With such a wealth of expertise in our team we would like to share some of our thoughts, experiences and knowledge…

 

SCIL EXPO 2018

Last week I was lucky enough to go along to the 2018 SCIL Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. I went with our MD and founder Sally Gordon to exhibit at the show. It was my first such event since my change of career in 2017 – broadcast journalism to record collation, so...


Manc Musings – Dragging the past back to the future?

Over the past few weeks Manchester has been treated to a whole smorgasbord of arts, music and culture with the coming of the biennial Manchester International Festival. The event aimed to display the most cutting edge art, in all of its forms, that Manchester has to...


Armouries, AvMA and a gin hamper

Sooty and Sweep. Jelly Tots. The longest unventilated road tunnel in the whole of Europe. What magical land could produce all of these momentous contributions to human endeavour? Why it could only be the historic city of Leeds. However arriving at the train station on...


Keep calm and blunder on

The run up to the 2017 General Election has been more frenzied and dogged than almost any in my memory. Certainly if you’re under twenty five or so you are being treated to a political firework show that probably (hopefully) won’t be repeated for another twenty years....


The Great British National Easter Egg Trust Debacle

The National Trust has found itself in hot water over the apparent decision to drop the word “Easter” from its various egg hunts located around the country instead it would be called “The Great British Egg Hunt”. Aside from the fact that the last thing we need is more...


NHS Blunder

A couple of weeks ago the NHS found itself at the centre of yet another scandal involving patient data and its misappropriation. If there isn’t a dedicated Scandal Management Department at the NHS by now then they’re missing a trick. The issue this time was twofold....


A blistering encounter over a Contraceptive

I wasn’t ready for it. A very irate mother, slapping her 15 year old daughter’s prescription for Microgynon 30 on my desk at 10 o’clock in the morning. And this was in a 10 minute appointment when I was already 25 minutes behind. She made it very clear that she did...


CBIT Love Quiz

If you're in a relationship then Valentine's Day can be an opportunity to showcase just how much of an old fashioned romantic you are at heart. Maybe this year it will be a candle lit dinner? Or a candle lit bath? Rose petals in your cornflakes? The only thing...


A Valentine’s Card Rings Alarm Bells

“The rose is red, the violet’s blue, The honey’s sweet, and so are you. Thou art my love and I am thine; I drew thee to my Valentine: The lot was cast and then I drew, And Fortune said it shou’d be you. Gammer Gurton’s Garland (London 1784). As a spotty, rather...


Gore never changes

I was fortunate in the very busy weeks leading up to Christmas to get a weekend free with which I was able to go on a whistle stop gallivant around London with a few compatriots. We try and organise a trip to London at least once a year whether it’s for something...


A Gift from an old party roisterer

Some years ago I received a cheque for £1000, from a patient, to be shared; doctors, practice nurses, practice staff, district nurses, nursing care assistants and the local authority carers - in fact everyone who had been involved in his care at some point in his...


Manc Musings: To market, to market, to eat like a pig

Depending on your point of view, or festive temperament, the onset of December is met either with a socket wrenching eye roll or a ruddy faced smile as you bring the second or third (or fourth) glass of Gluhwein to your lips. The days are slipping by as the juggernaut...


UK adult male suicides rising

I’d known Paul for a number of years, a hard working doctor with extensive experience in the Armed Forces and the NHS. He was married with two children and on the surface it seemed as if life was going well. Nice house, a holiday home in Spain, no financial worries,...


What you don’t know about Medical Records may hurt you

As we prepare for the 2016 AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents) Annual Clinical Negligence Conference it seems a good time to think about patient safety. Working as we do with medical records we see quite a bit of documentation. But what distinguishes good clinical...


An Apology

I visited a long standing patient of mine, with some trepidation. I was met at the door by his rather stony faced wife. “Ah, doctor, please come in. I expect you have come to see my husband. You’ll find him in the sitting room.” I went through to the sitting room to...


There by the grace of God

Several years ago I was on call on a Sunday morning. For once, it was really quiet and I grabbed a coffee and a paper to read.  I took a telephone call from a mother seeking some advice. She was not particularly worried. Her 3 year old had a temperature which she...