No Drink Driving This New Year’s Eve!

We are always warned around this time of year of the dangers of drink driving. Here at Primary Care People, we do wish you a happy new year, but we also wish you a safe one.

Many cases are seen every year to the police and paramedics of those who still disregard the warnings to not drink and drive. It has been featured in the news this week that A&E have to deal with drunk issues more consistently, and it needs attention.

We understand the hectic and dangerous nature of drink driving cases:

– Last year 3296 failed a breathalyser test

– Deaths by drink driving had a 26% rise

– One in six road deaths last year was alcohol-related.

The local police have released a statement to remind us all of the consequences of these reckless decisions.

“The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit will be conducting breathalyser checks round the clock throughout December – supporting the national Christmas drink drive campaign. Motorists found to be driving while under the influence of drink or drugs face a minimum of a 12-month disqualification from driving, as well as a fine and/or imprisonment. The offence of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs now carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment and a disqualification of at least two years.”[1]

To prevent danger, and to ensure your safety this new years eve:

  • Assign a designated driver or pre-book a taxi
  • Buy some nice non-alcoholic beverages if you are the driver
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Buy your own breathalyser
  • Drink in consideration, with water and eating a meal before.

We want all emergency and medical staff to bring in their new year without any casualties, and for no one enjoying themselves to become a patient.

Let’s drink safely, and have ourselves a great way to bring in the New Year!

[1] Peterboroughtoday.co.uk, (2014). Drink drive warning for new year celebrations. Available at: http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/local/drink-drive-warning-for-new-year-celebrations-1-6494017

2014’s Medical Successes.

It’s nearly Christmas and the New Year is ahead of us, so here at Primary Care People, we wanted to evaluate all the great medical revelations that has happened this year. To end a successful year for our company, and the healthcare industry, we look back at how much progression has been made.

Medical News Today inspired our reflection with their highlight’s article. We have picked the highlights we believe might lift your day and remind us of how much we can celebrate in the healthcare industry this year.
Our Top Medical Revelations This Year:

  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge which raised millions for myotrophic lateral sclerosis(ALS). Earlier in the year, iPS cells had been used to grow a model of ALS nerve cells, leading to potential clues about how the condition originates.
  • The Numerous cure’s and attention finally paid to Ebola
  • Human lungs successfully grown in a lab for the first time.
  • Motorbike crash victim’s face repaired with 3D printing
  • 3D-printed implants restore baby’s breathing
  • ‘Smart glasses’ for the near-blind start trials in public spaces

Due to just these few cases of huge progression, medicine is growing stronger as the years go by. There has been numerous progressions for the testing and results of cells, multiplying, protecting and growing anew.

We have suffered a lot through 2014, and the NHS especially has been under severe strain. But we take this opportunity to look on the brighter side, and recognize the excitement of what has been happening in the medical industry.
Should you wish to open your New Year looking for new work, Primary Care People are here to help and provide you with whatever you desire. Please get in touch if this is the case.
Call: 0203 137 2114
Email: applications@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

We’d also like to thank all our clients, GP’s and Nurses for committing to your job, all for worthwhile causes. We appreciate your hard work, and wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Cure The Common Cold With a Hug a Day!

It has been proven that a hug a day can do many positives things for the body. The release of endorphin’s from feelings of comfort can boost mood levels, allow others to maintain happiness with consistency of hugs, and now it can even help prevent the common cold.

Everyone manages to get ill over the Christmas and winter period – the common cold being the biggest culprit of all. But, there is no fear, for a recent study has shown it can prevent the virus. It has been shown in the past that those who deal with a lot of stress and conflict are less able to recover quickly from the virus. Those who do have support from others are less likely to suffer from stress, and depression.

Therefore, the connection was linked to see if stress does not occur, then the illness may not be as severe when others are supported.

Medical News Today ran this story, and heard from the lead author Sheldon Cohen, the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA said:

“We tested whether perceptions of social support are equally effective in protecting us from stress-induced susceptibility to infection and also whether receiving hugs might partially account for those feelings of support and themselves protect a person against infection,” [1]

The study consisted of questioning 404 healthy adults, then exposing them to the virus of the common cold. Those that were given more support through conflicts were not as likely to be infected, and a third of this reasoning was because of hugs. The same candidates also displayed less severe symptoms than those without.

Cohen also stated that:

“The apparent protective effect of hugs may be attributable to the physical contact itself or to hugging being a behavioral indicator of support and intimacy. Either way, those who receive more hugs are somewhat more protected from infection.”

Therefore – if you feel a cold coming on this Winter, get hugging and feeling the happiness. We can support each other!

[1] Whiteman, H. (2014). Could a hug a day keep infection at bay?. Medical News Today. Available at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287242.php [Accessed 22 Dec. 2014].

Doctors Struggle Too and Need Help

We usually feel safe in the hands of our doctor, usually there are other pressing matters that our focus remains on our own health. But it has been discussed lately by the GMC that the health of doctors deserves more attention. Statistics follow at;

Up to 28 doctors took their own lives between 2005 and 2013 while being investigated by the General Medical Council…The independent report, based on a review of GMC cases over eight years, found that 24 doctors undergoing fitness to practice investigations were classified as “suicide” and four as “suspected suicide”. [1]

The GMC must investigate all doctors who have complaints made against them. It is known to be one of the most stressful processes for Doctors to undergo. Due to this, a populous of doctors are created who suffer severe stress, and in the few cases over the past years, some are driven to suicide.

Those that did suffer greatly, also suffered from alcohol and drug addiction, therefore where battling issues in their career. It was also noted that they suffered from mental disorders, ‘such as depression, bipolar disorder and personality disorder, or had addiction problems.’ [2]

Although we cannot blame the GMC for the severity of the Doctors stress, we can think about the stressful impacts that Doctors have to deal with. Dealing with the lives of others on a daily basis is one of the most (if not the most) taxing job to have. We must recognize that Doctor’s are not unbreakable, and we must understand the pressures they face. As  Dr Clare Gerada, medical director of the Practitioner Health Programme, said, “Doctors are sometimes patients too and supporting vulnerable doctors is a shared responsibility.” [3]

The GMC are aware they need to review their processes and continue to protect patients, but to also monitor the well-being of the doctors and ensure they are looked after also.

With a rise in mental health issues, we may forget to look towards those Doctor’s and Nurse’s that are surrounded by the illnesses everyday. Like anyone would expect sometimes the stress is too much to handle. We must appreciate our Doctor’s on another level – those that hold the responsibility of everyone else.

 

If you have experienced anything like this, as a patient or a Doctor, or Nurse. Please let us know. We are interested to know your thoughts.

 

[1] BBC News, (2014). ‘Support vulnerable doctors’ call. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30534001 [Accessed 19 Dec. 2014].

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

Lose The Christmas Weight Through Breathing!

A new article in the British Medical Journal has revealed majority of weight loss is exhaled carbon dioxide.

A new study replaces all preconceptions of losing weight, and have now revealed the real process of what happens to fat.

Excess dietary carbohydrates and protein are converted to a type of fat called triglyceride…Triglycerides are comprised of three types of atom: carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Triglyceride molecules can be broken down only by unlocking these atoms, through a process known as oxidation. [1]

The researchers of this study found that when 10 kg of fat were oxidized, 8.4 kg were converted and excreted as carbon dioxide (CO2) via the lungs, and 1.6 kg became water (H20).

In order for 10 kg of human fat to be oxidized, the researchers calculated that 29 kg of oxygen must be inhaled. Oxidation then produces a total of 28 kg of CO2 and 11 kg of H20.

Although the science has always been there, no one had thought to look closely at the numbers. The same advise still stands for weight loss; to eat less and move more.

The results suggest that the lungs are the main excretory organ for weight loss, with the H20 produced by oxidation departing the body in urine, feces, breath and other bodily fluids. [2]

The weight is only kept on by the carbon being replaced by more food intake. If we replace just one hour of rest with one hour of exercise we up our exhaled carbon by another 40g, meaning on average a day, we exhale 240g of carbon dioxide.

Although you may still stock up on carbon this Christmas, no fret, we just have to manage our levels of food so our bodies have time to do the breakdown.

[1]  McIntosh, J. (2014). Majority of weight loss occurs ‘via breathing’. Medical News Today. Available at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287046.php [Accessed 17 Dec. 2014].

[2] Ibid

Winter Pressures Affecting Hospitals

Winter always tends to tackle the health of the public. With consistent low temperatures, flu, and viruses affect the nation. Due to the increase in illnesses, the NHS suffers also. With A&E already under struggle, the winter fluctuates the admissions of patients, causing severe problems.

For this reason, the NHS has launched its ‘NHS Winter Project’ which monitors the 4 hour wait target for A&E, and allows anyone to check their local hospital statistics.

The aim for the project is to allow patients to understand the pressure of each hospital and the number of patients they receive. This way patients can also decide what hospital they attend based on the hospitals rates.

Sarah Pinto-Duschinsky, director of operations and delivery for NHS England, said: “The NHS is pulling out all the stops, with local hospitals, ambulances, GPs, home health services and local councils all working hard to open extra beds and seven-day services using the extra winter funding.” [1]

It has been examined that the main issues have developed from the increase in the number of attendances and emergency admissions. Some patients do not need to use A&E, but also some cases are too severe for them to help.

Due to the extreme pressures on the hospitals, In England £700m has been given to the NHS to help during the winter season.

Make sure to wrap up this winter, and take care of your health.
If you have experienced any of these issues, or extended waiting times, please let us know.

 

[1] Triggle, N. (2014). Hospitals struggling as winter hits. BBC News. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30433575 [Accessed 12 Dec. 2014].

Nurse Practitioners – We Thank You!

We have been very busy over the Christmas period; covering shifts, meeting new clients, employing new candidates and implementing our referral scheme. We wanted to take some time to show recognition for our team’s hard work and the enthusiasm of our new candidates.

Especially over the last month we have welcomed numerous nurses, and especially come to recognize the importance of nurse practitioners and, especially, ENP’s. Because we have managed to enable a lot of nurse’s work recently, we started thinking about the value of our Nurses.

GP and Nurses alike, we run our business primarily on the consensus that our GP’s and Nurses in Primary care are extremely important to us. They are the foundation to a successful healthcare system. We understand this, and it has helped us to become a tier one agency to provide work for. Not on the basis to sell ourselves – but to ensure the right GP or Nurse is placed where best suits them.

For those that are not aware, Nurse practitioners in the primary care industry, divide between two categories; Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP).

Due to our popularity of ENP’s, to understand just how important their roles are, we have displayed their duties:

The Emergency Care Practitioner provides advanced level care for patients with undiagnosed, undifferentiated needs. Nurses in this role may work across acute and community settings and will:

  • Assess, plan implement and evaluate urgent care at an advanced level;
  • Work autonomously, exercising a high degree of critical judgement to improve outcomes and experiences for patients;
  • Provide expert clinical advice and expertise to patients, service users, carers and colleagues.
  • Work as an expert practitioner, diagnosing, initiating treatment and referring onwards when indicated.
  • Evaluate and manage the patient’s response to treatment;
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of safe, high quality services through a robust model of clinical governance;
  • Contribute to the development of patient group directives, clinical guidelines, frameworks and competency tools;
  • Contribute or lead education, research, audit and patient safety initiatives within the service.

We believe because of their duties they hold a lot of responsibility that can go unrecognized. We wanted to take the opportunity to illustrate just how important they are, and how helpful they have been to us.

We have also received feedback from our Nurses that helped us realize how important we are to them:

“I have been working with Primary Care People for 1 year, as a self-employed ENP. I decided to commit to being self-employed after spending many years within the public and private sector. This was initially a scary prospect, as I was unsure if I would have enough work to support my family. Tawhid and his team have worked very closely with me to ensure that I have enough work to support my family and that I have enough time away from work to support them.”    – Emergency Nurse Practitioner

We are happy to be in the healthcare industry, and provide medical practices and hospitals with the most suitable staff.

Please feel free to get in touch if you are a Nurse or GP, who wants to join our strong team.

We also have a referral scheme for both GP’s and Nurses. If you can refer a name of a GP or Nurse, you can earn from £1-£2,000+.

Also, please leave comments if you feel unappreciated in your position. We want to know your thoughts.

Primary Care People: We care for you, so you can care for others.

Contact details:
Email: applications@primarycare-jobs.co.uk
Tel: 0203 137 2114

Does Cancer Have a Price?

Most would say that you cannot put a cost on life, yet, we earn just to live and we pay out to survive. We tend not to question this system of living as it is all we’ve known. However we tend to bring this into consideration when our lives are put in jeopardy through illness.

We have discussed before the affects of cancer, as the illness does continue to take claim to more lives every year. What made us strike up the topic again was a recent news article from the BBC. Labour pledges that more funds will be placed into cancer funds to ensure cancer is the primary disease that is tackled, and the best care is received to patients.

This could indeed be a ploy for the party, however, if they followed through with their promise – patients and families could be looking at a rise in more time and recovery rates.

What we do wish to question is – the amount that needs to be invested still is obscene amounts of money – but of course ones that are worth it. However, is there a price we won’t say no to? To give a patient suffering breast cancer another 6 months, costs £90,000 a course to run.

The money and time spent should be given undoubtedly. And current PM David Cameron, did set up a fund of £200 million, that has been increased to £280m. This fund however is due to run out in 2016, which the labour party wish to replace with their cancer fund.

Mr Burnham (Shadow Health Secretary) made claim that their fund would target all patients in need, instead of a selected few.

“My goal is to make the NHS the best health service in the world for the treatment of cancer. We will only achieve that if we give patients access to the most effective forms of treatment, particularly advanced radiotherapy…The problem with cancer policy under the current government is that it prioritizes one form of cancer treatment over others and places one group of patients ahead of another. This is indefensible when we know surgery and radiotherapy are responsible for nine in ten cases where cancer is cured… 40,000 people every year who could benefit from radiotherapy are missing out.” [1]

However, there has of course been a backlash from the conservative party who pointed out Labour have not always agreed with the Cancer Drugs Fund and therefore may not be able to rely on the promises being made.

But what would excite all of us is the prospect, for we ourselves cannot generate the money needed for particular treatments. Some treatments do not get run purely due to them not being cost-effective for the NHS to run. With more invested, patients will have a better chance at receiving help.
Sarah Woolnough, Cancer Research UK’s executive director of policy, said that our biggest issue with cancer is the lack of ‘commitment to diagnosing more cancers early. Surgery and radiotherapy are more likely to be effective when the disease is diagnosed in the earliest stages…Early diagnosis and access to treatment must be key priorities for a future government if it’s serious about improving the UK’s cancer survival rates.’ [2]

The main question we want to ask is; is there a price you would deny? Those patients missing out, miss out due to treatments not being available to them. Would we pay anything for this to be necessary? Surely.. we would?

[1] Gallagher, J. (2014). Labour pledges cancer therapy fund. BBC News. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30385594 [Accessed 9 Dec. 2014].

[2] Ibid

Breastfeeding babies could save the NHS millions!

Many discussions have been had over the past year, on what would be best to help the NHS save money. Cut’s have been made, and primary care has suffered the brunt of it.

However, statements have reached as far as allocating blame towards patients and the wrong decisions they make in regards to their own healthcare. The latest claim accuses mothers of newborn’s who choose to not breastfed their baby. New studies suggestively show, this decision could save the NHS lots of a money.

Not only do studies claim that by more mothers breastfeeding their babies could save the NHS millions, but babies could could be healthier because of it.

This is the core of the statement, because babies and mother would benefit from breast feeding. supposedly this was where a big part of the NHS money was spent, because infants would become more ill when fed through a formula.

This has always been a discussion mothers and Doctors have had. However studies seem to support the money benefits this time.

A staggering £11m could be saved every year by preventing infections, and a further £31m would be  reducing the cases of breast cancer. The BBC ran these figures and also documented;

‘If the 21% of women who were exclusively breastfeeding at six weeks continued until their baby was at least four months old, it would save £4m a year in hospital and GP bills, the researchers said…Increasing the figure to 45% would save £11m a year, they said.’ [1]

However, do we think it is right to focus primarily on the saving of money in comparison to providing babies with the right nutrients?

The researches found that ‘if twice as many premature babies were fed breast milk, either from their mother or donor milk, while they were in hospital, the NHS would save £6m every year in treating the potentially deadly gut infection necrotising enterocolitis.’ [2]

Furthermore this method could help increase breast cancer prevention for the mother, which would in affect save another £31m.

All sings seem to point towards the direction that natural feeding is the best way for both mother and child.

[1] Wilkson, E. (2014). More breastfeeding ‘worth millions’. BBC News. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30327780 [Accessed 5 Dec. 2014].

[2] Ibid

500 GP Closures in 5 Years!

In the past five years, there have been over five hundred GP closures. However, patient need has also double in the same time.

Official statistics has recorded that 518 surgeries have closed in total. Although some surgeries have merged together and partnered up in this time, the closures can still not compensate for the mass amount of patients who will suffer as a result.

Certain areas of the country will have to travel to receive medical attention, rural areas especially will miss out on close medical help. Essentially, there are more patients in need, than can be supplied for.
‘So far this year 78 local clinics have closed but only nine have opened’ [1]. This is conclusive that patients are losing more than they gain.

Primary Care People realize the importance of primary care in the healthcare industry. Therefore, what worries us most about these staggering statistics is; as the NHS continues to struggle with cuts, and emergency rooms are over-filled with patients who have no where to go, closing GP surgeries will not help patients divert from the over-crowded A and E departments.

Although most surgeries are merging together, more practices need to continue to open. We realize, as a medical recruitment team for GP’s and Nurses, surgeries and care centre’s are the future. This is why we dedicate our time to supplying Nurses and GP’s to surgeries and practices that are truly in need.

But does this help our situation now? How are we as a country meant to reach a level of understanding when surgeries are being closed down.

‘About 100 surgeries could be forced to close because of changes to the way the Government allocates money, leaving patients in some rural areas without a doctor, the British Medical Association has warned.’ [2]

Whilst some blame the government, others worry about not being able to see their own family doctor, and will now have to travel further to a new ‘super-surgery’. This is a valid argument to discuss. Dealing with our health is the most important thing in our lives. To rely on a family doctor, is due to the trust patients have developed in their GP’s over the years.

Due to the necessary movement of GP surgeries expanding, this may no longer be possible for some patients.

However, this could also mean that perhaps in the future local GP’s will become more available due to their high demand.

Please let us know your thoughts on the healthcare system. Who do you think is to blame? And, how can it be made better?

[1] Mail Online, (2014). 500 GP surgeries have closed in just five years. Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2754036/Five-HUNDRED-GP-surgeries-closed-just-five-years-number-patients-needing-services-increased.html [Accessed 3 Dec. 2014].

[2] Ibid