Health landscape report: 7 – 11 August 2023

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This weekly report shares new data and policy information relating to general practice, with selected facts and figures highlighted.

This report is a flexible summary, with the aim of sharing and highlighting a wide range of data and policy information relating to London general practice published in a given week. Where we view information to be of significant interest it is reproduced directly below the links to make the key points quicker to digest. 

Please feel free to share any useful stats/links you think we could include in future reports. 


Official bodies   

NHS Digital  


Department of Health and Social Care 

  • Thirteen new community diagnostic centres are opening across the country to deliver more than 742,000 additional scans, tests and checks a year. 
  • People at greatest risk of serious illness from COVID-19, including care home residents, over 65s and frontline health and social care workers, are eligible for an autumn vaccine booster. 
  • Health Minister visits schemes across East of England which have been prioritised for rebuilding by 2030 due to significant amounts of RAAC. 


Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs 

  • Government response to the ACMD review of the evidence on the use and harms of diphenidine. 


Policy, think tanks, charities and representative bodies   

The Health Foundation 



  • The Royal College of Physicians has described NHSE’s target of creating an additional 10,000 virtual ward beds by the end of September as “not helpful”, suggesting it is increasingly being rolled out to low risk patients who do not require hospital care. 


Nuffield Trust 


NHS Providers 





London Trusts   

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Clinicians at Royal Brompton Hospital, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and St Bartholomew’s Hospital are the first in the UK to use a pioneering robotic device to biopsy small and hard-to-reach lung nodules, meaning patients with suspected lung cancer could get a diagnosis much earlier. 


King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 


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