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 […]

Rhinolight, the latest treatment for Hay fever & Allergic Rhinitis – available now at ROC

Hay fever can be either perennial (all year round) or seasonal (namely spring/summer) and can have a significant impact on children and adults leading to missed exams, absent work days and generally poor performance. Symptoms are due to excess fluid in the facial tissues and similar to a common cold such as runny or blocked, […]

Breast Screening – Not all mammograms are equal

What is mammography? Mammography has been around for decades and is generally used for three reasons: Screening – This is for people at average risk of breast cancer who undergo routine mammography to find cancers that are not yet symptomatic. Surveillance – This refers to women that are at a high risk of breast cancer […]

Varicose Veins assessment at ROC

Unsightly varicose veins are a common long-term condition affecting women and men. They usually occur in the legs or feet, but can happen anywhere. They often run in families and are made worse by pregnancy, and doing a lot of standing. Sometimes weaknesses in the walls of the superficial veins cause them to enlarge, resulting […]

Get the healthcare you need – now

By Dr Stuart McMain What an eighteen months or so we have all had. The world has been turned upside down and no more so than in healthcare, where traditional methods of accessing care have changed so much. The reality of the “new normal” now includes e-mail,  video and telephone consultations and getting the face-to-face […]

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 […]

Mind the shoulder this gardening season!

By Dr Stuart McMain The garden centres are open, life is easing, and many of us are looking to perk ourselves up with colourful displays in the garden. Or perhaps the golf course or tennis court beckons. But behind the excitement of tending your borders or wrestling with tricky greens, lurks the hidden danger of […]

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 […]

All You Need to Know About the New Shingles Vaccine – Shingrix

By Dr Nicola Harrison Firstly – what is Shingles? Shingles is also known as Herpes Zoster and is a severely painful blistering skin rash that can only occur in those that have previously had chickenpox. The rash can result in persistent pain (post-herpetic neuralgia) at the rash site long after it has cleared up.  The […]