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The Aural Apothecary Podcast. A lighthearted take on the world of medicines, pharmacy and healthcare in the UK from Jamie, Gimmo and Steve the Chemist.

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    • 4.8 • 27 Ratings

The Aural Apothecary Podcast. A lighthearted take on the world of medicines, pharmacy and healthcare in the UK from Jamie, Gimmo and Steve the Chemist.

    3.1 - Dr Louise Newson - The Menopause Doctor. Prescription charges - fair or a tax on the sick?

    3.1 - Dr Louise Newson - The Menopause Doctor. Prescription charges - fair or a tax on the sick?

    Episode 3.1 - Dr Louise Newson - The Menopause Dr.

    The Aural Apothecaries are back for Series 3! In this episode it is our great pleasure to interview Dr Louise Newson - also known as the Menopause Doctor. As well as a GP and menopause specialist, Louise is also host of the popular podcast ‘My Menopause Doctor’.

    We chat to Louise about how the Menopause and the prescribing of HRT in general is an often neglected, misunderstood and underdiagnosed topic of healthcare - and the unnecessary suffering that happens as a result. Our micro-discussion focuses on the rights and wrongs of prescription charges and we find out who Gimmo met at the Greenman festival and what Steve woke up with in bed on his summer holidays.

    As with all our guests we ask Louise to pick her ‘Desert Island Drug’, a career defining anthem and a book that has influenced her work.

    https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk/

    https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/aligning-the-upper-age-for-nhs-prescription-charge-exemptions-with-the-state-pension-age

    To get in touch follow us on Twitter @auralapothecary or email us at auralapothecarypod@gmail.com

    You can listen to the Aural Apothecary playlist here; https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3OsWj4w8sxsvuwR9zMXgn5?si=tiHXrQI7QsGtSQwPyz1KBg

    You can view the Aural Apothecary Library here; https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/31270100-paul-gimson?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=the-aural-apothecary

    BIO - Dr Louise Newson BSc(Hons) MBChB(Hons) MRCP FRCGP
    Louise is a GP and menopause specialist. She is an advisor to the NHS and on the Clinical Steering Committee for NHSEI’s Menopause Improvement Programme. She is the director of Newson Health Ltd (www.newsonhealth.co.uk) She runs a menopause and wellbeing centre in Stratford-upon-Avon which is the largest menopause clinic in the world. She has developed the menopause information website www.menopausedoctor.co.uk and the free menopause app “balance” – www.balance-app.com. She has also authored the Haynes Menopause Manual. Louise is the founder and a trustee for The Menopause Charity – www.themenopausecharity.org which will support and empower women with evidence-based knowledge in many different ways.
    She has also set up a not-for-profit company – Newson Health Research and Education. She has recently launched the Confidence in the Menopause educational programme - www.fourteenfish.com/menopause/welcome and is involved in research with colleagues in Warwick, Oxford and Liverpool Universities and London School of Tropical Medicine. Louise has contributed to menopause related articles in different newspapers and magazines and been on numerous radio and TV programmes. She also hosts a weekly podcast for women (entitled Newson Health).

    • 44 min
    Episode 2.10 - Dr Mark Holland - The Needy not the Noisy

    Episode 2.10 - Dr Mark Holland - The Needy not the Noisy

    We welcome the final guest for series 2 - Dr Mark Holland. Mark is Associate Professor at the University of Bolton and formerly a Consultant in geriatric medicine at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, before moving into Acute Medicine. He was formerly President of the Society for Acute Medicine where he did so many TV interviews on behalf of his profession he ended up with his own IMDB database!

    We chat to Mark about teaching during a pandemic as well as his reflections of his time working in acute medicine. We talk about the difficulties patients face managing medicines at home and once again the high cost of veterinary medicines. Our micro discussion focuses on educational stories from our careers and we discuss the highlights of the series.

    Jamie references the TED talk Do you remember? Doctors make mistakes, can we talk
    about them; https://www.ted.com/talks/brian_goldman_doctors_make_mistakes_can_we_talk_about_that
    ?language=en

    As with all our guests we ask Mark to pick his ‘Desert Island Drug’, a career defining anthem and a book that has influenced his work

    You can view the Aural Apothecary Library here; https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/31270100-paul-gimson?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=the-aural-apothecary

    You can listen to the Aural Apothecary playlist here; https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3OsWj4w8sxsvuwR9zMXgn5?si=tiHXrQI7QsGtSQwPyz1KBg

    To get in touch follow us on Twitter @auralapothecary or email us at auralapothecarypod@gmail.com

    • 46 min
    Episode 2.9 - Professor Dave Slawson - Information Mastery - We are not in Kansas anymore…

    Episode 2.9 - Professor Dave Slawson - Information Mastery - We are not in Kansas anymore…

    We welcome our first guest from the United States - Professor Dave Slawson. Dr Slawson currently serves as the Chair of Family medicines for Atrium Health Carolinas medicines Center and is a Professor of Family Medicines with the University of North Carolina amongst many other positions. He is an international lecturer in evidenced-informed decision making and Information Mastery.

    We chat to Dave about the concept of Information Mastery, and his trip to Cardiff in 2005. We talk about the 5 harms of overdiagnosis, sustainability, clinical jazz and the time Jamie met Captain Spock. This is one for all who are interested in how we access and use information to best effect in an age when it can be easy to be overwhelmed.

    Our micro discussion is on Reducing overuse by recognising the unintended harms of good intentions https://ebm.bmj.com/content/26/2/46.

    Steve references a podcast that discusses the recent decision by the FDA to grant approval to Aducanumab. You can listen to the podcast here; https://therapeuticseducation.org/episode-483-aducanumab-for-alzheimers-forget-about-it/

    As with all our guests we ask Dave to pick his ‘Desert Island Drug’, a career defining anthem and a book that has influenced his work. You will not be disappointed with the choices...

    You can view the Aural Apothecary Library here; https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/31270100-paul-gimson?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=the-aural-apothecary

    You can listen to the Aural Apothecary playlist here; https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3OsWj4w8sxsvuwR9zMXgn5?si=tiHXrQI7QsGtSQwPyz1KBg

    To get in touch follow us on Twitter @auralapothecary or email us at auralapothecarypod@gmail.com

    • 39 min
    Episode 2.8 - Lelly Oboh - Wicked Problems, Mindlines and the Stripey Zebra.

    Episode 2.8 - Lelly Oboh - Wicked Problems, Mindlines and the Stripey Zebra.

    Lelly began her career in community pharmacy and then worked as a primary care pharmacist, becoming the first UK community based consultant pharmacist in 2007. Her current role is at Guys and St Thomas and involves optimising medicines use in frail older people and she has a keen interest in approaches that consider the complex relationship between frailty, multimorbidity and polypharmacy. As a coach practitioner, Lelly enjoys inspiring people and is part of the NHS #lookingafteryou coaching staff for BAME staff during the pandemic.

    We discuss the wicked problem that is medicines optimisation and how the solution is often to ‘play what is in front of you’. We talk about Zebra’s, glucose eaters and the importance of ‘crucial conversations’. Our micro-discussion is on ‘Mindlines’ and how they influence practice. Gimmo talks about burnout and reveals he’s never been on a dating app.

    GPs’ mindlines on deprescribing antihypertensives in older patients with multimorbidity: a qualitative study in English general practice; https://bjgp.org/content/71/708/e498
    As with all our guests we ask Lelly to pick her ‘Desert Island Drug’, a career defining anthem and a book that has influenced her work. You will not be disappointed with the choices...

    You can view the Aural Apothecary Library here; https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/31270100-paul-gimson?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=the-aural-apothecary

    You can listen to the Aural Apothecary playlist here; https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3OsWj4w8sxsvuwR9zMXgn5?si=tiHXrQI7QsGtSQwPyz1KBg

    To get in touch follow us on Twitter @auralapothecary or email us at auralapothecarypod@gmail.com

    • 37 min
    Episode 2.7 - Fiona Peniston-Bird - Non-Medical Prescribing & Competency frameworks - what's the point?

    Episode 2.7 - Fiona Peniston-Bird - Non-Medical Prescribing & Competency frameworks - what's the point?

    Fiona, a nurse and founder of nmprescribing which provides the opportunity for NMPs to continue to be safe and effective NMPs through access to Continued Professional Development.

    Fiona has considerable expertise in all matters related to non-medical prescribing, having been an experienced nurse prescriber, and is now prescribing lead for nurses on the prescribing programme at Medway School of Pharmacy, University of Kent and University of Greenwich. She is also a member of the Nurse Prescribers Advisory Group for the British National Formulary.

    We chat to Fiona about the evolution and role of non-medical prescribing and its place in care. We talk about competency frameworks, the celery of drugs and Steve and Fiona compare BNF collections!

    Our micro discussion focuses on the competency framework for non-medical prescribing; https://www.rpharms.com/resources/frameworks/prescribers-competency-framework

    Jamie reads from a letter - “Should Nurses Prescribe?”
    https://bjgp.org/content/56/522/68

    As with all our guests we ask Fiona to pick her ‘Desert Island Drug’, a career defining anthem and a book that has influenced her work. You will not be disappointed with the choices...

    You can view the Aural Apothecary Library here; https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/31270100-paul-gimson?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=the-aural-apothecary

    You can listen to the Aural Apothecary playlist here; https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3OsWj4w8sxsvuwR9zMXgn5?si=tiHXrQI7QsGtSQwPyz1KBg

    To get in touch follow us on Twitter @auralapothecary or email us at auralapothecarypod@gmail.com

    • 39 min
    Episode 2.6 Dr Mark Porter MBE - It shouldn't happen to a vet.

    Episode 2.6 Dr Mark Porter MBE - It shouldn't happen to a vet.

    Mark is an NHS GP and award winning journalist. He spends half his week working as a GP partner in rural Gloucestershire, and the rest investigating and reporting on the latest developments in medicine. As well as a regular column in the Times, Mark is a regular on daytime TV GP and Radio 4.

    We chat to Mark about his new practice pharmacy professionals, deprescribing, and the six-week wait for hospital discharge communication. We also pick up on the environmental impact of inhalers, giant frusemide tablets and the dangers of overplaying benefits vs underplaying risks. The 70’s gets a lot of mentions as well.

    As with all our guests we ask Mark to pick his ‘Desert Island Drug’, a career defining anthem and a book that has influenced his work. You will not be disappointed with the choices...

    You can view the Aural Apothecary Library here; https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/31270100-paul-gimson?ref=nav_mybooks&shelf=the-aural-apothecary

    You can listen to the Aural Apothecary playlist here; https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3OsWj4w8sxsvuwR9zMXgn5?si=tiHXrQI7QsGtSQwPyz1KBg

    To get in touch follow us on Twitter @auralapothecary or email us at auralapothecarypod@gmail.com

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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27 Ratings

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Brilliant find

This is excellent to listen to, keeping us connected to our colleagues. Loved the inclusion of guests who have interesting roles. Keep going folks

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Great launch

Not my profession, but accessible and with some good banter.
Listen in for quality vitamin C gag episode 2.
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Pharma banter

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