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One year on

The UK has reached a sobering anniversary. It is a year since Boris Johnson announced the first lockdown in March 2020. As we approached this milestone, we have found ourselves looking back over the past year with mixed emotions. We are sure many of us are doing the same – though we have each experienced …

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Maintaining hope

Do remember they can’t cancel the Spring by David Hockney 2020 In April 2020 at the beginning of the Pandemic, I wrote about hope, imagining that by the end of 2020 we might be stepping into the light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s only day 18 of a new year but the need …

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Hope

Do Remember They Can’t Cancel the Spring David Hockney 2020 David Hockey’s recently released iPad drawings remind us of the importance of connecting with nature, and recognising the hope that spring represents for the world. Van Gogh said, “Don’t just look at the spring, touch it, taste it. Get it inside you.” We can all …

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Books for Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my bookshop sent to me 12 books to help maintain the art of medicine Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese 2010 Published by Vintage  Several friends recommended this book. Set in Ethiopia, the story follows the lives of the doctors and staff at ‘Missing’, a mission hospital. The book’s main …

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Look what’s happening in September: What is being done to help address the negative impact of inequality on health and wellbeing?

This month, inspired by reading Darren McGarvey’s book ‘Poverty Safari’ I have been thinking about inequality and the negative impact this has on the health and well-being of everyone in our communities. McGarvey has experienced poverty first hand and understands why people from deprived communities feel angry and unheard. I’ve put together some of his …

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Look what’s happening in August- what does chronic pain look like? + new beginnings

What does chronic pain look like? The BMJ article 20thJune 2019  ‘What does chronic pain look like?’  provides the stimulus for this month’s post. It can be hard for patients to explain their experience of pain and for doctors to understand. The article describes a project that is investigating the value of visual imagery in …

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