Category: General Practice

NHS Screening Programmes

The NHS offers several screening programmes, following recommendations set by the UK National Screening Committee. They are designed to aid early detection of serious conditions (such as cancers) in asymptomatic patients. Although screening is run at a national level, when patients have questions or worries they will often direct them to their GP. This quick

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Getting Started in General Practice

Many FY2 doctors spend time in General Practice as part of the Foundation Programme. It is a valuable experience even for those who do not intend to pursue GP as a career. This article offers advice on what to expect during the post and some suggestions on where to look for help when you need

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Understanding the MSRA

The Multiple Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) is a computer-based exam increasingly being used by many different specialties as part of core training applications. For all specialties, the MSRA score will contribute to or be the sole consideration for shortlisting candidates for limited interview slots for each specialty. Subsequently, the MSRA score will also (often) contribute

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Gastroenterology in Primary Care

INTRODUCTION This article covers common gastroenterological presenting complaints seen in primary care. Presentations covered are: dyspepsia, diarrhoea, PR bleeding, constipation and deranged LFTs. DYSPEPSIA Definition Spectrum of upper GI symptoms including epigastric pain and heartburn and acid reflux. Can be categorised into functional causes vs. structural causes (e.g. GORD, PUD, GI malignancies) Overview of causes Management

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