Dr Nick Timlin’s Column

Trouble Sleeping? It could be Insomnia

I was sad to read last week that ITV news anchor Tom Bradby has been forced to take time off work due to insomnia, which can be a really devastating condition. Insomnia means you regularly have problems sleeping, but thankfully Read more

Do you know how to spot lupus?

I was pleased to see many people wearing purple for world lupus day last week and want to take this opportunity to let you know more about the disease. Lupus is a long-term condition and can cause inflammation to the Read more

Act FAST To Spot Stroke Symptoms

As May is Stroke Awareness Month, I would like to use my latest column to let you know how to spot the symptoms of the potentially life-threatening condition. A stroke is caused when the blood supply to the brain is Read more

Ending the IBS Stigma

As April has been Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) awareness month, I feel it is an ideal opportunity to talk about the condition. Unfortunately, there is a stigma associated with IBS, which is hard to understand as it is quite a Read more

Remember To Cancel Appointment If You Can’t Make It

One of the many great things about having an NHS free at the point of need is nobody has to worry about saving up for the cost of a GP appointment. However, a disadvantage of our system is that a Read more

Know How to Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

As this week is Diabetes Prevention Week, I feel it is a great opportunity to talk about type 2 diabetes in my latest column. More than five million people are classed as being at a high risk of developing type Read more

More Ovarian Cancer Awareness Needed

In Hartlepool we are more likely to die young from cancer than people in most other parts of the UK. March has been Ovarian Cancer Awareness month so this week I really wanted to draw your attention to the symptoms Read more

Time To Talk About Obesity

Although a controversial issue at the moment, obesity is an alarmingly common problem in the UK and I feel it is important for me to make people aware of the steps you can take to address the problem. Worryingly, obesity Read more

Know How To Reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Risk

This week is Safer Sleep Week which is hopefully going to raise awareness about a terrible condition – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is a horrible experience for any parent to go through and I cannot begin to imagine Read more

Stay Safe and Warm From the ‘Beast From The East’

With the ‘Beast from the East’ causing so much adverse weather over the last week or so, I sincerely hope everyone kept themselves safe and warm in potentially treacherous conditions. With temperatures dropping well below freezing, it is vitally important Read more