Wear it Pink – For A Future Where Everyone With Breast Cancer Lives

Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ day, on October 19th, is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK.  This year, Medisave is proud to be supporting the event and will be raising money for the cause.

About “Wear it Pink”

Since 2002, Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ fundraising event has raised over £31.5 million for  life-saving research. Research that is constantly working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage, to prevent the disease taking lives.

The idea (of course) is to wear pink on October 19th with your colleagues, friends and/or family to help raise money for the charity. Putting together fun activities such as a quiz, raffle, or clothing sale, will get more people as possible involved and bolster the money raised.

3 ladies dressed in pink holding cupcakes
Credit: https://www.wearitpink.org/

Fundraising Ideas

  • Pink-themed quiz – ‘Wear it Pink’ has very nicely put together a quiz question PDF which you can download from HERE. Ideal to play with your work colleagues, it includes picture rounds and anagram challenges.
  • Pink treat cake sale – cupcakes are a must for a cake sale and you can go mad with the pink decoration! Ask you friends, family and work colleagues to get baking and hold a stall or bring them all into work to raise some money. Try thinking outside the box with what you bake to get people even more tempted to donate their money.

pink cupcakes decorated with hearts

  • A raffle – Would your company donate a few ‘grand prizes’ to make the tickets even more tempting? How does and extra day’s holiday sound? At the very least you can ask your colleagues to donate something worthwhile. A bottle of wine counts right?!
  • School sports day – Ask the children to participate in a sports day event while wearing pink and let them have fun! The parent can be charged an ‘entry fee’ for donation, and there is always the possibility of having stalls on site with cakes and toys to purchase, with all proceeds going to the charity.
  • Dare to do more – Choose a challenge that you aim to complete and ask for sponsors! How far would you go to save lives?
woman holding "will abseil for cash" sign
Credit: https://www.wearitpink.org/

Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Some of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • A change in size or shape
  • A lump or area that feels thicker than the rest of the breast
  • A change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like the skin of an orange)
  • Redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
  • Your nipple has become pulled in or looks different, for example changed its position or shape
  • Liquid that comes from the nipple without squeezing
  • Pain in your breast or your armpit that’s there all or almost all of the time
  • A swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone

Remember to check your breasts regularly!

Take a look at this illustrated guide from Breast Cancer Care, or alternatively, the video below from Breast Cancer Now. You can also download the free Breast Check Now app for Android and iOS.

Illustrated guide on how to check your breasts for breast cancer
Credit: https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

 

Fundraising at Medisave

At Medisave we’re going to be doing all kinds of activities to raise money throughout the month. We have quizzes, cake sales and a pink fancy dress day planned. We have also set up a separate page for our ‘pink’ October deals with discounted products; with the idea being you could donate the difference to ‘Wear it Pink’.

If you would like to donate to Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ you can do so HERE.

 

Why Choose A Career In Rare Diseases

There are so many career paths to chose from in the medical area and it can be hard to decide which path to follow. A rare disease is classed as a disease that affects up to 30,000 people but most affect many fewer than this. With an estimated 3.5 million affected by rare diseases in the U.K alone, maybe a career in rare diseases could be the direction to take.

Why work with rare diseases?

3.5 million sounds like a lot (17% of the the UK population to be exact) for something that is meant to be rare, but this is because there is nearly 8,000 rare diseases. With another 5 described in medical literature nearly every week, the list is only growing.

50% of the new rare diseases discovered and diagnosed will affect children, often leading to a shorter life of poorer quality. But with the help of professionals in the field of rare diseases, the people affected can lead full and happy lives and may even be cured one day.

Who can work in rare diseases?

At first it may seem that this would only be a career path for scientists and doctors but this is wrong. While those in the scientific field are needed to find cures, and doctors are needed to identify the diseases, there are many other roles. As with any illness, nurses are needed to care for the patients who suffer with these diseases and apply treatment in a hospital or at home. Care assistants are needed to help those with the more severe diseases to try to lead a more normal life.

Examples of rare diseases

Mesothelioma is a cancer that can affect the thin lining of nearly all your internal organs called the mesothelium but it mostly affects the lung and chest area. 80% of rare diseases have a genetic component but most cases of mesothelioma are asbestos related which is why  Mesothelioma Day was created on the 26th of September 2004 and continues to this day to raise awareness and funding for those affected.

Fibrosarcoma is a tumour found in fibrous bone tissue and is often very hard to tell apart from other tumours of a similar nature. Almost all cases of fibrosarcoma are due to a genetic fault.

Just mesothelioma and fibrosarcoma combined affects approximately 8,700 people, most of whom do not have appropriate access to care due to the rarity of theses diseases. Having a career in rare diseases could help cure these diseases or help those already feeling the effects of them on their lives.

Find out more about mesothelium HERE

Nitrile vs Latex vs Vinyl gloves – Which should I choose?

You need to buy some gloves so you head over to your favorite online store, Medisave, and notice that there’s 3 different types to choose from. Which one do you buy? This article should hopefully clear up any questions you have and help you decide what gloves are right for you.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are ideal for people who have latex allergies, as they are made from synthetic rubber. These are great medical grade gloves but also excellent for general use with solvents, oils and greases – also many chemicals. Nitrile gloves are thicker, this means it’s harder to puncture the glove – if you do tear the glove, it’ll be very visible. It’s essential you spot a tear early, especially when dealing with chemicals, so Nitrile gloves win on this front. Excellent fit around the hand.

A big con with these gloves is that they are quite pricey when compared to Latex gloves.

Sum up:

  • Fantastic alternative for people with latex allergies
  • Thicker than other gloves
  • Great fit
  • Resistant to many chemicals
  • Easy to spot glove puncture
Aurelia supermax gloves

Aurelia Amazing® 300 Nitrile Powder-Free Examination Gloves

£6.79

Thinner, lighter and more flexible than standard Nitrile, our new Amazing® gloves are so comfortable, you’ll feel the day just fly by.

Buy It Here

Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are probably the most popular in the medical industry. These offer the most comfort and allow the most movement to preform tasks. It’s harder to detect puncture holes in these gloves which could be a concern. The best alternative to these would be Nitrile Gloves. These gloves don’t offer great protection against chemicals.

A con with these is that they can cause allergies due to the latex.

Sum up:

  • First choice for medical professionals
  • Cost effective
  • Comfy fit
  • Hard to detect puncture holes
Aurelia supermax gloves

Aurelia Vibrant 100 Micro Textured Latex Examination Gloves 5.7g – Powder Free

£2.78

Thinner, lighter and more flexible than standard Nitrile, our new Amazing® gloves are so comfortable, you’ll feel the day just fly by.

Buy It Here

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl gloves are the most popular choice when it comes to food and catering situations. These gloves tend to be less expensive than the other two, while providing high levels of durability and hygiene at the same time.

Sum up:

  • Latex Free
  • Best use is for catering
  • Loose fit
Aurelia supermax gloves

Vinyl Gloves – Clear – Powder Free

£1.99

Designed for short-term use, vinyl gloves offer a cost-effective alternative to latex while providing an effective temporary barrier against biological contaminants.

Buy It Here

 

Your decision to which gloves to get will depend on what your intended use is, however hopefully reading this article will have cleared up some questions you may of had about gloves.

12 Tips For Sharing A Fridge At University

12 Tips For Sharing A Fridge At University

Sharing a common space can be difficult, especially in regards to food. We’re all guilty of being ‘hangry’ at times which can lead to some major arguments!

After a long day of lectures or work, you or your housemates may be guilty of raiding the one fridge in the house, with somebody ‘accidentally’ taking another’s content. With the opportunity for people to get heated when missing food is involved, it is important that ‘by-laws’ are set.

To ease any tension, we’ve put together a list of top refrigerator tips to get you through your university year unscathed and food intact.

1. Divide Shelves Equally

If your fridge has enough shelves, why not use a shelf each? Perhaps not ideal depending on the number of housemates, but it is the easiest option to keep food separated, leaving no excuses.

2. Create A Fridge Cleaning Rota

While it may not appeal initially, it will save arguments. Anything dodgy will be thrown out before it affects any other food, and your friendships!

3. Contain Those Smelly Foods

Takeaway leftovers? Don’t just it leave half open in the fridge. Transfer it to an airtight container to conceal the smell and as an added bonus, save space. Containing the food will also contain any mould if left for too long.

fish

4. Label Your Food

Purchase a label maker, use stickers or even just a sharpie and get your name on your food! That way there is no excuse for people ‘mistakenly’ taking your food, and if you add use by dates to the label, you won’t be in for a nasty shock if left too long.

5. Cook The Leftovers

If you have leftovers at the end of the week, why not pool them together and create a large evening meal to share? This will then clear the fridge before your weekly shop, and bring everyone together for a great evening in.

6. Set Rules For Sharing Condiments

Share those condiments! Items like tomato sauce and butter are mostly going to be used by everyone so take turns in purchasing new ones. Set up rules in deciding what foods and condiments are a free for all and which ones are yours and yours alone.

tomato ketchup

7. Clean Your Spills

Don’t be that person! If you’ve spilled something out of a container or bottle, clean it straight away before it sticks and leaves an unwanted smell. Make sure to clean it even if it is not your turn on the rota to clean the fridge.

8. Remove And Replace

If you’re the one that has just finished the last of the tomato sauce or milk that you’re all sharing, replace it! There’s nothing worse then going to make a cup of tea and finding your housemate has used the last of the milk.

9. Share Your Perishable Foods

If you have fruit or other perishable items in the fridge that you know are going to go bad, why not offer it to your housemates? It saves wastage and they may return the favour the next week!

berries bowl

10. Say It Outright

Except for labeling your food with your name, what’s a more obvious statement then just saying outright what people can and can’t take? If you’re dying to eat that leftover pizza the next evening, then be blunt with your housemates and say it can’t be taken. Maybe you’re happy to share it! In which case let them know so they too can enjoy it the second time around.

11. Make Use Of The Freezer

Refrain from taking up unnecessary space. Could you put your airtight contained leftovers in the freezer rather than the fridge? Save space and use that freezer compartment; even better if you have a standalone freezer!

12. Don’t Leave Messages

One of the worst things you could do is leave a passive aggressive (or fully aggressive!) note on the fridge door. Yes it can be heartbreaking if someone has stolen your last beer, but it will make for a very awkward time if you and your housemates are at eachothers throats over a magnetic letter message you left. Speak up, make the point, and you never know, you may get bought a few more as an apology.

 

Do you have any other vital tips for sharing a fridge with your housemates? Do you pool together your money for one big shopping trip, or do you prefer to just shop for yourself? Leave a comment below!

 

The Essential Guide To Medisave’s First Aid Kits

Medisave have been selling first aid kits since our humble beginnings in October 2000. We now stock over 150 different first aid kits of varying sizes and uses. The guide below will take you through nearly every variation of first aid kit we do; it’s contents, uses and other important information.

HSE (Health and Safety Executive) First Aid Kits

50 Person HSE First Aid Kit

Our best sellers are the HSE range of first aid kits. HSE stands for The Health and Safety Executive which is “the body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_and_Safety_Executive

This means that everything you need to adhere to the health and safety standards for first aid kits can be found inside these kits. The largest kit, which serves 50 people, contains the following:

  • 3 x Disposable Vinyl Gloves
  • 1 x First Aid Guidance Leaflet
  • 12 x HSE Medium Dressings
  • 4 x HSE Large Dressings
  • 8 x Non-Woven Triangular Bandages
  • 12 x Safety Pins
  • 6 x Eye Pad Bandages
  • 60 x Assorted Washproof Plasters
  • 20 x Sterile Saline Wipes
  • 1 x Wall Bracket

This first aid kit is ideal for home or workplace use and is very popular for use with non medical offices.

Buy them here.

BSI (BS 8599-1 Compliant) First Aid Kits

BSI First Aid Kit

The BSI first aid kits are designed to be compliant with the BS 8599-1 which is the  British Standard for the workplace. The difference between the BSI and HSE comes down to where it is being used. A small office of desk workers will only need a HSE for minor incidents whereas somewhere like a warehouse or workshop would need the BSI as they are more likely to suffer an injury that could be more considerable. For example, heavy objects, moving parts, etc. The largest BSI kit, which serves 50 people, contains the following:

  • 12 x Large Nitrile Gloves
  • 1 x First Aid Guidance Leaflet
  • 8 x Medium Dressings
  • 2 x Large Dressings
  • 4 x Non-Woven Triangular Bandages
  • 24 x Safety Pins
  • 4 x Eye Pad Bandages
  • 100 x Assorted Washproof Plasters
  • 40 x Sterile Saline Wipes
  • 1 x Microporous Tape
  • 4 x Finger Dressings
  • 2 x Resuscitation Aid
  • 3 x Emergency Thermal Blankets
  • 2 x Burn Dressings
  • 1 x Small Tuff-Cut Scissors
  • 2 x Conforming Bandages
  • 1 x Wall Bracket

Buy them here.

Catering First Aid Kits

Catering First Aid Kit

We have a range of first aid kits which have been specifically created for catering locations, from restaurants to school kitchens. All the bandages and plasters included are a blue colour making them easier to detect if they do end up in any food. The first aid kit pictured above contains:

  • 3x Cleansing Wipes
  • 4x Eye Pad Dressings
  • 3x Pairs Of Gloves
  • 1x Guidance Leaflet
  • 4x HSE Large Dressings 18cm
  • 9x HSE Medium Dressings 12cm
  • 40x Plasters, Assorted
  • 12x Safety Pins
  • 6x Triangular Bandages

However, we have many different kits for catering environments such as kits focused on burns, or wound cleaning for cuts that could be contaminated with food. These kits are perfect for any environment where food is being handled or prepared and injury is possible.

Buy them here.

Childcare First Aid Kits

Childcare First Aid Kit

These kits are specifically for applying first aid to children. There is no denying the importance of having a first aid kit specifically for children and can be invaluable for schools especially. The kit pictured above was created in conjunction with Ofsted and HSE to make sure everything you need for childcare first aid is included. The content includes:

  • 2x Large sterile dressing
  • 2x Eye pad sterile dressing
  • 6x Medium sterile dressing
  • 4x Triangular bandage
  • 10x Alcohol free wipes
  • 2x Bags of Washproof plasters
  • 3x Pairs of Medium gloves
  • 1x Bag of Safety pins
  • 1x HSE guidance leaflet
  • 5x Low adherent pad (5cm x 5cm)
  • 1x Resusciade
  • 1x Non woven swab 4 ply (5cm x 5cm)
  • 1x Scissors
  • 1x 1.25cm x 5m microporous tape
  • 1x Size 01 x 20m sterogauze
  • 1x Sterogauze applicator

We all know when children are playing there are going to be cuts and grazes so this kit is perfect to have around in any environment where children will be present.

Buy them here.

Sports First Aid Kits

Sports First Aid Kit

The sports kits are not just designed for sports injuries but also for use outside. The kit includes bags for the waste, waterproof casings and gel to keep the items as sterile as possible when applied. Our range of kits includes ones for pitch side use, AstroTurf related injuries, young people and many others. The kit pictured above includes:

  • 10x Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes
  • 1x Cotton Wool Roll 15gm
  • 2x Crepe Bandage 5cm x 4.5m
  • 2x Crepe Bandage 10cm x 4.5m
  • 2x Crepe Bandage 15cm x 4.5m
  • 2x Eyewash Bottle 500ml
  • 2x Eyewash Pods 20ml
  • 1x Foil Blanket
  • 5x Gauze Swabs
  • 1x Hand Gel 50ml
  • 20x Plasters Washproof
  • 1x Resuscitation Face Shield
  • 1x Scissors -Tuff Cut
  • 2x Self Seal Waste Bags
  • 2x Sport Instant Ice Pack
  • 1x Spray Bottle 250ml
  • 2x Sterile Dressing Medium
  • 6x Sterile Dressing Large
  • 2x Sterile Eye Pad
  • 4x Triangular Bandage
  • 8x Vinyl Gloves
  • 1x Zinc Oxide Tape 2.5cm x 5m
  • 1x Touchline Bag

The sports kits can be used at the local community centre or on the professional pitch with kits ranging in size and  professionalism.

Buy them here.

Travel First Aid Kits

Travel First Aid Kit

Travel first aid kits are perfect for people on the go.  Accessing medical care during travel can be challenging in some countries, especially when you do not speak the language. The kit above, designed for one person, contains:

  • 2x Alcohol Cleansing Wipes
  • 7x Safety Pins
  • 2x Triangular Non-Woven Bandages
  • 1x Pair Of Gloves
  • 1x Roll Of Bandages
  • 2x Plasters
  • 1x Carry Bag

Buy them here. 

Vehicle First Aid Kits

Vehicle First Aid Kit

It is important for health and safety first aid to extend outside of the office. With these vehicle first aid kits, you can make sure that the same standards are kept inside peoples vehicles. The picture above is for HGV use and contains:

  • 1x Guidance Leaflet
  • 1x Eye Pad Dressing
  • 2x Gloves (pair)
  • 1x Resuscitation Device with Valve
  • 20x Washproof Assorted Plasters
  • 2x Triangular Bandage
  • 1x Sterile Eye Wash 500ml
  • 4x Medium HSE 12cm Dressings
  • 2x Large HSE 18cm Dressings
  • 1x Universal Shears
  • 1x Survival Blanket
  • 2x Extra Large Dressing No.3
  • 12x Safety Pins
  • 10x Reliwipes

These kits are great for use in the car for personal use or in professional vehicles such as HGVs or delivery vans.

Buy them here.

Burns First Aid Kits

Burns First Aid Kit

You can get first aid kits specifically for burns that are both HSE and BSI certified. These kits are designed to treat burns, scalds and sunburn in all areas from professional to personal use where burns are a potential hazard. The kit pictured above is one of our larger burns kits and contains:

  • 2x Burncare Burn Gel Sachets (3.5g)
  • 2x Burncare Burn Gel Dressing (10cm x 10cm)
  • 2x Burncare Burn Gel Dressing (20cm x 20cm)
  • 1x Burncare Burn Gel Bottle (59ml)
  • 3x Conforming Bandage (7.5cm x 4m)
  • 5x Saline Eye Wash Pods (20ml)
  • 1x Low Adherent Dressing (5cm x 5cm)
  • 3x Low Adherent Dressing (10cm x 10cm)
  • 1x Microporous Tape (1.25cm x 10m)
  • 2x Gloves Vinyl (Pair)
  • 1x Wall Bracket
  • 1x Scissors

Buy them here.

Other First Aid Kits

E-Fab First Aid Kit

We also sell specialist first aid kits, such as the E-FAB Hard Hat Emergency Kit which is great for construction sites or exploration with a kit that fits inside most hard hats. We also offer evacuation kits, personal trauma kits, bleed kits and many others that can be found here:
https://www.medisave.co.uk/consumables-general-supplies/first-aid-supplies/first-aid-kits/other-first-aid-kits.html

 

Join The Missing Millions – World Hepatitis Day 2018

world hepatitis day logo

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28th July bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.

Worldwide, 325 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care,  millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost. On World Hepatitis Day, 28th July, we call on people from across the world to take action, raise awareness and join in the quest to find the “missing millions”.

You can join the quest to find the missing millions on their website here: http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/

find the missing millions logo

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver, commonly caused by a viral infection, or also from consuming excessive amounts of alcohol over several years.

hepatitis infected liver

Out of the 325 million people with viral hepatitis globally, upward of 290 million (9 in 10 people!) are living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C without knowing. A cure for hepatitis C is available, as well as treatment and a vaccine for hepatitis B.

Symptoms of Hepatitis

Short-term hepatitis often has no noticeable symptoms, so it may be difficult to know whether you have it.

In the later stages it can cause jaundice, swelling in the legs, ankles and feet, confusion, and blood in your stools or vomit.

We’d recommend seeing your GP if you have any of these symptoms persistently.

Types of Hepatitis

Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus. It’s most commonly contracted by consuming food or water contaminated by feces from a person infection with hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B is common infection worldwide and is usually spread from infected pregnant women to their babies. In rare cases it can be transmitted by infectious body fluids, such as blood, unprotected sex and injecting drugs. It’s uncommon in the UK.

Hepatitis C is the most common type of viral hepatitis in the UK. Again it can be transmitted by blood-to-blood contact, usually by shared needles.

Hepatitis D only affects people who are already infected with hepatitis B, as it needs it to survive. Long-term infection with hepatitis D and hepatitis B can increase your risk of developing serious problems, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Hepatitis E is mainly associated with the consumption of raw or under cooked pork meat or offal, but also with the wild boar meat, venison and shellfish.

It’s generally a mild and short-term infection that doesn’t require any treatment, but it can be serious in some people, such as those who have a weakened immune system.

Alcoholic hepatitis is caused by excessive alcohol consumption over many years. This type is common in the UK with many people not realising they have it due to the lack of any symptoms.

Stopping drinking will usually allow you to recover, but if you continue to drink alcohol there’s a risk that you can develop cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer.

Autoimmune hepatitis is a rare cause of long-term hepatitis in which the immune system attacks and damages the liver. It’s not clear what causes this type of hepatitis.

Treatment for autoimmune hepatitis involves medicines that suppress the immune system and reduces inflammation.

Remember you can join the quest to find the missing millions here or you can use the page to learn more about one of the biggest global health threats of our time. Remember, together we can eliminate viral hepatitis.

Sources: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hepatitis/ 

5 Tips On How To Work Long Hours Without Losing Your Mind

The long hours and all-night working culture for some medical professionals is unfortunately a standard fixture. But despite the obvious downsides, 12 hour (and longer) shifts remain fairly popular compared with 8 hour shifts. The most prominent benefit  of the longer shifts is less handoffs, meaning patients are not being attended to by as many Nurses. This could mean less reports and less chance of miscommunication errors, while giving the chance for patients to feel more comfortable with the Nurses on shift.

While this particular point is beneficial to patients, when you’re doing your third 12 hour shift in a row, especially late into the night, it can be tough to stay energised and positive. The correct pair of shoes can help you feel more comfortable while you work but there is only so much help extra comfort can give you.

We have pulled together 5 of our favourite tips to help you survive those extra grueling 12+ long shifts with your mind and patients intact.

#1. Be A Creature Of Habit

Being a medical professional is unpredictable, not just in the patients you care for but also the hours worked. With working past your shift end potentially being a regular occurrence depending on your area, it is important to have a sense of habit and schedule outside of work.

Most Nurses recommend trying to keep a regular sleep schedule and going to bed or settle down at the same time, including on days off. Start and manage some routines in your personal life that you can rely on to be dependable and relaxing. This could mean a hobby, eating a meal with the family, or watching your favourite TV show.

lady performing a yoga exercise on a roof

It is also worth creating a ‘behaviour chain’, and instead of choosing an abstract goal such as, “I need to exercise three times a week”, create an action plan that leads to it. For example, “Once I get home from work I will eat a healthy snack, change out of my work uniform, and then go for a thirty minute run.” This kind of planning is more effective for creating healthy habits which in turn can help your daily routine.

#2. Let Caffeine Be Your Servant, Not Your Master

Caffeine in one form or the other is the ultimate life saver for many medical professionals. It can be used as an initial boost at the start of the shift or or an absolute necessity throughout as a substitute for sleep. But a study from 2016 found that  after restricting sleep to 5 hours per night, caffeine use no longer improved alertness or performance after three nights.

As medical professionals, it is essential to understand the advantages and drawbacks of coffee consumption to fully claim the benefits, without affecting your work negatively. You wouldn’t tell a patient to constantly drink coffee throughout the day to get them through it, so don’t do it yourself!

Coffee with a happy face

The fact is, no amount of coffee can replace a solid night’s sleep and for your patients (and own) sake, it’s best not to rely on caffeine too much to get you through those long hours.  Start your shift with a strong coffee and avoid it all together for the last half of your shift. This way by the time you’ve finished, you’ll be ready to settle down to sleep if you need to, without having caffeine in your system keeping you awake.

#3. Fuel Your Body

You wouldn’t advise a patient to work long hours on an empty stomach, so why would you do it yourself?

There is plenty of advice out there on medical professionals getting enough sleep with their long shifts, but what about the fuel needed for your body and brain to keep you going while you’re working?

Hunger can be just as bad as sleep deprivation for mood and on-the-job performance so it is important that you make sure you get regular breaks for snacks. If you are in a rush (which you probably will be) bring a number of high protein snacks with you such as nuts and energy bars that will release energy over a longer period of time.  Don’t forget to drink plenty of water during your shift to hold off the dehydration and fatigue, while keeping you fuller for longer.

Snacks can be all well and good in a pinch, but ideally you’d like a healthier and fuller meal to keep those energy levels up. This is where meal prep comes in.

meal preparation with meat and vegetables

Work this in as part of your schedule as mentioned in point #1 and set aside a bit of time on a day off and create your meals to bring to work over the course of the week. It will save you money, time in the long run and could be much healthier than fitting in snacks where you can while at work. Plenty of meat, vegetables and rice or pasta will give you the energy you need to power through your shift without you getting too hungry again. The more meals you are able to freeze on meal prep day, the less you have to focus on meal prep during the rest of the week. Find some recipes here.

#4 Leave Work At Work

Medical professionals are dedicated, determined and can be self-diagnosed ‘workaholics’. Going the extra mile for your patient is truly wonderful and sometimes necessary, but you must know your own limits and learn to leave work at the door when you go home for the day.

A study in the United States showed:

“In hospitals which had higher proportions of nurses working longer shifts, higher percentages of patients reported that nurses sometimes or never communicated well, pain was sometimes or never well controlled, and they sometimes or never received help as soon as they wanted.”

So although you may have good intentions, taking a much needed break may not only be the best thing for you, but your patients too.person sleeping on a couch

#5 Keep Strong Friendships

You will find your friends will be a lifeline the more long hours you put in.

No matter what you talk about, whether you’re ranting about your day, or setting up your next night out together, a chat with a friend will leave you happier and more energised.

Working with friends can make you more productive as you can coordinate tasks more effectively without the awkwardness of working with strangers and not knowing what makes them tick. It may make the shift more enjoyable, less tiring, easier to manage and overall, get a better performance from you.

Team and friends bumping fists

Outside of work though, your friends can be an temporary escape from those multiple 12 hour shifts in a row. Taking a breather from you professional life reduces stress, clears your head, and can help you bring a new perspective to your work or personal life.

While you can be spontaneous with meeting your friends if you feel up to it, it is also important working with point #1 and schedule some time together. This way you will be less likely to waste your precious spare time by sitting on the couch all day watching Netflix, which although sounds tempting, isn’t nearly as fun as spending time with your friends!

Try planning ahead and booking fun activities from the likes of Wowcher and Groupon. Booking an activity with your friends will give you something to look forward to while you’re working hard and can make you more proactive while giving you that extra little push you need to get you through those long hours.4 friends looking at the sunset

Do you have any tried and tested methods for surviving those long shifts? Let us know in the comments!

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 – Meet The Medisave Apprentices – Part 3

For National Apprenticeship Week 2018, Medisave has put together three blog posts detailing the day to day work lives of three of our apprentices at different stages of their apprenticeships.

To finish off this series, in part three we have our youngest apprentice Amber who works as a Customer Service Assistant and has been with us for just over 2 weeks!

Medisave Employee Amber

Name: Amber
Age: 18
Length of service: 2 weeks
Apprenticeship: Intermediate Customer Service Apprenticeship – Level 2.
Overview: Amber commenced an Intermediate Customer Service Apprenticeship with Medisave slightly over two weeks ago. Following successful completion of an Intermediate BTEC in Business Studies at a local college, and several years working in a customer facing environment, Amber is keen to get gain invaluable office experience. 
Amber has made an excellent start and is being trained extensively to communicate with our vast and varied customer base through a variety of mediums. With over 30,000 different products and a wide variety of ways to communicate with our team, every day is new and exciting. Not only will Amber receive training support from a local business school,  our experienced and outstanding customer service team will closely train Amber to enable her to provide outstanding customer service, every single time.

 

Amber says,

“It’s very early days but the apprenticeship, so far, has been a real eye opener into how a real business environment works. It’s one thing learning from textbooks, but another stepping into the real world of work and gaining on the job training. From what I can see, an apprenticeship offers not only real and invaluable experience, but also support and a foot in the door, as it’s incredibly competitive to find entry level office work that will train you for a real position.

Medisave has made me feel very welcome since starting which has really helped me settle down and be comfortable these past 2-3 weeks. I am looking forward to the challenge of working in other departments for a limited time so I gain a better understanding of how the company and business process works .”

 

Apprenticeships Vacancies at Medisave

Medisave have apprenticeship vacancies available in Customer Service Level 2 and Level 3, Business Administration Level 2 and Level 3 and AAT Level 2 and Level 3. For further information please see www.medisave.co.uk/jobs

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National Apprenticeship Week 2018 – Meet The Medisave Apprentices – Part 2

For National Apprenticeship Week 2018, Medisave is putting together three blog posts detailing the day to day work lives of three of our apprentices at different stages of their apprenticeships.

In part two we have Max who works as a  Customer Service Assistant. 

Medisave employee max

Name: Max
Age: 21 
Length of service: 6 months.
Apprenticeships: Customer Services Level 3

Overview: Max joined the company as an apprentice in 2017 working as a Trainee Customer Service Assistant. He is six months into his apprenticeship and is responsible for handling customer enquiries, placing orders, taking phone calls and more.  

As part of his apprenticeship Max has also worked in other departments within the company including:
Operations, where he printed orders, handled payments and processed credit checks.
Returns, which involved handling customer and courier returns.
Warehouse, packing orders and printing labels.
 
This has helped to give him a better understanding of how the company works and how best to assist customers.

 

Max says,

“Having an apprenticeship means I can continue my education without having to worry about how to fund it and it has given me the practical skills that will help me throughout the rest of my working life.

Over the past six months at Medisave I have been given the opportunity to work in different departments which has given me a greater knowledge into the company and products. This extra knowledge has turned out to be vital in working in Customer Service as I feel I can answer queries with more confidence.

Being able to get a taste of different departments has not just benefited my Customer Service work, but the team relationships too. I have gotten to know everybody that works at Medisave which makes for a more comfortable work environment.”

 

Apprenticeships Vacancies at Medisave

Medisave have apprenticeship vacancies available in Customer Service Level 2 and Level 3, Business Administration Level 2 and Level 3 and AAT Level 2 and Level 3. For further information please see www.medisave.co.uk/jobs

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National Apprenticeship Week 2018 – Meet The Medisave Apprentices – Part 1

At Medisave we pride ourselves on supporting apprenticeships to open the pathway for people to have a great and full career.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week we have created the first of three blog posts detailing the day to day work life of three current apprentices at different stages of their apprenticeship.

Photo of Medisave Employee Adam

Name: Adam
Age: 21 
Length of service: 2 years and 5 months.
Apprenticeships: AAT Level 2 Accounting Apprenticeship and AAT Level 3 Accounting Apprenticeship.
Overview: Adam joined Medisave in 2016 as an intermediate apprentice, working as a ‘Trainee Accounts Assistant’. Adam successfully completed this apprenticeship and progressed to the AAT level 3 accounting apprenticeship, and is scheduled to take his final exam this month. 
Adam is a hugely valuable member of the Finance team. He has gained invaluable experience working in a close knit and experienced team that works with GBP, USD, CAD, NZD, EUROS. Upon the impending completion of his course, we look forward to offering him a permanent contract and supporting him with the exciting next step to ‘Accounts Assistant’.

 

Adam says,

“My apprenticeship doing the AAT Level 3 (after previously completed the AAT Level) has provided me with the opportunity to work a 9-5 job and learn at the same time in an area that I have wanted to work in and learn more about. It has enabled me to push myself to accomplish things that I did not think I would do at the age I am.

I am working in the Accounts department of an international medical supplies company and it is something that I am proud of.

The great support network here at Medisave has enabled me to develop and flourish  – not only professionally, but as a person. I have grown as a person in ways I did not think I could, and this apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to continue to grow and learn. As Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young”.”

 

Apprenticeships Vacancies at Medisave

Medisave have apprenticeship vacancies available in Customer Service Level 2 and Level 3, Business Administration Level 2 and Level 3 and AAT Level 2 and Level 3. For further information please see www.medisave.co.uk/jobs

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Part 2 soon…