GP Blog

In this blog, you will find information and medical advice from Dr James Booth and Dr Liz Towers (MECCG elected GP Board members) on a variety of health and wellbeing topics.

Dr James BoothDr Booth is a GP and partner at Melbourne House Surgery in Chelmsford. His interest is children's mental health and is the CCGs named GP for safeguarding adults and children.

 

Elizabeth Towers for webDr Towers has been a GP at Whitley House Surgery in Chelmsford for 30 years having spent three years as a junior doctor in the Chelmsford area. She is interested in cancer and end of life care and became a Macmillan GP in 2010.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

This month we are supporting Blood Cancer Awareness Month. According to Bloodwise a UK based charity, 96% of people don't know that blood cancer is one of the biggest cancer killers, and 91% don't know it's one of the most common cancers.

In this blog post MECCG Clinical Lead and Macmillian GP for mid Essex, Dr Liz Towers explains what blood cancers are, common symptoms and what treatments are available.

Protect your child in the sun

Dr James Booth explains how best to protect your little ones from the sun.

Children love playing outdoors especially in the sunshine but if you don’t protect their skin you could be risking their health.

A moderate amount of sunshine is good for all of us. It provides essential vitamin D, which we need for good health, it improves our mood and helps promote better sleep – just what you need if you have small children to entertain!

However, too much sun can be damaging. So protecting your child from the sun not only prevents painful sunburn but also reduces their risk of developing skin cancer later in life.

Men - get yourself checked!

On average men go to their GP half as often as women. This may in part be the reason why 100,000 men a year die prematurely.

Men may feel embarrassed in seeking help, or hope their symptoms will “just get better”.

In this blog, Dr Liz Towers talks about two specific men’s health issues; testicular cancer and prostate cancer and why it is important to get yourself checked. 

The Big Conversation - Talking about dying won't make it happen

Everyone knows the saying: “There are two certainties in life - death and taxes”.

While I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have an opinion on taxes, death is still a subject that, for most of us, remains taboo.

While other countries, such as Mexico, hold celebrations for the dead, here in the UK we still avoid having a frank and open conversation about something that comes to us all.

It isn’t an easy subject to talk about, but it is one that needs discussing, which is why I’m writing this blog to coincide with Dying Matters Week between 9 – 15 May.