Why Covid 19 Pandemic Should Not Stop You Seeking Routine Help For Your Health Matters

We are approaching 2 years since the Covid 19 pandemic started. Delays in routine healthcare have been highly publicised, whether a consequence of Covid restrictions or patient behaviours, with individuals avoiding medical care due to Covid 19 concerns.  In my opinion, these delays are further compounded by the lack of face-to-face consultations and a drive […]

Genome Sequencing with NAG

Looking for a truly unique Christmas present for a loved one? Why not give them a voucher for genetic code testing at ROC!  By Dr Nicola Harrison  Why test your genome?   Genome is a current buzz word and means a human’s complete set of DNA, including all 22,000 genes. Although most DNA is identical between people, there are small differences or variants that make us all unique. Certain variants can be linked to certain health […]

Time for a review of your painkillers

By Dr Diane Dobb Have you been taking painkillers for more than several months? Pain is one of the most common complaints we see and manage. People are often resigned to the fact that they should try to tolerate it, or accept that medication they have been prescribed long term is the only option.   This month […]

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): A common cause of abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas.

By Dr Diane Dobb Digestion and absorption of food occurs in the small intestine.  There are usually very few bacteria here, in comparison with the large intestine, where bacteria are needed to continue digestion of food.  SIBO, or bacterial overgrowth, happens when naturally occurring bacteria grow out of control, or when bacteria move from the large […]

Long COVID: What to Look Out For

Getting a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 can be terrifying for patients. Even though many people who have tested positive will make a full recovery, some have found that their symptoms can last for weeks or even months after the initial infection. Being aware of what to look out for is vital in ensuring a full […]

Hand Sanitiser – The hidden dangers

By Nicola Harrison Since the early days of the pandemic, alcohol-based hand sanitisers are among the most sought-after commodities in the world. The volume of these products now being commonplace in homes, schools and workplaces may be a cause for concern due to several toxic side effects. Alcohol-based hand sanitisers come as liquids, gels or […]

Erectile Dysfunction and Sex Life in Lockdown

What is erectile dysfunction? Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection, sufficient enough for sexual intercourse. The speculation that ED only appears in older men is far from the truth, it is a common complaint, affecting 1 in 5 men and over 140 million men worldwide. The bad […]

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

By Dr Nicola Harrison  Covid vaccine frontrunners in the UK  Pfizer and its partner BioNTech are from the US and manufactured in Germany. It uses completely new technology in vaccine production by using ‘messenger’ RNA (the body’s manual to print proteins) to enter a cell and trick it into making antibodies = proteins against covid. It requires a set of 2 jabs requiring a 3 – 4 week gap between doses. In order to keep this piece of genetic code – the mRNA ‘alive’, the vaccine needs to be stored frozen […]

Taking care of your Sexual Health during the Pandemic

Sexual health services have, like so many other healthcare sectors, struggled under the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic. When the UK suffered its first wave many routine services were stopped, to focus resources on coronavirus. But as the pandemic continues, it has become clear to the healthcare industry that we must adjust, and find a […]