#TOTW (from 26-11-14) ‘Healthcare professionals must listen to patients’ dying wishes’

Short n’ sweet again this week as I’ve just finished nights and am back in work tomorrow!

I’ve chosen a very interesting topic for this week’s #TOTW, namely that of how and where we choose to die! It’s a really good piece written by Dr Lucy Ison who is a senior house officer at North Middlesex hospital:

Healthcare professionals must listen to patients’ dying wishes

It will only take 5 minutes to read, and hopefully it will lead you to have, what is naturally a difficult conversation with those you love, as to how and where you’d like to shuffle off this mortal coil!

Read it and comment!


#TOTW (from: 17-11-14) ‘Let’s End Going Home Alone’

This week I find myself wanting to highlight the problems of elderly people being discharged from hospital to empty homes and a lack of support, so this week’s #TOTW is:

Please watch this short video

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE spare just over 2 minutes of your time to watch this video from the Royal Voluntary Service and see if there is anything you can do to help, be it watching the video and sharing it on your social media, volunteering yourself or making a donation to the Royal Voluntary Service.

Thank you!

#TOTW (from 12/11/14) ‘It’s not rocket science…WASH YOUR HANDS between patients!’

Short n’ sweet this week folks!

It doesn’t get much more basic – other than introducing oneself to ones’ patients of course – than the necessity to maintain hand hygiene, hence this weeks’ #TOTW is :

It’s not rocket science…WASH YOUR HANDS between patients!

That is all!

#TOTW (from 05-11-14): Alzheimer’s disease: common diabetes drugs could bring back memories

This has been an interesting week for dementia research, and it’s really a double #TOTW as there have been 2 really positive news stories relating to the latest research:

‘s disease: common drugs could bring back memories


Weekly injection could prevent ’s disease

The first link tells of research that has found how the drugs Liraglutide and lixisenatide, currently used to increase insulin production in people with diabetes may help slow or even reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s. The second link explains how scientists have found a way to help get drugs through the blood-brain barrier and thus make them more effective.

Two for the price of one – go on…still won’t take up more than 10 minutes of your time and hopefully you’ll learn something, just as I did!

#TOTW (from 01-11-14): ‘Scientists grow miniature human stomachs from stem cells’

This week is a very brief #TOTW as i’m just back from a 12hr shift and completely cream-crackered! I have chosen an article from the week that I just found rather interesting:

Scientists grow miniature human stomachs from – the wonders of modern medicine

If you haven’t read it already, then go on, take a look! It’s another example of what scientists can achieve in the lab, that one day will undoubtedly lead to improvements in medicine and treatment!

What will they be able to do next!?