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The Expert Edition by MPS: An expensive lack of consent?

Mr N, a 44-year-old chemical engineer, consulted Dr B seeking laser eye surgery in order to correct his short-sightedness. At that time, Mr N’s prescription was -6.00 in the left eye and -5.5 in the right. A mild degree of astigmatism was also noted. Mr N wore contact lenses, and these provided an adequate correction to his vision, with an acuity of 6/6 in both eyes.

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The Expert Edition by MPS: When you need a chaperone

While their role is ostensibly to reassure patients, chaperones also protect doctors from false allegations of sexual abuse. You should, therefore, out of respect for the patient and for your own protection, always offer a chaperone when you intend to carry out an intimate physical examination, even if you and the patient are of the same sex. Intimate examinations include examination of the breasts as well as the genitalia and rectum.

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The Expert Edition by MPS: Difficult interactions with colleagues

With increasing sub-specialisation and patients’ freedom to choose providers, there may be numerous healthcare practitioners involved in an individual’s care. The WHO has defined transitions of care as being “the various points where a patient moves to, or returns from, a particular physical location or makes contact with a health care professional for the purposes of receiving health care.”

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African World Heritage Day: A shoutout to our South African doctors

On Thursday, 5 May the world celebrates Africa’s cultural and natural heritage. As a platform that serves healthcare professionals across South Africa, LocumBase chooses this day to honour our uniquely South African accomplishments and doctors and highlight what they’ve achieved in our country’s medical history.

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How to get started with LocumBase as a Medical Practice

We have been creating a series of demo videos to visually show you how simple and easy it is to use the LocumBase.com platform. 

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How to get started with LocumBase.com as a medical professional

If you’ve been following our social media over the last few weeks, you will notice that we have been creating a series of demo videos to visually show you how simple and easy it is to use the LocumBase platform. 

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Humans Rights Month - Everyone has the right to affordable healthcare

LocumBase continues to create a supportive ecosystem. We want to help you and your family overcome the financial stress that comes with unforeseen medical expenses. We empower you with a solution that can help you extend your natural medical sensibility to the ones closest to you.

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4 Travel hacks for you, as a Locum

Healthcare professionals are often drawn to Locum work for the travel opportunities that come with the job. As a Locum, you get to choose when and where you’d like to be temporarily relocated – from mountainous small towns with plentiful outdoor activities to busy cities with incredible nightlife opportunities, and everywhere in between.

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LocumBase & FRANC partner to help you become money wise!

After completing your community service, we know you must be excited to be heading into Practice however, there might be some financial stress like how to pay off possible student loans and how to plan for the future when it comes to your finances.

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4 Ways to Reboot your Body & Mind

We are in the second month of 2022 and you wouldn’t be the only one to answer yes to this question; are you feeling exhausted yet? It’s okay if you are.

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LocumBase Featured in The Wesgro Pioneers Magazine

Download your free copy and check us out on page 8!

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The Last Words Series: Science

Vaccinations work, and these frontline healthcare workers have seen it first hand. It is the only way to get to grips with COVID-19 and go back to some normalcy. Learn more about herd immunity and the effectiveness of the vaccine

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The Last Words Series: Family

PTSD from continuously strained environments like the ones our frontline healthcare workers are faced with are not uncommon. The COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t end when these nurses go home.

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The Last Words Series: Experiences

Often taken for granted, nurses spent the most intimate and raw moments with their patients. From the time they walk into a hospital until they leave they are of service to the sick and dying.

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The Last Words Series: Challenges

Being a nurse means seeing many patients over and over during their twelve-hour shift and dealing with difficult scenarios each day. Then the COVID-19 pandemic happened and these frontline workers weren’t prepared for what was to come.

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How to kickstart your career in 2022

Looking for a full-time position in an established medical practice can take time and a qualified medical professional shouldn’t need to look hard to find a stable career in the medical industry, and this is also why Locuming should feel appealing and accessible to you. 

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Our pets are safe because of you

Over the last year, our animals have been at a huge disadvantage due to being surrendered to veterinary clinics and animal shelters since the pandemic began. 

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Festive Season is Locum Season

Due to the heavy patient loads that you as a Practice owner have endured, it’s time to take your break. We are heading towards the festive season and LocumBase is ready and excited to help you with all your Locum needs!

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Working from Home Vs. Working from Anywhere

Since we’ve entered a new phase of what it means to be a flexible workforce, it means that people are no longer “office” bound and they have found new places to inspire their work. Everything from coffee shops to the comfy couch in your lounge area is a potential office space these days!

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4 Myths About The Locum Lifestyle

Are you currently a professional in the medical field with more time on your hands and interested in doing locum assignments on the side to earn extra income? Or are you a retired professional looking to work in your spare time? You are in the right place! But first, let’s resolve some questions and issues you may have.

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Who takes care of your family's healthcare costs?

According to the General Household Survey done in 2017, StatsSA reported that only 17 in 100 South Africans have access to private medical insurance. We also understand that only 4 million of the 20 million employed South Africans are principal members of private medical insurance. A solution? A medical savings card.

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How CBD helps with pain relief

Widely recognised for its pain-relieving effects, CBD products can offer a natural alternative to chronic pain medication, including post-surgical recovery pain, everyday pain like arthritis and migraines and female-specific pain like endometriosis and PMS.

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7 Ways to help your GP Practice

Escalated violent crime, the increase of HIV/Aids, TB, the high mortality rate among under 5-year-olds, pregnancy deaths, diabetes, heart disease, psychiatric illness, and the rapid spread of COVID-19 do not help matters. One possible solution? Locums.

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5 Ways to Overcome A Setback

Everyone experiences challenges. It’s how you react to those challenges that determine whether it becomes a valuable life lesson, or not.

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Ready, set, Locum!

We are all on a journey to best achieve and understand what it means to have a work/life balance. Is it achievable?

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Calming the storm - how CBD helps with the management of anxiety

Anxiety is by far the most common reason why people go looking to try CBD.

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Stop counting sheep - how CBD assists with sleep

Insomnia is an issue that ruins countless South African lives. According to a study conducted at the University of Stellenbosch adults who had an average of fewer than seven hours sleep a night increased their risk of developing major depression by 22%.

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Not Feeling Your Best But Still Doing Your Best

Working as a medical professional is rewarding but can also take its toll on one physically, working from home is not an option, and face-to-face contact with patients is a norm from my experience.

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CBD 101: An Introduction to Cannabidol And How It Works

Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from the cannabis plant and is becoming an increasingly popular and widely researched product. Noted as a natural and non-pharmaceutical remedy for treating and aiding a wide range of health factors, CBD products have been praised namely for positive mood enhancement, easier sleep, reduced anxiety, and as an anti-inflammatory.

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Going From Stress to Strength

LocumBase helping you go from stress to strength.

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How we're supporting medical professionals as the Covid-19 vaccine rollout begins

As the first batch of vaccines reaches South African shores and frontline health workers get ready to receive the jab, it feels like we’re finally inching towards the light at the end of the tunnel...

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Calling all hardworking nurses. LocumBase has your back!

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the world what we already knew. Nurses are the unsung heroes and backbone of healthcare systems the world over. If you’re a nurse and haven’t already signed up with us here at LocumBase, keep reading for some food for thought...

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A New Emotional Narrative

With all that you must deal with and manage, it is possible that you would forget to take care of your own emotional well-being. Tempting as it is to soldier on because you have been in the caring profession forever; the consequences could be dire for your psychological wellness.

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WIN an Adventure - Complete this 3 minute survey for your chance to win BIG

Because we are always wanting to better the experience of our platform for our users we are running a survey to hear directly from you on how we can bring you the best value as we create a supportive ecosystem that adapts to your needs.

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Do Locums provide a different quality of care?

With the demand in locums - especially over the holiday season - LocumBase offers practices and locums the opportunity to connect and benefit from one another.

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Success Comes in Different Forms

For us, it’s about pushing boundaries, thinking out of the box, doing something completely off the charts. And so, through the struggles of overcoming challenges, our greatest victory can arise.

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How to get your business back on track after a setback

As practice owners, we’re no stranger to setbacks. We’ve developed ways of coping with them and have our go-to strategies. However, not all setbacks are created equal. We might run into a problem that threatens our business...

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Routine visits remain important during the pandemic

The cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa breached the 200,000 mark on Monday (6 July) with the country surpassing 3,300 deaths. With confirmed cases on the rise, it seems some people are hesitant to go into the hospital or a doctor’s office for appointments, afraid they could contract COVID-19. However, experts recommend getting checked should you have symptoms.

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National HIV Testing Day: Encourage your patients to do self-testing

“Know your status” has become a rallying cry for the greater community. National HIV Testing Day this coming Saturday is a powerful reminder of how access to accurate information can help save lives. Getting tested for HIV should be a part of one’s regular health check-up, and if you are sexually active it’s recommended to get tested at least once a year.

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How does TeleMedicine work?

A deep dive into the workings of Telemedicine and how it can help your medical career

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Lockdown Level 3: What we can expect as Medical Pros

These past few weeks have been pretty much the same, that was until President Cyril Ramaphosa dropped his famous ‘fellow South Africans’ line and announced on Sunday evening that the lockdown would be moved to Level 3 from 1st June.

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Working as a Medical Professional during COVID-19

We are witnessing the surreal images of a society that seems to have come to a standstill with empty streets, quiet cities, deserted airports and closed restaurants due to COVID-19. Along with the desperately sad and worrying news headlines about the spread of the virus, there has been some immense self-sacrifice.

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Multiple sources of income is the new normal

If you are thinking about diversifying your income then you are definitely on the right track! It is fast becoming the new normal to have multiple income streams in order to guard against risk. This is becoming more apparent in such a crisis as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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21-Day Lockdown - How can we make the most of it?

The world is experiencing a rough patch (and that’s putting it lightly) with the COVID-19 crisis. The way things are looking, it may get worse before it gets better.

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Everyone starts somewhere

You would think that someone who has joined a company as recent as two months ago probably has nothing to say just yet, but I’ve got plenty of thoughts running around in my head just waiting to be put out there. We get the thoughts of Sam, one of the LocumBase interns, regarding life in the LocumBase team.

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What is work/life balance and is it achievable?

This is a safe space. Straight talking is what it’s all about. Here’s a secret…no one really knows what they’re doing. Nobody actually knows what work/life balance is. We’re all just winging it, doing what we believe to be right, with our best intentions and well laid out plans at hand.

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6 Tools that will grow your Practice in 2020

The tools and tricks of your trade simplifies your work (and life), keeps important information at the ready, enables faster and cost-effective consults for both patients and practitioners, and takes the anxiety out of noting everything down on scraps of paper.

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RENEWED, REFRESHED AND READY FOR 2020

A new year, a fresh outlook and exciting things laying ahead. We kicked our year off with a re-look at our values as a team. Why do we work hard? Why do we build LocumBase? Why does LocumBase?

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Choosing the Locum Lifestyle to kick-start your career

"Follow the crowd. Go see what's abroad. Stay in the public sector. Start my own community practice. Join a corporate." There are many thoughts running through the minds of young practitioners after graduation and after community service. How do you choose which way to go?

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Why you need a locum & why Locums need you

Welcoming a locum into your practice brings a whole new dimension into the workplace. A fresh perspective, excited energy and a new friendly face all combine to give your practice an edge, only when you need it.

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Locums as a business tool

On-demand everything is the name of the game nowadays. How can you as a practice manager and owner optimise your business by making use of on-demand locums when the demand calls for it?

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4 Options to source quality locums

There are a few different ways to fill the gap in your practice. Some are time consuming. Some are very expensive. Most are both. How can you find the perfect locum to optimise your practice? Read on for some more insight.

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Live your best Locum Life in the Gig Economy

The way we live, play, love and work are changing, and medical professionals see it daily. Medical professional looking to embrace the revolution by making the most of their skilled hours and enjoy better quality of life adopt the locum lifestyle. The question remains, are South African medical professionals and medical practice owners ready to work smarter, earn better and enjoy more time doing the things they care about the most?

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LocumBase.com strides onto the international start-up stage

LocumBase.com’s founder and Chief Energy Officer, Zulé Vuuren, has been selected as one of 25 exceptional entrepreneurs from developing and emerging economies to participate in the six-month Westerwelle Young Founders Programme Spring 2019.

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The 3 things you need in order to register as a locum on LocumBase.com

The 3 things you need in order to register as a locum on LocumBase.com

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5 benefits of being a locum medical professional in South Africa

The world moves fast and it’s hard to keep up sometimes. The ways we live, play, love and work are changing, and those of us in the medical professions see it daily. If you’re a medical professional looking to make positives changes to the way you work so you can make the most of your skilled hours and enjoy better quality of life, it makes sense to look into locuming part- or even full-time.

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