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The Royal London Hospital

A lot of you don’t know that Barts-MS is an umbrella term we coined several years ago to capture our research and teaching activities, which happen at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and our NHS activities as part of Barts Health NHS Trust and its feeder hospitals. Our clinical MS services are predominantly based at The Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel in the...

Guest Post: Working with Multiple Sclerosis During Covid-19

People are usually diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) between 20 to 40 years of age, the prime working years of an adult. However, fewer than 50% of people with MS remain at work after 10 years of diagnosis, decreasing to 20-40% after 15 years. Apart from the number of people that become unemployed after a diagnosis of MS, there is also a large proportion of people that need to reduce their...

#MSPrevention: air pollution

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★ As MS is highly likely to be a preventable disease we should be doing everything we can to reduce our exposure to modifiable risk factors. Smoking, passive smoking, solvent exposure and air pollution have all been linked to an increased incidence of MS. It has always been argued that air pollution may work by acting as a filter for ultraviolet light and hence...

Freezing for MS

Kit’s Cornish Splash for Barts-MS research From her home in Cornwall, Catherine “Kit” Williams has been following Prof Gavin Giovannoni’s efforts to raise money to support Barts-MS Research by walking 5km while recovering from a fractured neck and pelvis. And it’s left her concerned.  “He has done his bit and got injured,” says Williams, a retired teacher. “I expect he thinks he’ll be OK...

Women

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: zero ★s As I gradually drift into health-related politics I realise that it is not enough just to measure something to trigger a change in behaviour. Information and data don’t change behaviour; carrots and sticks or incentives do. The US study below shows that women in academic medicine are no better off than they were 35 years ago. Women physicians are less likely...

On the mend

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★ Prof G in hospital; an early Robinson Crusoe look Some commentators’ predictions were correct; when you are not well and are on the receiving end of the NHS as a patient you see things that you don’t necessarily see as an HCP and NHS employee. As a result of being ill with polytrauma and spending 14 days in the hospital, I  have acquired some insights that I...

Prof G follows Captain Tom

Captain Sir Thomas Moore who planned to raise £1000 for the national Health Service by walking laps in his Garden before his 100th Birthday and raised nearly £40,000,000 (with tax rebates). Help ProfG reach his target as he follows in Captain Toms footsteps

Discharged

Good news; I was discharged from hospital yesterday morning to complete my recovery and rehabilitation at home.   My admission to hospital has reminded me what a great institution the NHS really is. All I want to say is that the NHS care I received was exceptional; very professional and full of deep caring and empathy. The staff on the trauma, orthopaedic and neurosurgery units at...

Areflexic

“I have lost my triceps jerk; I am areflexic.” I told my neurosurgeon.  “So what?” he replied.”I know what is wrong with you” he said.  I then went onto explain to him that it took me a week to find a patella hammer and to get someone to test my reflexes. In short, surgical wards and even neurosurgeons don’t really need a reflex hammer to practce their art. It was pretty clear from my...

Screwed

The torpor of morphine and gabapentin, which is keeping the gnawing hyaena and white lightning at bay, make just typing this piece a marathon in itself.  Last Saturday whilst running I was hit from the right by a largish motorcycle and sustained a mild head injury, a fractured pelvis, a fractured cervical spine and multiple soft tissue contusions and abrasions.  My pelvis has been...

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