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 […]


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 […]

Why and How You Should Examine Your Breasts

Every October, we bring attention to breast cancer, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Death rates from breast cancer are falling, but breast cancer still remains one of the main causes of cancer deaths in the UK.1  These figures may be frightening, and it can seem like the least stressful option to put the […]

Challenged by Covid-19 Testing Fees Or Access To Private Healthcare?

An insight into ROC’s approach to health during the pandemic The Covid-19 pandemic is challenging individuals on many levels. The virus and its consequences are taking their toll on mental and physical wellbeing, as well as causing anxieties about the health of loved ones, job security, and the future of businesses. Additionally, individuals often face […]

Sleep and Mental Health

What is the relationship between sleep and mental health? Sleep accounts for approximately a third of our lives and facilitates very important psychophysiological processes necessary for brain function and good mental health. Decades of research have demonstrated that medicine of sleep disorders and mental disorders are related in numerous ways. Neuroimaging and neurochemistry studies demonstrate […]

Is it time for a cardiovascular health check before the second wave?

Is it time for a cardiovascular health check before the second wave? There is now enough evidence that shows measures such as hand-washing, social distancing and wearing masks can lower our risk of catching COVID-19. However, if we are unlucky enough to contract this virus, are there any ways to prepare and optimise our health […]

ROC Health: Get ready for new private hospital in Westhill

ROC is proud to announce a major milestone for a start-up healthcare business, whilst celebrating 10 years of success this August. Having been operating in Aberdeen for the past six years, the Westhill based private health clinic has begun its transition from a primarily Outpatient Private GP, Specialist and Occupational Health Centre to a new, […]

Coronavirus: 15 Tips on How to Avoid It!

Coronavirus: 15 Tips on How to Avoid It! The outbreak of Covid-19 is causing increased anxieties worldwide. Huge steps are being taken by different governments and international health organisations to try and contain it. But what to do on an individual basis to protect yourself? Daily preventive actions to help prevent the spread of any […]