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How patient ‘tsunami’ threatens to overwhelm GPs

Patients struggling to get appointments as GPs report surge in appointments being booked.

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GP practices in England facing ‘tsunami of patients’

Dr Dean Eggitt, a GP in Doncaster, opened his doors to the BBC to show the pressures facing practices.

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Covid: Deaf campaigner calls for clear mask research

A campaigner is calling for more research into clear masks to stop people feeling isolated.

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The NHS vaccination bus providing easier access to Covid jabs

Take a look inside a NHS mobile service that aims to boost uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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Covid: No evidence that vaccinations harm fertility

Social-media posts – some described as “scare stories” – are based on misunderstandings, experts say.

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Covid vaccine: Over-70s urged to get vaccine as UK nears target

The government is aiming to offer a vaccine to 15 million people in priority groups by Monday.

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Arthritis drug tocilizumab cuts deaths from Covid

Giving the drug, along with a steroid, to the sickest patients in hospital with coronavirus save lives, research reveals.

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NHS bureaucracy being cut to improve care

Health services and councils will be encouraged to work together as 2012 reforms are unpicked in England.

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Covid vaccine priority for ‘severe’ asthma

Asthma patients who need steroids are to be included in priority-group six, the clinically “at risk”.

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Covid: WHO backs Oxford vaccine ‘even if variants present’

Its use in people over 65 as well as in countries where variants are circulating is recommended.

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Covid: Care home staff without PPE at start of pandemic – MPs

MPs say care homes received a fraction of the PPE needed compared with the health service.

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Pandemic means young people face cancer treatment alone

Covid restrictions mean patients such as Sophie must attend appointments without family or friends.

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Covid-19 parosmia: ‘Public toilets smell nice to me now’

NHS dietician Victoria says that since she had Covid-19, things that normally taste and smell nice are repulsive but loos smell good.

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Schools could open if rest of lockdown stays, say researchers

Wider restrictions would still be needed to stop cases getting out of control, say researchers.

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Covid trauma ‘also affects people with breathing problems at home’

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are not confined to those on ventilators, a study suggests.

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Covid: Public can have confidence in UK’s vaccines, Nadhim Zahawi says

The vaccines being used appear to work well against dominant variants in the UK, Nadhim Zahawi says.

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Covid: More than 12 million in UK have had first jab

The government is aiming to offer first doses to the top four priority groups by 15 February.

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Covid: Oxford-AstraZeneca jab protection against South Africa variant ‘limited’, study suggests

A small study points to limited Oxford jab protection against mild disease caused by S Africa variant.

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Down’s syndrome: Mother says she wouldn’t change a thing

Kassie Carlyle hopes her experience will give comfort to those having babies with Down’s in lockdown.

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Covid PPE: How healthcare workers came to feel ‘expendable’

Almost a year in to the pandemic, concerns remain over personal protective equipment.

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