Patients

Health, Innovation and Taking Time to Admire 'the Norm'

Chris Spencer | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK
Chris Spencer

The most important innovations, the ones that change the way businesses, sectors and people operate, always share the same starting point: simplicity ...

Brexit's Brutal Blow to the NHS

Rachel Clarke | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rachel Clarke

Our underfunded NHS now faces potentially catastrophic financial consequences of Brexit. But the most immediate threat to the NHS is not financial but human: the risk that members of its most precious, most undervalued asset - its workforce - may now wonder what on earth they are doing here.

When Hospital Discharge Goes Wrong

Beth Britton | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

My conclusion: Investment in social care, alongside more integrated, seamless working between health and social care, is of paramount importance if we are to ensure that reports like this aren't repeated in the future.

The Power of a Thank You Can Transcend Place or Time

Anna Crossley | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Anna Crossley

Thank you. It's a universal phrase, used for countless reasons from passing the salt, to providing support in a time of crisis. And it means different things to different people. But as a nurse let me tell you, one small thank you can go a long way.

Eternal Souring of a Spotless Mind

Simon Fairweather | Posted 20.04.2016 | 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 ...

Patients Need to Be Sure of the Best Treatment to Cure a Sick NHS

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK
Dr Tony Rao

With its seven volunteers and 80 'Ambassadors', the Patients Association is trying to keep its head above water, but it needs our help. As the voice of patients, it should be allowed to continue to stand tall and challenge the mechanism of funding for health and social care.

Are Wearables Helping the Right People?

Chris Spencer | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Spencer

Patients with heart conditions, diabetes, or asthma, for example, would all benefit from being able to track their own health data and share this with their GP to improve care - particularly from a preventative perspective.

Am I a Moderate or a Militant Doctor?

Dr Siema Iqbal | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Dr Siema Iqbal

I am a GP partner and also train junior doctors in inner city Manchester. I have been a doctor for 13 years. I am writing not as a junior doctor but as a voice for my patients that I've looked after for the past 10 years...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Tech Will Never Replace GPs... But It Will Make Them More Accessible

Chris Spencer | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Spencer

How long does it take you to get an appointment to see your GP? If simply asking this question has set your pulse racing and temper soaring, take heart. Technology is coming to the rescue...

Is It Really That Difficult to Cancel a GP Appointment?

Beth Britton | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Fundamentally I believe that we as patients must understand our responsibility to respect the free access we have to our GP, practice nurse, midwife or other primary care based professional. We expect their professionalism and access to them in a timely manner - it's not a lot to ask that we should also keep our side of the bargain too.

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.

Charity Partnerships, Empowered Patients and the Future of the NHS

Chris Spencer | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Chris Spencer

"The future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health". It's a statement clear in its message and blunt in its truth.

Seven-Day NHS Pledge Faces Age-Old Issue

Chris Spencer | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Chris Spencer

There is one story dominating healthcare headlines right now - the government's pledge to deliver "a truly seven-day NHS". It's a commitment we all welcome in principle, but with dwindling GP numbers, tight budgets and concerns over existing primary and secondary care workloads, it has prompted a collective eyebrow raise and the question, 'how'?

'Me? I'm Just a GP...'

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

Being a GP isn't about glamour. It's not about high tech equipment. It's not about cutting edge research, or shouting "Get me some paracetamol, stat!". There is very little drama. It's about the challenge of dealing with everything in a tiny amount of time. Of having the skills to develop an instant rapport with a patient you may have never met before...

You Made Me a Better Doctor

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

When a photograph of an emergency room doctor grieving for a 19-year-old patient was posted online recently, it went viral with thousands of shares, likes and comments. Most of this stemmed from the fact that doctors are not known for showing personal emotions. Like all healthcare staff we deal with difficult, sometimes hugely distressing scenarios every day. We have all had moments like that doctor. Where a patient has affected us so profoundly, we cannot hold it together and need some space. This is a tribute to just five of the patients that have taught me to be a better doctor. Identifying details have been changed to preserve patient anonymity.

Language Matters! Maternity Experience and NHS Change Day

Leigh Kendall | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Being in any healthcare environment for any reason can feel disempowering for a patient. Effective communication between healthcare professionals and patients can help build trusting relationships, improve patient outcomes and patients' experiences.

Listening to London GPs

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

I believe wholeheartedly in consultation, engagement, empowerment, and ownership. But not as just buzz words to drop into meetings. Rather, I believe in what these words stand for at their best: genuine conversations between practitioners, partners, patients, policy makers and even politicians; shared insights into what works and what needs work; and a commitment to agreeing and delivering change, and all that that entails.

Patient-centric Policy Means Better Healthcare

Chris Spencer | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

I'm not saying it is simple. But it is what is needed and, in my view, it is the fastest way to making sure joined-up care becomes a reality and doesn't remain a theoretical aspiration.

Paying for Healthcare - The Future of the NHS?

Beth Britton | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Paying for healthcare is something I'd had no experience of until my recent trip to South Africa. I became unwell and needed to see a doctor, and whilst as a tourist I had travel insurance, the process meant that I still came face-to-face with the reality of paying for healthcare.

Give Doctors the Confidence to Deliver Joined-up Care

Chris Spencer | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

Joined-up healthcare is something we all want and the NHS needs. Enabling the disparate elements of our healthcare system to work together and share information will save time and money and ultimately benefit patient care.

How Come Patients Sometimes Stop Treatment?

Lykke Scheel Lyons | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lykke Scheel Lyons

How come we don't know when to give up and when to keep going? What price are we willing to pay for life? Would we do whatever it takes to prolong it? Should we be allowed to determine when to stop treatment, when we or a relative become seriously ill?

The Kashmir Healthcare Crisis - 'Patients Have Been Dying' Says Doctor

Rita Pal | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

With time racing forward to a severe winter of discontent, the doctors of Kashmir have requested international assistance from the World Health Organisation and the United Nations.

HealthKit Makes Citizen Health a Reality

Chris Spencer | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Spencer

I am, and always have been, a strong advocate of personalised health - an approach that empowers patients to be part of their healthcare program, not simply a recipient of treatment. It's why I'm incredibly proud to be part of an initiative that takes this ethos to a new level.

Surgical Selfies: A Tasteless Symbol of a Modern Era?

Antonia Mariconda | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Antonia Mariconda

So pervasive is the selfie trend, that it seems that nothing is sacred - not even patients undergoing surgery. Recently, a photograph was posted and spread widely on social media, depicting a surgeon holding a large piece of skin he had removed from a patient's abdomen.