A Guide To... STIs

Dr Seth Rankin | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Seth Rankin

Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK due mainly to many people being unaware that they have it. Most do not experience symptoms making it very easy to spread, therefore it is very important to regularly visit your sexual health clinic.

What Is B12 And Are You Getting Enough?

Dr Seth Rankin | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Seth Rankin

B12 deficiencies are common in older people, with 1 in 10 over 75s suffering from a B12 deficiency and 1 in 20 for aged 65 to 75. Improving your diet can help to treat the condition and prevent it from occurring again. Adding foods like meat, fish, eggs, dairy products and specially fortified foods can help to raise B12 levels.

'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.

Cholesterol: How Much Do You Know About The 'Silent Killer'?

Dr Seth Rankin | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Seth Rankin

Cholesterol is a frequently used health term but do you know what it actually means or how it can affect you? Check out my series of quiz questions below - the answers may surprise you!

Using IT In Asthma

Dr Andy Whittamore | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Andy Whittamore

Asthma as a condition doesn't fit well into recent models of care provision. GPs routinely invite people with asthma for an annual review at a time that's convenient for the NHS but is rarely in line with the needs or wants of the patient. These reviews are often centered on targets which bear little relevance to patient outcomes.

Tips For Surviving The British Summer

Dan Faber | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Faber

Some groups are at greater risk and can come to more harm during hot weather, for example babies and young children, over 75's, those with certain medical conditions or on certain medications. It is important stay in touch with neighbours, friends and family who may live alone and to look out for the following signs of heat exhaustion;

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.

New GP Services Can Take Pressure Off The NHS

Dan Faber | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
Dan Faber

Seeing a doctor isn't what it used to be. Gone are the days when you could phone a doctor's surgery and be confident of getting an appointment that da...

What's So Good About GPs Being Independent Contractors?

Dr John Cosgrove | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Politics
Dr John Cosgrove

GPs are not directly employed by the NHS. GP principals (who usually work in partnerships and may themselves employ other, salaried, GPs) are contracted to NHS England for the work that they do. They are free to undertake private work (such as providing insurance and legal reports) but the vast majority of their work is for the NHS.

Could Pharmacies Be The Answer To The NHS Crisis?

Dan Faber | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Dan Faber

With mounting pressure on the NHS from chronic cuts to funding and ever increasing demand on all sides, our safety net is starting to come apart at the seams. There has been much debate around both the implications of this and measures to be put in place to ease the pressure. One such measure is to modify the way we use other resources like pharmacies to redirect some of the flow.

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...

It Can Be Difficult Being Super-Mum...

Carrie Ladd | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Parents
Carrie Ladd

Before you raise your expertly plucked eyebrow, please understand I mean that ironically. No-one else expects me to be that toned, honed, all achieving gladiator of a woman, except me. I know I am far from alone in wanting to succeed, to exceed in fact, at everything I do. But despite an 8th day being on my Christmas wish list, last time I checked there were only 7 days in the week.

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'...

Mums, Mental Health And Welsh Cakes

Carrie Ladd | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Parents
Carrie Ladd

Consider this scenario: an anxious new mum, sat in those seats in the corner trying to settle her 6 week old colicky baby. Whilst half the waiting room coo over this new bundle-of-joy, she is feeling confused and holding back the tears. It may have taken significant courage to actually pick up the phone and book this appointment.

Mandatory Reporting On Patients: Should Doctors Be Policing Our Communities?

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

Thorough consideration must be given to how all of these risks can be mitigated and the role and judgement of doctors - those who are best placed to support their patients - must form a key part of the conversation.

How Private Practice Could Ease The Burden On NHS GPs

Dr Seth Rankin | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Dr Seth Rankin

For many of people the real crisis in the NHS (on a day-to-day basis) is one of convenience. GP surgeries are at breaking point and a study published ...

Sorry, But I'm Not Sure I'm Ready To Use My Smartphone As A Health Assistant

Stephen Ebbett | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Tech
Stephen Ebbett

Today I considered adding my own information to this app, but somehow I just don't feel comfortable sharing my vital stats with a faceless app, yet. Maybe that's where Babylon Health and Push Doctor come into play - they bridge the gap between tech and health with at least some form of human contact.

We're Giving Our Children a Head Start in the Race Towards Illness and Premature Death

Dr Richard Vautrey | Posted 22.07.2017 | UK
Dr Richard Vautrey

The reality is that children are getting fatter because they live in a society that encourages weight gain and obesity. Poor diet has become a feature of our children's lives, with junk food more readily available, and food manufacturers bombarding children with their marketing every day for food and drinks that are extremely bad for their health.

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.

Why Schools Should Not Say 'Get a Note From Your Doctor'

Dr John Cosgrove | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK
Dr John Cosgrove

According to the Mail on Sunday, a growing number of schools are now demanding that parents of children unfit to participate in PE lessons consult GPs...

Make 2016 the Year of Positivity for General Practice

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

What a grim year 2015 was. A new Government (same Health Secretary); a new vision for the NHS (same money). But let's not dwell - new year, new start!...

What I Will Tell My Patients When Junior Doctors Strike

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Any headlines and any politician that says patients will not be safe during a strike is wrong. There will be disruption and annoyances - that is the whole point of a strike. But there will be the most experienced doctors providing hands on care for the patients that need it.

Why GP Is the Best Career

Dr John Cosgrove | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK
Dr John Cosgrove

I was inspired by the #whyGP project to consider why I chose general practice. Here are just a few of my reasons. Instant cures What could be more s...

Apathy Won't Save the NHS

Dr Rebecca Jones | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK
Dr Rebecca Jones

Maybe there really is just a sense of futility about the whole thing. Maybe it would be easier to sit back and let the powers that be take control and dismantle our health service, transforming it into whatever they feel is the best for the British public. My issue with this argument is that it is not for the government to decide for us. As many of the fantastic speakers at Crash Call reminded us, this is OUR NHS. We pay for it and we use it, so we should have a say in its future.