The wait is over for Doctor Who fans when the show returns to our television screens tonight for a New Year's Day one-off special. The 11th series of the BBC sci-fi hit, and Jodie Whittaker's first as the Time Lord, ended earlier in December and the programme will not be back for a full run until 2020. But to keep current fans happy, and in the hope to win over another generation, there's a festive special to enjoy. Traditionally, the show's festive special is on Christmas Day, but producers pushed it back to today (Tuesday, January 1). A brief preview clip on the show's official Twitter account shows the Doctor talking about the discovery of the DNA "of the most dangerous creature in the universe". And showrunner Chris Chibnall has previously said the episode will provide "big emotion for all the family". "There's an epic scale to this adventure, we're going across time and space," he said. "There's a lot of action, there's a lot of scares, some great new characters, it's another big … [Read more...] about What time is the Doctor Who New Year’s Day special on?
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Group GP appointments allowing patients to have their consultation together are being trialled across England. Sessions with up to 15 people with the same condition have been trialled at GP surgeries in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Berkshire, the Daily Telegraph reports. Surgeries that offer shared appointments for groups of patients with similar conditions have had “very positive” feedback, family doctors say. Some patients said they have benefited from group appointments after receiving support from other participants, the head of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) said. Doctors are said to find the sessions effective at dealing with a variety of health issues like diabetes, arthritis and obesity as they do not have to repeat the same advice individually. Sorry, this content isn't available on your device. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the RCGP, said: “We are already aware of practices that are offering … [Read more...] about Shared GP appointments allowing doctors to see patients in groups of 15 trialled across England
An aspirin a day may not keep the doctor away, new research suggests. Millions of people take a daily dose of the blood-thinning drug to help ward off heart attacks and strokes. Its benefits for patients with pre-existing heart and vascular conditions is well documented. But the results of a clinical trial suggest the ‘wonder drug’ does not help otherwise healthy patients to live longer. The study of 19,000 people said aspirin did not significantly reduce the risk of a heart attack, stroke, or extend life free of disability or dementia in healthy adults over 70. However the medicine was linked with an increased risk of serious bleeding, in line with previous findings. Lead researcher Professor John McNeil, of Monash University, Australia, said the findings show many older people may be taking aspirin “unnecessarily”. He warned the results do not apply to people with existing conditions such as a heart attack, angina or stroke, where the drug is recommended. … [Read more...] about Aspirin a day may not keep the doctor away, new research suggests
THE NHS should allow e-cigs on its sites and do more to help smokers quit while in hospital, says a doctors’ report. Currently patients are admitted and discharged without being asked if they smoke and do not get advice on giving up. Doing so could double quit rates, according to the Royal College of Physicians’ report. In 2013 services to help smokers give up moved to local authorities in England and funding fell. The RCP’s Prof John Britton said: “Treating the one million smokers admitted to hospitals a year represents a unique opportunity for the NHS to improve patients’ lives, while also saving money.” In February Public Health England said vaping should be allowed in- side and outside hospitals. GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected] Vape smoke 'turns into cotton wool' … [Read more...] about Doctors call for patients to be allowed to use e-cigs on NHS sites
A Ballymena GP practice has announced it is not longer able to take on new patients and plans to close its list for up to a year. Ballymena Family Practice is applying to the Health and Social Care Board to close the list to new patients.Practice Manager Jayne Service said the main reason to close the list is to “safely look after and protect the patients” already on the practice’s list. The move comes due to the practice being unable to fill a position following the retirement of one of their GPs, leaving the practice based in the Ballymena Health and Care Centre on Cushendall Road with just one partner.Ms Service explained: “Dr Conan Castles joined us in October 2017 as a salaried GP and works five sessions a week. “This still leaves us short of two sessions per week.”She added: “We currently have 3,267 patients, and the main reason for applying to close our list is that we wish to safely look after and protect the patients who are already on … [Read more...] about GP practice closes ‘list’ to new patients