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An increasing number of older people are being admitted to hospital for conditions which should have been dealt with at home due to failures in the care for people in the community, a charity has warned. Age UK said the safety net for older people living at home is failing…
Hospital doctors have been given new guidance on how to write letters that are easier for patients to understand. Outpatient clinicians have been advised to write most of their letters in a style that is direct to patients, rather than to their GPs. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges issued…
Children with cancer are having to travel twice as far and spend twice as much on journeys for treatment than adults, research has revealed. Children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent found young cancer patients and their families face average travel costs of £180 a month for their "cancer commute" of getting…
Dozens of cases of poor care have reportedly been found at a maternity unit already under investigation for failing families. More than 60 babies and mothers are feared to have died or suffered serious injuries at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust, according to the Health Service Journal (HSJ). Senior midwife…
Nearly a quarter of ambulance trusts have no systems for holding advance care plans for patients, a charity has warned. Compassion in Dying, which helps people prepare for the end of life, said this could result in paramedics not being aware of, and therefore failing to respect, a patient's stated…
The NHS could free up £480 million a year to reinvest in services if trusts filled temporary vacancies with workers from a "staff bank" instead of using expensive staffing agencies, a report has said. Temporary employees supplied by agencies, including doctors and nurses, cost on average 20% more than those…
Older hospital patients with dementia may be "suffering in silence" because they are unable to communicate the pain they are in, a new study suggests. Experts from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at University College London set out to investigate the link between pain and delirium among people…
A bad Brexit deal could "jeopardise patient care" in hospitals, nurses have warned. In a letter to party leaders, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) claimed Brexit poses an "immediate risk to the provision of safe and effective care". The warning comes as the RCN calls on all political parties…
A grieving mother made a heartfelt plea for Stormont's politicians to get back to work as she told a protest rally how her dying daughter was forced to spend 24 hours in an overwhelmed A&E ward. Revealing how her terminally ill and partially paralysed daughter Angela had to spend a…
A heart surgeon barred from working at an NHS hospital after a "bullying" allegation is preparing to return to work after winning a High Court fight. Professor Marjan Jahangiri took legal action after being excluded by bosses at St George's Hospital in Tooting, London, pending a disciplinary investigation. She wanted…
A new online tool that could better predict the long-term risk of breast cancer returning in other areas of the body has been created. The prognostic tool, known as CTS5 (Clinical Treatment Score post-5-years), could be used to decide which patients are at high enough risk of their cancer returning…
The father of a 35-year-old man who took his own life less than 48 hours after nurses discharged him from hospital has pleaded for lessons to be learned about the care of people with mental health problems. Andrew Bellerby was taken to A&E at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital in July…
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