Corona Virus what does it mean for severe asthma?

Corona virus, COVID-19 or as I like to refer to it as "the virus" is the hot topic just now and rightly so especially as the World Health Organisation has just declared it to be a pandemic. I have not posted anything on facebook, instagram, twitter or my blog about the virus because everywhere is… Continue reading Corona Virus what does it mean for severe asthma?

Are asthmatics who post on social media one reason why asthma is considered as “just asthma”?

How often do we read or hear that asthma is "just asthma" and an inhaler will fix it all. Everyone knows someone who has asthma but not everyone knows how bad asthma can be and that it kills people. 3 people die each day in the UK compared to the 10 across the United States.… Continue reading Are asthmatics who post on social media one reason why asthma is considered as “just asthma”?

International Nurses Day

The birthday of Florence Nightingale it is only natural that this is also international nurses day given she was the founder of modern nursing as we know it. When I left school I was the last person anyone would have thought would be a nurse. All I did was sport, all I talked about was… Continue reading International Nurses Day

Parking is not the only issue at the RIE

In the press today and on social media there is a lot of energy being focused on the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh and its issue with parking. Ever since I have worked at the RIE there has always been an issue with parking. There has never been enough parking for the number of staff let… Continue reading Parking is not the only issue at the RIE

The NHS Long Term Plan

No one can have missed the news recently about the NHS Long Term Plan for NHS England. Even those of us not living in England can't miss it!!! I know I live in Scotland so it does not impact me directly but I am pretty sure the Scottish Government will take on a lot of… Continue reading The NHS Long Term Plan

NHS Research Scotland Away day!

Gosh! Im getting used to being the only patient speaking at research events!!! Today NHS Research Scotland (NRS) held an away day in Edinburgh with a variety of researchers, research managers, R&D, members of the CSO and various others. There was also me- not a researcher, research manager or in any of the other positions… Continue reading NHS Research Scotland Away day!

Snow week: lessons learnt

This past week the UK has been hit with some awful weather. In the whole scheme of things around the world the weather was not too bad compared to the likes of Canada but the snow fall was enough to bring the transport system to its knees, shops ran out of food, no milk could… Continue reading Snow week: lessons learnt

Happy Birthday NHS

Today 69 years ago the NHS was created. A vision of the government and Clement Attlee which would provide a unified health service available to all. The campaign and implementation was spearheaded by Nye Bevan who can be quoted saying: I really do owe everything to the NHS and it is scary to see how… Continue reading Happy Birthday NHS

Returning to work in a fog of smoke.

I have been back at work now on a phased return and it is going fairly well except for one part. When my chest feels tight I do find it a bit of a struggle to get from the car park to the hospital. The staff car park is the furthest out from the hospital… Continue reading Returning to work in a fog of smoke.

Clinic apps vs being a good patient vs being a bad patient

The past year I have found to be very long and it feels like one long constant fight for normality which I am losing little by little. Working in the healthcare profession I know all the well about the cost on the NHS when patients do not attend their appointments but recently I have really… Continue reading Clinic apps vs being a good patient vs being a bad patient