• Template to assess CCG uptake of best value biological medicines

    1 December 2017

    Pharmacists have developed a template to assess CCG uptake of best value biological medicines. All CCGs are asked to complete the template and return to england.biosimilars@nhs.net by 5pm on 22 December 2017.

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  • Annual outpatients activity report

    1 December 2017

    NHS Digital has published a report on hospital outpatient activity, 2016/17.

    The figures include the number of outpatient appointments and attendances, as well as appointments where the patient did not attend over the past financial year, broken down by age and gender.

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  • Quality toolkit for clinics and outpatient settings

    1 December 2017

    NHS England has published a document aimed at improving the experience of patients in clinics and outpatient settings. It considers how patients, carers and families can be involved in quality assurance processes.

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  • Survey finds significant improvement in NHS stroke care

    1 December 2017

    Patients are receiving significantly improved NHS stroke care, according to an independent report.

    The fourth annual report, commissioned by NHS England, states that patients are getting much quicker access to the vital tests and treatment they need when they have a stroke, greatly improving their chances of recovery.

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  • Remove earwax if a build-up is causing hearing loss problems, NICE tells primary care

    29 November 2017

    GP surgeries or community clinics should offer to remove earwax if a build-up is contributing to someone’s hearing loss.

    This means patients do not need to be referred to a specialist ear, nose and throat (ENT) service for the same procedure, new draft guidance from NICE says.

    Earwax can be removed using an electronic machine that pumps water into the ear at a controlled pressure, known as ear irrigation.

    Patients should be given ear drops to soften the wax before irrigation, the draft guidance says.

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