Record numbers turn to NHS 111 as hospitals struggle

January 4, 2018 2:46 am0 comments
Record numbers turn to NHS 111 as hospitals struggle

Record numbers of people called NHS 111 over the festive period and there was a sharp rise in ambulances being delayed outside accident and emergency units. The data, from NHS England, covers the week ending 31 December. More than 480,000 people called NHS 111 – a 21% rise on the […]

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Hospital apologises after baby's skull cut in Caesarean

January 3, 2018 3:01 pm0 comments

A hospital trust has apologised after a baby died following a cut to his skull during an emergency Caesarean section. Carson Allen died three hours after being born at Nottingham City Hospital in July, 2013. An inquest in 2014 recorded a verdict of accidental death, with the coroner criticising the […]

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Crowded hospitals ‘put patients at risk’

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Crowded hospitals ‘put patients at risk’

Patients are at risk in overcrowded hospitals as the NHS struggles to cope with the surge of patients seen in recent weeks, a senior doctor has said. Prof Suzanne Mason, from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, described it as a “huge tragedy”. Reports have emerged of patients facing long […]

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NHS patients facing delays for operations

January 2, 2018 3:29 pm0 comments
NHS patients facing delays for operations

Hospitals in England are being told to delay pre-planned operations and routine outpatient appointments until 31 January due to winter pressures. The advice comes as Milton Keynes University Hospital is telling people only to attend for emergency treatment. Two ambulance trusts in England, east and north-east, say they are on […]

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Limit children's snacks to 100 calories, health body says

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Limit children's snacks to 100 calories, health body says

Half of the sugar young children in England consume comes from unhealthy snacks and sweet drinks, figures show. On average, primary school children have at least three sugary snacks a day, Public Health England found. This means they can easily consume three times more sugar than the recommended maximum. PHE […]

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Organ donation campaigner, 18, in New Year Honours

December 29, 2017 5:36 pm0 comments
Organ donation campaigner, 18, in New Year Honours

Lucia Mee has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her work raising awareness of organ donation. The 18 year old, from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland, who has had three liver transplants – the first aged eight – is the youngest person on the New Year Honours list. She campaigns […]

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Take three steps before visiting GP, public urged

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Take three steps before visiting GP, public urged

People should take three steps to try to solve a health problem before seeing their GP, a doctors’ leader has urged. Patients should see if they can sort it themselves, see a pharmacist or use a reputable online source of information, the Royal College of GPs says. GPs “really feel […]

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Drunk tanks may become norm, NHS boss warns 'selfish' revellers

December 28, 2017 5:56 pm0 comments
Drunk tanks may become norm, NHS boss warns 'selfish' revellers

Drunk tanks may have to become the norm in towns and cities to keep “selfish” revellers out of A&E, the head of the NHS in England says. Simon Stevens said he would be closely monitoring how the mobile units cope on New Year’s Eve before deciding whether they should become […]

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NHS parking charges: Hospitals made £174m in a year

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NHS parking charges: Hospitals made £174m in a year

Hospitals in England made a record £174m last year in charging for parking, an investigation has found. The figure for 2016-17 was 6% up on the previous financial year, data collected by the Press Association under the Freedom of Information Act showed. The figures also showed a growing amount of […]

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Why spending time outdoors could help your child's eyesight

December 27, 2017 6:26 pm0 comments
Why spending time outdoors could help your child's eyesight

Kids seem to spend endless hours on smartphones, games consoles, computers and tablets these days. Playing on electronic devices certainly doesn’t help their waistlines, but do you ever wonder what regular device use is doing to their eyesight? While there isn’t much research out there yet about the impact of […]

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