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Mental health patients missing GP appointments ‘at risk’

[ad_1] Image copyright sturti Image caption Deprived patients in affluent areas can find themselves excluded when they miss GP appointments Mental health patients who miss two or more GP appointments within the space of a year are eight times more likely to die in the subsequent 18 months than those who miss none, a study suggests.The University of Glasgow study looked at 274,547 patients with long-term mental health conditions, at
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Missed GP appointments ‘cost NHS England £216m’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Patients who miss GP appointments are costing NHS England £216m a year, officials have said.Data shows more than 15 million consultations are being wasted because patients fail to show up.NHS England said cancelling appointments would free doctors, nurses and other professionals to see people who need care and attention.The British Medical Association urged patients to "play their part" to help the NHS cope with rising
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Have waits for GP appointments got longer?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images How long do you wait to see your GP?Members of the BBC NHS Health Check Facebook group report waits of three weeks or more are common. Lisa Johns said: "Ours book five weeks ahead. For the last three weeks, I've been trying to book a standard appointment and can't get one, as they go in seconds."Another member posted: "I booked a non-urgent appointment with my
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Newspaper headlines: Group GP appointments and Russia ‘targets teens’

[ad_1] Image caption The Times says the Kremlin is targeting British teenagers through Russian-controlled accounts as part of an online "disinformation campaign". Accounts have posed as Harry Potter fans and used images of celebrities such as actress Emma Watson to gain young followers on social media, the newspaper reports. Image caption The Telegraph reports that patients will be expected to see their GPs in groups of up to 15 under
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Pilot areas announced for NHS app to book appointments

[ad_1] Image caption The app will also allow users record their organ donation and end-of-life care preference Patients in five areas of England will begin a trial of the new NHS app from October.Patients in Liverpool, Hastings, Bristol, Staffordshire and South Worcestershire will be able to download and use the app.Users will be able to book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and see their medical files held by their surgery.The
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Hospital stays and appointments ‘for essential care only’

[ad_1] Image caption The idea is that de-cluttering hospitals of non-essential care will make access to treatment a lot quicker for patients who really need it Patients should only go to hospital when it is "essential" and more care should be provided in communities or at home, the Welsh Government has said. It is part of a new strategy to reduce pressure on the NHS.It comes after warnings that future