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Question on accuracy

Having looked at some studies on older rapid tests available around the world and how their...


As a gay guy in his early fifties

As a gay guy in his early fifties, with a rather colourful sex life over the years. Having sex not...


been thinking about my HIV status on and off for a few months

I'd been thinking about my HIV status on and off for a few months, but...


What a month!

What a month! It was very tiring, very emotional and perfect way to spend a summer. I loved the...


Summer camp

I am happy to be part of this amazing experience with young and enthusiastic people from England. I...


'The Seaver Foundation'

En instituto Tepeyac el curso de verano se ha desarrollado de manera divertida y muy eficiente de...


HIV Test A+++

Arrived super fast, very simple to use and excellent instructions this is a great way to get peace...


First time test

This was the first time I tested myself for HIV. Personally being able to do a test by yourself in...


Self test

I thought I was low risk, but always best to check now and again. This home test service is great,...


Biosure self-test

As others have commented, solid packaging, very clear instructions, and detailed information...


HIV Self Test

My easy to use and to be honest shocked that it worked! Will still go for regular tests however its...


Why I tested

Having lived in London for a long period of my life and having had a very active sex life, not...


Negative

So I ordered the test last week having seen it advertised on a news app I use on my phone, arrived...


HIV self test

Ordered through an ad on Grindr. Loved the idea of getting my result right away. Fairly...


BIOSURE self test

I've been meaning to visit a medical professional for a HiV test just for piece of mind as it's...


HIV Self Test

Received my test package via Terrence Higgins Trust. The most local GUM clinic to me has moved...


HIV Selftest

This was brilliant. So much better than going to a clinic and having to wait for hours, especially...


HIV Self Test

Quick, easy and discreet. I recommend it, just be sure to read the instructions, wait for the 3...


HIV Selftest

The test arrived in plain packaging as promised one working day after ordering. I am a gay man who...


Knee replacement

I'm a 58 year old woman whose been in need of a replacement for a few years. My consultant has put...


HIV self test

I feel anxious about having blood taken, and have found waiting around for tests at clinics...


Very good product

Nervous about doing the test right but explained in the literature step by step and very easy to...


HIV Self Test

This test came with clear and simple to use instructions. It's simple to use and gives you your...


Test review

I am so thankful for this test. I had put off and put off going to get a test in a clinic or at the...


This makes me want to cry with frustration and sadness

This makes me want to cry with frustration and sadness - 30 years ago as a nurse I worked with...


Junior Doctors Up in Arms over new NHS contract

"At what point does a dedicated doctor, with a lifelong commitment to the NHS, decide it is time to...


This was so easy to do

This was so easy to do and follow ordered on a Monday arrived on a Tuesday and really eased my...


Medical doctor

As a medical professional and the end of the day one who is in the risk group of getting HIV I can...


Seaver

The organisation has not only helped 100's of people both in the UK and Mexico, but has made a...


Arrived quickly, instructions were simple and easy to follow

Arrived quickly, instructions were simple and easy to follow. The packaging while possibly more...


Great! The test kit arrived really quickly

Great! The test kit arrived really quickly and was perfect for discreet use and peace of...


HIV self test - 'very relieved'

Living in Jersey there was a little delay with shipping but the organisation I purchased the test...


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I have dry mouth and having seen half the specialists in HKG...

I have dry mouth and having seen half the specialists in HKG, Who confirmed I don't have diabetes,...


a very welcome addition to the UK safer sex landscape

I used this as an experiment, and found the test very easy to use and to understand. I was very...


My self test

I was quite irrationally terrified when my new girlfriend asked me to have an HIV test before going...


Testing my son

After a bombshell conversation where my son told me there was a slim chance he had been infected...


HIV selftest was amazing

HIV selftest was amazing. My nearest GUM clinic is 10 miles away with very restricted opening...


HIV self test - "relieved"

I first heard about the Biosure HIV self test on the TV literally 48 hours ago. I am a gay man, 61...


HIV self test - Scotsman's story

I read about the new self test on Monday morning BBC news website, checked out the biosure website,...


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HIV Self Test

This self test kit ruined my life! Two lines, one very faint appeared, telling me I was HIV...


treatment provided by Ipswich Hospital

My husband was admitted to Ipswich hospital by his GP. On the second day we were told, following a...


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Nurses have too many patients

I'm a cancer nurse - With the best will in the world we can only do so much within the time...


Lung cancer - reassurance, advise and support

My husband was diagnosed in April 2014 with lung cancer ... Was given 6 month ( give or take ) to...


Terminal Cancer

My husband has terminal cancer of the esophagus that as spread to other parts of the body...


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Cancer care - fine professionals who have done everything they can

"My partner has myeloma and is a patient at the Herefordshire County Hospital. In the course of her...


Good service by the NHS

I recently had surgery in the Elective Care Centre at Colchester Hospital. I can only sing their...


Colchester Podiatry Service

My husband who is diabetic and has dementia has been under the podiatry service at Colchester for...


Confidentiality in gp surgery

I was waiting in the reception area at my gp's surgery and was able to hear every word of a...


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What do you know about SinglePoint end of life care services in North Essex & Colne Valley?

SinglePoint is a palliative and end of life care service which works alongside other services you...


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New socket received - but pressure sore now infected

Part 3 of My Story  29th May 2014 (see below for Parts 1 & 2) Here we are again new socket...


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Have you been asked about taking part in Health Research?

Have you been asked by a doctor, nurse of other health professional to take part in medical...


Colchester Prosthetics User Group

PEBL is very pleased to link up with ColyPUG and we are really looking forward to hearing about the...


how GP's treat young people

I think GPs relationship and their opinion of young people, under the age of 25 is ridiculous. My...


Excellent service by NHS using Oaks Hospital Colchester

Excellent service received by the NHS using The Oaks hospital Colchester. I was give the option to...


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The reliance on nursing staff by GPs to take consultations!

"Blood pressure drugs that are taken by millions of Britons could raise the risk of potentially...


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GP opening late?

I have heard that the GP surgeries will soon have to open later in the evenings and at the...


Colchester Hospital Foundation Trust Cancer Services

I live in Colchester and I am really worried about the investigation into cancer services at...


Prescription Medicines Frustration

For the last eight years I have been a patient of a Neurologist owing to severe Migraine. My...


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Oral Surgery Princess Alexandra Hospital

First class service today in day surgery unit, all staff extremely friendly and professional. I was...


Told I had to change doctor

I moved - not far! But I got a message that said I was out of area and had to find a new doctor. I...


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Cheap medicines being prescribed in Essex

There is a local medicines initiative in Essex, started by the former PCT and continuing under the...


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A nurse tells us about Mrs. J and how, together, they made plans for the last days of her life using the “preferred priorities for care” document

Mrs J was an 89 year old lady who had moved from her home to live with her daughter. Mrs J had...


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I want to talk - my family doesn’t...

I am in my 90's and I very much want to talk about dying and the end of my life - but my family...


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My Mum was able to die peacefully at home with help from the St. Clare's Hospice

My Mum had angina - and then it got really bad. I was looking after her and I did that until she...


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Poor care at GP surgery

I made an appointment for my partner at our GP surgery as she had been suffering from abdominal...


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What has happened to Chiropody service in West Essex?

What has happened to our chiropody service? It is all but defunct and has been decimated so that it...


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Problems getting a nuchal scan arranged.

I was really excited/nervous to be pregnant for the first time - all new things to experience some...


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Hole in our health service

First - a big 'UP' to Children's A&E and Children's ward in Colchester General - both...


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Horrendous experiences (but wonderful doctors and admin staff)

My husband has been an in patient several times in the last few years having had to have...


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Blocked from taking part in research.

I recently read a newsletter distributed by a local research network and a study caught my eye. The...


After months of waiting, neurology appointment is put of until next year...

Hello all, my doctor diagnosed me as having Parkinson's disease 8 month's ago but said I would have...


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Poor service at Princess Alexandra, Harlow and Broomfield Day Clinics

Visiting Clinics - My wife & I are around 80 years old. We regularly have to visit day clinics....


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Ill and Home Alone

Do any GP practices in South-west Essex do still home visits ? An elderly friend of mine, with...


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The out of hours service

One friday evening i had to call out the district nurse to change a blocked catheter for my wife....


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Broomfield fail on discharge and follow up

I was discharged the first week in July from Broomfield Hospital with the promise of a follow up...


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Why the 0844 surgery numbers?

My medical centre in Harlow changed its telephone number from a local one to an 0844 576 number. My...


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Prescription drugs changed for cheaper versions - “I am disgusted”

The Limes Medical Centre have put into place a procedure to save money on prescription drugs. My...


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Out of hours pathway delivers “appallingly bad service“ to blogger, whose baby was unwell.

After two days of our ten month old son being utterly miserable (but not obviously ill) he...


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Galen House, Harlow - It’s totally unsuitable for patient care - previous location was much better

Have just been to the pre-operation assessment "office" I was horrified at the dreadful area...


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Uncomfortable and Upsetting - I was questioned about MS in front of everyone at the Pharmacy.

I recently had a MS relapsed and went to see an emergency doctor as my MS is extremely new to me....


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End of Life Matters.. as a team you gave dignity and support

I miss her so much but realise that you all helped me through the last part of her life. However I...


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Wasn’t warned about urine retention when informed of his BPH. Neglect?

Not so much PSA result choices but Urine retention with prostate constricture! Why wasn't I advised...


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concerned about Keyhealth in Waltham Abbey and is “living in hope”.....

Are the doctors who work at keyhealth Waltham Abbey really as efficient as they should be? An...


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Grandson was turned away from A&E without proper assessment.. and then sent back again. Services need to work together!

Does anyone think the same as me when PCT's say they have no money.... Is it because genuine...


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You made me stop and think

I recently attended a group to help me with my breathing difficulties. A lady came to speak to us...


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Had a rash misdiagnosed - But: “Once you complain, you are stigmatised”

At my regular GP's office, I used to make appointments with whatever GP was available at the...


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Had a very bad time on Nightingale Ward, but excellent care on Locke Ward and the C.C.U. (P.A.H. Harlow)

I was admitted to P.A. at Harlow on the 9/1/2012 as it was the first time I had been admitted to...


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Thank you for caring

My father recently died at home and this was only achieved by the help and support of the nursing...


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Shocking experiences in Harlow -”The NHS is a joke - I could have died”

I was bleeding uncontrollably for 6 weeks - period gone wrong. No one should be bleeding for 6...


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How can people find out about taking part in MS Research?

I have an acquaintance with M.S and they have asked me what I know about any research. They have...


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Blood Transfusions - “we need a straightforward referral path”

Please can the process for organising blood transfusions be improved? My dad has terminal cancer...


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“what is happening to local NHS services??” - mixed messages and a mixed-up ambulance service in a chest-pain emergency

Some interesting experiences last weekend: I'm 75 and live in Loughton. Late evening, pain in chest...


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Can’t get any help from Harlow MS services

Pardon me if I am wrong but isn't it patients that make the NHS and isn't it patients that are...


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Hospital discharges - why the delays?

Why can it take so long for patients to be discharged from hospital? Over the last few months, my...


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Fantastic experience at the birthing unit, disappointed with the lack of antenatal knowledge from GP and lack of breastfeeding support

I had a brilliantly quick and speedy labour, considering this was my first baby. My waters went at...


Lives with ES and can’t get treatment...

I am electro-sensitve - something that up to 35% of the Uk have mildly, and up to 5% badly. Yet the...


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Concerned about varying levels of support.

I am concerned that although we are all going to die it is very clear that depending on the area in...


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Where is the MS care??

MS care??? Well there used to be but in some fat cat managers office a decision has been made to...


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Why can’t I have my appointments in Harlow? (and not Bishop’s Stortford)

I am expecting my third baby. I have had my 1st two at Harlow hospital and the care was great. I...


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Specialist nurse service in West Essex is being spread too thinly

I write to express my concern about the possibility of the Specialist Nurses within West Essex...


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Great experience with the PAH maternity services

I have recently given birth to my beautiful daughter. With a few complications while pregnant we...


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Very poor communication following prostate surgery.

Just over two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and following all the usual procedures...


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Lack of care around discharge planning puts patients at risk

Following a fall my father was admitted to hospital with a fracture neck of femur. He is the main...


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Mums who have had Cesarian Sections need more support

I delivered my son by C-section at PAH. Everyone was great at the antenatal ward at PAH and the...


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Problems accessing the care she needs

I called my GP surgery this morning to request an appointment with a GP or Practice nurse for...


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“It’s good to talk - thanks for caring”

I find it difficult to talk with my family, the district nurse I have talked to me and helped me...


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PSA results - My GP was wrong ... and if it wasn’t for the Prostate Nurse my cancer would be worse.

Early this year I had my annual PSA check which showed a small increase. my GP said all was fine...


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The nurse-led community service...

I'd just like to say how helpful we have found the nurse-led service to be. My 85 year old father...


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Mother in law “made it easy by writing it down”

My mother in law had a book and she wrote everything down. From all her financial affairs to what...


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Continued lack of openness about end of life.

Story 1 - When my elderly, widowed uncle fell down the stairs and taken to the usual hospital for...


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Came across the Dying Matters Awareness stand in Harlow - and it has made a real difference..

I was visiting Harlow and met with staff on your stand raising dying matters awareness. It was very...


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Story of a relative starving to death..

My mother-in-law was starved to death in hospital (not in Essex) aged 87 after major surgery. She...


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Don’t say you know how I feel...

People don't know how they will react to death and dying until it happens to them. And everyone...


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Believes in the right to die....

I believe in euthanasia- it's shocking that assistance with dying is not available legally in this...


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Rude and uncaring receptionists and dispensary staff.

I would just like to say that the receptionist staff and the dispensary staff at the Great Eastern...


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“No” to assisted dying

I am a practicing and devout Catholic and I think that the NHS should never assist people to die....


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Worried about access to Hospice care...

I have heard that there is a two week limit to people's time in the Arthur Rank Hospice, - what...


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Making simple arrangements can help hugely....

My friend was dying with cancer and wasn't really prepared to talk about anything - but she was...


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People want choices - and health professionals should provide them...

My friend was in her thirties when she was dying of cancer. During that time she said that no one...


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Husband found soaked in his own urine in a hospital bed... why is there no co-ordination and on-going care??

Why, oh why am I chasing my own tail like the White Rabbit, trying to co-ordinate all the various...


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Fantastic service in Bishop’s Stortford and at PAH (but thinks that her pain could maybe have been better managed)

I have two sons - one aged six, and one 16 months, both born at Princess Alexandra Hospital,...


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Shocking story about things that happened in 2003.

This is an old story, but one I will never forget. My mother was in PAH in 2003 with a fractured...


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Insisting on a home birth wasn’t easy....

I read up a lot for my 2nd birth, I wanted it to be at home without intervention. Because of the...


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The whole process was a bit more stressful than it needed to be...

Before having my little lady the community midwives were great. I did manage to see every member of...


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She made me feel as if I had no choice at all...

My first baby was born at 42 weeks, two weeks late. When i got pregnant again my antenatal teacher...


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Found the midwives lovely - but a bit negative about twins...

“I thought the Dunmow midwives were great. They were very helpful before the babies came, but...


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You don’t need to see a doctor so often...

“I am 30 weeks pregnant and I would just like to say how pleased with the care and support I have...


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Midwives difficult to get hold of...

“I have found my community midwives to be quite difficult to track down when i need advice. They...


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From home birth to emergency in PAH.

“Even though I showed interest in a home birth from the first antenatal appointment, I had to be...


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I seem to get better understanding from midwives...

Great Midwife support.... Although I have seen a different midwife at every appointment, this does...


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Found things brilliant on the whole but had one horrible experience ...

I have just had the 'perfect' birth in Cambridge at the Rosie and am now back in the system for...


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Botched Blood Test

I visited my local hospital for blood tests, unfortunately because of my reluctant veins, they had...


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If other people hadn’t done this before, I wouldn’t be as well as I am now...

I have had cause to use the medical services several times recently so when after a major operation...


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Research

I have been sent information about taking part in research but by the time I get round to...


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Prostate Care

My experience starts way back five years ago. I was having trouble lying on my right side and...