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Archive for June, 2015

New cancer strategy could save thousands of lives

About 5,000 lives could be saved each year in England if GPs follow new guidelines on cancer diagnosis. The health watchdog NICE say that a new approach is necessary to tackle England’s lagging cancer survival rates. The guidelines suggest all GPs order certain tests directly, side-stepping referrals to specialists first, to speed up access to […]

New stroke treatment should be more available

Specialists are urging the NHS to make a new stroke treatment widely available. Studies suggest the technique for removing blood clots in the brain doubles the chance of recovery for people who have suffered an ischaemic stroke. The specially designed “Solitaire” stent is highly effective at catching and removing blood clots. However, it is currently […]

Elderly being trapped in hospital warns Age UK

Elderly people are being “trapped” in English hospitals in ever greater numbers as there is nowhere else for them to go. Age UK said it was bad for patients’ health, a waste of NHS resources and a huge cost to taxpayers. Its analysis shows patients spent a total of nearly 2.5 million days stuck in […]

NHS failing to direct patients to dentists

NHS patients are still facing problems finding an NHS dentist in England, research suggests. A survey found some patients were confused by charges for dental treatment as access to dentistry within the NHS has been a long running problem. To help patients navigate their way round the system, NHS Choices now provides details of which […]

Cosmetic surgery cooling off period suggested

Doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures should give patients time to think before agreeing to go ahead. The General Medical Council (GMC) has produced the guidance to make surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as facelifts, breast implants, dermal fillers and Botox, safer. It will now consult doctors and the public about the guidance, however plastic […]

NHS hits AnE waiting times target

The NHS in England has met its four hour Accident and Emergency (AnE) waiting time target. The 95% target had not been hit for 33 consecutive weeks, since late last September. Figures for the week ending 24 May show that 95.1% of A&E patients spent four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or […]