LGBT Health: Why It Matters And Why We Need To Do Better

Allan Anderson | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Allan Anderson

Suicide rates are twice as high in gay men living with HIV in the UK than in the general population. Despite working in the field of health and HIV f...

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.

"He Seemed Fine This Morning": Why Men At Risk Of Suicide Struggle To Tell Their GP

Joy Hibbins | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

It would be helpful if GP surgeries could monitor the emotional and mental health of patients who disclose that they have been affected by major life events. There certainly seems to be a case for closer questioning to check how deeply affected the person is.

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

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.

Unsafe Selfies And Check-In Troubles: Four Tips To Stay Safe Online

Claire Stead | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Facebook now sees eight billion average daily video views and Snapchat users aren't far behind, sending more than seven billion photos and videos each day. They say sharing is caring - and that's true to an extent. But when you overshare or share the wrong information online, that can often lead to tricky conversations or unintended consequences.

Time For Action To Solve The Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Another week, another flurry of evidence about the care crisis across the country. Everyone seems to agree that there is a crisis, that care is mass...

A Critical Part Of Europe's New Satellite Navigation System Keeps Failing

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Tech

Europe’s ambitious plan for its own satellite navigation system has come a cropper. The network, which has been up and running since December, is de...

Improving Safety Of Fleet Vehicle Drivers

Ekim Saribardak | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Tech
Ekim Saribardak

Safety of their drivers is a top priority for any fleet business and managers should make use of smart devices that can provide additional safety, reduce dangers of distracted driving and speeding, as well as assist drivers in steering off traffic and road hazards.

Uber's Latest Update That Tracks Your Location Branded 'Creepy' And 'Arrogant' By Customers

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Tech

Uber’s latest app update has introduced a controversial new feature that tracks customers for up to five minutes after their journey ends. And peop...

Less Than Half Of GPs Train In Mental Health

Paul Farmer | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Paul Farmer

For most of us, our local GP practice is the first place we go when we're unwell - whether it's related to our physical or mental health. That's why it's surprising to learn that less than half (46 per cent) of trainee GPs in England undertook a training placement in a mental health setting in 2015, according to data obtained from Mind.

Can Primary Care Provide a Gateway to Social Care and Community Support Services?

Ewan King | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Ewan King

The primary role of GPs has always been, and will continue to be, to treat common medical conditions and to refer patients to hospitals and other services for urgent and specialist treatment. Whilst there have always been GPs who are interested in signposting patients to community-based social care and support services, they have tended to be in the minority.

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...

New Guidance to Improve Early Detection of Prostate Cancer

Heather Blake | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Blake

I know this is a contentious area. Lots of doctors don't like using the PSA test because it's unreliable and can lead to over-diagnosis and over treatment. But at present it is the best thing men have got. And our clinical consensus will help GPs to use it more effectively.

Suggesting That GPs Don't Take the Diagnosis of Asthma Seriously Is Insulting

Dr Maureen Baker | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK
Dr Maureen Baker

As a practising GP myself, I can assure you that any decisions GPs make to prescribe inhalers - or any other medications for asthma - will always be made in the best interests of the patient in front of them.

'Bear Right' GPS Instruction Strikes Fear Into Child's Heart

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Parents

A boy was brought to tears by a seemingly harmless GPS instruction during a family trip to the zoo. Austin and his family were on route to Colorado Zo...

"I'm Not a Process, But a Person" - Why GPs Should Treat Care Home Residents Equally

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

It's not news that GPs are stretched, but the recent debate on whether doctors should visit care homes is happening in a vacuum without considering th...

The NHS Wars - Who Is To Blame?

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Mr Cameron and Mr Hunt - maybe it's time you took responsibility for this horrific mess. Turn to the NHS staff. Turn to the patients and relatives. Apologise, say you got it wrong and let's fix the most important thing this country has. You forget when the NHS is broken, it isn't just about headlines and careers, it's about lives. People are dying because of you. Time to stand up and face the music.

Dear Patients of the NHS

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Your safety is being put at risk. My greatest fear is that nothing changes, the NHS slowly crumbles, stretching more and more, doctors too tired to concentrate, patient care suffering, safety put at risk. You as a patient know this from your experiences every day. If the NHS is going to survive for the future, all of us - patients, public, professionals and politicians, need to accept that it isn't working. We need an honest discussion about its future. We need to start talking.

Is a Seven-Day NHS Sustainable?

Ed Fletcher | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Ed Fletcher

What the health secretary's plans fail to realise is that there are bigger issues that need to be addressed, other than the contracts of consultants, to achieve an effective seven-day NHS.

Get Ready For A Minute That Lasts 61 Seconds

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Tech

For those of us who complain about not having enough hours in the day you'll be pleased to know that science is adding an entire second, a leap second...

Ridiculous' Nursing Union Is Already On The Wrong Side Of Jeremy Hunt

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics

The Health Secretary has attacked a nursing union for its “ridiculous” threats to strike over plans for a seven-day NHS. Jeremy Hunt accused th...

The Three Problems at the Heart of the NHS

Adam Staten | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Adam Staten

I have heard both Miliband and Cameron talk of stopping the day to day political meddling in the affairs of the health service, in Miliband's case this was shortly before he decided instead to 'weaponise' it, but neither of the main parties has ever taken a serious step towards this end.

Tackling the Shortfall in GPs - Flexible Hours is an Answer, Not the Problem

Geraldine Gallacher | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Geraldine Gallacher

Much as City firms have benefited significantly from developing innovative flexible working schemes to attract and retain talented staff, it strikes me that a solution that could go a long way in addressing GP recruitment issues is actually to encourage more flexible working, for both sexes, not to try and restrict it.

Why the NHS and Its Doctors Need to Say No

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

I was asked this week why the NHS doesn't fund all the new technologies available for patients, particularly those with cancer. And when I instantly replied "Because we can't afford to", I surprised myself. Because no-one seems to say that when they talk about the NHS. And the NHS doesn't like to say no.