UK Doctors

Have You Told Your Family Your Organ Donation Decision?

Dr Ellie Cannon | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Ellie Cannon

New figures out today show that just 45% of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decision to be a donor - but this figure rises to 95% when they know the decision.

You're Living Too Long, Doctors Say

PA | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

More must be done to improve the efficiency of the NHS and address the "budget crisis" affecting it as people enjoy longer life expectancies, experts ...

Who Should Prescribe Anti-Depressants?

Pam Warren | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

If you have to take anti-depressant medication I would urge caution as to what you take. Get the very best advice you can find before committing to anything. Realise that they are not a quick fix - it will take time and they should be used in conjunction with other therapies. Above all else, try to look at them as only a plaster cast that will help the 'break' in your mind to heal and be removed when it is.

UK Edging Closer To Legalisation Of Cannabis?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK

Cannabis use should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal act, leading doctors will hear. Delegates at the British Medical Association's ...

Telltale Signs of 'Body-Enhancement' Drug Use

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

It's the time of year when many of us are thinking about our summer getaways and lazy days spent at the poolside - but to what lengths do people go to tan and tone their body?

Junior Doctors Are in Need of a Good Mentor

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Neel Sharma

Medicine seems to be devoid of instructors dedicated solely to effective mentoring. The concept of educational supervisors does no doubt exist. However, many of whom are trampled by increasing clinical commitments leaving little time to focus purely on their juniors.

What the Doctor Can Teach Us About Terms and Conditions

Neil Taylor | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Neil Taylor

Like all sane people, I try to draw all my life lessons from Doctor Who. In an episode last year, the Eighth Doctor (that'll be Paul McGann) is told ...

Prepare to be Terminated

Nick Abbot | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Nick Abbot

Are you comfortably middle class? Being comfortably middle class used to mean never having to worry about your job being taken by a machine. The people whose livelihoods have been decimated by computer chips are those that did society's heavy lifting.

Would You Let Your Surgeon Wear 'Goggle Glass'? Tough. They're Doing It Anyway.

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Tech

Surgeons have become the first in the UK to use Google Glass in the operating theatre, according to a hospital. The voice-activated glasses, which ...

Why Evidence in Medical Education Should Be Taken With a Pinch of Salt

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

Clinical medicine is fairly black and white as I'm sure many of you would agree. If I were to treat a patient diagnosed with a myocardial infarction in Asia, Europe or America I would certainly initiate aspirin (among other cardiac meds) in all cases. Why? Because the evidence for its benefit is global.

When a Doctor Eats an Apple Does He Have an Existential Moment?

Rob Blakeman | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

It's down to you to take care of the health of you and yours and avoid using dangerous medications at all costs. Small changes in our everyday lives can result in big inspiration. Don't forget we are organic creatures so it makes perfect sense that organic products are best for us-not manmade pharmaceuticals.

Better Access to GPs Doesn't Need to Mean Longer Opening Hours

Andrew Graley | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Graley

NHS medical director Prof Sir Bruce Keogh has said that Britain's citizens were being failed by current ways of working, but I don't think that has to mean extending opening hours. It's about access, not time, and access can be digital in many cases.

Does Loneliness Have to Be a Side Effect of Old Age?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For many guests the happy occasions of spending one afternoon per month having tea with a group of older guests and volunteers, are the only cross on the calendar. Contact the Elderly would like to draw public attention to what complete isolation feels like and what people can do to help solve the problem.

Doctors 'Outraged' Over Pay Deal

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK

Doctors have been left with a "deep sense of outrage" over the Health Secretary's "failure" to grant them a basic 1% pay rise, the British Medical Ass...

British Soap Awards 2014 Nominations Announced

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

The longlist for this year's British Soap Awards has been announced, with soapstars including Danny Dyer, Michelle Keegan and Julie Hesmondhalgh all b...

Would You Risk Your Life for a Week in the Sun?

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

The long-awaited sunshine enjoyed in parts of the UK this past week will no doubt have got many of us in the mood for a holiday, with some tempting last-minute deals on 'winter sun' getaways to be found. But would you be willing to jet-off to an exotic destination without the recommended vaccinations or malaria protection?

Best Pharmacist Ever Prescribes 'Anti-Monster Spray' To Little Girl With Nightmares

Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Tech

This is adorable. Medically unsound? Perhaps. But adorable. A pharmacist has prescribed a six-year-old girl a very official looking bottle of 'anti...

Thumbs up for Team Based Learning

Dr Neel Sharma | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK
Dr Neel Sharma

Recently I had the pleasure of observing a team based learning (TBL) session at the newly established Lee Kong Chian (LKC) School of Medicine, a joint initiative between Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University. As a doctor having trained via problem based learning (PBL) I was able to appreciate the stark difference between the two forms of instruction.

Doctors' Stethoscopes Found To Be 'Highly Contaminated' With Bacteria Including MRSA

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Doctors are being urged to sterilise their stethoscopes after each examination, after a study found instruments to be heavily contaminated with bacter...

Students With Eating Disorders Are Being Failed By The NHS, Report Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students with eating disorders are missing up to five years of university, while many see their condition deteriorate as they are being failed by the ...

Innovations in Healthcare - How the NHS Is Improving Patient Care With Telemedicine

Andrew Graley | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Graley

Developments in telemedicine are benefitting patients with a broad range of needs as well as improving hospital services and improving resource allocation across the NHS. Significant progress has been made towards three million people being able to benefit from telehealth by 2017 in the UK, so these programmes could be coming to hospital near you soon.

So You Want to Be a Brain Surgeon?

Mr Michael D Jenkinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mr Michael D Jenkinson

Brain surgery, it's not exactly rocket science... but it is one of those jobs that people can't quite believe you do, and I am usually asked if I am joking.... So what is it like being a neurosurgeon? In common with rocket science, neurosurgery sounds more glamorous than it really is.

Stop Eating Sugar? Even Our Hospitals Make Hansel and Gretel Feel at Home

Amy Leech | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Leech

The truth is we don't have the freedom to choose an added-sugar-free diet, the stuff is unavoidable. Forget fizzy drinks - yoghurts, salad dressings, dips, cereals, bread, sushi, sauces, baked beans and crisps all have unnecessary amounts of added-sugar to them.

Before Attacking Foreign Workers Look at Your Christmas List

Will Black | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Debates about globalisation examine impacts on all concerned - whether importers of labour, food and goods or those countries losing key workers, giving up their food or being turned into polluted assembly lines. Debates about the EU and migration which lack that level of empathy - and concentrate purely on what Britain is supposedly losing - simply miss the point.

London Doctor Accused Of Carrying Out Female Genital Mutilation

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK

A doctor is set to be grilled by the medical watchdogs, accused of carrying out female genital mutilation on a patient. Dr Sureshkumar Vallabhdas P...