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Alcohol use disorder (part 2)

A lot of this alcohol use disorder guideline is aimed at specialists. Basically, anyone with dependence (AUDIT > 15) needs specialist referral. Under 18s should be referred to CAMHS. There are specific tools which are listed for use with under 16s instead of the AUDIT screen. If someone has harmful drinking, but isn’t dependent, a ‘brief intervention’…
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BASHH | Chlamydia testing

Most of the information is these guidelines is stuff we know. Learning points for me were: Endocervical swabs and HVS swabs have a similar sensitivity (before, the advice was that endocervical swabs were essential for testing where there are symptoms). FCU is not as sensitive in women. To take an HVS, you should rotate the…
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Skin cancer prevention

This new guidance really covers common sense stuff about sun-protection whilst also encouraging patients to balance that with the need for sun-exposure to get adequate Vit D     Louise HudmanI’m a salaried GP in Hampshire. NEW! – Use the NASGP CPD templates to record your reflections.
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BASHH | Management of Donovanosis (granuloma inguinale)

Nothing has changed in the management of Granuloma Inguinale. It’s pretty rare in the UK, but beware painless genital ulcers with inguinal nodes or ulceration over the nodes. I advise sending to GU for proper diagnosis and treatment if suspected as they need special tissue samples taking. Louise HudmanI’m a salaried GP in Hampshire. NEW!…
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Nice | Anxiety quick reference guide

This guideline from Nice puts psychological interventions first. The following stepwise interventions should be considered. Start at any step, depending on severity: 1st line: Explain the disorder and explore their worries. Suggest self-help: NHS choices RCPysch has a good leaflet (These are my suggestions – NICE gives no specifics) 2nd line – Choose one of the…
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BASHH | Use of androgens

Guidelines on the management of sexual problems in men and women – the use of androgens These are short and worth a read – there are useful summaries on the back pages. They encourage screening men and women at risk of sexual problems and advise when checking testosterone is useful (which is our job). It…
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Venous thromboembolism (VTE)

Prevention and Management of VTE – Quick Reference Guide Some of this is relevant and useful to us. Below are the best bits: Pregnancy / Postnatal – lists indications for prophylaxis (if you think a woman may be at risk – check the criteria). Assess each woman at booking and prophylaxis should be started before…
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