Recent Posts by Charlotte Hudson

Delays outside your control

As a GP, you're part of a system. So what happens when the system is failing? You only have to pick up a newspaper to read about the widespread effects of funding cuts on the NHS. Long waits in A+E, delays in ambulance response times and frequent cancellations of operations. This leads, inevitably, to patient…
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When the going gets tough

Managing your own wellbeing can be difficult as a locum, as prioritising your own health and safety over the needs of a practice could sour your relationship with that practice. However, it is important to ensure that you are practising in a way that is compatible with your own personal safety and wellbeing, and that…
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Can you just sign this prescription?

Locum GPs may work in numerous varied practices and encounter many different staff in the course of their work. Whilst team working is to be welcomed, the locum GP can often feel vulnerable when an unknown member of the team asks for their assistance. Dr Rachel Birch, medicolegal adviser and sessional GP outlines two common…
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A challenging colleague

Whilst being a locum GP can have 
many advantages, there are possible drawbacks. Locums may not know the GP partners or the practice set up and can potentially find themselves working with a difficult colleague. It may be a rose-tinted view to expect that every practice will welcome you with open arms, but it would…
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2-week referrals a cocktail for complaints

Time-dependent, stressful and often scary, 2-week referrals can be a cocktail for complaints. Dr Rachel Birch from MPS presents a roundup of useful advice for an all too regular clinical presentation. Many patients are likely to be aware of the NICE guidelines for the recognition and referral of suspected cancer. Certainly, public health campaigns and…
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Treating dental pain in general practice

New - NASGP message boards Sign in to your NASGP Dashboard (opens link in a new tab), where you can access up to three different message boards. Practice - share posts with other GPs signed into your currently signed-in Spip. Network - if the practice's Spip is linked to a Network, you can share posts with other…
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Avoiding pitfalls on home visits

Seeing unfamiliar patients on home visits from an unfamiliar practice in an unfamiliar area. What could go wrong? Dr Rachel Birch from the MPS gives some helpful advice. Dr S was working at a semi-rural practice for the morning. It was a busy Monday and there were a lot of home visit requests that day.…
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Continuity of care and risk as a locum GP

There are a number of risks when different healthcare professionals are involved in a patient’s care. Continuity of care can be compromised. What are the risks for locum GPs? Continuity of care often involves seeing the same doctor each time you visit your GP surgery. It is an important part of general practice, where the…
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Referral risks

Dr V was working for three days as a locum in a busy general practice. She had not worked there before and the job was arranged at short notice. On her final day she saw a 35 year old mother of two who had just noticed a breast lump in the shower that morning. She…
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