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World Mental Health Day 10th October 2015

Every year the WHO leads a day of awareness on mental health related topics, and the theme this year is ‘Dignity in Mental Health’. The aim is to campaign against discrimination and marginalisation, as well as stigmatisation, and to educate people as to what can be done to preserve the dignity of those with mental […]

Back Care awareness week 7-11 October 2015.

“The lack of physical activity is one of the top 4 leading causes of preventable death”. World Health Organisation statement. So have you heard about the campaign to Get Britain Standing? And the ‘Active Working’ principles? Nor had I till I read the Back Care info at www.backcare.org Active working is definitely a possibility for […]

Who should help me when I’m ill?

You may have noticed that when you call to book an appointment our receptionist will ask you if the health concern you have is ‘Something the nurse could help with?’. The reason for this is to try and ensure that our patients are seen by the correct professional from first contact with us. The receptionist […]

FODMAPS; not a catchy name but a very important food group!

FODMAPS; what’s that about then?! Fermentable Oligo Di Mono-saccharides And Polyols These are foods that have been found to make the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome worse. Therefore people diagnosed with, or who think they might have IBS, should follow a low FODMAP diet. FODMAPS don’t get digested easily, they ferment and create gas (wind) […]

Eating Disorder Awareness Week 23rd Feb- 1st March 2015

This week is national charity B-eat’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week. B-eat aims to challenge stereotypes and increase understanding for the 6.4% of the adult population who show signs of an eating disorder, as well as their friends and families. When attempts to diet get out of hand, and the pattern with food impacts on other […]

Love is in the air………

It’s Valentine’s Day on the 14th February and many people will be thinking about the L word. Fuzzy feelings and the glow created by cards and poetry can lead to other things, and it is very easy to get carried away and forget the C word – contraception. Or an accident may befall the wearer […]

Antidepressants; a GP ponders the urban myths…

I’m writing this blog purely as a GP who, every day, sees patients who take antidepressants. So these are my thoughts, based on experience, as well as evidence. I also see patients every day who should consider taking antidepressants, because they clearly have all the signs and symptoms of significant clinical depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder or social […]

A&E in Crisis- what can I do?

We are all aware of recent reports in the media about Emergency Departments (previously called A&E) being overstretched. One of the many reasons that this is happening is due to the inappropriate use of the Emergency Departments by patients accessing healthcare. This is a timely reminder of what to do when you are unwell so […]

Medical students and mental health

The view from the Faculty Support Office; Medical students present with a range of conditions, both mental and physical in all years of the programme. Some of the mental health conditions that our students currently present with are Generalised Anxiety Disorders, Eating disorders, Asperger’s, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Depression and PTSD. Some of the physical health […]

A word from our friendly local addiction specialist dr

Hello there, a brief update from my world as an Addiction Psychiatrist.   There have been big changes to how NHS services are providing support to people with alcohol and drug problems in Bristol over the last year. We are now providing services as part of ROADS (Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service). This is a […]

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