Croydon PGMC

Medical and Dental Centre

Croydon University Hospital

formerly Mayday University Hospital

NHS Updates

    Guidance: Nutrition legislation information sources

    NHS updates

    The information note covers:

    general food labelling on food and drinks food supplements fortified foods (i.e. foods which have extra vitamins or minerals added) nutrition and health claims foods known as ‘parnuts’ foods (i.e. infant formula, follow-on formula, medical foods, baby foods, slimming foods and gluten-free foods)

    Guidance: Nutrition legislation information sources

    NHS updates

    The information note covers:

    general food labelling on food and drinks food supplements fortified foods (i.e. foods which have extra vitamins or minerals added) nutrition and health claims foods known as ‘parnuts’ foods (i.e. infant formula, follow-on formula, medical foods, baby foods, slimming foods and gluten-free foods)

    Guidance: Nutrition legislation information sources

    NHS updates

    The information note covers:

    general food labelling on food and drinks food supplements fortified foods (i.e. foods which have extra vitamins or minerals added) nutrition and health claims foods known as ‘parnuts’ foods (i.e. infant formula, follow-on formula, medical foods, baby foods, slimming foods and gluten-free foods)

    Speech: Jeremy Hunt: thank you to NHS staff

    NHS updates

    As Christmas nears and 2014 draws to a close, I would like to offer my thanks to you all for your hard work throughout the year. It is your commitment, care and specialist knowledge that make our NHS so great. I am incredibly proud of what we achieve every year, and I look ahead to 2015 enthusiastically.

    Many of you this Christmas will be sacrificing your precious family time to work in our front line services. You allow us to enjoy the festivities, safe in the knowledge that our NHS is continuing to help those who need care and medical attention. Each year I hear heart-warming stories of NHS staff keeping up the spirits of those unable to spend their fe...

    Speech: Jeremy Hunt: thank you to NHS staff

    NHS updates

    As Christmas nears and 2014 draws to a close, I would like to offer my thanks to you all for your hard work throughout the year. It is your commitment, care and specialist knowledge that make our NHS so great. I am incredibly proud of what we achieve every year, and I look ahead to 2015 enthusiastically.

    Many of you this Christmas will be sacrificing your precious family time to work in our front line services. You allow us to enjoy the festivities, safe in the knowledge that our NHS is continuing to help those who need care and medical attention. Each year I hear heart-warming stories of NHS staff keeping up the spirits of those unable to spend their fe...

    Speech: Jeremy Hunt: thank you to NHS staff

    NHS updates

    As Christmas nears and 2014 draws to a close, I would like to offer my thanks to you all for your hard work throughout the year. It is your commitment, care and specialist knowledge that make our NHS so great. I am incredibly proud of what we achieve every year, and I look ahead to 2015 enthusiastically.

    Many of you this Christmas will be sacrificing your precious family time to work in our front line services. You allow us to enjoy the festivities, safe in the knowledge that our NHS is continuing to help those who need care and medical attention. Each year I hear heart-warming stories of NHS staff keeping up the spirits of those unable to spend their fe...

    GI diet 'debunked' claims are misleading

    NHS updates

    Today, the Mail Online says, “The GI diet debunked: Glycaemic index is irrelevant for most healthy people”, explaining how “it doesn't matter if you eat white or wholewheat bread”.

    This is overgeneralised and misleading, so the diet certainly hasn't been "debunked".

    Glycaemic index (GI) measures how quickly foods containing carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels in the bloodstream. It’s used in some diets on the basis that foods that raise blood sugar slowly (low-GI) are considered better for you.

    This small US study tried mainly obese people on different high- and low-carbohydrate versions of the GI ...

    Ibuprofen unlikely to extend life

    NHS updates

    The Daily Mirror today reports that, “taking ibuprofen every day could extend your life by up to 12 YEARS”. The Daily Express also has a similar front page headline, while the Mail Online suggests that these extra years would be of “good quality life”.

    If you read these headlines and felt sceptical, you’d be right to do so.

    The news has been extrapolated to humans, based on research in yeast, microscopic worms and fruit flies. These organisms are often used in longevity research due to their naturally short lifespans – even the longest-lived among them is measured in days, not decades. 

    Howev...

    Collection: Decontamination and infection control

    NHS updates

    This guidance from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is for anyone responsible for the sterilization of equipment or infection control.

    All staff involved in these areas should be trained to ensure that standards are met.

    Collection: Decontamination and infection control

    NHS updates

    This guidance from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is for anyone responsible for the sterilization of equipment or infection control.

    All staff involved in these areas should be trained to ensure that standards are met.

    Collection: Decontamination and infection control

    NHS updates

    This guidance from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is for anyone responsible for the sterilization of equipment or infection control.

    All staff involved in these areas should be trained to ensure that standards are met.

    Detailed guide: Good manufacturing practice and good distribution practice

    NHS updates

    Overview

    Good manufacturing practice (GMP) is the minimum standard that a medicines manufacturer must meet in their production processes. Products must:

    be of consistent high quality be appropriate to their intended use meet the requirements of the marketing authorisation (MA) or product specification

    Good distribution practice (GDP) requires that medicines are consistently stored, transported and handled under suitable conditions, as required by the MA or product specification.

    Organisations that may have to comply with good manufacturing practice (GMP) and/or good distribution practice (GDP) inclu...

    Detailed guide: Good manufacturing practice and good distribution practice

    NHS updates

    Overview

    Good manufacturing practice (GMP) is the minimum standard that a medicines manufacturer must meet in their production processes. Products must:

    be of consistent high quality be appropriate to their intended use meet the requirements of the marketing authorisation (MA) or product specification

    Good distribution practice (GDP) requires that medicines are consistently stored, transported and handled under suitable conditions, as required by the MA or product specification.

    Organisations that may have to comply with good manufacturing practice (GMP) and/or good distribution practice (GDP) inclu...

    Detailed guide: Good manufacturing practice and good distribution practice

    NHS updates

    Overview

    Good manufacturing practice (GMP) is the minimum standard that a medicines manufacturer must meet in their production processes. Products must:

    be of consistent high quality be appropriate to their intended use meet the requirements of the marketing authorisation (MA) or product specification

    Good distribution practice (GDP) requires that medicines are consistently stored, transported and handled under suitable conditions, as required by the MA or product specification.

    Organisations that may have to comply with good manufacturing practice (GMP) and/or good distribution practice (GDP) inclu...

    Corporate report: Department of Health mid-year report 2014 to 2015

    NHS updates

    This document reports on progress made against the department’s objectives, financial performance, people and major projects from April to September 2014. This update follows the annual report and accounts for 2013 to 2014.

    Corporate report: Department of Health mid-year report 2014 to 2015

    NHS updates

    This document reports on progress made against the department’s objectives, financial performance, people and major projects from April to September 2014. This update follows the annual report and accounts for 2013 to 2014.

    Corporate report: Department of Health mid-year report 2014 to 2015

    NHS updates

    This document reports on progress made against the department’s objectives, financial performance, people and major projects from April to September 2014. This update follows the annual report and accounts for 2013 to 2014.

    Research and analysis: Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act: literature review

    NHS updates

    The literature review covers the wider social and legislative context including human rights, published data-sets and trends, who is detained, where they are held, and for how long, issues over diversity and equality, and the experiences of patients and practitioners including relationships between police and health services.

    It contributes to the government’s review of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

    Research and analysis: Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act: literature review

    NHS updates

    The literature review covers the wider social and legislative context including human rights, published data-sets and trends, who is detained, where they are held, and for how long, issues over diversity and equality, and the experiences of patients and practitioners including relationships between police and health services.

    It contributes to the government’s review of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

    Research and analysis: Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act: literature review

    NHS updates

    The literature review covers the wider social and legislative context including human rights, published data-sets and trends, who is detained, where they are held, and for how long, issues over diversity and equality, and the experiences of patients and practitioners including relationships between police and health services.

    It contributes to the government’s review of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

    Independent report: IIGOP report on care.data

    NHS updates

    The National Data Guardian and the Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel (IIGOP) have reported on the current state of preparation for the ‘pathfinder stage’ of the care.data programme.

    Independent report: IIGOP report on care.data

    NHS updates

    The National Data Guardian and the Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel (IIGOP) have reported on the current state of preparation for the ‘pathfinder stage’ of the care.data programme.

    Independent report: IIGOP report on care.data

    NHS updates

    The National Data Guardian and the Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel (IIGOP) have reported on the current state of preparation for the ‘pathfinder stage’ of the care.data programme.

    Shift workers more likely to report poor health

    NHS updates

    "Higher rates of obesity and ill-health have been found in shift workers than the general population," BBC News reports.

    These are the key findings of a survey into health trends among shift workers; defined as any working pattern outside of the normal fixed eight-hour working day (though start and finish times may vary).

    According to the survey (The Health Survey for England 2013), shift workers were more likely to report general ill-health, have a higher body mass index (BMI) and increased incidence of chronic diseases such as di...

    'Electromagnetic smog' unlikely to harm humans

    NHS updates

    The Daily Telegraph reports that “mobile phones are unlikely to harm human health”, adding to the ongoing, and often conflicting, coverage of the potential health impact of environmental exposure to what some commentators have called “electromagnetic smog”.

    This is a term used to refer to a mix of low-level magnetic fields that exist in the modern environment. This "smog" is not just generated by mobile phones, but also by Wi-Fi routers, tablets, laptops, power lines and cell towers. In the modern world, you are never far away from a magnetic field.

    Concerns regarding the impact of exposure to environmental magnetic fi...

    Fathers-to-be experience hormone changes

    NHS updates

    “Men suffer pregnancy symptoms too: Fluctuating hormones make fathers-to-be … more caring,” the Mail Online reports. A small US study found evidence of changes in hormonal levels that may make fathers-to-be more able to cope with the demands of fatherhood.

    The story comes from a study that looked at whether expectant fathers and their partners experience any changes in their hormone levels during pregnancy. It found that, as expected, women experienced a large increase in four hormones associated with pregnancy. Their male partners also experienced small changes in the hormones testosterone and oestradiol.

    The researchers, ...

    E-cigarettes could help some smokers quit

    NHS updates

    “E-cigarettes can help smokers quit or cut down heavily,” The Guardian reports. An international review of the evidence, carried out by the well-respected Cochrane Collaboration, found evidence that they can help some smokers quit.

    However, the available body of evidence was slim – just two randomised controlled trials (RCTs), involving around 950 participants.

    The two studies found that 9% of people using e-cigarettes with nicotine quit smoking for at least six months, compared to 4% of people using placebo e-cigarettes. However, th...

    Feeling 'young at heart' may increase lifespan

    NHS updates

    “Feeling young at heart wards off death, scientists find,” The Daily Telegraph reports. A UK study found that people who reported feeling younger than their actual age were less likely to die than those who reported feeling their actual age or older.

    The study in question asked almost 6,500 people in their 50s and over how old they actually felt, and followed them up over 99 months to identify any who died. It found that a quarter of people who feel considerably older than their actual age died over the following eight years, compared to only 14% of those who felt considerably younger. The difference remained even if the researchers took ...

    Yoga may help protect against heart disease

    NHS updates

    “Yoga could be as effective as cycling or brisk walks in reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke,” The Guardian reports.

    Researchers have pooled the results of previous studies and report finding "promising evidence" of yoga’s health benefits, specifically in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), as well as metabolic syndrome.

    Compared to doing nothing, or interventions...

    Political hardliners 'fitter' than 'fence sitters'

    NHS updates

    “Being an extremist is better for your health than holding moderate views,” the Mail Online reports.

    A very much tongue-in-cheek study presents evidence that “armchair socialists” and their right-wing counterparts (“armchair generals?”) are more active than those with more moderate political views.

    The study found that people at both ends of the political spectrum – left and right – were more physically active than those in the political centre.

    People who sit on the fence, it seems, spend too much time sitting on the couch as well. 

    This lighthearted look at the association...