Category Archives: The Practice

Escape Pain

I have mentioned our efforts to help patients with chronic pain come off opiates. The problem lies in the fact that a few years ago the medical profession was of the opinion that morphine and its derivatives were really good for managing pain provided that you got the dose right – the simple message was… Read More »

USS Machine

A little while ago we launched an appeal for a new ultrasound scanning machine. Our old machine had finally come to the ends of its useful life and we needed to raise £5,000 for a new scanner. In the end, we actually raised £7,000, which meant we were able to purchase a higher quality machine.… Read More »


I’m sure you will all now be aware that we are no longer able to accept prescription requests over the phone. I know that many of you have signed up for internet access to our website where due to the wonders of modern technology you can access your medical records—well a part of your records,… Read More »


I have already mentioned the changes to the prescribing system over the last couple of months. In essence, we will no longer be accepting telephone requests in the new year – this is purely and simply because a number of errors have occurred when taking these requests – thankfully no one has been harmed as… Read More »

Echo Letter

Regular readers know that certain media outlets will not be on my Christmas card list. I should have asked Santa to visit various unfortunate events on the proprietors of the Daily Mail but that might have been pushing my wishlist a little far. Alas our local paper has fared little better this year, naming and… Read More »

Prescribing Improvements

We have recently audited our prescribing of repeat medication and have been concerned to find a significant number of errors associated with telephone requests. These are predominantly due to medications sounding very similar – thankfully there has been no serious problem as a result but we are concerned that the present system is unsafe. As… Read More »

Changing times

I have written previously about the pressures of work in General Practice. We are in the midst of a perfect storm – our basic workload is burgeoning due to the population growth; increasing expectations of what the NHS can do; the population is ageing and many of our senior citizens now enjoy an excellent quality… Read More »