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January is on record as being the most depressing month of the year. Everywhere you look, people are coughing, sneezing, battling the horrors of being too hot and too cold at the same time. In the office, colleagues are dropping like flies, chocolate wrappers have been swapped for tissues. Christmas cheer is a long lost relative, the sort of which could license its own documentary series. As the old adage goes however, the new year means time for a fresh start. So how can you make sure you can protect your employees’ health this winter?

As we usher in a new decade, it stands to reason that we must inadvertently also usher in the season for colds and new ailments. If you are one of the lucky few who managed not to get ill this Christmas – or take your illness into the new year – be not surprised if you are heralded a wonder and recruited by the scientific community for research.

New data in fact, published in January last year, shows that workers take on average 53% more sick days in January than any other month of the year.

According to research from CharlieHR (HR software for small businesses) the number of sick days taken in January 2017 equalled 1,248 – with January followed by February and then March in terms of the number of sick days taken.

The main causes for these, according to a 2018 report published by the Office for National Statistics, are minor illnesses such as coughs and colds.

In 2017, more than 34 million working days were lost as a result.

Illnesses such as colds and flu however can be avoided. They can also easily spread through the air and by close personal contact (through a handshake, sharing a phone, touching a doorknob) – meaning they can rapidly spread in the workplace.

How can you protect your employees?

Making sure you wash your hands, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and getting a flu jab can all help you keep you safe during the cold winter days, where colds are known to run wanton.

If you find yourself a subject of the infamous trilogy of symptoms caused by the common cold (runny nose, sore throat, coughing), you may also find comfort in getting plenty of rest and sleep and drinking plenty of fluids.

Short-term sickness absence at work, however, are often unavoidable – in fact, illnesses and medical appointment are the most commonly reported reasons for missing work.

During the cold and flu season especially, there is a dramatic spike in absenteeism rates.

So how can you help to keep your employees’ health in check and keep company downtime to a minimum?

On-site company doctor

At Doctorcall, we provide a range of fast, affordable private GP services designed to target this.

Our company doctor service – provided in-house – is a popular way of providing employees with access to regular GP consultations at work.

This means that staff can be seen on-site without having to carve out time to see their doctor outside of the office – helping them to gain access to quick, quality private healthcare while minimising time spent away from work.

Not only do we help set up a consulting room at your office, but our easy online booking process for staff also makes it easier for them to make their own appointments.

They can benefit from access to on-site company doctor sessions as often as you like – with access to confidential, regular health checks.

Reducing Absenteeism with unlimited appointments

For smaller companies, our private GP membership scheme – a popular staff benefit – can provide a more cost-effective route to help reduce absenteeism in the workplace.

It provides as a less expensive and more popular alternative to Private Medical Insurance (PMI)
Since arrangements are made at a local clinic and same day appointments are generally available, it provides a way of securing rapid treatment with minimal disruption to work.

By reducing time taken off work by staff to see their own GP, our membership scheme can help maintain business continuity and productivity – while making sure employees can stay happy and healthy.

A popular benefit for employees

Our GP Clinic Membership scheme offers staff access to quality medical treatment at a conveniently located private clinic for as little as £2.79 per week.

Members receive access to unlimited private GP consultations and a range of exclusive benefits.
Come talk to us

Many across the UK and worldwide will use the new year to mark a fresh start, putting health at the top of the priority list. If you want to find out how to keep your employees healthy this winter, take a look at how you can benefit from our unique private services – including access to our exclusive membership scheme and on-site company doctor.

 

In the UK, there are around 3,200 new cases of cervical cancer every year, or 9 every day. If diagnosed at an early stage, there is a high chance that it can be cured. Thousands of cases of cervical cancer are prevented every year due do screening – yet millions of women across the country are still skipping their smear tests. Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which takes place 20-26 January, helps to shed a light on the importance of routine checks.

Cervical cancer is the second-most common cancer in women under thirty-five, with thousands of women in the UK diagnosed with the disease each year. Cervical cancer however is highly preventable, with the recent introduction of HPV vaccination programmes hoping to cut the number of cases down even further. This has caused something of a revolution in the medical world as it provides the first effective prevention against cervical cancer.

The HPV vaccine is available on the NHS but only for girls and only within a very limited age group.

Unfortunately, HPV (the Human Papilloma Virus) is both very infectious and very harmful – in 1983, German virologist Harold zur Hausen discovered that HPV causes cervical cancer. Since then it has been established that testing for the presence of HPV offers a better screening test for cervical cancer than the “Pap” test (or “Pap” smear, as it’s commonly known in the US).

The “Pap” test – which gets its name from Dr George Papanicolaou, who invented it in the 1920s alongside Dr. Aurel Babeș, is a procedure that uses a small brush or spatula to gently remove cells from the cervix so they can be examined under a microscope for cervical cancer or cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer. It is not a test for cancer but to pick up its early signs.

Looking out for symptoms

Cervical cancer is caused when abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix (the entrance to the womb from the vagina) grow in an uncontrolled way.

It often has no symptoms in its early stages.

If symptoms do occur, the most common tend to be unusual vaginal bleeding, which can occur during/after sex, in between periods or after the menopause.

Abnormal bleeding doesn't mean that you definitely have cervical cancer, but it’s worth having it investigated by a doctor so they can determine the cause.

The HPV test

In England, the Cervical Screening Test it is offered to women aged 25 to 49 every three years and those aged 50 to 64 every five years.

Though a similar procedure to a Pap smear test, it is designed to look for HPV infection (using the sample of cells taken from the cervix).

A centralised NHS cervical screening programme has existed in the UK since 1988, but HPV screening has only recently been introduced in England and Wales – and is yet to be rolled out across Scotland and Ireland.

There was a review to lower the age at which cervical screening test is offered to women in the UK, following the publicity surrounding the death of reality television star Jade Goody from cervical cancer in 2009. Evidence however suggested that it was not as effective in women under 25 years old, as it’s still common to have changes in the cells of your cervix when you’re younger.

The importance of routine health checks.

More than 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the UK; and according to charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, around 99.7% of all cases are caused by high-risk HPV. Nearly 900 women die from the disease annually.

Figures, however, show that millions of women are skipping their smear tests.

In fact, a survey by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust of more than 2,000 women in the UK revealed this figure to be 1 in 4 women – rising to 1 in 3 among those aged 25 to 29.

Embarrassment about body shape is constantly cited as a reason why many choose to avoid smear tests, while a lack of understanding about the importance of screening still permeates.

Cervical smears to test for cancer, however, are an effective screening programme if they are carried out frequently enough.

In most countries apart from the UK however, the recommended frequency of testing is once per year, and that is what we recommend in our clinics.

Come talk to us

At Doctorcall, we offer routine health checks for women in our private clinics on Harley Street in London, and St Ann’s Square, Manchester, where we have advanced on-site facilities for testing and diagnosis to give prompt results.

Embarrassment should never, ever get in the way, and our experienced doctors will always be at hand to make sure that your visit is as comfortable as possible and so you are fully aware of what the procedure will involve from start to finish.

We can also provide advice on the choice of HPV treatment. It is believed that with HPV vaccination the risks of cervical cancer and the need for smear tests may be eradicated altogether.

To find out more about our Well-Woman Screen service or if you want to know more about cervical smear tests or HPV Vaccination visit www.doctorcall.co.uk or call us on 0344 257 0345.

IV Infusions provide a different type of cocktail. Tailored to your needs, they contain a unique combination of vitamins and nutrients that enter directly into your bloodstream to deliver profound benefits – whether you want to feel your best before a performance or are looking to recover after a particularly intense sporting event or night out. They are the perfect pick me up, providing essential ingredients right into your cells to allow your body to better absorb the benefits with faster, more effective results.

Can IV Vitamin Therapy really be that amazing?

The short answer is…yes.

Modern diets are often lacking in the essential nutrients that our bodies need every day, to stay healthy and perform optimally.

This not only helps you to live longer by preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, but it also boosts energy and promotes a healthier life.

Essential Nutrients however are nutrients that the body cannot synthesize on its own – aptly named as they are vital to life and good health. Traditionally, they were obtained from the food we eat.

Many people however – 1 in 3 – now resort to daily supplements, which are certainly beneficial.

When you ingest vitamins by mouth however, only 15% of the active nutrients may eventually make their way into your bloodstream.

This means that a lot of the benefits they provide are lost along the way.

With Intravenous Vitamin Infusions the nutrients enter your bloodstream directly and immediately – allowing your body to better absorb and utilise these essential ingredients and their amazing benefits.

Can it really be that good?

IV Therapy is a treatment that gained a lot of popularity an Instagram (which can often cause scepticism).

Our protocols however are developed to administer high-dose vitamins safely, and our promise is not to ‘cure’, but to restore your health.

Tailored to suit what your body needs, our IV vitamin therapy infusions are carefully combined by an experienced doctor.

All of our protocols have been thoroughly researched and developed by a team of expert medical doctors and nutritionists. By practicing this type of “evidence-based medicine” we can tailor our IV infusions to ensure maximum effectiveness with minimal side effects.

Receiving vitamins through an IV means they can bypass your digestive system so that you get much higher concentrations of nutrients that your body needs delivered directly to your cells.

How does IV Therapy work?

Our IV Infusions take just 30-60mins. Many patients begin to feel the effects during the IV therapy, which then continues over the following hours and days.

If Dr. Evelyn determines that IV Therapy is right for you, she will assess your personal needs and tailor an infusion accordingly to help restore your health.

There are various different formulations of vitamins you can receive, which depends on precisely what is right for you.

The aim is to restore your body to its peak in terms of health and performance –helping you feel refreshed and revitalised.

Is IV Therapy right for me?

IV Vitamin Therapy is perfect if you want to give your health a boost. It has many amazing benefits to help with:

  • Stress
  • Healthier looking skin
  • Increased energy levels
  • Immunity boost
  • Fatigue
  • Quick rehydration

If you need to be in top shape for a performance or want to relieve the symptoms of a night out, IV therapy can provide the perfect pick me up.

As the party season approaches, IV Vitamin Therapy can be the cocktail that helps you get back on your feet – isn’t science amazing?

Talk to us about IV Therapy

If you live in London and are interested in finding out more about IV Therapy, feel free to call us on 0344 257 0345, or you can book an initial consultation with Dr. Evelyn.

Dr Evelyn is an experienced Doctor with a particular interest in lifestyle treatments and vitamin therapy, which she has been using in her practice for 7 years. She has a keen interest in the area and would love to discuss how she can tailor the right treatment to suit your needs.

As the year draws to a close, so comes the season for resolutions and gym memberships. If you’re planning to start the new year by making health and fitness your priority, why not take a look at the benefits of our brand-new membership app, giving you access to a doctor 24/7 throughout the whole of London. More importantly, it is available at a push of a button and doesn’t require going to a gym. Do we need to say more?

We are excited to be entering 2020 by announcing the launch of our brand-new app, the first of its kind, granting you access to a doctor 24/7.

With the everyday constraints of life, it is not always easy to take the much-needed time out to look after your health, especially when it comes to booking an appointment with a doctor – and then carving out the time to make the trek to your GP.

Advances in technology such as virtual doctor consultations help to address this, but they are not always perfect for urgent care. A personal visit is sometimes unbeatable.

That’s why we are proud to bring you an exciting combination of our 24/7 visiting doctor service and the fast convenience of virtual access – packaged in our unique membership app, DoctorCall.

This means you can take advantage of the vast benefits of your membership at a push of a button – including priority, affordable access to our range of rapid services available throughout London.

Get exclusive discounts and 24/7 access

Putting your convenience at the heart of what we do means that you can give your health the much-needed attention it needs, without having to worry about how it can fit in with the busy demands of life. If you live in London especially, we are certain this requires no further explanation.

By signing up for membership, you gain exclusive access to affordable medical cover, with the benefit of guaranteed, prioritised coverage, exclusive discounts on consultations and health screens, seasonal health promotions, and 24/7 access – all accessible via DoctorCall.

This includes priority access to our 24 hours a day, 7 days a week visiting doctor service throughout the city – meaning at-the-fingertip bookings for one of our experienced GPs to visit you, wherever and whenever it best suits you.

Members also benefit from an exclusive 30% discount on all GP consultations and health screens at our London clinics.
Using the app means you can also keep track of fees and the estimated time of arrival of your doctor, or choose to book for a time in the future – at your convenience.

Want to sign up?

Download our brand-new app, DoctorCall, to unlock your membership benefits today – including round-the-clock access to a doctor, discounts and exclusive priority bookings.

At a cost of only £20 per month, our visiting doctor membership is a considerably less expensive way of making sure that your health remains priority and care can always remain a push of a button away.

DoctorCall, our brand-new app, provides a safety net for Londoners. It is now available for download on all Android and iOS devices.

To find out more visit https://www.doctorcall.co.uk/visiting-doctor-services/visiting-doctor-membership

 

Movember is the incredible global movement that began in Australia in 2003. During the month of November, many brave individuals – in helping to change the face of men’s health – grow a moustache to show support and bring focus onto issues that are not often talked about within the male sphere, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. The movement now has the support of over 5 million people around the world. In honour of Movember, we take a look at the hard facts, the signs and the importance of getting checked.

Movember originally started out as a fun way of raising money for prostate cancer. Since it started 16 years ago, however, it has grown into a worldwide phenomenon and has shifted focus from male cancer onto men’s health in general. This is no surprise, considering the prominent issue of mental health – which affects both men and women.

What is perhaps more shocking is that, across the world, men die an average six years younger than women for reasons that are largely preventable. This places huge significance on the importance of raising awareness of the different issues affecting men’s health – and in highlighting the ways we can all take action to help combat them.

Know the facts

In the UK, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. According to the charity Movember, there are over 333,500 men living with and beyond the disease across the country. Sadly, 1 in 6 UK males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate (a walnut-sized gland that sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra) start to grow in an uncontrolled way. While it is one of the most common types of cancer in men, prostate cancer is also highly treatable when caught in the early stages. It is, therefore, incredibly important to know your risk factors and how to spot the symptoms early on.

Testicular cancer is a relatively rare type of cancer that causes a usually painless swelling or lump in one of the two testicles. It is, however, the most common type of cancer affecting men between the ages of 15 and 49. Around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in the UK every year.

… the same goes for your mental health

When it comes to mental health, it is just as important to know how to spot the signs and when to take action. Yet, mental health is something that many men choose not to talk about.

Around the world, however, the rate of male suicide is distressingly high: 6 out of 10 suicides are men. In the UK, 75% of suicides are men – it remains the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45.

They key in helping to combat this is to make it more comfortable for men to discuss their problems and encouraging conversations on mental health from a young age – especially as statistics show 75% of mental illness (excluding dementia) starts before the age of 18.

Learn to spot the signs

Learning how to spot the signs of cancer early on can help save lives. Learning about developing symptoms and warning signs can also do the same for your mental health.

While urinary problems can be an indication of prostate cancer, for example, we don’t often pair mental health issues with physical pain, but mental health can manifest itself in different ways. Fatigue, for example, is a common physical symptom of depression, causing concentration problems, apathy and irritability.

Other symptoms can include dramatic sleep and appetite changes, nervousness and feelings of disconnect from yourself and your surroundings.

While symptoms may not always be a sign of a severe condition, whether mental or physical, health exams and tests can help to find problems early on, helping you to live a longer and healthier life.

According to Cancer Research UK, for example, survival depends largely on early intervention when it comes to prostate cancer and testicular cancer (one of the most treatable types of cancer) – rising to above 98% when caught early.

Know your risk factors

Of course, the symptoms of diseases such as prostate cancer are not usually obvious, which is why it is also important to know understand your risk factors.

Prostate cancer, for example, mainly affects men over the age of 50, but you can still get it at any age. The most common age for men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is between 65 and 69 years. Additionally, the risk is higher for black men and those with a family history of prostate cancer.

You are also two and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer if your father or brother has had it – and your risk can also increase if your mother or sister has had breast cancer.
Arranging to see a doctor who can review your risk factors is a simple step you can take to help quell any concerns and anxieties you may have about your health and to understand any treatment paths available to you.

The importance of reaching out

Movember has proven highly popular because it is a fun way to help raise awareness of serious issues that are not always given the attention they need. It helps to shed light on the importance of taking action; of breaking the stigma that still remains behind mental health; and the importance of talking, listening and supporting others.

While we don’t often associate mental health with physical symptoms, the symptoms of diseases such as prostate cancer are also not always obvious. The important thing is to know what signs to look out – and more importantly, when to reach out for help, whether from a friend, family member or a doctor.

Our special ‘Movember’ offer

At Doctorcall, we offer private GP consultations and peace of mind health screenings at our private clinics on Harley Street in London and in Manchester.

During the month of November, we’ll be offering a special 20% reduction on the price of any Well-Man Screen – our general health screening ‘MOT’ – for any appointments that are booked online with us. Simply use the code ‘movember’ at checkout to take advantage of our special offer.

If you would prefer to be seen in the comfort of your own surroundings, you can arrange for one of our doctors to come and see you instead – at a time and place that suits you. Our visiting doctor service is available 24/7 throughout London and can provide the comfort and discretion you need to discuss any health worries that you might have or any difficulties you’re experiencing.

There are often no symptoms during the early stages of prostate cancer, and screening can help catch the cancer early on, when treatment is most effective.

If you are experiencing any problems or anxieties about your health, don’t let it pass under the radar. Whether mental or physical, the key to a happy, healthy life lies in early intervention and support.