Live Longer: The Podcast
S3 E2: Eyes on the War with guest Prof Carlos Pavesio

S3 E2: Eyes on the War with guest Prof Carlos Pavesio

March 17, 2022

We need a coordinated medical response to the war, enriched with clinical training to equip clinicians to deal with medical issues that arise as a result of war, so in times of urgency, we are prepared for any outcome.

Patient empowerment is also key to a sustainable effort and thanks to companies like iOWNA we are a step closer to achieving this. 

"This is time to develop a well thought out & coordinated plan that could be used as a roll out for any conflict so we are ready to go into battle."  Prof Carlos Pavesio

S3 E1: Eyes on Ukraine with guest Dr Larissa Derzko-Dzulynsky

S3 E1: Eyes on Ukraine with guest Dr Larissa Derzko-Dzulynsky

March 8, 2022

How does it feel to be Ukrainian living away from Ukraine right now? What defines the essence of Ukrainian culture and the psyche of the average Ukrainian person?

The answer is resilience, hard work, family values and a strong sense of community according to Dr Larissa Derzko-Dzulynsky, associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. A friend and former colleague of Dr Millie's,
Dr Derzko’s call to action is to assemble supplies for those suffering with eye trauma in the war.

Some horrific eye injuries will lead to blindness if action is not taken and her mission is to save sight. Tune in to this fascinating conversation on International Women's Day between two female professionals trying to make a difference to the world.

Live Longer: The Podcast has created a Just Giving page in order to raise funds for Eyes on Ukraine. Please give generously. Our target is 10k. Link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/livelongereyesonukraine 

S2 E21: What is our future health? with guest Prof John Deanfield

S2 E21: What is our future health? with guest Prof John Deanfield

March 6, 2022

There must be a new deal with the public to invest in their own health; to take ownership of their well-being. To make this a reality, clinicians need to empower their patients to look after their health and wellness as well as provide them with personalised information.

The government also needs to provide a mandate for clinician-patient engagement in this new era of healthcare.

“Invest in your arteries” Prof John Deanfield

S2 E20: Is pain an illusion? with guest Dr Diarmuid McCoy

S2 E20: Is pain an illusion? with guest Dr Diarmuid McCoy

February 24, 2022

Pain is a widespread problem but what causes it? Is pain an illusion? Why do some patients experience higher or lower levels than others? How do we help people who deal with pain live longer, healthier and happier lives?

We need to actively listen to people with pain and even though we can’t see it, we can try to work with those who suffer and help them live healthier, happier lives.

"Pain comes from physical, mental and spiritual damage and can be triggered by conditions of the mind, heart as well as by physical illness.‘ Dr Millie

S2 E19: Bursting the Covid bubble with guest Dr Tamsin Lewis

S2 E19: Bursting the Covid bubble with guest Dr Tamsin Lewis

February 16, 2022

Long Covid or post Covid syndrome remains somewhat of an enigma to clinicians and patients alike. As doctors we want to understand how to diagnose, treat and help our patients with it.

We need to listen carefully to our patients and hear their concerns and worries, as it can be a frightening, frustrating and exhausting experience.

Join me as I chat to Dr Tamsin Lewis, a resilient athlete and doctor who shares her experience with us candidly and bravely.

"I thought I was going to die, but now I’m slowly getting better" Dr Tamsin Lewis

S2 E18: Patient empowerment through digital solutions with guest Prof Joe Harrison

S2 E18: Patient empowerment through digital solutions with guest Prof Joe Harrison

February 9, 2022

Tune into my conversation on digital solutions for health and care as I take a deep dive into staff choices around digitising the NHS, patient empowerment and digital sustainability with Prof Joe Harrison, CEO of Milton Keynes University Hospital.

The pandemic has brought forth change in patient care and there is no going back. We have a lot to learn from this flagship NHS digital hospital on how we move forwards to a better future in terms of health and social outcomes.

‘Patient empowerment is the most important factor here and getting sustainable digital solutions to support health and care.‘ Prof Joe Harrison

 

S2 E17: Digitising the NHS with guest Nicola Daly

S2 E17: Digitising the NHS with guest Nicola Daly

February 3, 2022

Do digital solutions enhance care and make patients and clinicians lives better? The answer is yes. Especially when deployed in a sustainable, collaborative way working with teams at the front line of care delivery.

It is important to develop easy to use, secure tools that save time on repetitive tasks to free up more time for those that need it.

One digital and key pathway at Milton Keynes University Hospital saves hours each week of nurses' time and reduces patient waiting lists. Join me as I chat to Nicola Daly RN, trailblazer and Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Milton Keynes University Hospital, creating a bridge between traditional and digital healthcare.

Dr Millie

If you are a health professional, download the iOWNA app now for access to key resources to help your patients: www.iowna.com.

If you are a patient, contact us to get access to those resources directly.

 

S2 E16: What is long Covid? with guest Professor Luke Howard

S2 E16: What is long Covid? with guest Professor Luke Howard

January 26, 2022

Long Covid, otherwise known as the ‘post covid syndrome’ is a multi system condition affecting the individual physically, mentally and emotionally. It has pushed health service resources to the limits of their capacity and is widely impacting our society.

It can masquerade as other common illnesses, so as clinicians, we have learned we must keep an open mind on diagnosis in order for other pathologies not to be falsely attributed to it, as not everything is long Covid. 

Key to dealing with it are effective programs of collaboration and shared learning among specialists, hospitals and indeed insurers (as many people are crossing over into  the private sector to seek answers and solutions). 

The pandemic brought the country down on its knees, but many great innovations and learnings have come to light to help us rise up again, better and stronger than before. 

If you are a health professional, download the iOWNA app now for access to key resources to help your patients: www.iowna.com

If you are a patient, contact us to get access to those resources directly.

Dr Millie

S2 E15: Living with Back Pain during Covid with guest Mr David Bell

S2 E15: Living with Back Pain during Covid with guest Mr David Bell

January 5, 2022

Covid has affected many acute and chronic services, both across the nation and globally, leading to long waiting times for both hospital appointments and surgeries and a severe backlog of cases. Interestingly, some patients self-manage their pain and symptoms resolve, especially for back pain.

Ways of working have changed during the pandemic with increasing virtual hybrid working set ups. We discuss the importance of face to face consults especially with surgeons and how this builds doctor-patient relationships.

Virtual work is a necessity but often not ideal for gaining trust of those that suffer. Join me in conversation with Mr Bell, a leading spinal surgeon to find out more about the challenges faced by surgeons in the face of Covid. 

“As a surgeon you have to develop a close and trusting relationship with your patients.” Mr David Bell

S2 E14: Live your best life today - Top wellness tips from Dr Millie and her guest Dr Ramalingam

S2 E14: Live your best life today - Top wellness tips from Dr Millie and her guest Dr Ramalingam

December 31, 2021

With the end of the year upon us let’s look forward to 2022. I discuss the art of coping with the pandemic as a medic, mother and a professional with a GP colleague Dr Tharshini Ramalingam and we reflect on what makes us whole and how to achieve wellness despite the pandemic.

Here are our top tips for wellness:

  • Social contact is the backbone of our existence.
  • Try and find the thing that motivates you in life.
  • Healthcare is self care.
  • The holy grail of wellness is mind, body and spiritual health.
  • All any of us are guaranteed is today, so make each day, your best day.

I'd like to thank all our guests for joining our podcast this year and sharing their experiences with our listeners whilst always inspiring us to live a longer, healthier life.

Dr Millie
December 2021

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