St. Bernards Hospital Gibraltar

GHA introduces new medical app to access pathology results

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The GHA has introduced a new medical app that will enable clinicians to access pathology results more easily, remotely, 24 hours a day. The app is described as safe, easy to use, password protected, and following best practice. Until now doctors and health professionals could only access the laboratory information online via a computer, or email link. Now they will be able to remotely, via their smart phones and other mobile devices. The move aims to make the system more efficient with the app avoiding the need for follow up appointments to review blood results, this releasing much needed slots at the Primary Care Centre.

Health Minister, Neil Costa, is delighted the app is now functional saying it’s a great technological innovation for the GHA. He adds they are always striving to introduce the latest advances to improve the way in which clinicians can carry out their vitally important work.

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Government publishes medical cannabis regulations

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New regulations to approve the use of the cannabis based medicine ‘Sativex’ in the GHA has been published. The new regulations amend the 2005 Drugs Misuse Regulations to allow for the drug to be made available.

This comes a week after a GBC Viewpoint programme in which the use of cannabis in healthcare was discussed.

In the UK the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency issued a marketing authorisation for Sativex, for symptom improvement in patients with spasticity due to multiple sclerosis. It followed successful trials to confirm its effitiveness.

Healthcare access to this medicine will now be available under the new regulatory framework.

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Study reveals dementia linked to air pollution

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A major research study into air pollution has revealed that people living near a main road increases the risk of dementia. The study published in the Lancet, a weekly, peer reviewed medical journal, analysed the effects of living near a main road on six and a half million people in Canada. The results revealed that one in ten dementia deaths in people living within 50 metres of a busy road could be attributed to fumes and noise.

Jonathan Sacramento spoke to local GP Rene Beguelin and asked him what this told us about our lifestyles and links to dementia.

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