Dr Lieske Kuitert studied medicine at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and completed her further study at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.
Dr Kuitert's further research has focused in asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and bronchiectasis. She is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Lister Hospital, London and has a special interest in chest infections.
Dr Kuitert is Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Service and Lead Physician of the Regional Bronchiectasis Service at the London Chest Hospital, Barts and the London NHS Trust.
Dr Lieske Kuitert's Places of Practice
Pneumonia has been recognised as a significant illness for many centuries. Indeed, it was the ancient Greek Hippocrates, who first described what he could hear on listening to the chest of a person suffering from pneumonia! Prior to the antibiotic-era, which began with sulphonamide antibiotics in 1938 and then penicillin in 1944, popular treatments included blood-letting, leeches, emetics to encourage vomiting and enemas. Recognition that the illness was caused by bacteria did not occur until the late 1800’s with the identification of Friedlander’s bacillus. In actual fact, most of the bacteria he identified were pneumococcus, which we now recognise to be the most common cause of pneumonia.Read full article
Winter colds, flu, and chest infections - differentiating between the wintry ailments
People in at risk groups are advised to have a yearly flu vaccination that will contain the most prevalent strains of influenza A and B and also swine flu. If you are not in an at risk group you do not need to be vaccinated unless you care for someone who would be at risk of becoming very unwell if they caught influenza from you (and they may be advised to be vaccinated too). Simple advice such as hand-washing after touching surfaces that other people have touched, using tissues to blow your nose, and disposing of them immediately are very simple but effective ways to stop the spread of the virus (“catch it, kill it, bin it” campaign).Read full article
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