GPNI Webinar – Safeguarding young people

The session will be led by Dr Mary Larkin a GP Partner with a special interest in Safeguarding and Ms Charmaine McNally a Social Worker Primary Care Lead in Derry MDTw with a special interest in childhood sexual exploitation.[divi_wpfd_single_file file_params="{%22selected_file_id%22:23909,%22selected_category_id%22:113,%22selected_file_name%22:%22Child Sexual Exploitation presentation for GPNI%22,%22categoryPath%22:%22HSC Updates%22}" _builder_version="4.9.4"...

Rollout of lateral flow testing devices for COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic patient-facing staff in primary care.

 Asymptomatic staff self-testing using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) will be offered to all general practice staff in the next 4-6 weeks on a voluntary basis . This type of testing aims to find asymptomatic cases of COVID 19 by testing patient facing practice staff regularly twice a week. Due to the relatively decreased sensitivity of LFDs compared to PCR, twice weekly testing is required. LFDs are point-of-care and deliver a result in 20mins. This approach to testing has been agreed with...

COVID-19 vaccine (Astrazeneca) and thromboembolic events with concurrent low platelet counts – 20/4/21

 I am writing to you following the CMO letter HSS(MD) 28/2021 (dated 8th April 2021) to outline the operational procedures which should be followed for any patient reporting symptoms suggestive of a blood clot more than 4 days and within 28 days from receiving a dose of Astrazeneca vaccine. The following symptoms suggest the need for urgent medical investigation:   new onset of severe headache, which is getting worse and does not respond to simple painkillers   an unusual headache which...

GPNI Webinar – Vertigo

We are delighted to be joined by the BHSCT ENT team to present a GPNI Clinical Update on the frequently problematic presentation of vertigo in the primary care setting. Extra Video Resources: - https://vimeo.com/543483296 - https://vimeo.com/543483379[divi_wpfd_file_category _builder_version="4.9.4" _module_preset="default" category_id="{%22categoryId%22:%22117%22,%22categoryPath%22:%22ENT Update - Vertigo%22}" hover_enabled="0"...

GPNI Webinar – Stable Angina in Primary Care & RAAC update

The Rapid Angina Assessment Clinic (RAAC) was implemented in 2019 in response to a significant event and to implement NICE CG95 criteria for the investigation of stable angina. This session hosted by Dr Aaron Peace, Consultant Cardiologist, WHSCT and Alana Laverty, Cardiology Network Co-ordinator, HSCB will provide an update for GPs on the service and a clinical update on the management of angina in Primary Care

HSS(MD) 29/2021 – COVID-19 THERAPEUTIC ALERT – INHALED BUDESONIDE FOR ADULTS (50 YEARS AND OVER) WITH COVID-19

 Recommendation  Inhaled budesonide is not currently being recommended as standard of care but can be considered (off-label) on a case-by-case basis for symptomatic COVID-19 positive patients aged 65 and over, or aged 50 or over with co-morbidities, in line with the published Interim Position Statement. [divi_wpfd_single_file file_params="{%22selected_file_id%22:23836,%22selected_category_id%22:113,%22selected_file_name%22:%22HSS MD 29 2021 - COVID-19 THERAPEUTIC ALERT – INHALED BUDESONIDE...

Management of patients presenting to the Emergency Department with symptoms >4-28 days post the Astra Zeneca vaccine

Management of patients presenting to the Emergency Department with symptoms  >4-28 days post the Astra Zeneca vaccine The condition of concern is Covid-19 Vaccine induced Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia (VITT) Cases usually present with progressive thrombosis, with a high preponderance of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Splanchnic vein thrombosis is common and pulmonary embolism and arterial ischaemia are also seen. Bleeding can be significant and unexpected. Symptoms of concern are...

BHSCT & GP Partnership Links Issue 3

Belfast Trust and Primary Care Forum welcome you to our third edition of the Links newsletter. We have now been living with the pandemic for over a year now and we, as an entire system, are making encouraging progress with the rollout of the vaccination however it is clear that the virus will remain with us for the foreseeable future.  This bulletin provides progress on the vaccination programme to date - and for people who are for homeless, for people who are refugees and asylum seekers...

GPNI have brought together a large multi-disciplinary working group to generate and collate the most up to date and relevant information for Northern Ireland Primary Care.  Below you will find important updates regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic along with primary care specific guidance.  This is a developing resource which will be updated as new information and guidelines become available.

If you would like to contribute to GPNI you can email our editorial team on [email protected] we are a multi-disciplinary team and welcome contributions from all elements of primary care.