UK Doctors

Theresa May Has Caused Mayhem In Our NHS. As A Doctor, I've Experienced It First Hand

Dr Megan Falconer | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Megan Falconer

The Conservatives' lethal cuts to funding, combined with the selling off services for private profit and a social care crisis caused in Downing Street, has pushed our NHS to breaking point. This has drastically reduced the quality of patient care, and shut many out from treatment altogether, often with fatal consequences. It's clear that cutting services to the bone has become more than just a metaphor.

'Confessions Of A Junior Doctor' Gripped The Nation But What Did The Doctors Think?

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

When we asked junior doctors what they found most challenging in dealing with patients in our survey, the results highlighted the sheer breadth of emotional, psychological and professional support they require.

The Collar Of Anubis

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Comedy
Maggy Whitehouse

The first time my mother met my bishop, he was wearing his pyjamas and having a fag in the garden. I should emphasise here for my American friends tha...

That Painful Bend 'Down There'? It's More Common Than You Think

Mr David Ralph | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mr David Ralph

The condition causes curved and painful erections where fibrous scar tissue forms in the penis, as well as thickened nodules (called plaques) in the shaft. It's unclear why collagen is deposited in the penis like this - it's sometimes due to a genetic condition, or it could be caused by scar tissue formation brought about by an injury.

The One Thing That Should Make Or Break A Doctor's Practice

Dr Neil Bacon | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK
Dr Neil Bacon

So yes, doctors must take control of their online reputations and yes, this will positively impact upon their private practise and bottom-line, but doctors must not overlook the fact that empowering patients is the right thing to do, that it will make them better clinicians and that it will improve standards of healthcare for everyone.

Fit And Healthy Adults Should Pay To See A GP And Ease The NHS Burden

Dr Seth Rankin | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK
Dr Seth Rankin

Cash strapped, under-staffed and over-stretched - GP practices across the UK are at breaking point but there is a simple solution. If more fit and healthy adults between the ages of 18 - 65 paid to see a private doctor, it would significantly ease the overwhelming burden on NHS GPs.

Behind The NHScenes

Miranda Barty-Taylor | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Miranda Barty-Taylor

I work as a receptionist in a GP surgery. Frontline NHS. Yesterday the cogs of our NHS worked in perfect alignment and saved a life. A patient arrived at the front desk, mid afternoon. They asked to see a GP immediately, and reported dizziness, fainting spells and weakness on one side.

A GP's Concern About The Lack Of Mental Health Services

Dr Sara Ahmed | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK
Dr Sara Ahmed

With the mental health service functioning in a deprived state, we as GPs will have to fill in the gaps. Regardless of whether we have the appointments to accommodate this, do we even have the skills? And can we safely evaluate risk in a 10-minute consultation? All of this leaves me unable to shake the sense of foreboding during my mental health consultations.

Whatsapp Doc? NHS Failure To Update Cold War Era Tech Forcing Medics To Use Unsafe Apps To Help Save Lives

Dr Felix Jackson | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Felix Jackson

Saving lives through great communication is just as valid and important as saving lives through great surgery. This is a message that needs to be shouted from the rooftops - and from the mobile phones - of everyone involved in healthcare.

GPs Are On The Frontline Of The Community - Politicians Must Listen To Us

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK
Dr Krishna Kasaraneni

The problems facing GP services will not be solved overnight and politicians have the difficult problem of weighing up competing interests. But at the moment with the NHS at breaking point, we need a government after the 8 June that will act quickly to prevent the collapse of general practice throughout our country.

British Soap Awards 2017 Nominations Shortlist Revealed - Here's How To Vote

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Entertainment

The shortlist of nominations for this year’s British Soap Awards have been revealed. ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Hollyoaks’ l...

Open All Hours - Can Telemedicine Bring The Doctor's House-Call Into The 21st Century

Mary O'Brien | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Tech
Mary O'Brien

According to new research commissioned by VideoDoc, more than a quarter of people (27%) admitted that the most likely reason for having to take a day off work would be for a GP appointment - with one in 5 going on to say they had taken a full day of annual leave in order to see their GP

Accessing Mental Health For The Woman In Crisis

Lucy Fisk | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK
Lucy Fisk

Mental health, two words that you will have heard numerous times over the last week. It's been all over the news. The Royal Family are getting involved and talking about their experiences as well as supporting mental health charities. Statistics are everywhere, we are being told that one in four women living in the UK are currently suffering with a mental health issue.

To The Doctor Who Heard My Silent Scream

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

You thought I was silent, but I was screaming so loudly it deafened my ears. A silent scream... a scream someone can only produce when their world has just imploded in front of their eyes. A scream so loud, so powerful it cannot be heard by human ears.

Chronic Disease Is A Public Health Crisis

Dr G. Richard Olds | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr G. Richard Olds

We may be living longer in The West, but not all of us are living well. In England, an estimated 15 million people suffer from chronic health issues,...

Can Digital Doctors Improve Company Productivity?

Mary O'Brien | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Tech
Mary O'Brien

Essentially, technology is allowing for the provision of remote clinical services, via real-time two-way communication between the patient and the healthcare provider - but there's still some caution about its ability to replace the human touch.

Who's Afraid Of Roast Dinners?

Dr Nick Summerton | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nick Summerton

As a GP I'll often have patients coming into the surgery talking about a new health risk they've come across and ask to be tested. They might be overweight or smoking 20 a day, but it's the new test they're demanding.

'Just' A Healthcare Assistant

Roxanne Louise | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Roxanne Louise

Well, yes I am a health care assistant. I currently work in a GP surgery but I was also an employee within an NHS hospital for many years. I love my job and am proud of what I do, it gives me the opportunity to help people and truly make a difference every day.

Complaints: Adapting To A Changing Landscape

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

The power of good communication is clear in the survey- it can assist in resolving and even preventing complaints, and managing patient expectations. With a huge 82 per cent of the public saying they would be unlikely to complain if their GP communicated openly and with empathy, it feels like something we should all try and embrace.

Blue Monday - Who's Looking After Doctors?

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

Mondays are hard enough, but the one just gone was 'Blue Monday'. According to some it is the most depressing day of the year. It raises a very topica...

An Open Letter To This NHS

Gabrielle Taylor | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK
Gabrielle Taylor

To the NHS, I hope this finds you well. I know you've had some bad press of late so I just wanted to see you how you're feeling and let you know that despite your troubles, I'm still your number one fan.

As A Doctor I Will Always Do Everything I Can To Protect My Patients, Now It's Jeremy Hunt's Turn

Dr Lucie Cocker | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Dr Lucie Cocker

The reality now for doctors is that we are often forced to choose to prioritise one patient over another, and we have found ourselves having to treat patients on the wrong ward or having to delay their care as we simply don't have the room or staff for them.

BBC Two's Hospital - The Uncomfortable Truth

Danny Horan | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Danny Horan

Once the production team started to research the series what they found was things we'd never seen before - the extent of cancelled ops, the failing targets, outsourcing of some procedures and 'health tourism'. But they also found extraordinary resilience, remarkably understanding patients and an ability to perform some of the best care and surgery in the world.

The Healing Power Of Saying "Sorry" In Healthcare

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

If I accidently bump into someone and hurt them walking along the street, my immediate reaction is to say sorry, regardless of whether it was or wasn'...

Why Are Doctors Speaking Up Against Diesel?

Areeba Hamid | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Areeba Hamid

Let's be clear, we are faced with a crucial choice: exposing an entire generation to the potentially irreversible impacts of air pollution or continuing to run our cities on diesel. I am on the side of doctors on this one--and so should be you.