Web chat 

About the UCLH web chats

Our web chats are text based discussions.  Anyone is welcome to join in the web chat.  You don’t have to be registered to join in. Simply type in your question.

Our expert will answer as many questions as possible in the allocated time. Questions are answered in the order received, although it may take a while for your question to appear ‘live’ on-screen, depending on where it falls in the queue. If several questions are asked on the same topic, the speaker may summarise them. Questions and answers appear on the screen - you are not able to hear the chat; there is no video or sound.

Remember that the web chats are public and everyone can view your comments so do not submit information that you do not want others to see.

The web chats provide information only. They are not intended to replace a consultation with an appropriately qualified health professional. We cannot guarantee that information provided by us through web chats will meet your health or medical requirements. If you are concerned about your health, contact your doctor.

By taking part in a UCLH web chat, you acknowledge and agree that UCLH will not be responsible for any claims, losses or damages (whether direct or indirect) arising out of or relating to the misuse of, or inappropriate reliance on, the contents or advice contained within the UCLH chats, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

Upcoming web chats

AndrichDanielaWednesday 3 September 2014, 10.30am - 11.30am

Ask an expert about incontinence in our next webchat

It’s estimated that between three and six million people in the UK have some form of incontinence (unintentional passing of urine).  If this affects you or someone you know, we have an expert here for our web chat who can answer any questions you may have.  Miss Daniela Andrich is a consultant reconstructive urological surgeon at University College Hospital and can advise on what’s causing your incontinence, day-to-day management and possible treatment options.

Taking part in a webchat is easy – there’s no need to register, it’s free and you can dip in and out of the conversation as you wish.

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World Cup logoMonday 15 December 2014, 10.30am - 11.30am

Ask an expert about stomach ache in our next webchat

Tummy troubles, digestive and bowel problems are no fun this festive season.  To answer your questions on anything from unexplained rumbling tums and constipation to ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease and colo-rectal cancer, we have Mr Richard Cohen to answer your questions in our web chat.  Mr Cohen is a consultant colo-rectal surgeon with an impressive CV – having trained at Cambridge University and undertaken research at Yale University in the USA, he is currently clinical director for gastro-intestinal services at UCLH. Taking part in a webchat is easy – there’s no need to register, it’s free and you can dip in and out of the conversation as you wish. 

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Previous web chats

World Cup logoWednesday 2 July 2014, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Ask an expert about women's cancers in our next webchat

Our web chat on women’s cancers was for anyone who had a question about ovarian or cervical cancer.  Whether it’s what abnormal smear tests mean, to the diagnostic tests that are available, to treatment options or the latest research breakthroughs - whatever your question, our expert was available to answer it.

Miss Adeola Olaitan is a consultant gynaecologist, specialising in the treatment of all gynaecological cancers at University College Hospital, which is the specialist treatment centre for patients living in north central London.  Miss Olaitan has published a wide range of papers on gynaecological cancer and lists her special interest as the quality of life in young women after treatment for cancer. She is also a spokesperson for the NHS cervical screening programme and has made several media appearances as well as writing for general newspapers and journals.

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World Cup logoWednesday 11 June 2014, 11am - 12 noon

Smile – we’ve got an oral medicine expert to answer your questions in our next webchat

If you’ve got problems with your mouth, salivary glands or jaws, you might not feel like smiling this ‘National Smile Month’, but we had an expert on hand to answer any questions you had in our ‘ask an expert’ series of webchats.  Dr Tim Hodgson is the clinical director of the world renowned Eastman Dental Hospital, which treats over 85,000 patients per year and is at the forefront of research into oral conditions and diseases.  Dr Hodgson is an oral medicine expert with over 50 articles published in medical journals.  His special areas of interest include oral conditions associated with other diseases, like HIV or Crohn’s disease as well as potentially malignant oral lesions.

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World Cup logoWednesday 21 May 2014, 11am - 12 noon

World Cup fever web chat - travel medicine

Make sure ‘World Cup’ fever is the only fever you get on your travels – whether you’re going to Rio to watch the football this summer, or going to Rome to soak up the culture, make sure you’re ready to travel safely by reading our travel medicine web chat. 

Our experts, Dr Dipti Patel and Dr Vanessa Field, are joint directors of the National Travel Health Network and Centre NaTHNaC. NaTHNaC brings together leading academic and health centres to create a travel medicine advice and information centre of excellence which sets the standard for GPs and other health professionals to follow.  If you need a jab to go trekking in the jungle, it’s likely that the NaTHNaC have researched what you need and when. Drs Patel and Field were here to answer your questions about what precautions you might need to take before you travel, what to do if you get ill abroad and what you should do upon your return.

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Ley SanderThursday 8 May 2014, 1.30 - 2.30pm

Ask the world’s leading expert about epilepsy

We had the world’s leading expert on epilepsy available to answer your questions in a live web chat.  Professor Ley Sander is a consultant neurologist and clinical lead for epilepsy at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN).  He was recently ranked as the world’s leading expert on epilepsy based on published peer-reviewed research over the last ten years.  The NHNN, in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Neurology and the Epilepsy Society has also been ranked as the world’s top institution for epilepsy research.

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Ley SanderThursday 8 May 2014, 1.30 - 2.30pm

Ask the world’s leading expert about allergies

Whether it’s dust mites, pollen or gluten, rhinitis or wasp stings, if you’ve got an allergy to something, our web chat may have been of interest to you.  We followed up on the recent Allergy Awareness Week by doing a web chat on allergies hosted by expert Dr Michael Radcliffe.  Dr Radcliffe treats patients with a full range of allergies in the allergy departments at University College Hospital and at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital.  As well as his clinical post, Dr Radclilffe is an advisor to Allergy UK and the Anaphylaxis Campaign and undertakes expert reviews of allergy factsheets for both organisations.

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Mark EmbertonTuesday 11 March 2014, 11am - 12pm

Ask an expert...about prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the UK’s most common cancer in men, killing 10,000 men every year – that’s one man every hour.  To mark national Prostate Cancer Awareness month UCLH hosted a web chat with pioneering prostate cancer specialist Professor Mark Emberton.  Professor Emberton is at the forefront of research to develop new techniques to diagnose and treat prostate cancer.

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Courtney KippsTuesday 11 March 2014, 11am - 12pm

Ask an expert...about prostate cancer

New year fitness regime falling flat?  Marathon training hit the wall? Or are the forthcoming winter Olympics inspiring you to think about taking up a new sport? Whatever your fitness goals are, we have a team of top sports medicine experts here to advise you on staying fit and injury free in our next web chat.

Our experts Dr Courtney Kipps and Bruce Paton treat patients at University College Hospital and the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health.  Dr Kipps is a sport and exercise medicine consultant who is also team doctor for the Harlequins Rugby Club and director of the London Triathlon whilst Bruce is a specialist physiotherapist who has worked with the medical and therapies teams at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and at five London marathons.

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Lisa HancockWednesday 22 January 2014, 12.30 - 1.30pm

Ask an expert about nutrition

New year, new you?  If January always means the start of yet another diet, why not ask our expert, Lisa Hancock about how to make 2014 the year you ditch all those fad diets and make lasting, effective changes.  Lisa is the head of dietetics at UCLH and an expert on all things nutrition. 

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Emergency imageWednesday 11 December 2013, 2 - 3pm

An expert’s guide to….a happy, healthy, Christmas

All ready for Christmas?  Cards sent, presents wrapped… but what about the things you can’t plan for, like food poisoning from dodgy turkey, minor burns and scalds from a hot oven and that fuzzy head the morning after…Amanda Webb is matron in our A&E department, one of London’s busiest and was here in our web chat to advise on all those ‘What to do if’ questions, giving you a practical guide to managing those unforeseen mishaps at home and when it really is time to go to A&E. You put your questions to Amanda on Wednesday 11 December at 2pm and she answered them all. 

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Claire Martyn-SimmonsWednesday 6 November 2013, 3 - 4pm

Ask an expert about psoriasis

To mark psoriasis awareness week (1 – 7 November 2013) consultant dermatologist Dr Claire Martyn-Simmons was online to answer your questions about psoriasis in our webchat.  Dr Martyn-Simmons leads the dermatology service for both adults and children and adolescents at UCLH and specialises in diagnosing and treating chronic inflammatory skin diseases including psoriasis. 

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Peter HindmarshTuesday 29 October 2013, 2 - 3pm

Ask an expert about children and young people's diabetes

With Halloween and half term just around the corner, it was time for fun, sweets and treats.  But what if you have diabetes?  Our award winning children and young people’s diabetes team are on a mission to make sure that diabetes doesn’t get in the way of living life to the full, whatever day it is.  So if you’re a parent or carer of a child or young person with diabetes, from just diagnosed to having lived with the condition for some time and wanted to know about future research breakthroughs, our expert, Professor Peter Hindmarsh was on hand to answer your questions in our live web chat.  Peter is a professor of paediatric endocrinology at University College London and honorary consultant paediatric endocrinologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and part of the multi-disciplinary award winning children and young people's diabetes service at UCLH.

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Paul ShanahanWednesday 11 September 2013, 2.30 - 3.30pm

Ask an expert about migraine

We followed up on national Migraine Awareness Week with a web chat hosted by headache expert, consultant neurologist, Dr Paul Shanahan. Based at the world renowned leading neurological centre, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Dr Shanahan is part of the highly specialist headache service which treats patients from all over the UK for migraines and headaches and is at the forefront of research. So if you’ve had a question about any aspect of migraine, Dr Shanahan was pleased to answer it in our web chat.

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Julie HoggTuesday 13 August 2013, 3pm - 4pm

Your pregnancy, new baby and post natal questions answered

With royal baby fever gripping the nation, the focus of our next web chat will be all about babies. Around 2000 babies are born each day in the UK, so Kate and William won’t be the only ones getting by on a few hours’ sleep! Our web chat host, Julie Hogg, certainly knows a thing or two about babies. She is head of midwifery at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing at University College Hospital, one of London’s busiest maternity units and has delivered hundreds of babies throughout her 10 year career. She answered your questions about pregnancy, your new baby, and your post pregnancy health and wellbeing.

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Ron BehrensWednesday 10 July 2013, 10.30am - 11.30am

Ask an expert about travel medicine

Summer holiday booked?  Bags packed?  Don’t bring back more than you bargained for – you asked our travel medicine expert Dr Ron Behrens for advice about what you need to do to stay well and enjoy that trip of a lifetime.

Whether you’re going to Turkey or Tanzania, Dr Behrens advised you on all you need to know about pre-travel jabs, medication to prevent tropical diseases like malaria and how to best avoid the tummy troubles that can ruin your holiday.  Dr Behrens is undoubtedly an expert – he’s the only NHS consultant in travel medicine and is based at London’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases (the hospital was featured in the 2009 ITV documentary ‘Help I Caught it Abroad’). 

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Rachel TaylorTuesday 11 June 2013, 12 - 1pm

Huntington's disease - your questions answered

Consultant nurse Rachel Taylor is a key part of the multi-disciplinary Huntington’s Disease team at the world renowned National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in central London.  The team sees hundreds of  patients each year – from people who are at risk of the condition to those whose lives have been affected by Huntington's Disease for many years.  As well as treating patients, Rachel is involved in the research programme run by Professor Sarah Tabrizi, (www.hdresearch.ucl.ac.uk) and is a member of several national and international research and advisory organisations.  An experienced professional, Rachel has extensive experience of all things Huntington's Disease and spent some time answering your questions you or your family have about any aspects of the disease.

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Nick FoxTuesday 21 May 2013, 3 - 4pm

Dementia - your questions answered

National Dementia Awareness Week 2013 runs from 19 -25 May and to mark this event, we had one of the leading experts in research, care and treatment of dementia, Professor Nick Fox here to host our web chat.  As well as treating patients at the world renowned National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Professor Fox holds senior academic and research posts at UCL. So if you had any questions – from early diagnosis, to research breakthroughs, to latest treatments to what to do if you or someone you know has symptoms that are worrying you, Professor Fox was on hand to answer them.

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Nick FoxWednesday 24 April 2013, 1 - 2pm

Stop snoring, start sleeping!

If snoring or sleep problems are causing you or your partner sleepless nights, our web chat is for you. To mark 'National Stop Snoring Week' 22-26 April, we had sleep specialist consultant surgeon Mr Bhik Kotecha, on hand to answer your questions on any aspect of snoring and sleep disorders. From finding out what’s causing the problems, to what treatment options are available Mr Kotecha was online to advise. 

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running shoesWednesday 3 April 2013, 3 - 4pm

Keeping you on track - your sports injuries questions answered

Training for a marathon?  Got some twinges and niggles that might stop you from going the whole distance?   Or are you digging out your trainers for the first time in years and want to know if those aches and pains are down to being a bit rusty or something a bit more serious?  Whatever your concerns our next web chat on sports injuries can provide answers to your questions. 

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Mark EmbertonTuesday 5 March 2013, 11.30am - 12:30pm

Prostate cancer - your questions answered

Prostate cancer is the UK’s most common cancer in men, killing 10,000 men every year – that’s one man every hour.  To mark national Prostate Cancer Awareness month UCLH hosted a web chat with pioneering prostate cancer specialist Professor Mark Emberton.  Professor Emberton is at the forefront of research to develop new techniques to diagnose and treat prostate cancer.

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Dr Malcolm Walker Thursday 14 February 2013, 2.30 - 3.30pm

Love your heart on St Valentine's Day

To mark National Heart Month, on Valentine’s Day,  for our consultant cardiologist Dr Malcolm Walker hosted our web chat on keeping your heart healthy.  Whether you’ve experienced heart problems before and had some unanswered questions, or were just interested in what you can do to minimise the risk of heart disease in the future, Dr Walker was online to advise.  

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Al Windsor Wednesday 30 January 2013, 10.30 - 11.30am

I’ve got blood in my poo, what do I do?

Blood in your poo doesn’t necessarily mean there is something seriously wrong but people are often embarrassed talking about it. We know someone who isn’t – leading colorectal specialist Mr Alastair Windsor. Mr Windsor treats thousands of patients each year and hosted the first UCLH web chat, where you asked him questions about what blood in your poo could mean and what happens next in terms of diagnosis and treatment.

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