freelance journalist and science writer
pic: Polly Corrigan
*I've written about science and medicine for a range of newspapers, journals and magazines - with a special interest in type 2 diabetes and diet, safe surgery, safe anaesthesia and human factors in medicine, inequalities in healthcare for women and now health issues arising from Covid. I have also also edited health programmes for Radio 4, organise meetings for journalists and provide advice and training. I also write content for pharmaceutical and technology industry.
*I am in my second year of a four year part-time training to become a Feldenkrais practitioner with feldenkraislondon.com. This is sparking a growing interest in finding ways to establish an evidence base that measures the impact of such a therapy.
*I live in London and am a mother and a v doting grandmother (Nana).
*I live with the death of my daughter Polly Corrigan in December 2019.
*I am honoured to be a judge for the Polly Corrigan Book Prize, set up in her memory by the King's Centre for Intelligence Studies (of which she was a member) and the journal, Intelligence and National Security. The winner of the 2022 award will be announced on September 30 2022. A website memorialises her life and work pollycorrigan.blog.
Fund-raising for anaesthesia machines in Mongolia.
I wrote about the daunting challenge of providing universal surgery in Mongolia in 2018 with a visit commissioned and travel expenses paid by the much-missed website Wellcome's Mosaic Science. While there I was asked by Mongolia's leading surgeon, Dr Ganbold Lundeg, to carry a message to the UK Government to request aid to fund UK-manufactured Diamedica portable anaesthesia machines that can (relatively) cheaply and easily bring surgery to remote parts of the country. Unfortunately on my return, I found that HM Government were uncooperative.
So the fund-raising Safe Anaesthesia Mongolia came into being in June 2018 - launched with this amazing video made by Laura Antonioni with voiceover by Paula Keogh.
It raised £6,500 to purchase and deliver two anaesthesia machines - with a further £6,500 (and two more machines) donated by the superb Australian charity Future Crunch. Dr
SAM has now stopped operations. But this effort continues. Since November 2021, Diamedica has began using the SAM video to raise funds for more anaesthesia machines to be sent to Mongolia. Also the surgical charity Interplast is working with Dr Ganbold and Australian anaesthetist Dr David Pescod to improve draw over anaesthesia skills in rural hospitals now using the machines donated by the campaign.
It raised £6,500 to purchase and deliver two anaesthesia machines - with a further £6,500 (and two more machines) donated by the superb Australian charity Future Crunch.
SAM has now stopped operations. But this effort continues. Since November 2021, Diamedica has began using the SAM video to raise funds for more anaesthesia machines to be sent to Mongolia. Also the surgical charity Interplast is working with Dr Ganbold and Australian anaesthetist Dr David Pescod to improve draw over anaesthesia skills in rural hospitals now using the machines donated by the campaign. Dr Ganbold with surgical team and Diamedica Glostavent
Diamedica machine at Umnogobi InterSoum Hospital,
best from 2021
The radical new talking therapy to beat the vicious cycle of anorexia
Daily Mail, Nov 22, 2021
Global vaccine distribution is a mess
BMJ October 2021
How the world is (not) handling surplus doses and expiring vaccines
BMJ August 2021
best from 2020
How covid-19 has highlighted the importance of design as well as price in the NHS supply chain
BMJ 19 Aug 2020)
PPE: what now for the global supply chain?
BMJ 15 May 2020
The scandal of modern slavery in the trade of masks and gloves
BMJ 1 May 2020
Type 2 diabetes and diet
Advice on sugar and starch is urged in type 2 diabetes counselling,
BMJ 6.12.16. J
Time For Diabetes UK To Unplug Ears and Respond To Chorus Of Disapproval Demanding U-Turn
HealthInsightUK, 29 Sep 2015,
Are diabetics being given diet advice that just makes their problems WORSE? J Daily Mail 8 Sept 2015 |
Safe anaesthesia/safe surgery
Why we need to talk about urinary catheters. (hint: sepsis, anti-microbial resistance and unnecessary pain) Mosaic Science November 2018
The little yellow box that's made thousands of operations safer
14 Feb 2017
BMJ Christmas Appeal 2011 Pulse oximeters for all BMJ 2011
New charity hopes to provide cheap pulse oximeters to hospitals in poor countries
BMJ Published 19 November 2010
Human factors in medicine
Forceps killed our baby so why do doctors keep using them? Daily Mail, 22 Feb 2010
Blunder that killed my wife: Daily Mail, 12 Dec 2006
When-surgery-goes-wrong-weighing-up-the-risks-424288.html, Independent 14 November 2006.