Hepatitis: the silent killer

As World Hepatitis Day approaches on 28 July, Community Practitioner shines the spotlight on this group of viruses that affects hundreds of millions of people – most of whom are unaware of their status.

Wales: measles outbreak in Newport

A measles outbreak has been declared in Newport after four people with links to one school were infected.

Health visitors help raise eye cancer awareness

Health visitors play a crucial role in raising awareness of eye cancer with parents, according to a new survey.

Immunisation: does it need a booster?

Is immunisation slipping down the health visiting agenda? Helen Bedford, professor of child public health, explores the evidence.

Antibiotics under the microscope

Are antibiotics becoming a healthcare catastrophe? Lorna Duckworth explores how real a problem antimicrobial resistance is, its implications for public health and future generations, and what community practitioners can do to tackle it.

Practice closures ‘leave 200,000 without GPs’

Record numbers of GP practice closures have forced around 265,000 to move, according to data published in April.


Unvaccinated children being refused healthcare in Australia

One in six children not up to date with their vaccines have been refused healthcare treatment in Australia.

Children face record waits for ear, nose and throat consultations

Children in Scotland are waiting longer than ever for ear, nose and throat (ENT) appointments, figures reveal.

Meningitis: act without delay

As we mark World Meningitis Day on 24 April, Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is raising awareness of the disease. The charity sets out the types and symptoms practitioners should be aware of and highlights the importance of immunisation.

Beating bugs together

Public Health England’s Charlotte Eley, Vicki Young and Cliodna McNulty describe an educational course to increase awareness and change behaviour around hygiene, self-care and antibiotic use in the community.

Fears for vaccination programmes as GPs step up resignation plans

Babies, mothers and the elderly could be left vulnerable to diseases if plans for a mass resignation by GPs in Northern Ireland go ahead.