Posts Tagged ‘NHS’

Acupuncture in Bristol with Bigroom

March 5, 2015

Acupuncture is widely used as an alternative method for healing many different types of illnesses, from colds and flu to respiratory disorders. The ancient Chinese medical practice involves putting pressure on specific points in the body to release tension and unblock negative ‘qi’ (or ‘vital energy’). The traditional approach involves using needles, however massage can also be used to the same effect in some cases. The technique developed in response to the notion that an individual’s ‘vital energy’ could become misaligned during illness and that by unblocking negative energy, balance and so health could be restored. There has been extensive research on the effects of acupuncture, with many positive reports showing improved symptoms for a variety of illnesses and conditions. It is believed that acupuncture can be beneficial for a wide variety of health problems, and the base of evidence is steadily growing with new research.

The cost of acupuncture can mean that many people are hesitant to try it as a means to treat illness. Some services are available through the NHS, however private treatment is favoured by those seeking immediate treatment. Private services can cost up to 60 for an initial consultation with subsequent treatments costing upwards of 40 an hour. Bigroom acupuncture in Bristol opened to provide individuals seeking treatment with a cost-effective alternative. Their service is different to others in that clients are treated simultaneously in a large open-plan space, meaning that the staff can work with more than one person at a time and keep costs down. Screens are used between treatment couches to maintain privacy for clients, and feedback for the service has been positive.

For first-time clients, an initial appointment is made to discuss treatment needs. A detailed medical history is taken from each client, who will then be given a chance to discuss their major complaint as well as any other concerns. The initial consultation lasts approximately one hour, with follow-up appointments at around 40 minutes. All Bigroom practitioners are registered with the British Acupuncture Council, with several of the practitioners in Bristol also owning private practices. Clients can request a male or female practitioner, who can administer each session for the duration of treatment.

An open-plan approach to treatment may seem daunting to people trying acupuncture for the first time. However, customers have been very satisfied with the service given by Bigroom. “[bigroom] have been really supportive and kind through a very challenging period of ill health,” said one client. “I feel their acupuncture has been an essential part of my getting well. I’m so grateful to have been able to have treatments with them. I’d really recommend them to anyone with health issues they want to improve.”

NHS Locums and the Great Healthcare Debate

January 23, 2015

The recent criticism of the increase in the amount spent on locum doctors by the NHS over the last two years and the subsequent speculation over whether or not patient care has suffered as a direct result has served to underline the importance of ensuring high standards in the medical recruitment industry.

Amid all the wrangling between unions, healthcare bosses, politicians and front-line staff, that most pertinent and worthy of questions “Was it worth it?” is perhaps the only line that can be drawn under the debate. The money has been spent. So what then of the services rendered?

With the spectre of healthcare cuts looming overhead, this climate of heightened scrutiny surrounding the use, and indeed, performance of locum doctors, nurses and other specialists is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. The merits of it are threefold. Firstly, an increased demand for the very best professionals and expertise.

Secondly, a thrust towards a more responsible, structured and consistent recruitment market. And thirdly, and most importantly, an assurance to patients that their healthcare providers are seeking top quality staffing solutions – both temporary and permanent – from top quality staffing providers.

The 19th Century American physician Oliver Wendall Holmes once wrote “Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust”. In the business of healthcare, these are words to be ignored at one’s peril. At its most extreme, in no other sector can a financial decision result so directly in a life/death defining outcome and this is the key reason why the debate over increased expenditure on locums has gathered such momentum. For healthcare providers in need of finding expert manpower, often at short notice, it ultimately boils down to placing trust in an agency that not only understands their needs but is also able to offer them the highest quality candidates available.

The NHS is facing a staffing shortage. The debate about increased expenditure on locums will continue, drawing ever more attention to their role in the system. Regardless of this, the bottom line for healthcare providers is that there are temporary posts that need filling. Do it right and you get a professional and flexible workforce. Do it wrong and it is not just reputations but lives that are placed on the line.

Britons Go Abroad For Healthcare

November 8, 2014

Britons go abroad for healthcare.

While Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was out marching to protest against NHS plans to downgrade his local hospital in Chichester a few weekends ago aptly named St. Richards record numbers of Britons continue to fly abroad for medical treatment.

Last year Britons spent 60m on overseas treatments. Main reasons were lower prices, NHS waiting lists, a better choice of alternative medical treatments and cosmetic surgery clinics such as those in Marbella where many patients choose to combine procedures with a break in the sun to return home looking better on the outside and feeling better on the inside. With many increasingly concerned about the rise in hospital superbugs, more people are also choosing to recuperate overseas in a warmer climate following surgery.

Market researchers Mintel recently reported money spent by Britons going abroad for treatments will increase 150% by 2011. According to the survey a quarter of Britons would seriously consider recuperating abroad after an operation and one in eight would go overseas for surgery.

“This sector (medical tourism) is a thriving industry as a growing number of well-off baby boomers take their health needs into their own hands and pursue the elixir of eternal youth,” said Richard Cope, senior Mintel analyst.

But what happens when you fall ill abroad? One of the largest holiday resort companies on the Costa del Sol, Club La Costa, offers onsite medical care at its California Beach Resort near Mijas. Now, thanks to a new contract negotiated between the modern, high tech Xanit Hospital in Benalmadena which opened in 2006, and Club La Costa, the hospitals state-of-the-art facilities and highly trained medical staff are available to both CLC members and staff in Spain.

Richard Fletcher, Resort Director at Club La Costa Resorts & Hotels, said: Weve always made it a priority to have medical provision on site, but our new agreement with Xanit means that should any of our members need medical treatment while on holiday, not only do we have access to one of the top hospitals in southern Spain, its literally minutes away.

As for alternative therapies and keep-fit, Britons seem to be increasingly looking overseas for a better deal. Last year, Britons spent about 25m on going abroad for yoga holidays, holistic healing, health farms beauty treatments and spa visits, according to the Mintel report.

Spain is one of the most visited destinations in Europe for surgery, especially for patients who want to combine medical treatment with a wellness holiday; also popular are Hungary, Turkey, Germany and Poland.