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Listen again to Health: Fact vs Fiction

In HCA Healthcare's first health podcast series, Health: Fact vs Fiction, Anna Richardson takes a frank look at the facts and fictions surrounding different everyday health issues such as fertilityHRT and bowel cancer, to understanding our genes and their potential health implications. 


Anna provides plenty of interesting myth-busting chat, helped along by celebrity guests sharing their own personal health experiences, and leading healthcare consultants offering their expert opinions in each episode. Wherever you choose to listen, be prepared to be surprised, entertained, reassured and educated. 


Don't forget, you can subscribe to future health podcasts on SpotifyApple Podcasts or Google Podcasts


Health Fact vs Fiction podcast episode 2

Episode 1: Having the balls

Say ‘balls’ to bravado, as Anna Richardson and her guest consultant Suks Minhas bust myths and tackle the taboos about your tackle! Yes indeed, this time round we're talking men’s health.  
Suks is one of the UK’s leading andrologists (a specialist bloke doctor) from the Lister Fertility ClinicThe Harley Street Clinic and The Princess Grace Hospitalall part of HCA UK 

Joining them for a chat about everything from fertility to lumps and cancers, are former professional footballer and now radio presenter Jason Cundy, and TV’s Dominic Littlewood, who share their experiences of male cancers and their quest to get more men to regularly check their bits.
Health Fact vs Fiction podcast episode 1

Episode 2: Genes unzipped

Anna Richardson is joined by Dr Anju Kulkarni from HCA UK’s London Bridge Hospital, as they both unzip the secrets of our genes and dive into the past, present and future of our health.  

They are joined by popstar and presenter Michelle Heaton who talks movingly about how inheriting the BRCA gene, which increases a woman’s risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer, has changed her life.

Health Fact vs Fiction podcast episode 3

Episode 3: Skin deep

Time to get under your skin. In this episode, Dr Sharon Wong, consultant dermatologist at HCA UK’s London Bridge Hospital, helps Anna Richardson understand how to keep the largest organ in our body not only pampered, but healthy too. 

Joining them is TV star Denise Van Outen, who talks about her and her young daughter's experiences with eczema. And how she controls the irritable skin condition whenever she feels a flare up is on the horizon.

Health Fact vs Fiction podcast episode 5

Episode 5: Vagina chat and the Big 'M' 

This episode is a funny and frank discussion about women’s intimate health and the menopause.  

Host Anna Richardson talks early menopause; chatting openly about everything from HRT to sex. Anna is joined by celebrity guest Andrea McLean from Loose Women with expert advice coming from Shazia Malik, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist at HCA UK’s The Portland Hospital.
Health Fact vs Fiction podcast episode 6

Episode 6: Getting to the guts 

Is gluten-free all it’s made out to be? How can stress-busting techniques help to keep your guts happy? All will be answered in this entertaining, easy-to-swallow episode.  

Anna will be getting to grips with your guts with Alastair Windsor, specialist colorectal surgeon at HCA UK’s The Princess Grace Hospital and London Digestive Surgery. They will be joined by TV presenter and former Blue Peter star Zoe Salmon who shares her own experience of Irritable Bowel Sydrome (IBS), a condition that affects one in five people in the UK. 
Podcast Health Fact vs Fiction Fertility

Episode 7: Understanding fertility counselling

Fertility issues are a heartbreakingly common reality for many people. In fact, one in seven couples in the UK has trouble starting a family. There can often be a huge amount for couples to process - from the disappointment of not being able to conceive naturally, to the health implications of fertility treatment on them, and potentially, their children.

In this bonus episode, Anna Richardson speaks to Mary-Anne Singh, an accredited counsellor at HCA UK’s Lister Fertility Clinic, about how she helps couples come to terms with fertility issues. 

Our guest consultants

Mr Suks Minhas

Mr Suks Minhas

One of the UK’s only dedicated andrological surgeons, Mr Suks Minhas specialises in treating problems affecting the male genitals, including male fertility, Peyronie’s disease, penile surgery and penile cancer.

Anju Kulkarni

Dr Anjana Kulkarni

Dr Kulkarni leads multidisciplinary specialist clinics for BRCA1/2 gene mutation carriers and other rarer hereditary cancer conditions. Her clinical interests include the management of hereditary susceptibility to cancer.

Sharon Wong

Dr Sharon Wong

One of just a few dermatologists in London who specialise in hair and scalp disorders, Dr Wong helped set a world record for delivering the largest hair education lesson as part of the first ever World Afro Day. She founded Get Ahead of Hair Loss in 2018 .

Shazia Malik

Miss Shazia Malik

As the lead for early pregnancy and emergency gynaecology at Chase Farm Hospital, Shazia Malik is highly respected in her field. She has worked as part of the recurrent miscarriage team at St Mary’s Hospital, and as a consultant in IVF at CRGH.

Alastair Windsor

Mr Alastair Windsor

Widely regarded as a leader in the field of colorectal disease, Alastair Windsor is also a founder member of Surgical European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization. His clinical practice covers colorectal cancer, endoscopy, diverticular disease, prolapse and IBS.

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