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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 21.07.2016 | 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 20.05.2016 | 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.

100 Days In - For GPs the New Government's Prognosis Isn't Looking Good

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

As a GP you learn to gather facts rather than jumping to conclusions. So what's the underlying truth of the health challenges in London?

A Doctor's Manifesto for the NHS - An Open Letter

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Increasing NHS funding by £3billion, £8billion, £Xbillion - lovely. But where is it going to be spent? Will it be a repeat of the winter pressures funding where hardly any actually got to struggling A&E departments and GP surgeries? Another round of reorganisation will soak the whole lot up.

Aspire or Expire?

Jim Sherifi | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Jim Sherifi

We need to get things right because we are accountable directly to the human being in front of us. We deal with the individual on a personal level.

The Invisible Patients: Why Neurology Patients are Tumbling Through the Gaps

Sarah Mehta | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

Funding is a major issue. We know that specialist nurses save money - fewer patients turn up in the consultant's clinic, at A&E, or get admitted to hospital. Waiting times are reduced and preventable problems are addressed.

I Don't Care What You Want, Tell Me What You Need

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

Should care for "self-inflicted" alcohol, drug, smoking and obesity problems be funded by the NHS? Should cosmetic surgery in any form be available free of charge? Should the most expensive new cancer drugs be funded, even though they only benefit a tiny handful of the population and cost millions?

Migraine: A Burden on Patients, And a Strain on the NHS

Sarah Mehta | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

During my first attack my left side went numb and left me thinking I had had a stroke; with no headache I had no clue that the culprit was migraine. An out-of-hours GP sent me straight to accident and emergency.

GP Pay - The Elephant in the Room

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Would you turn down a £20,000 Golden Hello to move to a part of the country that was recruiting for your job? If it were a newspaper that were short of journalists, I wonder would the writers of these articles stand on their high morals and ignore such an offer? I often want to ask the people who complain about our pay, what they think a GP should earn? What is an acceptable income to them? After all, I'm frequently reminded they pay my wages. Patients feel entitled to question my pay, and have done so in consultations. I am so taken aback by this, I am never able to answer them properly. Perhaps at the end of the consultation I should ask if they feel I have earned my pay for that particular 10 minutes? Did they get the antibiotics they wanted for their cold? Or if not, should I hand them a cheque as they leave?

The NHS Frontline - The Reality of Mental Health Services

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

This is the reality of a lack of funding for mental health. The over-burdened services, pared down to the bone. There are no beds left, there is little access to counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy... All I have to offer is a listening ear. That, and a tissue.

The NHS Frontline - The Reality of Being a Doctor in Today's NHS

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

There are 10 appointments left for today. There are 10,000 patients. My three colleagues are here all day, but one can't help with the home visits. They have a meeting about commissioning services in the local area. A brilliant idea from the government. But there is no time or money allocated for them to attend this meeting. So that means there are just three of us. At 8.10 there are 20 patients waiting for me to ring them back. At 8.30 there are 53.