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Study reveals fears over ß-blockers in COPD unfounded

Dr Nigel Hewett (pictured) has drawn on his experience working with homeless patients to optimise uptake of hepatitis B vaccine in high-risk drug misusers. Dr Hewett, a GP in Leicester, conducted regular audits to refine his approach and has now successfully vaccinated 87 per cent of intravenous drug misusers. He keeps a supply of vaccine to hand, gives an accelerated schedule of

0, seven and 21 days and doesn't wait for a blood test before giving the first dose.

Dr Hewett said he believed encouraging patients to look after their health was easier than many GPs thought, despite the challenges presented by their often

'chaotic' lives.

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