Until 2014, we had been known as The Arthritic Association, an organisation founded in 1942 aiming to help people with arthritis by emphasising the importance of lifestyle. Over the years we have grown into a sizeable national membership charity and we felt it was time to take a long hard look at what we offer. …
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The Professional Duty of Candour

September 24th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health - (0 Comments)

A rather formal heading but do you know what it means? You may have seen a bit about it on the news when it was launched on the June 29 2015. As I’m sure you are aware, the General Medical Council (GMC) and The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are the regulators for all doctors and …
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The 182 new MPs who have just entered Parliament might well be shocked at the briefing they have just received from Electrical Safety First. The Charity, which is dedicated to reducing deaths and accidents caused by electricity, has written to the ‘class of 2015’ to explain why electrical safety needs to be urgently addressed. “The …
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What would make a good death for you? What was your reaction to this headline? Horror? Not something you want to think about – certainly not talk about or discuss. Why? It is the most important thing that will happen to you in your life – so why don’t we talk about it and plan? …
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Is it meaningful to talk about older people as a group? We all know that everyone without exception, apart from the dead,  between the ages of 50-100+ are all given the same label – the politest one being  ‘older people’. But does that really make sense? Do all these millions of people have one identity …
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A recent event hosted by Healthwatch City of London and City of London Corporation highlighted volunteering as part of the City’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Up until fairly recently, I had a vague idea that volunteering involved charity shops or standing outside somewhere, whatever the weather, clutching a collecting tin – not really my sort of thing. Not …
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The Care Quality Commission are inspecting London Ambulance Service NHS Trust from 1st June The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent health and adult social care regulator. Their job is to check whether hospitals, care homes, GPs, dentists and services are meeting national standards. CQC look at a lot of information to help them design …
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The ‘Clear on Cancer’ campaign highlights the link between heartburn and cancer. Would you think of going to your doctor if you had heartburn most days for three weeks or more? Would you think of going to your doctor if you had indigestion most days for three weeks or more? 59% of people spoken to …
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Well – nobody seems to know, but certainly in 2011 it was noted that those aged over 85 were no longer living longer – men apparently are still living longer. It is very confusing – on the one hand we are told millions of people will be living to well over 100 and will of …
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How to Complain About a Pharmacy

March 13th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health - (0 Comments)

The NHS Complaints System is a minefield and is so complicated – many people are put off even trying it. With pharmacists taking on a much more community role in caring for your health it is important for you to be aware of the system of complaint about either your pharmacy or your pharmacists. As …
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