeking medical help can lead to serious disability or death.
Delay in diagnosis of bone cancers can lead to worse outcomes for the patient and even death. What more can be done to ensure more prompt diagnosis?
During Diabetes Week (9-15 June 2013) it is important to emphasise how vital it is for doctors to respond to symptoms of diabetes and make appropriate referrals
World Meningitis Day 2013 is on 24th April and meningitis charities and research foundations are calling for increased awareness and education about meningitis. A recent tragic case, involving the death of a 3 year old girl, has also brought the issue of undiagnosed meningitis infections back into the public domain, and whether awareness is improving.