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Thousands miss out on stroke treatment

About 9,000 stroke patients a year are missing out on a treatment that can prevent disability following a stroke, say UK experts. In the UK, nearly 90,000 people each year are admitted to hospital following a stroke. Clot retrieval can restore blood flow to the brain, preventing some lasting damage, but currently only 600 patients […]

Doctors’ strike may over-crowd hospitals

Hospitals may end be over crowded tonight as they fail to discharge patients because of the junior doctor strike. The NHS seemed to cope well on Wednesday following the walkout from 08:00 GMT over the contract dispute. But NHS England said the second day of the 48 hour walkout in England was always going to […]

Over 1000 NHS ‘never events’ a disgrace says Patients Association

Over 1,000 NHS patients have suffered from medical mistakes so serious they should never have happened. The so called never events included the case of a man who had a whole testicle removed rather than just a cyst. In another, a woman’s fallopian tubes were taken out instead of her appendix. Other “never events” included […]

Patients visit A&E up to 50 times a year

Some patients are going to Accident and Emergency (A&E) units more than 50 times a year. Data from 183 sites obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed nearly 12,000 people made more than 10 visits to the same unit in 2012-13. And a small number of those – just over 150 – attended more […]

Carers at breaking point Commissioner warns

More needs to be done to support carers who are at breaking point the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales warns. Sarah Rochira who is the Older People’s Commissioner is concerned that too many carers across Wales are missing out on much needed help and their work is often undervalued. She said it can often lead […]

Friday is worst day of the week for surviving surgery

Health Direct wishes you good luck if you are going under the knife today- you have a 44% gerater chance of dying than if you had your operation on a Monday. People who have surgery towards the end of the week are more likely to die than those who have procedures earlier on, researchers say. […]

Risk of cot deaths rises five times if beds are shared

Sharing a bed with a newborn increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome fivefold new research claims. The risk applies even if parents avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs- other factors which are strongly linked to cot deaths. The BMJ Open research Bed sharing with parents increases the risk of cot death fivefold even if […]

Man with no shame NHS boss to retire

The man with no shame- NHS boss Sir David Nicholson has announed that he will retire next year. Sir David has announced he will step down in March 2014 from his position as chief executive of NHS England. He has spent seven years in charge of the NHS, but in recent months has faced repeated […]

Hygiene worries at cancer centres

Inspectors have expressed worries at the standard of hygiene and cleaning at Scotland’s largest cancer centres. On a visit to the Beatson and Gartnavel General Hospitals, they found dust and debris- and were told by staff there were not always enough cleaners. Healthcare Improvement Scotland also found many patients had not been given information about […]

Organ donations rise in UK tripled in numbers

The number of living people giving one of their organs to a stranger almost tripled last year in the UK, according to new figures.The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) approved 104 so-called altruistic organ donations in 2012-13 compared with 38 the previous year. The figures include the first case of someone giving part of their liver […]