St Giles C of E Primary School

Year 6 Trip to the Natural History Museum – London

Curian Medical have enjoyed a great relationship this academic year with our local primary school – St Giles C of E.

To finish off this academic year we have the pleasure of supporting the Year 6 trip today to the Natural History Museum. It was a very early start for all this morning as they departed at 7.00 a.m. Kennedy within our Compliance Department was super excited to be joining the Year 6 pupils on their last school trip of primary school.

On behalf of us all here at Curian we hope you all have a fantastic day! We look forward to continuing to build our relationship with the staff and pupils of this fantastic local school.

New fixed fees for Orthopaedic and Pain Management Consultations

Curian Medical are excited to announce that we are now offering fixed fees for Orthopaedic and Pain Management Consultations.  The new fixed fee structure compliments the package fees we already have in place for surgery and further treatments.

As a reminder, here are just some of the features of Curian Medicals fixed price surgery packages which include;

* the accommodation and meals at the hospital for as long as the patient is required to stay at the hospital as advised by the Consultant

* the nursing care while the patient is being treated at the hospital

* theatre fees, healthcare professionals operating fee, anaesthetist fees, drugs and dressings

* basic walking aids where clinically required (such as walking sticks or crutches and wheelchairs for use in the hospital)

* take-home drugs advised by the Consultant

* removal of stitches, dressings or plaster, if required

* post operative physiotherapy, if necessary

* one follow-up consultation with the Consultant, where clinically required

Fixed fees give peace of mind with no unexpected invoices!

Why not contact our Business Relationship Manager, Martin Eccles to hear how we can support your organisation and your clients with our nationwide rehabilitation services.

 #surgery #healthcare #rehabilitation #personalinjury #painmanagement #orthopaedicsurgery

Welcome to Dr Neil Carrigan

It is with much excitement that Curian welcomes Dr Neil Carrigan as our National Clinical Lead for Psychotherapy and Psychology. Neil gained his PhD in Psychology in 2002 researching how patients make decisions about their healthcare. He went on to hold a number of research posts in academia and industry before qualifying as a clinical psychologist in 2014. Neil is registered with the HCPC and also an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the BABCP.

Neil works collaboratively with people experiencing a broad range of mental health problems. He tailors principles from empirically supported treatments to the needs of individual, bringing warmth, compassion and flexibility to all of his clinical work.

The National Clinical Lead role with Curian Medical is extremely varied however it includes providing clinical direction for the business, mentoring our panel of therapists and Curative Team, defining and developing new services and protocols, as well as reviewing client’s progression through treatment and being available to discuss treatment when required.

I am sure you will join us in giving Dr Neil Carrigan a very warm welcome!

Curian Medical – Supporting our local primary school

It is the turn of Kennedy, who works within our Compliance Department to head back to school this afternoon. Each Friday a member of our team head over to St Giles C of E Primary School in Willenhall, to support the children with Golden Reading Hour.

These regular reading sessions are not only valued by the school and the children but also our employees within Curian too. The team benefit from the volunteering opportunity and really enjoy heading over to the school and assisting the children with their reading.

As this academic year draws to a close shortly we look forward to planning our involvement with St Giles for the new academic year.

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Providing Solutions within the personal injury sector for affordable diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation services.

Did you know that Curian Medical offer access to one of the largest diagnostic imaging networks?  We continuously look to expand the network with some new facilities recently added within the Thames Valley, North East and South Wales areas.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is used frequently within the medico-legal sector and is particularly useful at providing highly detailed images together with valuable and accurate information about the structure of joints, soft tissue and bones of the body.

Just some of the advantages of using this imaging technique include;

  • MRI is harmless for the patient – no radiation is involved
  • Excellent detail makes MRI superior to some of the other imaging techniques available
  • MRI contrast agent (where required) is usually gadolinium which is less allergenic than iodine based contrast agents used in other imaging modalities

It is widely known that there are disadvantages to MRI scanning, however here at Curian Medical we have worked hard to put in place solutions for our customers;

Availability – We have developed one of the largest networks throughout the country ensuring patients no longer have to travel far for diagnostic imaging

Affordability – Curian Medical have implemented fixed fees for our customers in order that our diagnostic imaging services are cost effective and competitive

Results –  Excellent working relationships within our network ensures appointments and results are provided at the earliest opportunity ultimately speeding up any further treatments or rehabilitation that may be required

Contra-indications – Whilst we understand that not everyone is compatible for an MRI scan, we have protocols in place to ensure that each patient completes a safety questionnaire prior to imaging.  Where necessary Curian Medical can co-ordinate alternative imaging techniques or co-ordinate any further investigations, such as x-rays to ensure no contra-indications exist.

Open scanners – We appreciate due to anxiety or claustrophobia that not all patients will be suitable for a conventional MRI scanner.  With this in mind Curian Medical have developed access to a number of Open MRI scanners across the country.

If you would like to hear further information regarding our nationwide diagnostic imaging or rehabilitation services then do feel free to contact Martin Eccles our Business Relationship Manager on 0121 732 9860 or email at meccles@curianmedical.co.uk.

#MRI #DiagnosticImaging #PersonalInjury #medicolegal #rehabilitation

Curian Medical Tip 7 – Get enough sleep

Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health.

Sleep problems can lead to;

  • having negative thoughts, feeling depressed or anxious – if you have little sleep you may feel less able to rationalise worries or irrational thoughts
  • feeling lonely or isolated – if you feel tired you may not want to be sociable or see friends
  • experiencing psychotic episodes – if you have a psychotic disorder or bipolar disorder, a lack of sleep may trigger mania, psychosis or paranoia, or make existing symptoms worse

There are however a number of things you can try in order to get adequate sleep.  Remember, you might need to try a few different things before you find what works for you;

  • Establish a routine – try going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time each day to create a sleep pattern
  • Relax – try to do something relaxing, such as listening to calming music or take a bath
  • Sleep in a comfortable environment – you may want to experiment with the temperature, light and noise levels to work out what works best for you
  • Try to resolve stresses and worries – some people find meditation or writing down their feelings in a notebook before they settle down for bed really helps
  • Go tech free  – try to give yourself some tech-free time an hour or so before bed, to help yourself prepare for sleep
  • Food, drink and exercise – doing regular physical activity can help with sleep.  Whilst caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods may give short-term help they can all disturb your sleep patterns
  • Medication and physical pain – some medications and physical pain may affect your sleep, if you think this may be the case visit your GP.

Sleep allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information.  Most of us need around 8 hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.

#MHAW19 #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Curian Medical Tip 6 – Listen to music

Music has the power to inspire and entertain but it also has powerful psychological effects that can improve your health and well-being. Instead of thinking of music as pure entertainment, consider some of the major mental benefits of incorporating music into your everyday life. Incorporating music into your everyday life can help to:

  • elevate your mood and motivation
  • aid relaxation and reduce stress
  • improve your cognitive performance

Music can also stop you from feeling lonely or isolated. Whether it is sharing playlists with your friends, or meeting new, like-minded people at your favourite band’s next gig, music connects people.

What type of music do you enjoy listening to when you want to relax?

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Curian Medical Tip 5 – Get some sunshine

We’re used to hearing about how too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin. But did you know it can have mood-lifting benefits?

Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused.  Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of depression.  During the winter, some people become depressed because they aren’t getting enough sunlight – this is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Some people find using a special light-therapy lamp helps to alleviate the symptoms.

So with natural sunlight being free and a natural mood enhancer try to go out in the sun when you can, but make sure you keep your skin and eyes safe!

#MHAW19 #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Curian Medical Tip 4 – Ask for help

It’s always ok to ask for help, even if you’re not sure you are experiencing a specific mental health problem.  You may wish to seek help if you are;

  • worrying more than usual
  • finding it hard to enjoy your life
  • having thoughts and feelings that are difficult to cope with, which have an impact on your day-to-day life

When asking for help there are lots of options of support to choose from and different things work for different people at different times.  Some of the help available includes;

  • Visiting your GP – Your doctor is there to help with your mental health as well as physical health
  • Workplace support – Some organisations offer their employees access to talking therapies, mental health first aiders and Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)
  • Counsellors/psychotherapists – Trained therapists and counsellors can offer a range of different therapies and these are available through the NHS or privately
  • Charities – There are a number of different charities which offer support via helplines and listening services
  • Student Services – Higher education establishments usually have a student wellbeing centre that offers support to its students
  • Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear

Importantly remember, you are not alone and you deserve support.

Curian Minds unfortunately does not provide a Critical Crisis Response service. If you have urgent mental health needs or are in a crisis please contact your GP, GP out of hours service, NHS 111 or The Samaritans on 116 123 (UK & ROI) in the first instance.

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Curian Medical Tip 3 – Exercise

Did you know that physical activity is also beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing?

Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better. Physical activity is thought to cause chemical changes in the brain, which can help to positively change our mood.

Mental and emotional benefits of exercise include;

  • Higher self-esteem
  • Sharper memory and thinking
  • Better sleep
  • More energy
  • Stronger resilience

Ever noticed how your body feels when you’re under stress? Your muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck, and shoulders, leaving you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. You may feel a tightness in your chest, a pounding pulse, or muscle cramps. Exercising can break this cycle. As well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body.

Even just a few minutes of physical activity are better than none at all. So if you don’t have time for 15 or 30 minutes of exercise start with 5 or 10 minute sessions and perhaps aim to slowly increase your time. The more you exercise, the more energy you’ll have.

Exercise doesn’t just have to take place in a gym, look at your daily routine and discover how you can build in some activity such as;

  • At work – can you walk or bike to work rather than drive. Take the stairs instead of taking the lift. Go for a vigorous walk during your coffee/lunch breaks
  • In the home – Mow the lawn and tend to the garden. Clean the house or wash the car.
  • With friends/family – Walk the dog. Take a class with friends – could be dance/yoga. Go on a bike ride

Whatever activity you choose to do, have fun and enjoy!

#MHAW19 #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek