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As the summer holidays are approaching, we thought you’d like the chance to ask our Health at Hand team about your children’s summertime health.So anything from; caring for children in the sun to bee stings and vaccinations for travel, Debbie and Hema are here to help.Debbie Hawkins is a Registered Nurse with many years’ experience in a variety of settings. She joined AXA PPP at the beginning of this year and enjoys talking to customers about any aspect of their own health or that of a family member.Hema Love is a Registered Pharmacist who has been part of the Health at Hand team for many years. She enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of medications and travel vaccinations with our customers.Please read the full Q&A here.
There are 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 630,000 people who have the condition. Do you know if you're at risk of diabetes? Would you know what to look out for and how to care for yourself or your family?If you've been diagnosed and would like some advice, read this Live Q&A for more information.Sally Knight one of our Nurse Case Managers from the clinical team and Caroline Exon works in our Expert Help Team. Read the full Q&A here.
Dr Steve Iley our Medical Director for Health Services will be answering your questions on travel health.Dr Steve Iley trained in emergency medicine and general practice before becoming a consultant occupational physician and has worked all over the world. Steve is a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in London, a Member of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians in Glasgow, and a Member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians in London.If you’re a family travelling for holidays or an employee travelling for work and want to keep your suitcase light, but need to ensure you have the essentials for travel, read the full Q&A here.
April is National Bowel cancer awareness month. As part of our partnership with Bowel Cancer UK we’re running this Q&A session to help raise awareness of the condition; it’s symptoms, the importance of early diagnosis and treatments.Sue Airey and Dr Poonam will be available to take your questions on Thursday 17 April 2-4pm. Sue has worked as a Colorectal Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist since 2000 and joined Bowel Cancer UK as the Head of Clinical and Care Service in 2011. Dr Poonam Chouhan is a qualified GP and will be joining Sue to answer your questions.Please read the full Q&A here.
Karen Drummond is one of our Specialist Nurse Advisors’ working in our Dedicated Cancer Nurse team. As part of our partnership with Bowel Cancer UK to help raise awareness and the importance of early diagnosis, Karen will be taking your questions or concerns on bowel cancer.You can view the full Q&As here.
Do you want to quit smoking, or have you recently stopped and feel the need for some support? To coincide with No Smoking Day, on Wednesday 12 March, our expert Dr Mark Winwood will be answering any questions or anxieties you have about trying to quit. Dr Winwood is the clinical director for psychological health at AXA PPP and his extensive knowledge of mental health issues means he can offer tools and advice to help get you started on your No Smoking journey.Read the full Q&As here.
Do you have trouble opening up about problems at work, or feel you can’t talk to your partner about something that’s on your mind? Or do you have a friend or colleague that you think may be going through a difficult time emotionally? Mental health problems are common and sometimes exacerbated when not shared. Dr Mark Winwood will be answering your questions regarding any mental health issues you may have.Here's what he had to say...
In need of some motivation to keep you inspired with your new, healthy eating regime?If you have any questions relating to detoxing your body or cleansing diet tips we’re offering you the opportunity to talk directly to Dr Sarah Schenker, our expert dietician and nutritionist and regular commentator on national TV and radio shows. Read the questions and answers here.
Dr Mark Winwood is clinical director for psychological health at our specialist Health Services division.We spend a lot of time at work and with work colleagues. Having a difficult time with your colleagues or manager can make you feel stressed and low.Dr Mark Winwood will be answering your questions and offering his advice on how to cope with these situations.Read the full Q&A here.
Lucy is a highly successful personal fitness trainer based in the south of England who will be answering all of your weight management questions.At different stages in our life we’ll all find that it starts to become more difficult to shift weight from certain areas of our bodies. Lucy will be talking about shifting weight through healthy eating and focussed exercise.Please read the Q&A's here.
Our Psychiatric Nurse, Emma Betts was joined by Sue Batehup our Senior Psychiatric Case Manager to answer all your questions on depression and how it affects your mental health.By talking about depression and mental health we can break down stereotypes, strengthen friendships, aid recovery and take the taboo out of something that affects us all. Read the questions and answers, here.
Dr Mark Winwood is the Clinical Director for Psychological Health for AXA PPP healthcare's specialist Health Services division - and with more than 20 years of experience as a senior psychologist, he offers live, expert insight on managing stress and anxiety effectively. He provided you with an understanding of your personal resilience and areas for your development, a framework for being resilient and tools and strategies for managing stress at work and maintaining and improving your personal resilience.Read his answers here
David Williams is one of our Physiologists' at AXA PPP healthcare. During the summer months and holiday season it can be difficult to maintain your usual diet and exercise routine, if you'd like some hints and tips please join our live chat.If you're considering taking up a new sport for summer, ask David about what to look out for or the best way to get started.Read his answers here
Dr Uchenna Okoye is a London-based dentist. Uchenna believes a fantastic smile is the key to boosting confidence and with her approach of treating people holistically.Uchenna is the official dentist on Channel 4’s ’10 Years Younger’. As a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists she is at the forefront of trends and innovations and is a regular guest of BBC Breakfast.Dr Uchenna Okoye will be answering all your questions surrounding teeth cleaning products. Discussing what's good, from whitening, flossing and electric toothbrushes.Read the answers here.
Maureen Chaseley is our in house Senior Dental Advisor and will be taking your questions on kids and cleaning teeth.Maureen will be discussing kids oral health, teeth cleaning and why it's so important. As well as techniques on brushing and tips on geting your child to the dentist.Read the answers here:
Dr Uchenna Okoye believes a fantastic smile is the key to boosting confidence and with her approach of treating people holistically.Uchenna is the official dentist on Channel 4’s ’10 Years Younger’. She is at the forefront of trends and innovations and is a regular guest of BBC Breakfast.Dr Uchenna Okoye will be discussing kids oral health, teeth cleaning and why it's so important. Read the questions and answers here.
Mr James Arbuckle is Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon at Watford General Hospital, part of the Spire Bushey Hospitals.His specialist clinical interests include colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, laparoscopic surgery, coloproctology, gastro-intestinal cancer and hernia repairs.Please read the questions and answers from this chat.
As part of National Heart Month, we will be hosting a live chat with Senior Nurse Case Manager Bev Barnes. Each year in the UK over 300,000 people suffer from heart attacks, and over 100,000 from strokes. Bev discussed prevention as well as treatment, drawing from her experiences in the Clinical Centre with her heart patients.
As part of National Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, our live chat on Thursday 24 January offered expert advice and information ranging from prevention to treatment of the disease.Expert Justin Clark, Consultant Gynaecologist from the British Medical Institute was on hand to answer all your questions. Here is what he had to say ...
We held a live chat on heart health on Friday 25 January to give you the chance to ask our expert questions ranging from heart murmurs to hereditary conditions. Senior case nurse Beverley Barnes, part of our Dedicated Nurse Service, was on hand to answer all your questions. Here is what she had to say ...
It’s National Smile Month, from 20 May to 20 June, and we’d like to help you improve your smile.We asked Maureen Chaseley our Senior Dental Advisor to take your questions on looking after your teeth.So if you’re wondering what products to use and when, how often to visit the dentist, take a look at this Live Q&A!
Did you know that skin cancer is the UK’s most common cancer? So before you strip off and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin this summer, ask yourself: am I being sun safe or am I dying to get a tan? So if you’re travelling this summer? Or staying in the UK, for family days out you need to be aware of the sun safety.As part of our sun awareness campaign with the charity Skcin, we’ve asked Sue Tyrrell and Maria Bahig from our Expert Help Team to answer your questions on sun awareness.Sue Tyrrell is a registered general nurse, with 20 years’ experience of practice nursing including administration of vaccinations, advice and discussion of vaccines and malaria chemoprophylaxis required.Maria Bahig has a qualified Masters in Pharmacy, with 5 years of Community and Retail Pharmacy experience alongside 8 months of Medicines information services. Read the full Q&A here.
April is National Bowel cancer awareness month. As part of our partnership with Bowel Cancer UK we’re running this Q&A session to help raise awareness of the condition; it’s symptoms, the importance of early diagnosis and treatments.Sue Airey and Dr Poonam will be available to take your questions on Thursday 24 April 2-4pm. Sue has worked as a Colorectal Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist since 2000 and joined Bowel Cancer UK as the Head of Clinical and Care Service in 2011. Dr Poonam Chouhan is a qualified GP and will be joining Sue to answer your questions.
Held every April, Depression Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with depression. Many people suffer from this debilitating illness at some point in their lives, yet it can be an isolating condition to deal with. If you’re worried that someone close to you is depressed, or you feel overwhelmed by life and would like advice on coping skills, we’re offering you the chance to talk to Dr Mark Winwood, clinical director of psychological health at AXA PPP on Wednesday 16 April.Please view the full Q&A session here.
March is prostate cancer awareness month, to help raise awareness we’ve invited Denise Dallender, one of our Senior Nurse Case Managers’, within our Healthcare Solutions team to answer any questions you may have.Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Whilst the causes of prostate cancer are largely unknown, there are facts that may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer and Denise will be on hand to talk about them. Denise will also be taking questions on tests to diagnosis the condition and treatments that are available.Please view the full Q&A from this chat here.
People often think that it’s largely men that die from heart disease, but did you know that more women die from heart disease than breast cancer or that it is the single biggest killer of women in the UK (and kills three more times women that breast cancer). Join our chat with our Dedicated Heart nurses, Beverley Barnes and Caroline Exon, to find out more about the common misconceptions of heart disease. We’re giving you the opportunity to ask any questions about age, weight, lifestyle or any other concerns you may have about why coronary heart disease remains the UK’s single biggest killer. We’ll also be discussing primary prevention, including reducing smoking, improving diets and physical activity levels. Read the Q&A's here.
As the end of January approaches are you struggling to keep yourself motivated and on track with your New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps you decided to take up jogging, or vowed to a lifestyle change this month, but you’re wondering how to do this practically and safely? Our expert physiologist, David Williams, will be available on Thursday 30 January to answer your questions and offer advice on how to set realistic goals and manage your health in the best possible way during 2014 and beyond.
Have you set New Year’s resolutions around health, nutrition and exercise that you’re determined to keep to? Perhaps you’ve decided to stop drinking or smoking, or feel the need for a complete lifestyle change? If you’d like to find out how best to approach your goals and stick to them, our expert physiologist, David Williams, is going to be available on Monday 20 January to answer your questions and offer advice on how to manage your health throughout 2014.Read the full Q&A here.
Dr Mark Winwood is clinical director for psychological health at our specialist Health Services division.Drinking alcohol during December is fairly common, but do you know how much is okay?If you're worried about your alcohol intake or someone close to you, please join Mark and ask him your concerns. Please view our Q&A here.
Beverley Barnes from our dedicated nurse team discussed how your weight can impact on your heart's health.The live chat explored BMI, circulation and diet and their relation to heart health. Alongside this Beverley answered all your questions surrounding keeping your heart healthy through weight management. Read the answers here
BMI Healthcare's Dr Robin Northcote answered all your heart, stroke and statins questions.Dr Northcote has been performing coronary angioplasty for more than twenty years and has pioneered several interventional treatments.He has published widely on the treatment of coronary artery disease and the cardiac effects of exercise, the latter gaining international recognition.Read the answers here
Maureen Chaseley our in house Senior Dental Advisor will be taking your questions on health and dental.Maureen will be providing a full round up, so if you want to find out why dental hygiene is so important for your health, get your questions answered.Find out what Maureen answered here.
Dr Uchenna Okoye is a London-based dentist. Uchenna believes a fantastic smile is the key to boosting confidence and with her approach of treating people holistically.Uchenna is the official dentist on Channel 4’s ’10 Years Younger’. As a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists she is at the forefront of trends and innovations and is a regular guest of BBC Breakfast.Dr Uchenna Okoye will be discussing oral cancer, along with its symptoms, causes and treatments.Read the answers here.
Denise Dallender works in our Dedicated Nurse team and will be taking your questions, in this summertime chat about travel and looking after the heart.If you're travelling this summer and need to know about heart medication or how to improve cirulation during long flights, please join us.Read the answers here:
During this live chat Caroline will be talking about the different types of diabetes, how to spot the warning signs and diagnosing diabetes. Also living with diabetes; spotting the signs for hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia and how to react in an emergency. Read the questions and answers here:
Professor Stuart is Professor of Cancer Studies at Bangor University and honorary consultant medical oncologist.His main research interests are in clinical research into the assessment and development of new anti-cancer drugs and the assessment of the effects of chemotherapy. Please view the full questions and answers here.
Whether you currently live with diabetes or are concerned about prevention, our expert Dr Mark Vanderpump will be on hand to answer your questions.Dr Vanderpump is Consultant Physician and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.View the questions and answers here.
Whether you smoke or are concerned for a loved one who does, our expert Dr Mitra M Shahidi from BMI will be on hand to answer your questions on smoking and the effect it can have on your health. Dr Mitra M Shahidi is a Consultant in General & Respiratory Medicine with a specific interest is all aspects of respiratory medicine and Tuberculosis.Read the questions and answers here.
The UK has the world’s fifth highest rate of children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and recent figures have shown that a third of primary school leavers are overweight, which is the leading cause of type 2 diabetes. Our Health at Hand nurse Sheena McKellar answered questions on childhood diabetes questions, including spotting the symptoms, prevention and managing the condition.
One thing all mothers and expectant mothers can agree on is that the health of their child is always on their minds. We invited our Health at Hand nurse and midwife, Jackie Hall, answered your questions on pregnancy and your child’s wellbeing, including conceiving, breastfeeding and protecting your child’s skin during the cold weather. Here is what she had to say...
Improving your fitness and diet are common resolutions for the New Year, but can be difficult to maintain in the long-term. In order to help you get a Smart Start to 2013, David's detailed advice ranged from what to do at the gym, how to deal with injuries, and which diets really work. Here is what he had to say...