Call for Submissions: The Cranbrook Video Festival – Wellbeing

The Cranbrook Video Festival is now open for submissions.

This year the Festival is going to be held at the Crane Surgery in Cranbrook, and the theme of the festival is ‘Wellbeing’. Videos on other subjects will be accepted for consideration, but videos about wellbeing are particularly welcome.

At the surgery we’re currently putting together a series of instructional videos about wellbeing, to be displayed in our Waiting Room. Research has shown that a sense of wellbeing is just as powerfully associated with long life and good health as all the usual physiological stuff: weight control, blood pressure control, low cholesterol, plenty of exercise, plenty of roughage, etc. Yet most people are very much in the dark about what practical things they can do to promote their own mental and spiritual good health. But the information’s out there: creative activity, learning new things, staying active, socialising, giving to others and mindfulness are all good for your wellbeing.

For the Festival, we’d particularly like to put together some videos on the theme of wellbeing – activities that promote wellbeing, circumstances that prevent wellbeing, philosophy of wellbeing, things that make you happy, representations of happiness, etc.  Videos should ideally be under 10 minutes in length, but longer work will be considered.

The festival will be held at the Crane Surgery in Cranbrook, Kent on Friday 19/2/16. The deadline for submissions is 30th December. If interested, please contact with “Video festival submission” in the subject-line.

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, August 2016

The latest bundle of research summaries, with accompanying quizzes, is now online, covering the following subjects:

Ten Commandments for patient-centred treatment
DOI: 10.3399/bjgp15X687001
Chronic fatigue syndrome: is the biopsychosocial model responsible for patient dissatisfaction and harm?
DOI: 10.3399/bjgp16X686473
Differentiating milk allergy (IgE and non-IgE mediated) from lactose intolerance: understanding the underlying mechanisms and presentations
DOI: 10.3399/bjgp16X686521
Addison’s disease: identification and management in primary care
DOI: 10.3399/bjgp15X686713
Contraception meets HRT: seeking optimal management of the perimenopause
DOI: 10.3399/bjgp15X686689
Biting off more than we can chew: is BMI the correct standard for bariatric surgery eligibility?
DOI: 10.3399/bjgp15X686665
Physical activity and risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and ischemic stroke events: systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013
BMJ 2016;354:i3857
Meaningless METS: studying the link between physical activity and health
BMJ 2016;354:i4200
Whole grain consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all cause and cause specific mortality: systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies
BMJ 2016;353:i2716
Whole grains and public health
BMJ 2016;353:i3046

For more information about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, please visit

Dr Hairy Series 3 – some images

King Charles I:


Oliver Cromwell:


Charles I and Oliver Cromwell aren’t major characters in the story – they’re just mentioned.

Grabber’s family (looking grumpy):


Grabber’s family (looking happy):


Grabber’s two sisters are called Pongo and Krups. The one on the right is his mother.

Dr Hairy’s mum:


The first episode should be forthcoming soon.

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, March 2016

The latest bundle of research summaries, with accompanying quiz, is now online, covering the following subjects:

NHS in England embraces collaboration in tackling biggest crisis in its history
BMJ 2016;352:i1022
“Vaginal seeding” of infants born by caesarean section
BMJ 2016;352:i227
A seven day NHS
BMJ 2016;352:i1248
Time for global action on Zika virus epidemic
BMJ 2016;352:i781
Zika virus
BMJ 2016;352:i1049
Mucosal erosions as the presenting symptom in erythema multiforme: a case report
Primary care clinician antibiotic prescribing decisions in consultations for children with RTIs: a qualitative interview study
Sepsis: the primary care focus
Overdiagnosis and overtreatment: generalists — it’s time for a grassroots revolution
Different systolic blood pressure targets for people with history of stroke or transient ischaemic attack: PAST-BP (Prevention After Stroke—Blood Pressure) randomised controlled trial
BMJ 2016;352:i708

For more information about Dr Hairy’s Research summaries, please visit .

Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, Feb 2016

A new bundle of Research Summaries, with accompanying quiz, has just gone online at Subjects covered this time:

Why is the GMC investigating a complaint about me?
BMJ Careers 6/2/16, p183
Questions your patients may have about Zika virus
BMJ 2016;352:i649
Sixty seconds on . . . mindfulness
BMJ 2016;352:h6960
Does mindfulness work?
BMJ 2015;351:h6919
NICE guidelines on the menopause
BMJ 2016;352:i191
WHO analgesic ladder: a good concept gone astray
BMJ 2016;352:i20
Metformin as firstline treatment for type 2 diabetes: are we sure?
BMJ 2016;352:h6748
Management of chronic refractory cough
BMJ 2015;351:h5590
Are topical antibiotics an alternative to oral antibiotics for children with acute otitis media and ear discharge?
BMJ 2016;352:i308
Atrial fibrillation as risk factor for cardiovascular disease and death in women compared with men
BMJ 2016;352:h7013
Vitamin D causes falls?
BMJ 23/1/16 p101, borrowed from JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(2):. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7148
Does GA harm little baby brains?
BMJ, Richard Lehman’s journal review—18 January 2016

For more information about Dr Hairy’s Research Summaries, please visit .

The Cranbrook Video Festival, Friday 19th February

The Cranbrook Video Festival, which I’m organising, takes place at the Sixth Form Centre of the High Weald Academy (my daughter’s school) on Friday 19th February at 12.30 – 3.30 p.m.

It’s going to be brilliant! I’ve ended up with a really interesting and varied programme – lots of different subjects and styles, from lots of different people in lots of different places. I’ll be showing my own video, The Calamitous Tale of Mr Punch, in it’s entirety at the end of the programme. Admission is £2.

The Kent Messenger rang me up about the Video Festival the other day, and sent a photographer to take some pictures yesterday. I thought the pictures were going to be of me standing in front of the school where the festival is going to be held, or something like that, but instead he took pictures of me holding Mr Punch and the Devil, from The Clamitous Tale of Mr Punch, up in my study, with all the Dr Hairy puppets sitting on my bookshelves in the background. The resulting news-item is supposed to appear in next Friday’s edition of the paper, assuming they’ve got room.