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The number of text messages sent to patients by Irish GPs is substantial, and growing rapidly. Recently published research demonstrates that a majority of Irish GPs currently text patients, with others on the cusp of initiating text messaging with their patients.1 The GPs identify time management and improved...Read more
An early literary citing of ‘shooting the messenger’ in Plutarch’s Lives states: “The first messenger, that gave notice of Lucullus’ coming was so far from pleasing Tigranes that, he had his head cut off for his pains; and no man dared to bring further information. Without any intelligence at all, Tigranes sat...Read more
I stood at the kitchen counter at lunchtime opening the post, waiting for the kettle to boil; that glorious respite in a GP’s life – the half-day. I saw the postmark franking of the Medical Council but thought nothing of it as I opened it. When I saw the words ‘complaint’ and ‘Preliminary Proceedings Committee’...Read more
The National Standards for Safer, Better Healthcare (NSSBH) were announced by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in June 2012. These standards are aimed at promoting a culture of safety and quality in all healthcare facilities and placing the patient at the centre of healthcare provision. It is...Read more
The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 is in its final stages in Dail Eireann, and is likely to change the way doctors and nurses engage with patients on the topic of their end of life care.
Ideally, end of life planning (EOLP) is a long term process, which if undertaken effectively will deliver...Read more