Author: Sarah Cowley

Sarah Cowley DBE worked in the NHS for 26 years, before moving to King’s College London as an academic health visitor for the next 22years. Still busy with same things; hate inequalities, injustice, care about people. Also, family, grandchildren, living in beautiful Bournemouth, dog; actively pro-EU.

Thank EU for our speedy vaccine approval?

Sarah Cowley

So much vitriol and gloating about the fact that (having signally failed in every other aspect of pandemic management) the UK government has a vaccine rollout plan that is proving so much swifter in delivery than the one across the Channel in the European Union (EU). Sluggish, rule-bound European Medicines Agency (EMA), the naysayers say: […]

Vaccine: I’ll have it. Will you?

Sarah Cowley

A vaccine is on the way – hooray! Most people cheered when elated Pfizer and BionTech scientists announced their news last week, revealing that early results showed their vaccine to be 90 per cent effective against Covid-19. It was the first in a line of good news stories about possible vaccinations coming on stream. Will […]

Newsflash – a mobile phonecall!

Sarah Cowley

I took a mobile phone call yesterday. I was out walking the dog, when I heard a ringing sound in my ear, reached up and pressed the button and heard a voice – loud and clear. “Is that Sarah?” “Yes, hello.” I’m deaf, but I could talk to the caller through my new Bluetooth enabled […]

An ounce of prevention…

Sarah Cowley

When I was in practice in the 1980s, I didn’t give much thought to the number of health visitors nationally – just my own caseload. We visited all ages, in theory, but mostly under-fives. There would be around 40 to 50 new births per year, per health visitor – so up to 250 children per […]