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[AD] As a doctor, I come across lots of patients with chronic long term conditions, many of whom are on a long list of medications.

Compliance with medications can be an issue and this could be made worse by not getting their repeat prescriptions on time. So I’m all for anything that helps compliance, be it ways of reminding people to take their medications, making it easier to obtain their repeat prescriptions or having the support of their local pharmacists for advice. That brings me to Healthera, an innovative app, that is attempting to address those identified problems.

It tries to reduce the inefficiency in the system of repeat prescriptions.

Imagine cutting out that step of ringing your GP to request a repeat prescription, and not having to queue. The Healthera app is approved by the NHS apps library and securely links to your signed up GP and local Pharmacy system.

It can remind you when to take your medications and when to reorder it.

Once ordered, you can track your order and have it delivered to your doorstep free.

This means less time off work, or waiting in the phone, GP or pharmacy queues.

Some Pharmacists also provide an advice service on the app.

I’m all for efficiency in the health care system, for example, GPs can then be freed up to see their waiting patients. Pharmacists play a crucial role in the review of patients with polypharmacy. This app could help them ensure patients have safer medications intake, monitoring and compliance.

If you have repeat prescriptions or help someone with their repeat prescriptions, why not try out the Healthera app now?

The service is totally free to use.

I’m all for safe efficiency in the nhs, and supporting innovations that work towards that aim.

There is a lot of untapped potential with this app. As with all technology, it is evolving and learning from experience, and this is something we should support.

I’d love to know what you think of this idea of medicines delivery.

( This is a paid partnership with Healthera app, but all opinions are my own)

laundry efficiently AD. How do I do laundry efficiently? I’ve been grappling with this problem for quite a while.

It seems to be an endless task in our home.

Every time I think I have conquered it, the clothing mountain grows again.

Does this strike a chord with you too?

When I say clothing mountain, I mean the piles of clothing before and after the wash.

This problem is compounded by the task of going up and down 5 floors between my laundry room in the basement and our shower room on the top floor, where laundry is constantly being generated.

I had one of those fabric laundry bags that would topple over when filled with clothes, and hence made my bathroom look messy.

I would lug that bag downstairs for the wash. If I forget to take it back up, then a new mountain of clothes would start to grow on the bathroom floor. Imagine the mess! The struggle is real.

After the wash, I would fold or iron the clothes downstairs in the laundry room and then carry separate piles up to the different rooms.

Although this is great exercise, it’s not what I want to do after a tiring 8 hour shift working at the hospital and definitely not doing the laundry efficiently. laundry efficiently I needed to be more efficient, and thanks to Curver and their Infinity Recycled laundry range, I now have a better system in place.

I’ve had the Infinity storage boxes, baskets and hampers for a few months. I wanted to test them out before writing about my experience.

Doing laundry is now so much more a pleasure.

I have 2 laundry baskets and 2 hampers. I tend to rotate the hampers.

When a wash is in, I would bring the filled hamper downstairs to queue for the next wash, and take the second empty one back up. laundry efficiently The baskets have been wonderful too. I would place my folded clothes into two baskets. There are two bedrooms on each floor, so I’ve allocated one basket for each floor.

No longer is there the chaotic running of up and down the stairs with different piles of clothes.

The baskets have amazing capacity too, and can house at least 3 full loads of folded laundry.

I’ve also used the infinity range storage boxes to organise smaller items of laundry such as small hand towels or folded pillow cases in my laundry cupboard. Last but not least, The Curver Infinity Recycled laundry range is made with 100% Recycled plastic.

Curver is one of the industry leaders in using recycled materials, and are aiming to further increase their use of such materials to 80%.

Their plastic products are designed for longevity, so no throwaway culture of single use plastic. So, what do you think? It’s wonderful how this range has helped me with my busy lifestyle.  I’m definitely doing my laundry in a more ordered fashion now.

How do you do your laundry efficiently? Do you have a system in place? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s to 2020 being a year of organisation and calm.

(paid partnership with Curver)

light cordless vacuum If you have lots of stairs at home, then I’m sure an ultra light upright cordless vacuum cleaner would come in handy, right?

We have 5 flights of stairs at home, so it’s often a struggle to lug a heavy vacuum cleaner up and down.

I have tried a few cordless options, some good, but not all perfect, hence I’ve always gone back to my old cord vacuum cleaner.

Here are some of my wish list for a perfect cordless vacuum cleaner :

1.It has to be light and easy to carry.

2.Doesn’t blow out gusts of air at my face as I vacuum.

3.Can be switched on and off easily without having to control a manual trigger.

4.Long lasting battery and easy to charge.

5.Suctions well without having to continuously vacuum the same area.

6.Has good capacity, so no need to keep emptying.

7. Beautiful design.

8.Has a stand to hold it upright. light cordless vacuum Introducing you to Halo’s capsule, an ultra light cordless vacuum cleaner.

One thing for certain, this is definitely the lightest cordless vacuum cleaner I have experienced.

How is that possible you might ask?

Well its body is made of ultra light carbon fibre. At just 2.6kg, it has made going up and down the stairs a breeze.

You can also remove the long metal tubing and attach the head to the main body for vacuuming the stairs. So, even lighter. light cordless vacuum I’m pleased to say that the Halo Capsule cordless vacuum cleaner doesn’t blow gusts of air out at my face as I vacuum, compared to other models that I’ve tried.

I’m also pleased to report that it can be kept switched on without the need to continuously press a manual trigger, so less hand strain. Charging my Capsule vacuum cleaner is easy and the charge has managed to last for a whole house vacuum.

One of the reasons why I have gone back previously to using my old cord vacuum cleaner is because the upright cordless ones don’t seem to have the same impressive suction power.

I think cordless uprights will never always have that sustained suctioning as with a cord version, but I must say I’ve been so far impressed with the Halo Capsule.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well it suctioned the dirt and dust from the floor.

Later on, I discovered you could increase the suction power further by activating its rotating brush system, but I think that feature is better for carpets ( and definitely don’t place your hands there to test when the brush is activated). As you can see, the Halo Capsule cordless vacuum is light enough even for my son to manoeuvre. No excuses for not helping with the household chores now right?

There is an excellent 1.6 litres capacity which means there’s no need to keep emptying in between vacuums. Emptying is also easy and less messy with its bag system.

Last but not least, it has a beautiful compact design that is elegant but not overly conspicuous. It would fit in nicely with any home style decor.

If I had to say a con, it would be that there is no stand to keep the vacuum upright but I’m sure that can be fixed in the future.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. I wanted to give an as honest opinion as possible. I will be feeding back in 6 month’s time on this post. If you don’t hear, please do message me in a comment on this blog post.

Last but not least, if you fancy winning a Halo Capsule vacuum cleaner then keep an eye out for the giveaway on my Instagram @littlebigbell on Wednesday January 8th 2020.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan. Although this is a sponsored post, my opinions are my own).

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