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CPR rarely works – why do people have so much faith in it?

Two thought provoking articles in the Guardian newspaper about CPR. The first titled: ‘CPR rarely works – why do people have so much faith in it?’, & the second: ‘This is not Casualty – in real life CPR is brutal

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The true cost of forgetting to take prescription medications.

Working in the Social Care profession, I have more than a passing interest in health care provision in England. One area of personal interest is ‘Emergency Readmissions’ to hospital, which as ‘The Health Foundation’ reported in 2018: ‘There has been

Help to save a life: Use a Public Access Defibrillator. (PAD)

Whilst walking around my home town, I came across several Public Access Defibrillators. Taking a note of where these were, I had a google to see if there was an app or site which lists all those in my local

Footballers are human beings that play football.

As the presenter on BBC’s Football Focus on 30/12/17 reminded us, 1 in 4 will suffer from mental health problems in their lifetime … & as such, being a professional footballer offers you no immunity from developing a mental health

On this day in 1981 (10/12/1981) BBC report: Mystery disease kills homosexuals.

I was having a look back in time for recent stories that made the U.K. news over the last 50 or so years. I came across this news story from 10/12/1981. As the BBC headline reported: ‘A mysterious epidemic, which

How safe is your local hospital?

Having direct experience of working in a busy acute hospital, a recent article in the Guardian portrays an accurate picture of ‘daily life’ for inexperienced doctors. I have personally seen many of these dedicated & hard working inexperienced doctors frantically

The NHS: Having a say.

Having a bit of free time, I read the minutes of board meetings from several hospitals that I have an association with. I was struck by how difficult is was to navigate through each of these hospitals websites to eventually

People can live with a Mental Health condition.

Another theme which this blog will explore is the experiences of those who live in the city with a Mental Health diagnosis. I’ll start with an article published in the Guardian about Debbie who discovered that: ‘Art allowed me to

The hospital: A Cathedral of medicine.

With the closure of the oldest hospital in England recently announced, it reminded me that hospitals in times past were often viewed as places to be avoided except where there was little, or no hope. For historians writing on the history of western medicine: ‘hospitals were places associated