Private GP News & Information

dsc_0232bDr Alison Johnstone has a broad range of specialist interests. Click on a topic below for patient information on each topic.

Breast Cancer

  Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women over the age of 50 but can also occur in younger women, with around 48,000 cases diagnosed in the UK each year. Earlier detection improves the chance of successfully curing the patient. The most common symptom of breast cancer is a painless lump in the breast, but most breast lumps are non-malignant and not cancerous. It is important to look out for visible changes in the size or shape of your beast or an inverted nipple. Candover Clinic offers a comprehensive breast service. If you are concerned about any changes in your breasts or you are unsure, you should contact your GP or book an appointment with our Private GP for peace of mind. Call or text on 07867 768582 or email For more information on how to check your breasts and what changes you should look for please read... read more

Did You Know? – Testicular Cancer is the most common cancer in young men in the UK

Approximately 1 in 500 men aged between 15 and 50 years develop testicular cancer. If caught early, testicular cancer is one of the easiest treatable and curable cancers. Young men should get to know how each testicle normally feels, which makes changes easier to detect. If your brother has had testicular cancer it is especially important for you to check your testicles as you will have a higher chance of developing this type of cancer. Look out for visible changes such as size, weight, swelling or tender spots. If you notice any of these signs you should contact your GP. Most of these signs can usually be explained as collections of fluid or harmless cysts and are treatable. In 9 out of 10 testicular cancer cases, treatment results in a complete cure. The earlier it is detected, the easier it is to treat. Over a third of men visit their GP after the cancer has spread, which makes treatment more difficult. Often this is because of fears, or just hoping it will go away. For more information on how to check your testicles and what changes you should look for please read If you are concerned about any changes in your testicles or you are unsure, book an appointment with our Private GP for peace of mind by call or text on 07867 768582 or email... read more

Start the New Year with a Full Picture of Your Health

A selection of comprehensive, affordable health screening programs are now available at Candover. The programs are tailored by age and gender, providing early detection and detailed recommendations that will potentially prevent ill-health. It also offers you peace of mind. The early detection of symptoms is well known to improve medical outcomes overall. Our health screening service is provided in partnership with our Private GP. For more information please visit or to discuss our packages please call 07867 768582 or email... read more

At Risk of Diabetes?

Blood glucose or ‘sugar’ is an important energy source for our bodies but too much can be harmful to someone’s health. When the amount of sugar in the blood becomes higher than normal this is called Diabetes Mellitus. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 Diabetes is more common in children and young adults and is sometimes referred to as juvenile or early onset insulin dependent diabetes. Symptoms develop very quickly over days or weeks as the pancreas stops making a hormone called insulin. The insulin levels go very low causing the sugar levels to rise very quickly. This can lead to dehydration, drowsiness and serious illness. Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin injections and a healthy diet. Type 2 diabetes is more common than type 1 diabetes. It usually occurs in people of 40 years, however it is now becoming more common in children and young adults as the numbers in the UK continue to rise. It can also run in families. It tends to develop gradually over weeks or months either because the body is not making a sufficient amount of insulin, which is a hormone required to move the glucose from the blood into the cells, or the cells in your body are not using the insulin effectively. Sometimes it is a combination of the two. Risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes include: having a close family member with diabetes such as a parent, brother or sister, being overweight or obese having diabetes during pregnancy Since Type 2 diabetes comes on very gradually it can sometimes be difficult to... read more

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