Doctor’s Blog

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...


Allergy advice that is not to be sniffed at

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From peanuts to pollen and dairy to dust mites, lots of people seek allergy advice for themselves or a member of their family. An allergy is the body’s reaction to a...


Irritable Bowel Syndrome explained

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a long-term condition of the digestive system thought to affect around one in five people at some point in their lives. There’s a good chance it...


Raising awareness of diabetes on World Health Day

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Around 350 million people worldwide live with diabetes and the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that the disease will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. World Health Day...


What you need to know about prostate cancer

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One in eight men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime; it’s the most common form of cancer in men, with over 44,000 being diagnosed each year. Many men don’t consider...


Travel health tips: Seven things you need to know

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It’s the time of year when many people’s thoughts start turning to their holidays and patients ask me about health precautions they should take before travelling. Concerns about the spread of...