Take your sick children to the pharmacy and not the GP says

first_img18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million A&E visits are being taken up by patients with conditions that could have been treated at home Rachel Power, the chief executive of the Patients Association, said: “We would not want to see parents put off taking their children to see a doctor if they have any suspicion that something more serious could be wrong.”Dr Bruce Warner, the deputy 
chief pharmaceutical officer for England said: “Pharmacists are highly trained NHS health professionals who are able to offer clinical advice and effective treatments for a wide range of minor health concerns right there and then.“However, if symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, they have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need.” The campaign, launched today and backed by pharmacists, will urge more parents to “use their pharmacy first” for minor health concerns such as coughs, colds and stomach problems.Sandra Gidley, the chairman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society England Board said: “It is great to see a campaign putting pharmacists at the front of people’s minds when it comes to getting clinical advice and over the counter medicines for minor health concerns.”   “Parents aren’t qualified to know whether an illness which seems minor actually is something far more serious – and while pharmacists are highly trained, they are not medical trained either,” he said. Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “Most of the time when a child [has] the snuffles it’s not likely to turn serious – but identifying the subtle differences is really difficult for parents, and things can turn nasty really quickly.“Parents aren’t doctors, and pharmacists aren’t doctors either,” she said. “We know the NHS is overloaded but this is a very high risk strategy.” Parents are being urged to take sick children to pharmacists instead of to GPs or A&E departments under controversial new NHS advice.Health officials said millions of families could get help more quickly and save NHS resources if young children with minor illnesses were taken to their local chemists.But major charities raised fears that parents could struggle to identify potentially lethal symptoms, putting their children in danger, as they tried to ease pressures on the health service.The advice from NHS England comes after the death of a teenager with flu, whose parents had delayed seeking treatment in response to NHS pleas to avoid needless A&E visits.Today’s campaign, aimed at five million parents with children under the age of five, says 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million A&E visits are being taken up by patients with conditions that could have been treated at home. But charities warned that parents could struggle to identify situations that could rapidly deteriorate and make a tragic wrong decision because they felt guilty about taking their child to the doctor.Dr Ron Daniels, the chief executive of the UK Sepsis Trust, urged parents to “trust your instincts” and seek medical help if they had any doubt. 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million A&E visits are being taken up by patients with conditions that could have been treated at homeCredit:sturti Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Intermat 2015 sees MTG launch new mining wear protection solutions

first_imgAt Intermat 2015 last week, attended by IM, MTG introduced its innovative U design bucket side protector for its ProMet range to the market, which includes the MTGtwist hammerless locking system. The new protector offers up to 4 times more resistance than the MTG LS/LA shrouds and keeps robust and stable with wear material ratio over 70% compared to MTG LS /LA shrouds.Other advantages are its increased contact surface that reduces plastic deformation to the sides of the bucket as well as the fact that they are reversible, which allows changing their position and therefore increasing wear life. They boast a new design for an optimum distribution of the wear material and increased protection of the locking system.The new ProMet bucket protection shroud has been specifically designed for 30, 40, 50 and 60 mm blade thickness excavators.Also released was the new StarMet Wear Bottom Leg Shroud, which protects the bottom leg of the adapter and its welding area. The main advantage of the StarMet Wear Bottom Leg Shroud is that it duplicates the wear material of the bottom leg adapter and therefore reduces the down times of machinery related with GET. This product “is easy and fast assembling and has already been satisfactorily tested for almost one year in highly abrasive applications.”The new StarMet Wear Bottom Leg Shroud is currently available in StarMet adapter sizes 120, 180 and 500, it will also be released for tooth adapter sizes 50, 60 and 240 beginning on June 15, 2015.last_img read more