2015 Medical Successes

Once again 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.

A lot of medical journals and papers this time of year will reflect on the achievements and progress that has been made. 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:

  • Gene Editing – A ‘miracle’ event happened this year, when baby Layla Richards, was told that all treatments for her leukaemia had failed and she was going to die. The Doctors decided to give her an experimental drug that consist of a vial filled with genetically made immune cells to kill the cancer. Which, ended up saving her life. This leaves exciting discussions on the prospect of similar methods being used to treat a whole range of cancer cells.

  • A 27 year old woman in Belgium was the first in the world to give birth to a baby using ovarian tissue frozen when she was a child due to concerns of her infertility.
  • The first face transplant took place on a fire fighter who suffered from third degree burns. As well as the first skull and scalp transplant took place this year, and the first penis transplant (of which the patient now has a child on the way!)
  • A man with dry age-related macular degeneration receives bionic eye and can see his wife again after 10 years.
  • results are close to knowing what substances may help prevent alzheimer’s, including a drug that will slow it down by a third.

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.

Although there has been a huge progression in 2015, and the NHS issues are still in the limelight, we can recognise the wonderful news about medicine and where it is heading. 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: work@primarycarepeople.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 Happy New Year!


Would You Risk Your Life For A Patient?

The Ebola epidemic has been a serious concern globally for the past few months. However, it is not until very recently that the virus had started to spread to the US. Cases have plastered our TV Screens and Internet pages for cases of persons who were infected with the disease.

Although we can be sure some of the coverage could be down to moral panic, what is very real and true, is the severity of the disease. The disease has been in the African continent since 1976, and remains a problem today. There is still no known cure, only aggressive treatment, trials, and quarantine for infected patients.

The most recent case story to cover the news we found here.

Two nurses, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, in the US caught the disease when treating Thomas Eric Duncan. Although Duncan himself did not survive the disease, and treatment was unsuccessful, the nurses did indeed survive.

What we want to question is; would you risk your life too? Is it in the job description, or simply human nature?

Here at Primary Care People we invest a lot of time in our Doctors and Nurses, ensuring they are treated well and feel happy, and safe within their jobs. What shocked us about this particular story was the reason used for the spread of this disease. It has been stated:

‘Healthcare workers are using protective clothing such as full-body suits and goggles, but hundreds have still died.’[1]

However in this case:

‘Nurses working at the hospital have said they were given little guidance and inadequate protective clothing to deal with the infection.’[2]

Therefore it is reasonable to say the risk factor was incredibly higher, yet, both nurses still committed to their jobs. Although, it has been said that any successful treatments or vaccinations are given to healthcare workers first. It is down to our Doctors and Nurses to continue to save our lives, and relieve patients of their pain to the best of their ability? If they are not well, or suffer themselves, then how can further patients be helped? What is shocking about this case, is the treatment of these nurses and the apparent lack of guidance when dealing with this worldwide disease.

But what would you do? Surely, it is human instinct to help one another?

Duncan himself caught the virus[3] from helping an infected 19 year old, pregnant woman with whom he house shared with in Liberia. She too died, as did fellow members of her family, but it did not stop him from trying, and risking his own life.

We are lucky enough in our countries to be treated. To have the abilities, funding and staff to attempt to save and secure as many lives as possible. Those in Liberia and other African Countries have not – for the most part – been as lucky.

Yet Nurses still took the risk to help save another man’s life, regardless of being, or feeling fully equipped in their position. We are sure many nurses would too vouch for this. The nature of a nurse is to care, and selflessly look after their patients.

What we can think about is, is the question really on the threat of the US citizenships? Or is it on the nature of how we care for one another?

Here at Primary Care People, the office discussed this piece ourselves, and we felt it admirable anyone would risk their life for another, especially regarding such a deadly disease. Which reiterates for us the fundamental work of nurses who work on these cases.

We are not alone in this thinking either;

‘Mr Obama has praised healthcare workers’ ongoing response to the medical crisis, saying they are doing “God’s work” and their efforts must be supported.’[4]

There is one thing funding the money for Ebola and testing treatments, but nurses do not have that answer or job in their hands, they are simply there to help no matter the case, and we appreciate their care.
We’d still like to hear what you think! Please share your thoughts and comments with us.

Facts for you:

  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Spread by body fluids, such as blood and saliva
  • Fatality rate can reach 90% – but current outbreak has mortality rate of about 70%
  • Incubation period is two to 21 days
  • There is no proven vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus’s natural host

[1] BBC News, (2014). Ebola basics: What you need to know. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29556006 [Accessed 31 Oct. 2014].

[2] BBC News, (2014). Could the virus spread in the US?. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29453719 [Accessed 31 Oct. 2014].

[3] Mobile.nytimes.com, (2014). U.S. Patient Aided Pregnant Liberian, Then Took Ill – NYTimes.com. [online] Available at: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/02/world/africa/ebola-victim-texas-thomas-eric-duncan.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1&referrer= [Accessed 31 Oct. 2014].

[4] BBC News, (2014). Could the virus spread in the US?.