Healthcare Matters

How to catch the cancer diagnosis early

Safety netting is often viewed as a consultation technique (to ensure timely review of a patient's condition), but it is particularly important for conditions such as suspected cancer where patients may present infrequently and symptoms can be common and non-specific, such as pain or fatigue.

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06 Feb 2017

Tinnitus and the GP

The British Tinnitus Association is trying to raise awareness of tinnitus this week, in Tinnitus Awareness Week. In a recent interview with their Chief Executive, David Stockdale, he made it clear that no matter how hard we as GPs work to help our patients with severe tinnitus, their perception is that they aren't getting the support they need.

06 Feb 2017

The question of too much medicine

Choosing Wisely UK is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their doctors and nurses. A study last year found that 82% of doctors said they had prescribed or carried out a treatment which they knew to be unnecessary.

03 Nov 2016

Don't panic!

After years of late-night revision sessions, exams, more exams and worrying about results, you experience the joy of finally achieving your goal; you made it. You're a doctor.

04 Aug 2016

The A-word: Autism

Declaration of interest: I have two teenaged sons and several other family members who are on the autistic spectrum. My sister-in-law works for a large city's autistic support service. We have all negotiated health and education services for the last 16 years.

07 Jul 2016

Antibiotic Armageddon

Antibiotics have been one of the major advances in medicine over the last century and have (with vaccination) led to the near eradication of diseases such as tuberculosis in the developed world. Unfortunately, their effectiveness and easy access has led to overuse, especially in livestock raising, prompting bacteria to develop resistance.

08 Jun 2016

Male infertility: the driver behind our team's new study

Britain is facing an epidemic of childlessness with one in six couples unable to conceive and men having poor-quality sperm causing over half of the problem. That is why we decided to undertake what I feel is an important study which is being lead by our own well-respected UK expect in fertility, Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology in the Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine.

18 May 2016