Our interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer on Talk Radio this morning covered the updated advice that aspirin should not be used to prevent heart attacks because it has an unacceptable level of side effects, particularly the risk of bleeding which can be serious. We have observed cerebral (brain ) bleeds in patients on preventative aspirin and for this reason we have not advised taking low dose aspirin to ward of heart attacks.
We remain committed to other measures including statin therapy (as discussed on the radio) to lower cholesterol and to reduce the incidence of heart attacks and strokes.
A review of 164,225 people in their fifties, sixties and seventies found that regularly taking aspirin increases the chances of major bleeding by more than 40 per cent.
In other news- we have often suggested that A+E waiting time can be reduced by better triage at the outset instead of letting all patients wait for hours without screening them. So we are delighted with the news that in the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, waiting times in A&E have fallen under a new initiative, which places a senior nurse near the front doors to turn away non-emergency patients.
No-one is sent home under the policy, but simply redirected to GP clinics and pharmacies.
Senior A&E doctors are warning that hospitals are teetering on the edge of safety. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine says that after a quieter start to the year, the pressure has intensified this month. Samedaydoctor private GP walk in clinics are open up to 7 days a week for all general medical, STD and travel vaccine patients.