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Ponies and Germs by Violet Whitaker

Ponies and Germs I’m writing this blog as I know most people with ponies will have the same problem as me………’not being able to wash your hands properly when you’re down the yard or at shows’! Well, I have a solution…… and it’s a hand sanitiser called Q Shield Basically it’s a non-alcohol hand sanitiser that you put on once (yes only once) and it doesn’t wash or rub off for read more

Alcohol gels: the end of an era?

Dr Andrew Kemp PhD (Bio), Dr Vanessa Hodgkinson MBBS, BSc, FRCA,FFPMRCA and Miss A Bugg MSc (Microbiology) take a retrospective and prospective view of the use of alcohol gels as hand sanitisers in healthcare. read more

Alcohol gels – more harm than good?

Alcohol hand sanitisers are currently recommended for use by many healthcare organisations across the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO). However, a group of authors* claims a multi-centre “real time” study of Colony Forming Unit (CFU) counts on human skin show that this advice may actually be detrimental. read more

Living with Cancer

A personal account of my experiences living with someone diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In July 2015 my partner attended our local trust for a routine ultrasound scan of her abdomen. For 7 years prior, the team had been checking on a small ovarian cyst about the size of a peanut. The cells inside it had been checked and were unremarkable. This year however it had grown to approx 12cm across. read more

Hand Hygiene: Hand Washing

Hand washing is the best and easiest way to prevent the spread of infection, this will protect you and others from illnesses such as the common cold, flu and even tummy bugs. A quick rinse under the tap and wiping your hands on your clothes because the queue for the hand dryer is too long just won’t cut it. Proper hand washing should take around 20 seconds or as long read more


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