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As a patient and user of healthcare services, there may be times when you wish to do a bit of personal research. Perhaps you have a new diagnosis, or maybe your doctor or other healthcare practitioner has suggested a particular procedure or course of treatment, and you want to know more. But where do you look?
Organ donation does more than transform the life of an individual; it rewards the unconditional love and support from the friends and family that have been there all the way. That’s why for Organ Donation Week this year, we’re filling you in on all you need know about organ donation and how you can save a life.
Hearing screening is performed to find out if someone suffers from hearing loss. The majority of us have two or three hearing screenings over our lifetime- one as a newborn, one as we start school and potentially one as we age. The earlier hearing damage or loss is discovered, the easier it is to manage effectively.
If you are a parent—and even if you are not—you will probably be aware that breastfeeding is generally held to be the ‘gold standard’ for feeding babies. ‘Breast is best’ is a mantra pushed by midwives, nurses and doctors all around the world, and with good reason. However, instead of only encouraging breastfeeding, we should be empowering and encouraging mothers to make the right decisions for them and their babies.
It may be difficult to think about further surgery when you are already facing a mastectomy as part of your breast cancer treatment. However, breast reconstruction can improve your confidence and make you feel more like yourself again after breast cancer. Consultant Breast Surgeon, Mr Jason Lee, and Medstars’ Annabel Beales advise what to consider when choosing breast reconstruction.