Category “coronavirus”

Southampton hospital trials new Coronavirus drug

May 6th, 2020
Southampton hospital trials new Coronavirus drug

Doctors at University Hospital Southampton are trialling a new drug, which could be used to treat patients with COVID-19. Developed by Synairgen, a UK-based biotech firm, the drug uses interferon beta, a protein, to fight the virus. Interferon beta is produced when the body is under attack. Chief executive of Synairgen, Richard Marsden, explained that […]

UK prepares to trial plasma treatment for COVID-19

April 22nd, 2020
UK prepares to trial plasma treatment for COVID-19

The UK is set to start trials on plasma treatment for patients affected by COVID-19. Representatives from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) are contacting people who have recovered from the virus in a bid to recruit patients willing to participate in the treatment trial. Participants will be asked to donate blood in the hope that […]

Military personnel to provide backup for ambulance workers

April 14th, 2020
Military personnel to provide backup for ambulance workers

Members of the Armed Forces have been called upon to provide backup for ambulance workers, as the UK fights the coronavirus pandemic. Military personnel have already been heavily involved in the distribution of PPE and medical supplies, including oxygen and ventilators, and the construction of the new Nightingale Hospitals in London and Birmingham. Now, members […]

Health experts urge patients to call 999 for emergency care amid fears some are avoiding seeking urgent help to ease pressures on services

April 7th, 2020
Health experts urge patients to call 999 for emergency care amid fears some are avoiding seeking urgent help to ease pressures on services

Health experts are urging patients who need emergency care to call 999 amid fears that some are avoiding picking up the phone because they don’t want to increase pressure on the NHS. Patients who need help for symptoms that are not related to coronavirus are encouraged to seek help in the normal way by contacting […]

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