Doctor’s Blog

Top 10 festival health tips for families

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Festivals are becoming increasingly popular, with more families than ever donning their wellies and hoping for a little bit of music and fun. However, it pays to be prepared. Here...


World Breastfeeding Week: benefits for mums and babies

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World Breastfeeding Week (1 to 7 August) helps to highlight an issue that is never far from the headlines, with reports of shops asking nursing mums to leave and some...


Keeping healthy in a heatwave

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Complaining about the weather is something of a national pastime in the UK, but with British Summer Time now finally upon us it is best to be prepared for the...


Summer of sport: will it leave you fatter or fitter?

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The so-called ‘Summer of Sport’ should have been inspiring us all to not just be a spectator but to get off the couch and do something active. Did you know lack...


We have merged with ChemistDirect.co.uk!

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We have merged with ChemistDirect.co.uk We constantly seek new ways to help our customers manage their health and so do our industry colleagues at Chemistdirect.co.uk. We are pleased to announce that...


Why it’s important to give blood

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It takes a staggering 6,450 people to donate blood every day just to keep patients and hospitals supplied in England and Wales. Once donated, blood cannot be stored indefinitely, so a...


Don’t get bugged by insect bites this summer

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Bugs, or rather what they can do to us, have been hitting the headlines recently. With warnings of a Zika virus pandemic and the dramatic rise in Lyme disease, people...


Hayfever treatment to ease the sneeze

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Hayfever can ruin summer for many adults and children – if you’re a sufferer, even someone who uses hayfever treatment, it’s hard to avoid the triggers for this allergy. However,...


Mental health and getting help if you need it

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Around one in four people in the UK has a diagnosable mental health problem in any one year and one in six are likely to experience a problem at some...


Advice on avoiding stroke

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Did you know there are around 152,000 cases of stroke each year in the UK? That’s one stroke every three minutes and 27 seconds. Or that there are 1.2 million stroke ‘survivors’? Stroke...


Are chickenpox parties a good idea?

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Chickenpox parties, once in vogue in the 1970s and 1980s, are seeing a resurgence, with some convinced they’re a good idea. But should youngsters be deliberately exposed to chickenpox in order...


Folic acid for women considering a baby

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Folic acid is important for all women considering a baby but did you know that around half of all pregnancies in the UK are unplanned? Starting a family might not be...


Meningitis: symptoms and precautions

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While it’s relatively rare, meningitis is contagious and potentially fatal. It can strike suddenly and kill quickly, so if you suspect a member of your family could have it, you should...