Monitoring the safety of ketamine in treatment-resistant depression-Ketamine is newly recognised as a rapidly acting antidepressant which works in a different way to conventional antidepressants. The Ketamine Clinic at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides treatment for people with depression who have not responded to other treatments. Here, Ketamine is used either intravenously, intramuscularly or orally. Although ketamine is not licensed as an antidepressant in the UK,… Read More
Putting online consultation at the heart of the teaching curriculum-University of Leicester’s Medical School is putting online consultation at the heart of its teaching curriculum for first-year medical students – a first for any university in the UK. Since 2014, the University’s Department of Medical Education has been teaching all its first-year students how to hold online consultations using Patients Know Best, the world’s first fully patient-controlled online medical… Read More
Improving quality of life and reducing unplanned admissions-Emergency care saves lives but preventing the need for emergency care saves even more lives. This is why PKB is teaming up with ‘The Symphony Complex Care Hub’ at South Somerset NHS Trust to help support patients to better manage their long term conditions and lower the level of unplanned admissions taking place in the area. Dr Jo Cummings, clinical… Read More
Visceral Myopathy, a Patient Story from St Marks Hospital-St Mark’s Hospital patient Jason Murtagh has a condition called Visceral Myopathy, a highly rare chronic disease which means that his gut fails to properly absorb nutrients – indeed the condition is so rare that few gastroenterologists will encounter a case in their careers. Diagnosed in 1988, Jason’s disease involves him being reliant on a line which administers nutrients directly… Read More
Managing complex conditions across geographical boundaries-The Royal College of Physicians “Personal health records (PHR) – landscape review” report in 2016 highlighted the work of St Mark’s Hospital using Patients Know Best. Acknowledgements This case study was informed by discussions with: > Simon Gabe, Consultant Gastroenterologist, St Mark’s Hospital > Lloyd Humphreys, former Vice President of Business Development, Patients Know Best® (PKB) It is also based on a review of… Read More
Halving HIV clinic times in North Manchester General Hospital-The Regional Infectious Diseases Unit (RIDU) based at North Manchester General Hospital is one of the largest units of its kind anywhere in the UK and offers specialist clinical services to patients across Greater Manchester – and more widely. Since 2014, the RIDU has been rolling out Patients Know Best (PKB) to its cohort of over 2000 HIV patients –… Read More
Improving care for Leukaemia patients in Oxford University Hospitals-Cancer patients in Oxford are benefitting from a medical records system which provides them with more support outside of the clinic and in the community. Professor Anna Schuh, a consultant haematologist at the Oxford Cancer Centre, which is based at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, began using Patients Know Best, a patient-controlled system in 2015. Professor Schuh is a leading authority on… Read More
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