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Author Index - Chris Richards

Chris Richards is Director of Lovewise and a Consultant Paediatrician in Newcastle

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a day in the life (nucleus - May 2017)

Why did you choose to be a paediatrician? Since my student days (and before my conversion as an SHO), I have been attracted to the medical care of children. I appreciated, and still do, the generally caring atmosphere of the paediatric wards, the variety of clinical work and the three way...

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Caught in the Net (triple helix - autumn 2006)

Despite pornography rarely being out of the newspapers, the media recently reported that all is not well in the airbrushed garden. The Daily Mail was alarmed that more than nine million men - almost 40 percent of the adult male population - logged onto sex websites last year. The number...

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Are the majority of UK abortions Illegal? (triple helix - spring 2006)

Key points 95% of abortions are authorised under Ground C of the 1967 Abortion Act; which requires the risk to a mother's mental or physical health from abortion to be less than that from normal pregnancy. However maternal death from suicide, murder, accidents and natural causes is higher following abortion...

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Lovewise - Sex education in schools (nucleus - summer 2005)

A paediatric colleague and I have become increasingly aware in our Newcastle clinics and schools of how much our young people are suffering from the consequences of sex outside marriage and the disintegration of home life. As you will read below, we believe that safe(r) sex teaching has contributed to...

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Chlamydia screening at Boots - De-moralising medicine (triple helix - spring 2005)

Boots the chemist is to offer a screening test and treatment for the UK's most common sexually transmitted infection, chlamydia. [1] This is part of a government-backed national screening strategy [2] aimed at reducing the effects and spread of chlamydia infection which is asymptomatic in the majority of men and...

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Sleeping With the Enemy - 2003 Rendle Short Lecture (triple helix - autumn 2003)

Harm reduction is the essence of a doctor's role. We attempt to reduce suffering and pain caused by sickness. Today our Government is enthusiastically pursuing 'harm reduction' by the promotion and provision of 'safe sex' and drug control programmes, which support those unwilling or seemingly unable to leave their addiction.[1]...

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'Sleeping with the Enemy'- The Ethics of Harm Reduction Programmes - Rendle Short Lecture 2003

As a local GP you are approached by a headmaster concerned about the large number of pregnancies among his sixth formers. He asks if you would be willing to give a talk on use and availability of contraceptives, especially condoms....
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Going Down to Tesco's - More Foolish 'Damage Limitation' (triple helix - summer 2002)

Two Somerset branches of the supermarket chain Tesco's are to take part in a pilot scheme in which a company pharmacist may dispense the morning-after pill (MAP) free without prescription to those under 20, but without lower age limit, after an interview. Named records are not to be kept and...

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Should Christians Fight? (nucleus - spring 2001)

Along with most medics, I am more naturally drawn to helping the injured, especially the innocent injured, rather than fighting in a war. However, even in the UK we can all expect to be caught up in a war in our lifetime. Jesus warned us that there would be ‘wars...

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Serving the Casualties of War (nucleus - spring 2001)

My time in war zones has left me with many questions. Should I be there at all? What would Jesus have done? Here are some biblical insights that have helped me on my way. Should we give humanitarian aid? Most Christians will have few problems with the need to help with...

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