UK Doctors

Stroke of Fortune

Giles Dawnay | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Giles Dawnay

Four days, one brain scan and battery of tests later at the hospital in which I work, I had been diagnosed with an embolic stroke. I am 34, regularly keep fit, recently married, a junior doctor and have no risk factors. This wasn't meant to happen to me.

Endometriosis: Why You Have More Options Available To Help Your Symptoms Than Just Surgery

Dr. Ahmed Ismail | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Ahmed Ismail

Did you know.... 10% of women worldwide suffer from Endometriosis? That's a shocking 176 million. Yet, despite this, very little is known about the c...

Black Wednesday: When Doctors Are as Vulnerable as Their Patients

Dr Abeyna Jones | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Dr Abeyna Jones

Black Wednesday is upon us. This Wednesday, there will be thousands of newly qualified doctors and junior doctors rotating commencing and rotating posts coupled with a general summer holiday exodus for most senior healthcare professionals.

Let's Continue to Talk About Sepsis

Jude Coy | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

If I'd have been more educated about the symptoms of sepsis I would definitely have seen my GP sooner and perhaps prevented myself from being as ill as I have been. I'm just grateful for how my doctor saw the signs and reacted appropriately. Let's hope today's guidelines encourage more GPs to do the same and prevent needless deaths.

Reforming NHS Bursaries Is an Important Step to Produce a Sustainable National Health Service

Shaun Bailey | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
Shaun Bailey

It is clear that reforms like these are needed to create a financially sustainable and self-sufficient NHS. We cannot buckle to the non-reformist mind-set, which would happily see the status quo continue at the expense of patients across the country.

What Makes a Skin Expert?

Dr Anjali Mahto | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Anjali Mahto

In the past week alone, I have already lost count how many times I have seen "expert" comments in the popular press by self-proclaimed skin specialists.

The Government Has Listened to Pharmacists, Now It Must Act to Safeguard Vital Services

Ian Strachan | Posted 17.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

As those of you who read these blogs regularly will know, plans to cut pharmacy services by what might be anything up to a quarter threaten our sector...

CDKL5 - Could This Be the Diagnosis You Seek?

Jonnie Temple | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jonnie Temple

It might be that your child has severe epilepsy and disabilities, but no diagnosis. Keep pushing, keep exploring the different options, and rarer conditions like Dravet and CDKL5. But more and more children are being diagnosed with CDKL5 as awareness spreads. We can all do something to share and make others aware of these condtions

Dementia Is Not a Death Sentence

Jeremy Hughes | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK
Jeremy Hughes

Great progress has been made on dementia, but that these misunderstandings still put people off addressing their fears shows that we have a long way to go. Now is the time for all of us to tackle dementia by confronting it head on - in Dementia Awareness Week, and beyond it.

Save Pharmacy or We Risk the Whole NHS

Ian Strachan | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

You can’t avoid it; in every newspaper, every day, another story about the NHS under increasing strain from all areas. Statistics show that GP pract...

Hippocrates and Hypocrisy

Nazim Andani | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nazim Andani

Though tomorrow may be indeed a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing, my tomorrow is a tale told by my idiot, and pride demands that I give my to...

Why the Government Plans for Pharmacy Make No Sense

Ian Strachan | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

If the government wants to improve patient access it should invest in this; in allowing community pharmacies to help, instead of closing 'potentially' a quarter of them. Instead of being forced to go to your GP you can walk in to the pharmacist with no appointment and be seen, in most cases, immediately.

Eternal Souring of a Spotless Mind

Simon Fairweather | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

I have been missing in action for a good couple of months. For fine reason too, a membership examination followed by a brutal rota stint that left me ...

Why I Lied to My Patient Today

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

I lied to a patient today. I didn't feel good about it, but I didn't know what else to say. It was a man I was visiting at home, let's call him Stan. An elderly patient who is normally in excellent health and rarely comes to the surgery. He was down for a home visit to check his chest after being unwell for a few days. Before I went out I looked at his notes, and saw we hadn't seen him for a good six months. Quite uncommon for a lot of older patients. He isn't a smoker, isn't on much in the way of medicine, and had rung the surgery last week. The notes were from my colleague. They were brief...

British Soap Awards Announce First Batch Of Nominations

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Entertainment

The long-list of nominees for this year's British Soap Awards have been revealed. Each of the big five soaps ('EastEnders', 'Coronation Street', 'Emm...

Jeremy Hunt Is About to Increase the Gender Pay Gap For Doctors - Does He Really Care About Women?

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Tony Rao

Under the new contract, the pattern of pay distribution depends on working patterns, but it was the sheer gall of both the wording and the dismissive attitude toward female doctors that made me question not just how little the government value doctors but if it values women doctors at all.

We Have to Tackle the Widespread Stigma of Doctors Asking for Help

Steve Crone | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Steve Crone

A survey released this month by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has revealed that an alarming number of doctors are experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems, such as depression and anxiety as a result of working under increasing pressure and scrutiny. Yet despite their obvious need for support and advice, the doctors surveyed also said they are unlikely to seek help for fear of discrimination or stigma from colleagues (84%).

Overworked and Underused: In Defence of the 'Great British Brain Drain'

Caitlin Doherty | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Caitlin Doherty

This is a brain revolution: an uprising against horrid headlines, an exercise to save sanity, a desperate attempt to try and renew passion in a profession, and I for one will happily declare "power to the people".

Refugee Health Crisis Hits Boiling Point at Greece-Macedonia Border

Heenali Patel | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Heenali Patel

A child electrocuted by a loose cable. Exhausted men and women living in squalor, losing toes to gangrene. Children caked in mud, coughing and vomiting. Families forced to sleep outside in torrential rain. These are not scenes from a horror movie. They're just some of the desperate stories medics are witnessing at the Greece-Macedonia border right now.

Training NHS Staff in Suicide Prevention Will Help Save Lives

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

Suicide is everybody's business. That's why Samaritans is calling for more training for frontline NHS staff to help them to spot vulnerable people before they reach a crisis that might lead to them taking their own lives.

The Lone Wolf Now Runs In A Pack

Simon Fairweather | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK
Simon Fairweather

Perhaps the stolen camaraderie led me into my chosen profession - emergency medicine. The siege mentality, punishing rotas and huge reliance on teamwork made me feel like I belong somewhere. Sadly with the unrelenting workload and no sign of empathy from up high, I can feel myself drifting. For now, the search continues.

Grieving Mother Calls Report Into 'Unsafe' NHS Helpline 'Soul-Destroying'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents

The mother of a baby who died after she followed medical advice from an NHS helpline has called a report into the service's failings "soul-destroying"...

This Could Be The Reason Why People Under 35 Are Completely Screwed

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK

People under 35 are more likely to put their trust in estate agents and government ministers than older people, according to research which reveals su...

An Open Letter to All Healthcare Professionals

Naomi Barrow | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I want to let you know, that we appreciate you. We are so thankful for you and for the tireless work you put in, day in, day out. By 'we', I don't just mean patients, but patient's families and friends too.

Save Our NHS

Jesse Toksvig-Stewart | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK
Jesse Toksvig-Stewart

What is disgusting is that my sister is 25-years-old and many days she runs a ward by herself with a registrar or consultant to contact if she needs help with particularly unwell people. That is an enormous amount of stress to put onto a young person and an enormous amount of responsibility...