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Doctorcall was delighted to attend this year’s ITIC UK (International Travel and Health Insurance Conferences), which took place in Southampton. The international travel health conference is a great platform for Doctorcall to meet with insurance and assistance providers around the world to highlight their acclaimed private doctor services.
 
Joe Beeltah and Dr Charles Levinson of Doctorcall attended the ITIC conference in Southampton
Doctorcall provides GP services for individuals and corporate clients at clinics in London and Manchester and through a network of providers they have established across the UK. It also runs London’s longest established visiting doctor service, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
 
Doctorcall is also the preferred medical services provider for many of the world’s leading international assistance companies, fully integrating with their global assistance networks and working directly with offices in countries all over the world, including: The US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, China, Japan, Spain, France, Germany, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Ukraine.
 
Speaking after the event Joe Beeltah, Client Liaison Executive, from Doctorcall, said: “It is a great platform for Doctorcall to highlight to assistance companies exactly who we are and the services we can provide to anyone who needs access to private GP services whilst they are in the UK. We had some great conversations at the event and are looking forward to taking those to the next level over the coming months.”
 
The ITIC covers all segments of the global industry including healthcare and offers unparalleled opportunities for education, networking and socialising.  Its aim is to offer the best possible forum to debate the big issues facing the industry from the potential impact of Brexit to cutting edge innovations in technology.

Here’s a gloomy statistic for you: the average working Londoner who drives will spend well over 100 days of their life stuck in traffic. Ouch.

A motorbike can be quicker at navigating London's busy streets

Aside from the sheer tedium and stress this causes, life is far too short for it to be spent praying that the traffic light stays green for just a split second longer. So, when it comes to visiting your doctor, the last thing you need to worry about is missing your appointment because of the latest snarl-up on the M25 clockwise.


This is why we are bringing care to you…on two wheels. In a way that is uniquely tailored to that infamous London traffic, one of our Doctorcall doctors is using their motorbike to see patients at their home.


Conventional? Not exactly. A high-quality service tailored to your busy needs whilst living in the capital? Absolutely.
Whilst we can’t guarantee all our doctors opt for this speedy method of transport, Doctorcall offers a range of services designed to suit you. For more information, click here.

Doctorcall proud to become West Ham United supplier

Leading medical services provider Doctorcall are proud to supply Premier League football club West Ham United, delivering care to the family of the team’s players.

Joe Beeltah and Dr Charles Levinson of Doctorcall signed the contract with West Ham
Doctorcall will offer a range of medical support to the partners and children of West Ham’s first team, enabling peace of mind for players to focus their attentions on the pitch, knowing that their family are receiving world-class medical attention.
 
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Doctorcall was founded by Dr Charles Levinson to provide a visiting doctor facility within London. The first of its kind to offer this service in the capital, the practice now employs over 75 staff and clinicians, with a second clinic servicing patients in Manchester. 
 
Dr Levinson said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this service to the loved ones of West Ham’s players. It is truly a privilege to be working with a club that can boast such a prestigious history. In a game of such small margins, if we can support their on-field success through ensuring a healthy family, then the Doctorcall team are up to the challenge.” 

Doctorcall’s Chief Executive and Medical Director Charles Levinson, was thrilled to achieve an Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from The Society of the Golden Keys of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

Dr Charles was awarded the Honorary Lifetime Membership by Sir Rocco Forte for his long standing and contributions to the Golden Keys for 28 years.

He was also recommended by two of the most respected concierges in the society - Mr Antony Lynch Head Concierge at the Hilton Kensington and Mr David Haines Head Concierge at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge one of the biggest hotels in Europe.
 
Often called The Keys, the Society has been in existence since 1952 when a group of Head Hall Porters from several leading London hotels met to discuss how they could meet the increasing expectations of London’s visitors.
 
Today the Society is thriving and places strict conditions of membership. Around three hundred and thirty concierges in Great Britain proudly wear the symbol of their status: the Golden Keys lapel pin. Each is revered for his or her professional gravitas, integrity, local knowledge and impeccable recommendations.
 
Doctorcall’s visiting doctor service provides private home visits to London’s leading hotels twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Their rapid response service is designed to get an experienced doctor to patients in around 90 minutes across the capital.
 
All doctors are all permanently employed and both appropriately qualified and experienced to work in the NHS and the independent healthcare sector and Doctorcall is fully registered with the Care Quality Commission. In addition, the doctors can dispense immediate medication, and have access to 24 hour pharmacy services if needed.

Diabetes Week (10 - 16 June) is the annual highlight in the Diabetes UK calendar, designed to raise awareness and understanding of the condition.

 
Over the past 20 years, the number of people in the UK living with diabetes has risen from 1.4 million, to 3.8 million. If we take into account the likely number of those who are undiagnosed, the figure is well over 4 million, with increased prevalence only set to continue. From a global perspective, it is estimated that around 1 in 11 people now have the condition. 
 
There are several factors driving this, from changing lifestyles, more accurate diagnosis, and the simple fact that we are living longer all contributing to these numbers. Yet even though diabetes is more common than ever before, there are many misconceptions associated with the condition, with a key objective of national Diabetes Week is to dispel such myths.
What is diabetes?
 
Type 1 - Type 1 diabetes, or childhood-onset, is characterised by insufficient insulin production and thus requires the daily administration of insulin. Of those in the UK who have diabetes, around 8% have this type, the root cause of which, is still not known to this day.  
 
Type 2 - Type 2, or adult onset, constitutes the majority of those living with the condition and is a result of the body’s ineffective use of insulin. Whereas type I’s root causes are unknown, type 2 is largely the result of behavioural issues, such as body weight and physical inactivity. The symptoms between the two types are similar, however, Type 2’s impact tends to be less marked, often meaning diagnosis is a lot later, enabling complications to develop before diagnosis. 

What are the symptoms?

Type 1 is often identified at a young age because it is sufficiently symptomatic, with increased thirst (polydipsia), urination (polyuria) and general weakness and discomfort (malaise) all tell tale signs of the condition. Type 2, however, is not usually picked up until it is tested for. Nevertheless, the symptoms outlined in type 1 are replicated here, with other issues such as sudden weight loss, or wounds taking longer to heal, also indicating the occurrence of diabetes. 
How can it be managed?
 
Type 1 - A diabetes management plan will help people to manage their diabetes, enabling them to stay healthy and active. Such a plan will include the regular use of prescribed insulin, a balanced diet, with accurate carbohydrate counts, exercise and constant monitoring of their blood sugar levels.
 
Type 2 - With the right level of treatment and care, the effects of type ii diabetes can be managed, and even reversed. There are different ways of treating the condition, but the most common pathway will include healthier eating, exercise and weight loss. Most people will also need medication to bring their blood glucose down to a safer level. 
How can we reduce the risk of diabetes?
 
If left untreated, diabetes boasts a whole host of nasty repercussions, from blindness to kidney failure. Yet while genetics, age and past behaviors all play their part, there are many actions we can all take to significantly reduce the risks associated with the condition:
  1. Avoid purified sugar and refined carbohydrates 
  2. Exercise on a regular basis
  3. Make water your go-to beverage of choice 
  4. Cut out cigarettes
  5. Make a significant effort to lose weight
  6. And finally, be sure to get tested annually!

What Doctorcall can do to help?

Doctorcall provides health screening and also a Diabetes Screen – Home Testing Kit. Also known as a HbA1c test, the Diabetes Home Testing Kit is for anyone concerned about diabetes. Using the latest technology, we can make an analysis from a single sample. This home testing kit is posted in a discrete, unmarked packet delivered by Royal Mail.