Archives for December, 2015

Antibiotic Resisting Bacteria Discovered in UK ‘Last Resort’ Treatment

December 22nd, 2015
Antibiotic Resisting Bacteria Discovered in UK ‘Last Resort’ Treatment

Scientists in the UK have discovered bacteria that are resistant to a form of antibiotic called colistin. This discovery is of the utmost significance as colistin is often given to patients as a last resort. Last month, resistant bacteria were identified in China and experts warned that the discovery marked the beginning of a ‘post-antibiotic […]

A&E Departments on Alert as Number of Alcohol Poisoning Cases Doubles

December 22nd, 2015
A&E Departments on Alert as Number of Alcohol Poisoning Cases Doubles

Accident and Emergency departments across the UK are braced for the festive period, as statistics reveal that the number of people visiting A and E with alcohol poisoning has doubled in just six years. New figures from the Nuffield Trust show that figures are particularly alarming for young women. Women aged between 15 and 19 […]

Jeremy Hunt: Free Wi-Fi Will Be Available In All NHS Buildings

December 21st, 2015

 Jeremy Hunt, health secretary, has said that free Wi-Fi will be provided in England’s NHS facilities in an attempt to reduce costs and improve services. This will enable patients to use their smart phones and tablets to go online to keep in touch with their family and friends or watch on-demand TV shows. Currently, some […]

9 out of 10 Hospitals are Missing Targets for NHS Nursing Levels

December 21st, 2015
9 out of 10 Hospitals are Missing Targets for NHS Nursing Levels

Figures show that the majority of England’s hospitals are not recruiting enough nurses. Around 92% of the 225 acute hospitals in England failed to manage wards during the day with the expected number of nurses in August. The figures have been published by the NHS and show that England’s hospitals are missing their targets for […]

Health Experts Issue Warning Over Mad Friday Alcohol Consumption

December 18th, 2015
Health Experts Issue Warning Over Mad Friday Alcohol Consumption

Party goers have been warned to drink responsibly this Mad Friday, one of the busiest nights of the year for pubs and clubs across Britain. Officials believe that the last weekend before Christmas could see alcohol-fuelled emergencies rise by up to 50%. According to health campaigners, alcohol sales during the month of December could reach […]

New Study Suggests Staff Numbers Affect Death Rates in UK Hospitals

December 18th, 2015
New Study Suggests Staff Numbers Affect Death Rates in UK Hospitals

A new study has suggested that staff numbers can affect death rates in UK hospitals. The study, which has been published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, claims that fewer people die after surgical treatment in better staffed hospitals. Researchers analysed data from 295,000 patients showed that patients were more likely to die following surgery […]

NHS Joins Forces with Tinder to Promote Organ Donation

December 15th, 2015

The NHS has joined forces with an unlikely source to promote organ donation. The NHS will work with popular dating app Tinder to encourage more people to give their consent to donate their organs in the event of an accident. Traditionally, the app matches people based on their looks and personality, but for the next two […]

NHS ‘Failed to Investigate’ Over 1,000 Deaths Since 2011

December 11th, 2015

According to a recent report, the NHS has failed to investigate more than 1,000 deaths since the year 2011. The report blames a failure in leadership at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and says the deaths of patients with learning disabilities and mental illnesses were not examined properly. It was ordered two years ago, after […]

Study Suggests That Being Stressed or Unhappy Won’t Kill You

December 10th, 2015
Study Suggests That Being Stressed or Unhappy Won’t Kill You

According to the UK’s Million Women Study, being stressed or unhappy will not raise a person’s risk of dying. It had previously been believed that being unhappy was worrying news for health, especially heart health. But 10 years of analysis found in the Lancet has suggested that previous studies had misunderstood cause and effect. Despite […]

New Review Urges GPs to Encourage Patients to Use Online Services

December 8th, 2015

A new review has urged GPs to encourage patients to use online services to book appointments and request repeat prescriptions. Baroness Martha Lane Fox, and IT and internet entrepreneur, was asked by health secretary Jeremy Hunt to investigate how online access could be improved and online services made more widely available for those who don’t […]

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