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Back in 2009, the conclusion of the first Lancet Climate Change Commission was that “Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st Century.” In response to this, in October 2020, the NHS became the world’s first health service to commit to reaching carbon net zero, and in July 2022 it published its plan for delivery. So, what does all this mean for general practice? In this podcast episode, Dr Hannah Rosa shares her 10 practical sustainability tips for how we in primary care can make a difference.
In this episode, Dr Roger Henderson discusses the common problem of insomnia. He looks at what it is, how it is assessed, what causes it and ways of treating it. He also discusses simple tips patients can do at home that can cure one in three cases of insomnia without the need for any medication and mentions some famous people who suffered from insomnia along the way!
In this podcast, Dr Kate Chesterman discusses post-sepsis syndrome. She talks about the long-term implications for physical and mental health following sepsis and highlights the considerations for primary care clinicians in managing this cohort of individuals. She also discusses the role of the wider multidisciplinary team, including input from voluntary organisations.
Heat-related illnesses are increasing as a result of climate change. In this episode, Dr Roger Henderson looks at various aspects of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, including why they are different conditions and how to recognise them. He also talks about how they are treated and when hospital admission should be considered.
In this episode, Kate discusses gynaecomastia and its investigation and management in primary care. She talks us through an infographic produced by The Association of Breast Surgery called Guidance on Gynaecomastia and considers the following important questions: “who do I need to be worried about?”, “what investigations should I consider?” and “when should I make a referral?”.
In this episode, Kevin discusses thrombocytosis in the context of suspected cancer. How should an unexplained high platelet count be interpreted and managed in primary care? Which cancers are most commonly associated with thrombocytosis? Aside from underlying malignancy, what are the other possible causes? What further investigations and referrals should we consider, and when?

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