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Dr George conducts an open surgery in Glasgow

Our four GPs hit the streets of Glasgow for an urban open surgery as they offer their skills and expertise to anyone they meet.

In Glasgow's busy fruit and veg market Dr Jonty's meeting Barry, a market trader in need of a health overhaul. Dr Jonty calculates Barry's Body Mass Index, an indicator of body fat. A healthy BMI range is between 18.5 and 25 and finds that Barry's diet and lifestyle are having an impact on his health.

Dr Jonty has four ways to beat high blood pressure. If you smoke - stop. Get regular exercise, avoid being overweight, and eat a healthy diet reducing your salt and alcohol intake.

On bustling Buchanan Street Dr George meets Kelly, a ten a day smoker who has had a chest infection for five weeks which isn't responding to antibiotics. Dr George is adamant that stopping smoking will help clear up Kelly's infection. In Scotland 13,000 deaths every year are due to smoking.

Dr Ayan meanwhile meets a young woman concerned about moles on her back. He reassures her they are fine. If they start to itch or bleed, the edges start to look irregular, they get bigger or the colour changes then you need to get them checked with your doctor he tells her.

Back in the fruit and veg market Dr Jonty meets hard working Ryan who is hoping for a cure for a long standing skin condition. Being out of the surgery means Dr Jonty can see first hand what might be causing Ryan's problem. Ryan works regularly in a cold environment with ice and Dr Jonty diagnoses dermatitis, a form of eczema.

To ease eczema keep the skin well mositurised, try not to rub or scratch the itchy area, avoid contact with anything that irritates it such as soaps, perfumes and detergents, and wear loose cotton clothes.

In a quieter part of town Dr Barbara takes a look at Robert, a Big Issue seller, with an untreated skin ulcer. Robert has had it for some months and it's getting bigger. Dr Barbara is worried that it may be something other than an infected ulcer - it may be skin cancer. She refers Robert to see a specialist urgently.

Dr George advises a street magician who is suffering from a pain in the neck which is caused by pulling a heavy box around the streets.

To help ease neck strain Dr George advises taking ibuprofen following advice from your pharmacist, massaging the affected area and keeping it warm. Keep active and if needed simple physiotherapy will improve mobility. Should the pain increase or persist, see your GP.

At the end of a long day Dr Barbara attends a rugby match and is required to give first aid to a Number 8 who has fallen awkwardly on his ankle. The fact that Robbie can wiggle and move his foot is a good sign but Dr Barbara straps it up and says if it swells up he'll need it x-raying.

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Dr George

Health Tips

from Dr George

  • Don't smoke.
  • Take up an exercise you'll enjoy - swimming, jogging, running.
  • Keep your intake of alcohol down - 14 units per week for women, 22 units for men.
  • Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years.

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