Ignorance Is Putting People At Risk Of Life-Threatening Asthma Attacks

Dr Andy Whittamore | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Andy Whittamore

People mistakenly believe that asthma is not a serious condition. This doesn't just apply to people who don't have asthma, even those with the condition sometimes don't realise that the consequences can be fatal

I've Lost My Mum, Dad And Sister To Cancer, But I'll Keep Fighting It

Jo Walker | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Walker

My mum Rita was just 49 when she died from ovarian cancer. John, my dad, was 69. He had pancreatic cancer, while my sister, Gina, was 55 when she died, and Aunt Lilian, who died last year, also had pancreatic cancer. My other sister, Lesley is a breast cancer survivor.

Even Our Hospital Doesn't Have A Toilet That We Can Safely Use

Lorna Fillingham | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Lorna Fillingham

everybody banner For those that would say I would never lie my child on a toilet floor. Remember this. There are only about 1000 registered Changing Places facilities in the whole of the UK. Many towns and cities do not have a single facility that my daughter can use. There are only a handful of supermarkets in the whole of the UK with these facilities, we all have to shop and even with the power of internet shopping things get forgotten and are needed.

I Feel Guilty For Feeding My Baby Formula... But Not For The Reason You Think

Madeleine Morris | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
Madeleine Morris

The guilt started on day four.  Weeping, a heart that literally hurt with pain.  As I put the bottle of formula to my beautiful new baby's lips I felt overcome with regret.  But not for the reason you think.

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...

What The BBC's Hospital Tells Us About The NHS

Chris Spencer | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Chris Spencer

Hospital's unflinching look at the inner workings of five busy London hospitals lays bare the daily challenges for the NHS and its staff as they battle to care for patients at a time of unprecedented financial pressure, with a £22billion funding deficit and rising demand.

Standards In Perinatal Bereavement Care: A Geographical Lottery?

Chantal Lockey | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Chantal Lockey

Over the years I have met with thousands of bereaved parents who never cease to shock me with their tales of horror and lack of support following the devastation that is the loss of a baby. In some trusts, stillborn babies are still being delivered in delivery suites to the sounds of babies crying, excited visitors arriving with bunches of flowers and congratulation balloons.

Patience Is A Virtue, But It Won't Save The NHS

Kimberley Burbidge | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Kimberley Burbidge

Many of us will have grown up knowing variations of the playground rhyme Patience is a virtue, virtue is a grace, and grace is a little girl who would...

It Is Time To Have A Conversation About End Of Life Care

Shaun Bailey | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Politics
Shaun Bailey

Many people will struggle to get the care that they need as they approach the end of their life. According to Marie Curie, between now and 2020, approximately 250,000 people will die in London. We need to ensure that everyone who needs end of life care can expect to receive a high level of care that is personalised, coordinated, and sensitive to the needs of those around the patient as they enter their final months, weeks and days.

Living With Sarcoma

Andy Roast | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Roast

To be honest, it's difficult to capture all my emotions during the past two-and-a-bit years of my life. I've learnt that having cancer does not necessarily mean life changes too dramatically - although perhaps I was lucky (a word I've used more since diagnosis) to have caught my sarcoma early.

To My Son, The Heart Warrior

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

I know I could have been a better mother, that I could have made the effort and see people, that I could have taken you out more. I was so worried Elijah, so worried I would lose you.

Do Not Resuscitate Orders Are Being Given To Thousands Of Patients 'Without Their Families Knowing'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK

Tens of thousands of patients are having 'do not resuscitate' orders imposed without their families being told, an audit has found. Hospitals are fail...

What to Pack for Your Double Mastectomy

Charlotte Wood | Posted 21.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Wood

It is important that when you go into hospital you have everything you need, along with a few home comforts to make you feel better. Feeling prepared for surgery will relieve some of the anxiety.

Running Home From Rome

Laura Maisey | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Sport
Laura Maisey

In October 2014, I started attending Project Awesome workouts at the crack of dawn, run by Danny Bent. Shortly after I joined, a guy called Dave joine...

What's It Like to Be Admitted to a Psychiatric Ward?

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

The concept of time is weird in hospital... weeks either fly by or an hour seems like a century. There's laughter, tears, anger, struggles and overwhelming home sickness as the world outside feels a million miles away from my reach.

CCTV Captures Paramedic Assaulting Drunk Man In Hospital A&E

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

A paramedic has been sacked after he was caught on camera assaulting a drunk man in the A&E ward of Royal Liverpool hospital. Adrian Penfold-Ivany ...

Plan: Go for a Run. Reality: Go to Hospital

Laura Maisey | Posted 18.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Maisey

Earlier this week, I was planning an outdoor lake swim with a friend then a twenty mile run for marathon training. Then I ate lunch and gave fate it's moment. By 11pm, I was sobbing out loud, unable to stand straight and being driven to hospital.

The Girl Who Shouldn't Have Become a Runner

Laura Maisey | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Maisey

I've now been a runner for nine months and am training for a marathon but it wasn't until yesterday, chatting to a friend, that I realised what an unlikely journey this has been. I am now stronger, physically and mentally, than I've probably ever been.

Why Our Health Services Are Under Pressure From 'Summer Colds'

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 09.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

Hay fever is rife at the moment and my GP surgery had an influx of sufferers this last week. We expect to see people when the pollen count is high, but this, combined with the unusually hot weather, is putting considerable pressure on Britain's healthcare services.

Three Lessons from 15 Operations: Part Three

Michelle Elman | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Elman

Acceptance, this one is certainly not easy. For me, this was a process - at many stages in my life, I believed I had accepted my circumstance and moved on, only to be confronted with it again a year or two later. It is only now I realise that acceptance comes in stages and that it is never too late to have revelations about the past.

Long Life and Good Health!

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 14.05.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

As I lay in my darkened room I came to an important conclusion. In the US, medicine is a commercial enterprise and in the UK it's a social enterprise. But in Africa medicine is hugely dependent on aid enterprise.

Still Life!

David Pearl | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Pearl

A multi-disciplinary, serial professional (dentist, lawyer, coroner, judge) Bernard Pearl's life is currently restricted to a hospital bed where he has more than enough time to dwell on the moment. Around him people are whiling away their day staring at screens or into mid air. Not my dad.

Why Lack of Privacy Endangers Patient Care

Dr Ellie May | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK
Dr Ellie May

In a hospital where the paths of staff and patients can cross in various different roles it is understandably difficult for patients to be assured of privacy and confidentiality. It is a fact we should be aware of and take seriously to prevent important information being with held to the detriment of patient care.

Ebola Outbreak Points to Tragic Flaws in World's Disease Resilience

Sophia Salenius | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Sophia Salenius

Ebola poses a genuine threat to all of us - and it is about time we realised this.

10 Resolutions the NHS Must Make Now

Dr Ellie May | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Dr Ellie May

Although free at the point of delivery, the NHS is not a 'free for all' and though treatment is not rationed, it must be rational. Having spent 15 years in the same job, at the sharp end of the NHS, I have seen fancy ideas and initiatives change policy and procedure, trying to trim the cost of the service...