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RCGP letter to Secretary of State Matt Hancock on GP at Hand

28 September 2018

Read the full letter from Royal College of GPs Chair Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard to Secretary of State Matt Hancock on the College's concerns about GP at Hand.


Patients should disclose all medications and supplements to their GP, says RCGP

25 September 2018

Responding to the new British Journal Of General Practice study on natural remedies interfering with prescription medications, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard said: "Our ageing population means that more people are living longer, often with more than one long-term condition and as a result, they are often, quite appropriately, taking multiple prescribed medications in order to treat and manage these conditions.


Rise in mental health-related prescriptions likely indicates a growing awareness of mental health, says RCGP Wales

21 September 2018

RCGP Wales has said a rise is mental health-related prescriptions “likely indicates a growing awareness of mental health”, while highlighting a shortage in counselling and community based mental health services.


GPs on 'permanent alert' for signs of meningitis, says College

14 September 2018

Responding to a new report by the Meningitis Research Foundation, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard said: "GPs know all too well that meningitis and indeed any form of sepsis can lead to serious complications, and in some cases can be fatal, if not recognised and treated in a timely manner. But the challenge for all clinicians is that initial symptoms often present in exactly the same way as common viral illnesses such as flu, making both conditions very hard to spot in the early stages of disease.


Contraceptive services 'at a crossroads' due to frustrating cuts, says RCGP

12 September 2018

Responding to a BBC investigation into cuts to sexual and reproductive health services, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "It's extremely concerning to hear of such large-scale cuts, or plans to cut, contraceptive services, across England – actions that will potentially affect millions of women. It seems bizarre when there is strong evidence that investing in good contraception services is one of the most cost-effective healthcare interventions available.


Connection between lifestyle factors and overall health 'remains clear', says College

11 September 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to the new health profile report by Public Health England.


Society-wide approach needed to address 'extremely serious' self-poisoning rates in young people, says RCGP

11 September 2018

Responding to new findings in the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) on the self-poisoning rates of young people in England, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, said: "The mental health crisis facing young people in our society is extremely serious and the findings of this new study show a very worrying rise in more young people engaging in self-harm as a way of dealing with their declining mental health.


Alcohol guidelines 'set for a reason', says RCGP

10 September 2018

The RCGP has welcomed a new Public Health England public awareness campaign on alcohol. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


RCGP encourages all primary care professionals to get their flu jab this winter

07 September 2018

Responding to the NHS drive for all frontline staff to get their influenza vaccination this winter, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "We absolutely support this drive to encourage NHS staff to have their flu jab this winter, and we would urge all members of the primary care team, including those who work in residential and care homes, to be vaccinated early in the season, for their own health, as well as their patients".

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