Judy Viitanen - PR and Event Management Consultant

Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

Health Advice? …. Ask Your Local Pharmacist!

In Family, Healthcare, Lifestyles, Pharmacists, Social Issues, Wellbeing on January 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

If you’re looking for expert help on managing your medicines, coping with minor ailments, or tips for a healthy lifestyle, your local pharmacy really is the best place to go …. Pharmacists are highly trained medicines experts, and what’s more they’re so accessible.

Here’s a useful profile on the role and value of pharmacists – worth a read!

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/wellbeing/role-of-pharmacists.htm

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Pill promises to ease PMT …

In Family, Healthcare, Lifestyles, Marketing, Pharmacists, Social Issues, Wellbeing on January 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Just seen a report that a pill containing a mixture of fatty acids and vitamin E has been created by scientists to ease the symptoms of PMT.  Let’s hope it’s marketed successfully  – PMT is a monthly misery for so many women (and their husband’s and boyfriends!).

I’ve been taking Vit E for years – it’s got great anti-aging properties!

“12 months to save the NHS” – PR Hype?

In GPs, Healthcare, Pharmacists, Politics, Public Affairs, Social Issues, Wellbeing on January 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

Public services reforms is the headline media story today – as David Cameron defends NHS reform plans, saying: ‘doing nothing will end in tears’ – http://bit.ly/e6T5VU

The key is for Education Secretary Michael Gove and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to win over their sternest critics and also win the hearts and minds of the public that these radical changes are what’s needed – and will get results. Everyone in this country faces difficult times ahead – and it’s crucial that that the Government  gets these issues right! … 

The Government’s new health policies are aimed at improving NHS performance, reducing bureaucracy and improving the outcomes of treatment for patients. As a specialist healthcare communications consultant, I share some of the concerns voiced by healthcare professionals that the radical shakeup of the NHS could lead to a two-tier health service.

This country certainly needs to tackle its health and social inequalities – and in my opinion the Dept of Health must start to focus on dealing with health inequalities that those members of the community who either aren’t registered with a GP, or see no value in accessing healthcare, continue to suffer. So in this era of NHS reforms it is critical that reducing inequalities becomes a key focus for frontline health providers: not just GPs, but also community pharmacists.

‘Beating Bowel Cancer’

In Blogging, Bowel Cancer, Healthcare, Lifestyles, London Marathon, Social Issues on January 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

As a specialist healthcare PR consultant I get involved in work for a number of health and disease awareness charities.  On a personal level, because I lost my husband to bowel cancer, one of my favourite charities which I support is ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’.  They do great work in helping to save lives from bowel cancer – and also raise awareness and provide support to patients and their families. http://www.beatingbowelcancer.org

I’ve just heard that they have a a charity place available in the London Marathon 2011.  If you’re interested in running on behalf of this cause, please telephone Becca, on: 020 8973 0018.

I love social media!

In Blogging, Business, Healthcare, Politics, PR, PRimage, Social Media on January 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Blogging is fun! … My PRimage company website has a blog home page for my occasional work musings and comments on topical news items. Healthcare and politics are favourite blogging topics for me … plus a few personal musings.

I’m also a big fan of Twitter – and every day I try to post a couple of work and personal tweets.  I also find LinkedIn a great site for business networking – if you haven’t used it yet, you should!  I use Facebook to keep up to date with my friends and family — it’s great to chat to my friends across the pond and hear their news. I also have a business Facebook page – PRimage – Get Noticed!

You can find out more about my love of social media by clicking on the following links:

Follow Me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JVPRimage

Check my profile on Linkedin: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/primage1

Floored by ‘Flu!

In Blogging, Business, Healthcare, Humour, Lifestyles, PR, Social Issues, Social Media, Wellbeing, Working from home on January 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I’ve been laid low by the dreaded Swine Flu for the past 6 days … not feeling a happy PR person! Haven’t felt this poorly for a very long time – but today I am managing to get out my lappy and do some work … from bed! The joys of being your own boss means that deadlines have to be met – but it least you can work from home in your PJs :))

Love this cartoon!