Doctorcall

Doctorcall is excited to announce it has acquired Dr Kelly & Associates.

Dr Kelly & Associates is an established and very experienced private medical practice based in the City of London.

Working together, our two brands will be able to offer excellent choice and availability to our customers in London and beyond.

Dr Kelly & Associates will remain trading under its existing name and existing customers and patients will notice no outward changes to the excellent and professional service already available.

Doctorcall are now offering flu vaccines at just £5.95 per vaccine for any size of business.

Together with our new, lower nursing fees, Doctorcall offers you the best price for on-site flu vaccinations. In the unlikely event that you receive a lower quotation, we can price match.  

Call us now on 0844 257 0644 or simply send an email to flu@doctorcall.co.uk and our dedicated flu team will arrange your booking with no deposit required. You are entitled to finalise your vaccination numbers up until 3 weeks prior to your chosen date.

There is no reason to delay. Secure your preferred dates with Doctorcall today.

We look forward to working with you again this year.

Kind regards

Doctorcall Flu Team

Much of the UK is basking in sunshine and hot weather, and whilst it may be enjoyable for many, the heat and direct sunlight carry some potential health risks.

Britain doesn’t often get prolonged heatwaves, or even temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, so it’s no surprise the weather is the talking point of many.


We have asked our doctors to prepare some advice for everyone;

·         Direct sunlight can cause skin damage, and prolonged exposure can result in skin cancer. You should always wear sun protection when outdoors and avoid extended periods in the direct sunlight. UV rays can cause skin damage even when it’s cloudy.

·         Direct exposure to sunlight isn’t the only risk – the heat in the summer months can lead to severe illness. Make sure you stay in well ventilated areas and drink plenty of fluids. You should avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol during the day as these can cause dehydration.

·         Be sure to check on relatives who may be sensitive to heat and sunlight, especially the elderly.

Be prepared

It may be a good idea to keep bottled or filtered water in your fridge as the water from the tap may be at ambient temperature.

Stay tuned to the forecast, especially if you plan on travelling. Check on the weather for the journey as well as the destination.

If you're still unsure of how to prepare, or if you have any concerns you should contact a GP or other appropriate medical help.

The team at City Physio have been asked once again to provide physiotherapy support to this biannual International festival.  In 2015 we covered 7 different shows in multiple locations both on and off site.  Our close association with MIF since 2005 has earned us a recall, and even spawned a new moniker for one of the team. “Evil” Bob Johnson is unsure how to take this well meant professional compliment. Bob will be kept busy this year with Available Light, based at the Palace Theatre.

Be sure to check out the outstanding array of bands, plays, monologues etc. that brings together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which are staged in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks.  Expect the unexpected..

Don’t miss out, check out the line up http://mif.co.uk/mif17-events/

After much soul searching in a difficult week for Manchester and it’s much stretched public services, the race organisers decided to go ahead with this year’s Great  Manchester run on Sunday 28th May. 10km and half marathoners pounded the pavements and streets of the city and populated the busiest event of its kind in Europe.  Defiance and grit was shown by tens of thousands of runners in a very difficult week, and perhaps the coming together of a wide spectrum of the running community was yet another credit to the city that had demonstrated its resilience and strength all week.

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One of many potential down sides to the thwacking of tarmac is the transmitted force from the road back up the mechanical chain of the lower limb.  Shin splints are a popular seasonal injury at this time of the year with many keen amateurs upping their mileage in preparation for spring/summers upcoming challenges. 

Shin splints are generally described as pain in the front of the shins. This pain can be on the inside or outside of the shin bone (tibia).

Typically, this pain gets worse with activity (although in early stages it can ease once warmed up, but then bites later!)

Causes: typically 2 causes

1)      Relative calf length/strength- A calf muscle that is too tight can often cause pain on the inside of the tibia. It can sometimes cause pain on the outside shin muscle too as this is the muscle working in opposition to the calf- a sort of tug of war evolves.

Rest, reducing the volume of loading (impact and calf effort can be reduced on a cross trainer or in the pool) combined with plenty of specific stretching to the group of calf muscles will generally solve shin splints caused by a short calf group.  If you have long calf muscles that are not coping with the strength requirements that you are throwing at them then some strength and balance work for the lower limb will help with both the endurance of the calf group and stability around the ankle. Proper instruction should be sought for these stretches and strength exercises.

2)      Biomechanics- the alignment of your leg and back is influenced by a variety of tensions and lengths of muscle around your legs and pelvis and by your foot position. Some or all of these can be present. Poor biomechanics can cause the outside shin muscle to tug at the outer covering of the tibia and cause pain. Assessment and treatment by an experienced sports physiotherapist is necessary to determine which areas of your leg/body need adjustment. Resting until these symptoms disappear will not fix the cause of the problem. The pains will return once running recommences.

A good running store will help you select the correct trainer type (control/stability or neutral shoes) to suit your biomechanics. Some supportive insole (Orthotics) may also be required in some circumstances.  We are lucky that our partners at both Up & Running and Sweatshop stores offer discounts for people who have sought our advice.

If you seek advice from a specialist sports physiotherapist quickly, you will return to running sooner. Biomechanical assessments, advice on footwear and Orthotics are available at City Physio. Keep on running….

Nick is a keen runner himself and has just completed a trail marathon in the Lake District.