As Britain prepares itself for more scorching weather this week, winter is sure to be the furthest thing away from anyone’s mind. While you’re most likely to be focusing on how to cope with the impending heatwave, there is every possibility that you are probably not quite thinking about flu season just yet. But did you know that outbreaks can happen as early as October?

Failure to protect your workforce from flu can result in absenteeism, missed deadlines and reduced productivity. Flu can spread rapidly through workplaces, so as part of your contingency planning this year, find out how you can get ahead of the game and protect your business simply by keeping your employees’ health and wellbeing in sight before winter strikes.

Your best defence against the flu

Influenza, more commonly known as flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause symptoms including fever, coughing, sore throat, chills, body aches, and fatigue. These symptoms tend to come on abruptly, and those with the virus are likely to be contagious before symptoms even show. Flu viruses travel through the air in droplets via coughs and sneezes and can spread rapidly in workplaces.

Influenza viruses are constantly changing, meaning that an annual flu vaccination is your best defence against the illness.
In the workplace, flu vaccinations are the most cost-effective method of protecting your staff and business from the annual onset of flu.

Make your employees’ health a priority

Employee health and wellbeing is vital for a successful company. It ensures that your staff remain engaged, which has a positive effect on productivity.

Many employees, however, feel pressure to return to work before they have fully recovered from illness. This leads to tired, run-down members of staff who are unable to perform at their best. Corporate flu vaccination programmes resolve this issue at its source, by preventing an employee from falling ill in the first place.

Protect your company from disruption

Workplace flu jabs help to reduce absence and can help to protect against significant disruption to your company and services.

It can take between one to two weeks for someone to fully recover from the flu. While for wholly valid reasons, this results in employees needing to take days off from work, which could cost your business between £875-£1,751 per employee.
Personnel Today suggests that, in the UK, widespread adoption of flu vaccination could save “up to £28.9 million in averted sick day costs”.

A pain-free process

While the pain of vaccines can cause all sorts of fears and anxieties, arranging to have your staff vaccinated is a simple, easy process. Not only does it help to protect your business, reduce absence at work and increase employee health and wellbeing, but the process itself is relatively pain-free.

At Doctorcall, we offer cost-effective flu jabs for businesses of all sizes.

Company flu vaccinations are carried out by our highly experienced nurses, who can attend your workplace to vaccinate your staff at a time that suits you, 7 days a week, at any time of day.

We are also proud to have invented the system of flu vouchers, which ensures that staff who are unable to attend a vaccination day in the office are equipped with a voucher that can be redeemed at any participating retailers who provide flu vaccinations.

Get ahead of the game

Doctorcall is proud to have pioneered retailer flu vaccinations in the UK and offers workplace flu vaccination programmes for companies nationwide including Northern Ireland. As well as on-site vaccinations, we offer vouchers for staff who are unable to attend. 

We start vaccinating in the autumn and are now taking bookings for Winter 2019 workplace flu vaccinations.
The infectious nature of the flu means that employees who get it are encouraged to stay at home to rest and recuperate, and to protect their co-workers. Vaccines are the best defence we have against the flu. Winter may be far away, but employee health and wellbeing should never be far from sight.

If you want to help protect your employees’ health and wellbeing this winter, find out how you can benefit from our workplace flu vaccination programme.

For more information, visit or contact us on 0344 257 00644.


As the world moves ever so exponentially online, with the advent of Industry 5.0, virtual reality and AI, it is changing rapidly to one where man and machine are more connected. From smart fridges to self-driving cars, to a face app that shows you a much older version of yourself like a magical wrinkle in time, it really makes you wonder what the world itself will look like in 10 years’ time.

The future has limitations

In the world of healthcare itself, digitalisation and innovation are at the top of the agenda. From apps to electronic records and virtual consultations, technology is increasingly being used to help relieve pressure on services and overworked staff and to help patients access the care they need faster and easier.

Technology has the potential to revolutionise healthcare, to streamline services and allow patients to take greater control of their health. But technology is not risk-free and has its limitations.

With virtual consultations, you can be treated in the comfort of your own home. But can convenience outweigh the benefits of personal GP visits?

The reality of virtual consultations

A recent article has shed light on the reality of virtual GP consultations, in a case where a patient, Max Pemberton, was given the wrong treatment and the wrong diagnosis – twice, following two separate virtual consultations, putting into question how effective they can be. On one hand, they are easily accessible; on the other, they simply can’t offer the same level of personal touch and close examination that meeting in person with a doctor can offer.

In fact, a study from Imperial College London that looked at video consulting found a lack of evidence to truly form a picture of how safe and effective online consulting can be. The inability of carrying out physical examinations especially places a limit on how effective medical assessments can be when carried out online, meaning that they can be clinically risky. In Max’s case, the medication he was prescribed during the online consultation would have actually made his condition worse.

The value of the traditional

When it comes to your health, there should be no short-cuts. With a world focused on the virtual, there is still much to be said for the value of the traditional.

That’s why we at Doctorcall offer a 24-hour visiting doctor service, for both companies and private individuals throughout London. We understand the importance of convenience to our patients, which is why our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whether it be at their home, hotel or office. Our GPs are happy to visit at a time and location that suits their needs.

The world at your fingertips

Technology has changed our ways of communicating, how we watch things, how we buy things, and even how we visit our doctor. It also poses more challenges than the vision of a doomed world taken over by robots, from privacy concerns to declining human interaction.

With social media and messaging apps, most interactions nowadays happen online. We communicate through filters, in front of our phone or computer screens.

While there is no filter to show you what the world will resemble in the future, there is always the ability to look back on what has worked in the past. That’s why we will continue to champion the value of our personal service, at your fingertips.

For more information about our 24-hour visiting doctor service please visit or call our team now on 0344 257 0345.

Summer is here! It’s time to dust off those barbecues, bask in the glory of longer days and soak in the sun (and enjoy guilt-free ice cream, because it’s summer). Temperatures at the end of June soared to nearly 35C in London, with the UK experiencing its hottest day of the year so far.

While summer may summon trips to the beach, family picnics or holidays abroad, excessive exposure to the sun can also bring along certain health problems, including dehydration, heat stroke, sunburn, and the dreaded hay fever season. Whatever your plans are this holiday season, follow our simple tips to stay happy and healthy this summer.


With temperatures set to get even hotter, click here to download our pdf guide to keeping cool this summer!


  1. Drink plenty of water
    It goes without saying that summer makes you want to be in the great outdoors, meaning your body loses water more quickly due to perspiration from the heat. Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than it takes in, so it is important to make sure you are drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. Make sure you are drinking throughout the day (around 8-9 glasses a day) and not just when you’re thirsty. You can use the colour of your urine as a helpful guide to how hydrated you are (the clearer it is, the better).
  2. Be cool (as a cucumber)
    While ‘wanting to cool off’ can serve as an acceptable excuse for ice-cream, there are plenty of refreshing fruits and vegetables that can provide a healthier alternative. It is estimated that we get 20% of our daily water intake from the food we eat, so reach for water-rich fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, watermelon, celery, and cucumber. As well as helping you be cool, hydrated, healthy and refreshed, this is also a simple way to make sure you are getting your 5 a day. Don’t flake out on your fruits and veg.
  3. Wear sunscreen
    Sun-kissed can easily turn to sun-burnt, red and peeling. While the sun is great for making sure your body gets all the Vitamin D it needs, it also emits harmful UV rays that are damaging to your skin. A tan will not protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. You can protect your skin using sunscreen with at least sun protection factor (SPF) 30 and 4-star UVA protection, which you can look for on the labels. Apply sunscreen on all exposed areas, including the face, neck and ears, and at least 30 minutes before you go out. As the sun and water can dry/rub it off your skin, it’s recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and straight after swimming.
  4. Chase the shade
    Sunscreen is not the only way to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Limit your exposure to the sun by staying in the shade, especially during the hours of 10am and 4pm, when UV light is strongest. If you’re planning to be out in the sun for long, you can still make sure you enjoy the sun while avoiding sunburn by wearing a hat as well as appropriate clothing that covers your skin, and by protecting your eyes with UV-blocking sunglasses.
  5. Keep it light
    While summer means BBQs, cocktails, hot dogs and burgers, it is important not to allow the sunlight in at the expense of your health going out the window. You may find yourself naturally gravitating towards lighter meals in the summer, so start your day with a healthy breakfast and keep your meals light and healthy. Add salads and berries to picnics and outdoor meals. Cut back on hot dogs at BBQs; replace those with healthier alternatives such as grilled fish. Try to avoid or reduce your intake of alcohol, caffeine and fizzy drinks as these can leave you dehydrated.
  6. Sun’s out, runs in
    Just because the sun’s out, does not mean that exercise is also out. On the contrary, you can keep cool by taking a dip at your local pool or gym – getting your exercise in one go. Swimming is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and can help you burn calories and keep healthy during summer. While it’s best not to exercise outdoors in the sweltering heat, you can take advantage of the long summer days and head out for a run or a bike ride in the mornings or evenings, or when the days are cooler (make sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen). Running near water, such as by lakes, rivers and reservoirs, can also provide nicer, breezier conditions to help you stay cool, protected and healthy this summer.

While summer has just begun, the UK has already experienced its first heatwave of the season. If you’re worried or want to find out more about what you can do to protect yourself from the heat this summer, contact Doctorcall to find out how we can help.

Download our guide to staying cool during the heatwave.