The Importance of GP Locums in Healthcare

The Importance of GP Locums in Healthcare

It’s no secret that under-staffing within healthcare is an issue in the UK. For general practitioners and other doctors this is a particularly pressing issue. Surgery management can be difficult with so many different patients’ needs to balance while maintaining an appropriate number of staff to deal with these. It’s not uncommon for a doctors’ surgery to be left short-staffed on occasion, or even on a regular basis, due to staff taking holidays, maternity leave, unfilled vacancies and other circumstances.

This means locum GP jobs are generally widely available in the UK, with a shortage of highly skilled and qualified professionals to take on these roles. Although it may be not be obvious at first, part of this comes down to fundamental differences between being a GP in one practice and being a locum GP who will need to move around as and when different roles need to be filled. This affects the overall approach any locum will have to bring to their work, and means people looking for this kind of work may need to adjust significantly if they’re used to dealing with the same patients on a regular basis. Continue Reading

UK Restaurants Still Failing Health Inspections

You might be forgiven for assuming that in an increasingly competitive market, restaurants and takeaway businesses should have really raised their standards over the years. We all have a better understanding of the importance of food hygiene than we did a few decades ago, so surely standards on the whole must have improved significantly?

This may be true overall, but in fact there are still many shocking examples of people failing to uphold basic UK health and safety regulations every week. It’s not just food hygiene issues and the spread of diseases that are a problem, either, as food waste and fat deposits which tend to build up in commercial kitchens can be a major fire risk. This highlights the need for regular kitchen extraction and equipment cleaning services from professional companies.

On top of this, however, a basic understanding of day-to-day cleaning requirements in any commercial kitchen seems to be worryingly rare. It’s not enough to rely solely on professional cleaning, as competency must be maintained at all times to ensure the safety of customers as well as the people working in these conditions. Continue Reading

Online Pharmacy

Using Online Pharmacies Safely

Online pharmacies can be a great source of practical medicines and supplements, and by using them to stock up you can often save a lot of time and money. On the other hand, some people have reservations about buying any sort of medication online from sources they aren’t familiar with. Fortunately, there are some tips you can use to get the most out of this opportunity and lower the potential risks.

A UK registered online pharmacy can be the ideal choice, as opposed to visiting a traditional chemist. Online stockists tend to have a wider range of products, and it’s easier to browse between different departments quickly to find exactly what you need, from hayfever tablets to pain relief medication. If you have a prescription, going to a doctors’ surgery to use the pharmacy during opening hours can be inconvenient and inefficient, but getting your prescription filled online can be much faster. You just need to narrow down your choices and find a safe supplier. Continue Reading

Sports Health Professional

Using a Sports Health Professional to Recover From Your Injury

Injury rehabilitation can be a difficult thing to go through for anyone, even if you have good support from people around you. You may be itching to get back into professional sports, especially if this is the basis of your career, or you may just need to recover fully before you can get on with the rest of your life.

What you may not initially realise is the number of different sports health professionals who could potentially contribute to you making a full and speedy recovery. A few different types of professionals who may be able to help may include the following.


Qualified physiotherapists may be educated to degree level or beyond, depending on their specialism, and may even be in the process of training to become a doctor. If you’ve suffered a sports injury, especially a musculoskeletal one, they will usually come up with a bespoke exercise and treatment plan to help you gradually recover.


In order to offer advice and treatment to people with spinal injuries, long term conditions or pain from various causes, qualified chiropractors must complete four years of specialised training to earn their doctorate. This is due to the highly complex nature of many spinal conditions and the broad range of potential consequences. A chiropractor will be essential in your recovery from any serious back problem. Continue Reading

Should You Vaccinate Your Baby?

Should You Vaccinate Your Baby? (Part 2)

In the first part of our article we looked at all the reasons you should say “yes” to vaccinating your baby and young children. After all, vaccinations were developed in order to protect us from harmful diseases that could be potentially fatal in many cases. However, they aren’t perfect and certainly aren’t suitable for everyone. Consider our list of downsides before you make your choice, starting with the following points.

Reasons to say “no”:

1) Vaccinations are irreversible. You can always have them later if you decide it’s a good idea, but once you’ve had one it’s impossible to take it back.

2) Many high profile incidents with vaccinations going wrong have been reported. Some injections that were considered safe later transpired to have dangerous side effects, resulting in drugs being withdrawn from the market. Continue Reading

Should You Vaccinate Your Baby?

Should You Vaccinate Your Baby? (Part 1)

The debate about whether or not vaccinations are a good idea continues to go back and forth, with plenty of reasons on each side. Ultimately it’s going to come down to your own personal decision as a parent, but first it’s important to make sure you’re making an informed choice. You should also consult with medical professionals and consider the advice of your GP, but to get you started here are some of the key arguments for and against.

Reasons to say “yes”:

1) Vaccinations protect your children from getting serious illnesses. This is the most obvious benefit, as it’s the whole reason they were created in the first place. The diseases that vaccinations can protect babies and children from can range from preventable inconveniences to severe and potentially deadly illnesses. Continue Reading

LGBT Mental Health

LGBT & Mental Health Issues

In recent years there has been much more of a focus in mainstream media on mental health, and increasingly there is more awareness of issues that have forced many people to suffer in silence previously. However, things are only just starting to change, and an area that still hasn’t been fully addressed is the noticeably higher rate of mental health problems among the LGBT+ community.

There are an increasing number of options for people struggling in this situation, including specialist gay & lesbian counselling to help people overcome the specific issues they face in day-to-day life. Mental health problems for LGBT+ people might stem from particular problems they are dealing with at a certain time, for example coming out, relationships, family issues, bullying and discrimination. Any kind of homophobic or transphobic abuse is highly likely to lead to low self esteem and increased pressure on a person’s mental health, so these kind of instances can often be traced back as the cause of an unhealthy cycle. Continue Reading

Washing hands inadequately can help MRSA to spread

5 Blunders That Help Spread MRSA

MRSA is a specific type of bacterial infection that has mostly received media attention due to its habit of spreading through hospitals and affecting vulnerable people. The abbreviation stands for meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a strain of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (usually referred to as “S. aureus”). Normally S. aureus bacteria are harmless, and can be found on the skin of healthy people known as carriers. However, once they enter the body, usually through open wounds, they can cause infections and get into the bloodstream which can be highly dangerous. The meticillin-resistant variety is particularly lethal and is usually referred to as a superbug, since it can’t be treated using most antibiotics like most S. aureus infections can.

Although MRSA is no more aggressive or contagious than other types of S. aureus infections, it presents more of a problem for people in hospitals and other places where those with weakened immune systems or other health conditions are all in close proximity and vulnerable to infections. That’s why healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and other staff have a great deal of responsibility for ensuring the risk of MRSA is managed at all times. A trusted medical supplier can provide the necessary infection control medical supplies and equipment to minimise the risks, but training and extra precautions are needed too. Unfortunately, these five common mistakes make it easier for the illness to affect more people. Continue Reading

Plantar Fasciitis

How To Tackle Plantar Fasciitis

You might not be familiar with plantar fasciitis by name, but you may well have experienced problems with it without realising. It’s a painful condition caused by pressure that can be put on our feet, even from normal activities like walking and running. Fortunately there are various ways to tackle the causes of the condition and manage the painful symptoms, including specialist plantar fasciitis insoles for shoes and other techniques to minimise the stress placed on your feet.

The problem concerns the plantar fascia, which connects the entire length of the foot and should be flexible enough to stretch and bend correctly as you take each step and the position of your foot changes. If your foot remains too flat as you walk, it doesn’t flex as much and therefore doesn’t absorb the shock of hitting the ground as it should. This shock is then absorbed by the whole foot and actually affects the rest of your leg muscles and joints all the way up to your back. The plantar fascia loses some of its elasticity over time as it comes under more stress, which might be caused by long periods of activity like sports, or simply walking around your office at work. It can become inflamed as a result, often at the heel which is where most people suffer pain, but also along the length of the foot. The pain tends to be more noticeable at the start and the end of the day, but some people end up suffering from it to the extent that they’re unable to walk or go to work for a while.


Removable, liquid orthotic insoles
Specialised removable, liquid orthotic insoles (Image courtesy of Sole-Mates)

This is more likely if you start to experience the symptoms but do nothing about it. Fortunately, there are things you can try to relieve the pain, with both long term and short term solutions available. A great example is using removable, liquid orthotic insoles which can be inserted into your shoes before spending a day on your feet. Liquid insoles are the most effective type for spreading out the pressure of walking and making it easier for your foot to move naturally. This is better for circulation and relieves pressure on your joints, but for treating plantar fasciitis this is a particularly effective remedy.

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Bee venom use in modern medicine

5 Historical Medical Treatments Still In Use Today

We’re able to benefit from a wide range of medical advances that have been made in the last few decades, especially thanks to huge leaps in the technology available at an affordable cost to hospitals, medical professionals and individuals. You might think that with all these advances we have mostly abandoned the rudimentary methods used to treat ailments in centuries gone by, but in fact there are many old fashioned treatments still in use across the world to this day. Here is a round-up of the top 5 surprising methods still used today.

Bee Venom

This has been used for thousands of years and is still going strong, sometimes involving milked venom and sometimes actually being stung by a bee. The reason this treatment is still widely used is thanks to its wide range of applications, having been shown in some cases to help with rheumatism, herpes, arthritis, tendinitis and even potentially cancer. Continue Reading