Monthly Archives: September 2016

Patient Online

Did you know that patients across Hartlepool are able to view test results as they come in plus keep track of their glucose and cholesterol levels on their smart phones. All GP practices across our area are now set up Read more

One Life

You may all be familiar with the One Life Centre, but do you know about all the services provided there? The services which are currently housed in One Life are: three GP practices, a pharmacy, a dental practice, community respiratory Read more


You want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep them safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your Read more


I would like to urge all smokers in Hartlepool to quit and reduce their risk of developing a disease which can leave you fighting for breath. The “Every Breath” campaign from Fresh is relaunching to raise awareness that smoking causes Read more

Unnecessary scans

As a GP I get many requests from patients and a common one is a request for a scan. A patient will come into see me and say ‘Hi Doc I’ve got an easy one for you, I just need Read more


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


Off all the aims of patients health the one most people value is giving your child the best start in life. How better can a mother do this than to breast feed.  Surprisingly less than 50% of mums try in Read more

What is a CCG?

What is a Clinical Commissioning Group?  What does it do?  These questions were asked by a member of the public following one of our governing body meetings which I told you about in a previous article. Clinical commissioning groups came Read more

Sun safety

As a GP I am made aware of the damage that the sun can do to skin. I see lots of people with problems caused by overexposure to the sun or by sunburn. The worst of these are skin cancers, Read more


As a GP, I encounter a lot of stressful situations.  Stress is well known to lead to illness.  The death of a spouse is the one of the most stressful situations we can find ourselves in and we all know Read more