14 October

Primary Care news – Friday 16th October

Read all the Primary Care news we have highlighted this week



How will Practices tackle the symptoms of ‘long covid’?

At the start of the week we looked at an article about long covid. The article advcised measures in place to deal with this.

Specialist GPs are part of the taskforce that will be used to help treat people suffering from ‘long covid’. The specialist GPs will be used to diagnose and treat the thousands of people with symptoms such as chronic fatigue.

NHS England reports that it has been estimated that 10% of Covid patients may still be experiencing symptoms more than 3 weeks after infection, and that there could be 60,000 people suffering from symptoms after more than 3 months.

Specialist GPs will be part of a team that includes respiratory consultants and physiotherapists, As we head into the winter months, the pressures on GP surgeries will be growing as a result of this, coupled with the normal pressures practices face with seasonal flu.

Ciaran commented that “I think it’s good that we are dedicating people to learn more about the long-term effects of Covid-19. We already know about the symptoms in the short-term, but a more detailed look into reasons why some people suffer with Covid-19 for a longer period could help us to uncover and learn more about the virus.”



Frome Medical Practice shortlisted for award!

Mid-week saw some great news for Frome Medical Practice. They have been shortlisted for the BMJ Awards, for the category of ‘Primary Care Team of the Year’. They have been shortlisted for their work relating to community connectors. Great work, and good luck to the team at Frome!

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Allied Health Professionals day!

Allied Health Professionals day was on Wednesday! The NHS campaign stated the following. “Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) are the third largest workforce in the NHS — and include paramedics, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians and so much more.

This #AHPsDay we want to say a huge thank you to AHPs across the NHS for all your hard work looking after our communities, especially at such a challenging time.”



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