Meningitis update

Some of you may remember that in 2014 I raised around £1900 for Meningitis Now by trekking the eight highest peaks in the Lake District. And for those who have been keeping an eagle eye on our Twitter feed, you'll know that I've just returned from Patagonia. My trip to Argentina was in order to

September Newsletter

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Antibiotics – to prescribe or not prescribe?

"If I give you antibiotics for your viral illness, you'll be better in a week. If I don't give the antibiotics, you'll be better in seven days!" This week, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance to healthcare professionals on antibiotic prescribing and antibiotic stewardship programmes. They contend that around 25% of the

Our Client Survey Results

PATIENT SURVEY RESULTS MAY 2015 We are continually striving to improve the private doctor service that we offer in the Cotswolds and Stratford Upon Avon, and appreciate any ongoing feedback and comments that we get from both members and non-members. We review and act on all suggestions that we receive. We issued our very first

Herd Immunity

Last week I wrote an article on meningitis W for Cotswold Allure website. In it, I mentioned a concept known as herd immunity (sometimes more poetically termed 'community immunity') and understanding the concept is central to the whole vaccine debate. Herd immunity occurs when a high percentage of a population is vaccinated. Accordingly, diseases struggle

The Vaccine Debate pt I

          I'll start by apologising to those readers who have clicked onto this blog to read about the 'vaccine debate'. That's because, in one sense, there really is no debate. Not at all. Vaccines are easily one of the greatest inventions of all time.     Vaccines save lives. And not

The Fastest Hour

I've already documented that, at Concierge Medical Practice, we're huge supporters of Meningitis Now (click here for a previous blog). This week they launched a powerful film entitled 'The Fastest Hour'. Please find time to watch it. It lasts one minute and could save a life. Maybe yours. Maybe your child's. There's literally nothing you've

A day in the life of a Concierge GP

I'm writing this blog in response to an online article entitled 'A day in the life of a GP doctor' I read a few days ago. Clearly, as with many such articles, one suspects that an element of poetic license is involved. That being said, it's not difficult to empathise with the author and the

The Assisted Dying Bill

I promised that my next blog post would be more highbrow and, in tackling the Assisted Dying Bill, I've certainly delivered on that. Lord Falconer's bill is currently being discussed and refined in the House of Lords. In the process of blogging I hope to capture my stance on assisted dying and clear up some

Please share with other humans

It was my intention to write my next blog post about the current NHS crisis. Honestly! But every now and again, something appears in your consciousness which is so good that it deserves to be applauded and spread as far and as wide as possible. So huge congratulations to St John Ambulance (the nation's leading first