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Don’t let your skin be the reason your operation is cancelled

9 June 2019 | Health news

With the weather finally improving, we’re all itching to get out into our gardens and make up for lost time over what seems to have been a very long winter. With clearing, digging and planting there is always the risk of the odd small injury, but did you know that a scratch or scrape could […]

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White Coat Syndrome – How we can help?

24 April 2019 | Health news

White Coat Syndrome describes a patient experiencing high blood pressure and anxiety when in a clinical situation. It’s estimated that as many as 1 in 8 patients experience the symptoms of White Coat Syndrome.

Thomas MacDonald, patient with white coat syndrome, vacuuming his floor

Will Adams helps Strood man beat white coat syndrome

11 December 2018 | Team news

Retired delivery driver Mr Thomas MacDonald had developed white coat syndrome some years ago when he had been told he could die under anaesthesia.

Man sitting in his living room holding his stomach in pain

Crohn’s and Colitis: Don’t suffer in silence

5 December 2018 | Health news

Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis are diseases of the gut that can be debilitating for many sufferers.

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Patient Choice in the NHS: 6 tips to help you choose where to have your NHS treatment

10 September 2018 | Health news

NHS patients have been able to choose where to receive NHS treatment since 2006, yet many of us still do not realise that Patient Choice is our right.

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Be a volunteer – it’s good for you!

1 June 2018 | Health news

This week is Volunteer Week. Being a volunteer is a great way to give something of yourself to a favourite charity, cause or community – but as well as being good for those organisations, volunteering is also good for the health of you, the volunteer.

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Top 10 tips for preparing for surgery

4 May 2018 | Health news

Coming to hospital for surgery means a lot to think about, including being prepared.

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What is shingles and why do we need to vaccinate against it?

23 April 2018 | Health news

Shingles (medically known as Herpes Zoster), develops when the dormant chickenpox virus becomes re-activated in the body.

David Paine, knee replacement patient, holding a fish

Retired postman David swaps waiting list for faster treatment

26 March 2018 | Team news

When retired postman and keen angler David Paine had been waiting nine months for a knee replacement after his GP recommended he have surgery with no sign of an operation date in sight, he was at the point despair.

Kenan Dehne, orthopaedic surgeon at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Emersons Green

New surgeon brings specialist knowledge to Emersons Green

29 January 2018 | Team news

Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre has appointed a new consultant orthopaedic surgeon to further boost the services available to patients across the region.

Linda Antwi-Ahima, pharmacist at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Plymouth

An easy way to ensure good health

17 December 2017 | Health news

It cleanses, hydrates and refreshes – there’s nothing quite like a nice cool glass of water. And not only does it feel satisfying, drinking water is vital for our bodies to function.

Smiling ophthalmologist examining a patient's eye

NICE guidance on cataracts – base it on patient need

27 October 2017 | Health news

Cataracts are a common eye condition. As you get older the lens inside your eye gradually changes and becomes less transparent and this affects your ability to see.