Your GP magazine preview - 8 December: Daily Mail covers GP, #SaveOurSurgeries & Xmas craft GP

Your next edition of GP magazine is available on 8 December and below we give you a taster of what you can expect to find there.

Dr Rachel Duffield: 'We decided this year to run a Christmas Craft Day.'

The issue will be available to download first on the afternoon of Friday 5 December on our award-winning app. Follow us on Twitter (@gponlinenews) to find out exactly when it's available.


The Daily Mail covered two exclusives from our last issue: Half of GPs denied access to cancer scans and Rise in patient numbers leaves GPs struggling. Our exclusive interview in our 8 December issue is with architects of the Save Our Surgeries (@SaveGPSurgeries #SaveOurSurgeries) campaign Dr Naomi Beer and practice manager Virginia Patania from the Jubilee Street practice (@Jubilee_Street) in Tower Hamlets, east London.


Regular columnists Dr Liam Farrell (@drlfarrell) contemplates Christmas and writes Depressed? How do you think I feel? and Dr Zara Aziz pens Why I try to steer clear of hospitals.


Subjects covered include pustular dermatosis; Red flags on breast lumps; Differential diagnoses on hand lesions; how to manage teenage patients by the Medical Protection Society (@MPSDoctors); diagnosis and management of rotator cuff tear; bone health in children and adolescents; how to get the best of eLearning by Dr Toni Hazell (@tonihazellgp) and a clinical review on alopecia.


Would you like to know how to run your practice more efficiently? Subscribe to our sister website Medeconomics. Look out for a GP article on how out-of-area patients will affect practices.


Meet Merseyside GP registrar Dr Rachel Duffield (pictured above) who makes Christmas decorations, formed her own craft business Sew Scentsational and raises money for charity. She says: 'It has been a great way to take my mind off medicine, and also to spend time with non-medical friends. It can also be really useful, when it comes to thinking of present ideas or decorating your own house.' Meet also Sheffield GP Dr Jenny Stephenson who compiled a history of her practice.

Note: This is the final paper edition of GP in 2014. However an iPad-only Christmas edition will be available on or around Friday 19 December.


1. Exclusive: Soaring patient numbers leave practices struggling

2. Exclusive: Admin error leaves GP trainees struggling to apply for posts

3. RCGP fears mass exodus as GP applications to practise abroad double

4. Emergency doctors call for co-location of GPs and A&E

5. Macular Society surveys GPs on Charles Bonnet syndrome

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