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All posts from: March 2013

Let’s skype our way to better health

Posted by: Benedict LamThu, 28 Mar 2013

A hospital in north London may soon be providing medical consultations via Skype. Hospital bosses at The Whittington Hospital say the planned system, which would involve patients discussing their illness with doctors using Skype, an internet video-chat service, would free doctors’ time.

Conquering the man-made epidemic of medical errors

Posted by: Maureen O'SullivanFri, 22 Mar 2013

Patient safety activist Sorrel King stole the show at the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists annual congress and she wasn’t even there. Sorrel King is not a patient safety expert. She’s not a pharmacist, a nurse or a doctor. No, Sorrel King is not a healthcare professional at all. She is the mother of a child who died at the hands of healthcare.

Good communication is the foundation of patient safety

Posted by: Benedict LamTue, 19 Mar 2013

From next month responsible officers (usually the medical director in an NHS organisation) will have a legal duty to ensure doctors can speak an acceptable level of English to perform their jobs in a safe and competent manner.

Naughty pharma?

Posted by: Janna LawrenceWed, 13 Mar 2013

Squashed in amongst men and women in black tie and evening gowns I eagerly await the evening’s entertainment. I am currently peering down from my velvet seat in the amphitheatre and curiously sizing up the two men who will step into t

When it comes to smoking the Aussies are not a pack of flaming galahs

Posted by: Matthew WrightMon, 11 Mar 2013

I am glad that I never took up smoking as a youngster. As No Smoking Day celebrates its 30th year this Wednesday (13 March 2013), I’ve got to thinking about the people in my life who do smoke — and how difficult they have found it to kick the habit.

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