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Obliterate Office Germs

It’s usually around this time of year when colds, sniffles and coughs begin to make their way into the office. From the odd sneeze from a member of your team to a full blown coughing fit from a member of the IT department, there is nothing worse than a room full of employees who would be better off tucked up in bed. How can you tackle the cold and flu season head-on in your workplace and reduce the need for time off work? Here are a couple of simple but effective ways of preventing an office full of ill employees this winter.


Antibacterial Hand Sanitisers

One of the best ways of stamping down the spread of office germs is to equip each employee with a desktop bottle of hand sanitiser. Once armed with antibacterial gel, your team will be able to clean their hands before eating at their desks and after sneezing or coughing as well as after moving around the office, which will help fight the spread of germs in the workplace. Hand sanitisers can cost as little as 50p per 100ml bottle, which fits nicely next to a desktop computer or laptop.


Wipe Down Desks and Keyboards

Keyboards, phones and laptops can quickly become contaminated, especially if used by several different individuals in the office. If people commute via public transport, germs can be transferred from buses and trains onto clothing and hands, then onto office equipment and spread throughout the work environment. To tackle this issue, it’s best to have desks, and the office itself, professionally cleaned and sanitised regularly. Having antibacterial wipes in the office will also help to encourage your team to clean their own desks every so often.


Educate Your Team on Basic Hygiene

It might seem obvious, but a lot of people are still unaware of the harm that not washing your hands properly can have on your health and it is worth putting on a basic office hygiene workshop to refresh people’s memories or educate them on the basics on preventing the spread of germs in the workplace. Providing your team with clear instructions on how to wash their hands properly, sanitise their desks efficiently and help to prevent themselves from getting ill, should help to reduce the number of sick days this winter.

Keeping your office clean and hygienic all year round is a team effort but with a little education and good workplace habits, you can help prevent the spread of germs and hopefully prevent your team from becoming ill this winter.

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5 things you didn't know about physiotherapy

Many of us who haven’t experienced physiotherapy first hand, or simply don’t know a lot about it or what it involves, may be surprised at the complexities of physiotherapy and the range of treatments it covers. Some may assume it is a few stretches and exercises for those who have injured their muscles through sports – but it is so much more than that! Physiotherapy covers a wide range of treatments to help restore movement and reduce pain for people who have been affected by an injury, illness or disability.

As well as being used to prevent injuries in the future, typically, physiotherapy is used to treat the following:

  • Bones, muscles and joints, such as sports injuries, or back, neck and shoulder pain
  • The heart and circulation, such as rehab following a heart attack
  • The brain and nervous system, such as problems following a stroke or related to MS
  • The lungs and respiratory system, such as problems leading from cystic fibrosis

In addition to this, there are a facts about physiotherapy that you may not be aware of…

  1. Professional physiotherapy was first established at the end of World War I in Canada, in order to treat the thousands of injured soldiers. Many required help restoring mobility and functions due to their war injuries, and physiotherapy was the most popular treatment for soldiers during this time.
  2. Physiotherapy can be used as a treatment to help people suffering from vertigo. Vertigo is a condition caused by an infection in the vestibular system, which can make sufferers feel extremely unbalanced and dizzy, and physiotherapy is a common treatment – unbeknown to most!
  3. There are a wide variety of different types of physiotherapy, such as neurologic rehabilitation, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, wound care, orthopaedic care, and post-operative care – to name but a few!
  4. Physiotherapy requires patients to complete homework. A home program for those participating in physiotherapy sessions is vital in improving symptoms and working on certain exercises or movements in between appointments. Physiotherapists assign homework for patients in order to speed up recovery and to reach their desired results faster.
  5. Physiotherapy can be a treatment you are assigned through a referral by your doctor, as well as simply booking an appointment directly with a physiotherapist to discuss a problem you have been experiencing. Many people book a session with a physio instead of their GP to chat about an issue they have, and to decide if physiotherapy would be a beneficial option. It is a highly regarded treatment option within the medical profession – there are approximately 50,000 physiotherapists currently working in the UK.


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Tips for a Healthy Heart


There are numerous lifestyle factors which may be having a negative effect on your heart. When you fall into bad habits, whether it is smoking, drinking too much alcohol or regularly eating unhealthy foods, this can have a detrimental effect on your heart. Other factors such as managing your stress levels and getting enough sleep will help to keep your heart healthy. Below are a few more simple tips on how to improve your heart’s health.

Stop smoking

It’s not a secret that smoking is bad for you – nothing about cigarettes or tobacco are good for a person’s health. However, many people may not know the specifics about the negative effects smoking can have on your health. In terms of your heart, smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases – you are far more likely to have a stroke or develop coronary heart disease if you smoke. Furthermore, smoking damages the lining of your arteries, which can lead to angina and heart attacks. The first step towards a healthier heart is giving up smoking.

Put down the salt

Quite simply, the more salt you eat, the worse your blood pressure will be. The reason behind this is that salt makes your body retain water, therefore if you eat too much salt, the excess water stored in your body will raise your blood pressure. High blood pressure puts a strain on your heart and can lead to heart attacks, CHD and strokes; it can also affect other organs and lead to dementia and kidney disease. CHD (coronary heart disease) is the UK’s biggest killer, with one in four men and one in six women dying from the disease. Cutting down on salt is a big step towards a healthier heart.

Get moving

When we do cardiovascular exercise such as running, cycling or swimming, our blood flow concentrates on areas that are doing more work such as the muscles in our legs and torso. This surge in blood flow increases the volume of blood going towards our heart. With regular cardio, our hearts become used to bigger bursts of blood, and as a result fewer beats are needed, even when we are resting. This takes work off your heart and is why cardio is highly recommended for maintaining a healthy heart. Running, cycling or swimming a few times a week is a great way to maintain your fitness as well as keeping your heart healthy.

Be conscious of your diet

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is also a key ingredient in maintaining a healthy heart. If you minimise your alcohol intake, avoid foods that are high in salt and saturated fat and ensure you eat a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, this will have a positive impact on your heart. There are numerous benefits to eating healthily; for example, avoiding serious problems such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by stopping smoking, improving your diet and increasing the exercise you do has countless benefits for your heart and other organs. There is no harm in the occasional treat, whether it is a piece of cake or a glass of wine, but be aware of what you put into your body – over time this could have a huge effect on your heart and overall health.

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Military charity benefits from £5k donation by UK Healthcare

Health cash plan provider UK Healthcare has donated £5,000 to Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

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Military charity benefits from £5k donation by UK Healthcare

Health cash plan provider UK Healthcare has donated £5,000 to Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

In addition to providing personal and corporate health cash plans for as little as £1 a week, UK Healthcare donates thousands to various health related charities every year. This is the company’s first donation to Blind Veterans UK.

The charitable organisation is celebrating its centenary throughout 2015 and is marking the occasion with more than 100 commemorative events across the country including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the charity’s three centres (in Brighton, Llandudno and Sheffield. Founded in 1915, Blind Veterans UK was originally set up to support soldiers who were blinded during World War I. Since then, the organisation has helped more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, from WWII to recent conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Blind Veterans UK provides much needed training, rehabilitation, equipment and support to blind and vision impaired veterans, no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.

All of these services are provided free of charge, but the charity relies upon the generosity of the general public and organisations like UK Healthcare in order to provide them.

The donation from the UKH foundation will be put towards welfare support for blind veterans in Lancashire. The charity’s regional team of Welfare Officers is there for a beneficiary on every step of their journey and for the rest of their lives. Blind Veterans UK’s Welfare Officers are typically qualified social workers, with extensive experience. They are responsible for assessing, monitoring, and overseeing the needs of each of our beneficiaries, the majority of whom still live independently.

David Bassom from Blind Veterans UK, said: “We are extremely grateful to UK Healthcare for their support and we are looking forward to making the most of this fantastic donation.

“As we celebrate our centenary, we look back on a lot of success in helping thousands of blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women to live as independently as possible. This is critical time for our Charity as we are increasing the number of blind veterans we support; in the past year, more blind veterans have registered for our help than ever before in the Charity’s history and this trend is set to continue.”

“No one who has served their country should battle blindness alone and if readers know anybody who served in the Armed Forces or did National Service and is now suffering severe sight problems, we hope they will get in touch”.

Blind Veterans UK could provide blind or partially sighted veterans, and their families, with a lifetime of practical and emotional support, For more information, call 0800 389 7979 or visit

To find out more about health cash plans, which allow plan holders to claim back cash on a variety of medical services, up to generous policy limits, visit

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