Stay healthy this Christmas
PUBLISHED: 12:12 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:12 29 November 2016
© James Robinson
'Tis the season to be jolly, so how can you make sure you beat the winter bugs and they don't bring you down during your festive break. Holly Eells finds out more
It’s meant to be the most wonderful time of the year, but the sheer panic and pressure of Christmas leads to extra accidents and injuries — plus a whole load of extra stress and risk of illness. Every year many of us get ill over the Christmas holidays, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and stressed by the beginning of the festive period.
Dr Gurpreet Gill, owner of SameDayDoctor in Canary Wharf, explains why it is so common to become ill over the Christmas season, as there is so much to do in a short space of time.
Dr Gill says: ‘Stress puts an immense amount of pressure on your immune system, which can result in a variety of illnesses. We all put unnecessary pressures on ourselves with work or personal deadlines before commencing with the festive seasonal activities, then we become so overwhelmed in the countdown to Christmas that we forget to look after ourselves too.’
Dr Gill believes her calm, friendly and approachable traits are key to ensuring the best possible patient care, and she aims to provide one of the finest professional, efficient and comprehensive healthcare services to her patients across Essex and London.
She says: ‘During the winter months, especially towards Christmas it is important to be mindful and enjoy the moment. I believe people need to start looking after themselves a lot more and look in to introducing mindfulness and mediation to their daily lifestyle. This will help decrease your stress levels and will make you less susceptible to picking up infections, so it may also help you to have a lovely Christmas with your loved ones this year.’
Dr Gill adds: ‘There used to be a time where I continuously worked seven days a week and never looked after myself, and I understand how easy it is to get caught up in the pressures of working life. As a GP I can provide useful tips and advice for those seeking counselling and stress management services, and we also have therapists who come to the clinic.’
Dr Gill completed her GP training in the NHS along with a number of postgraduate diplomas and has also gained a wealth of experience in sexual health and dermatology. The SameDayDoctor clinic provides a variety of medical procedures, including same day appointments for X-rays and MRI scans, blood tests, specialist consultant referral and GP consultations for babies, children and adults.
She says: ‘People only contact a doctor when they are very unwell or when they have self diagnosed themselves. Lots of people go on to Google and become convinced they have something very seriously wrong, but within two-to-three minutes with us they feel at ease because the risk of them having something serious is rare. There is no amount of money you can put on reassurance; we can provide this and you shouldn’t suffer in silence.
‘People rarely visit the doctor for their yearly health check up because they may have had unsatisfactory experiences, being rushed through their appointments at a busy GP practice. However, with SameDayDoctor we give our patients the time they need, so they can go through their concerns with us and, most importantly, they don’t feel rushed. After an appointment, I always like to follow up with my patients via email and this is appreciated by my patients.’
Dr Gill also works alongside her joint partner Karanpal Mann and Dr Katarzyna Kizilates. Opening times are Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm, and Saturdays, 10am to 2pm. There is no need to pre book and walk in appointments are available.
For more information, call 0207 531 7120 or visit samedaydoctor.org