View Post

Sepsis Awareness

Here is my recent interview with the Sepsis UK trust, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of Sepsis- a potentially life threatening condition, early treatment can make all the difference.

View Post

HIV Home Testing Kits

There are estimated to be 26,000 people in the UK who are HIV positive but don’t yet know and that is worrying because the earlier HIV is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. This week the first legally approved HIV self testing kits hit our shelves in the UK. As a doctor I would always rather see someone in my clinic …

View Post

Pre Eclampsia with a Second Child

I had pre eclampsia with my first child and am now expecting my second although with a new partner – will I get it again? The risks of pre eclampsia are greatest in the first pregnancy but I’m afraid a previous episode does increase your likelihood of it occurring again and in fact your body will know that you have …

View Post

Morning Sickness

I am suffering badly with morning sickness. Please help! A. In theory morning sickness is worst first thing because you haven’t eaten overnight but in reality it can happen at any time of the day. It is caused by a combination of low blood sugar and pregnancy hormones so eating little and often helps. High carbohydrate foods like dry toast …

View Post

Post Natal Depression

Around half of all new mums feel a bit tearful on the third or fourth day after having a baby (1). It’s called the “baby blues” and is quite different to postnatal depression which may start anything up to six months after the birth (1). It is much more common than most people realise. One in eight new mums (2) …

View Post

Oral Health

What are the most important things you can do to look after your teeth at any age Brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes – ask your dentist or hygienist to show you how to do it properly. You would be amazed how many people don’t! Clean between your teeth with interdental brushes, …

View Post

Is My Baby Ill?

Recognising illness in a child under six months can be difficult. They can’t tell you where it hurts and symptoms may be vague. The important thing is to know what is normal and knowing your child’s temperature is a good start. Normal body temperature is 36.9C (98.4F) but some children may be little higher or lower so take your baby’s …

View Post

Polysistic Ovary Syndrome

I think I suffer from PCOS as I have gained weight steadily for years now and have even developed embarrassing hair on my face. Luckily I’m blonde, but you can see it in certain lights and it’s destroying my confidence. What can I do to sort this and get my energy back? A.Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects as many as …