Standing to attention!

Do you think that Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, could be described as out-of-touch and divisive for claiming parts of the NHS still require nurses to stand up when doctors walk in the room?
Speaking at the Chief Nursing Officer Summit recently, Matt Hancock claimed that it …

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Running the Marathon Des Sables for The Urology Foundation

I was languishing in Baghdad last September, having completed my final run in the sun because I hoped not to have to return there for some time. I have subjected myself to running in 50-degree heat because, in a fit of madness and cabin fever …

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Sexual harassment among female surgeons

A recent survey in America has revealed worrying levels of sexual harassment of female surgeons. A total of 1,005 individuals completed the survey. Of these 744 (74%) were women. Of the respondents, 51% worked at an academic institution, 13% at community medical centres, 15% in …

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Whistleblowing in the NHS

Over the past several years the Department of Health has placed great emphasis on patient safety. Unfortunately the name and shame approach of investigation, suspension, litigation and even prosecution is unlikely to make patient care safer – rather it will promote secrecy and defensive medicine.
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The Atlantic Seamen have completed their epic row across the Atlantic

On 24 January 2019, the Atlantic Seamen arrived in Antigua after an epic 46 days, 4 hours, and 8 minutes of non-stop rowing. Their journey had taken them right across the Atlantic Ocean as they took part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge to raise …

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Twitter chat: Thinking About Sex Day

Thinking About Sex Day takes place every 14 February. It’s an opportunity to talk about all things sex and this year The Urology Foundation are taking part in a live Twitter Chat that will look at erectile dysfunction (ED).
• More than 50% of men over …

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Reducing burnout amongst clinicians

Tragically, every three weeks a doctor in the UK commits suicide.  Many more opt either to leave the profession altogether during their training, or to take early retirement. Things seem to be deteriorating rather than improving, and this begs the question: what can we do …

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Laser hair removal in surgery

Lasers have been used since the mid-1990s for hair depilation to permanently reduce the number and thickness of hairs using a series of simple outpatient treatments. The first lasers had limitations as to which skin types could be safely treated, but newer systems can treat …

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Have your say: penile prosthesis commissioning and the future of men’s health surgery

In 2018, NHS England produced a draft service specification proposing how penile prosthesis surgery should be delivered in England in the future. In this document they stated that they would like this procedure concentrated to just four centres in all, each performing approximately 100 cases …

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Are virtual consultations both practical and safe?

The NHS’s new plan promises that ‘over the next five years, every patient will have the right to online digital GP consultations, and that redesigned hospital support will mean up to a third of outpatient appointments will be unnecessary, saving patients 30 million trips to …

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