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Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission's report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes, but some panel members say that’s a misinterpretation of their conclusion that much remains to be done to safeguard vulnerable residents. People in long-term care facilities represent less than 1% of the [...]

Stroke victims being failed as COVID pandemic hits support services, says study

Stroke victims being failed as COVID pandemic hits support services, says study Tens of thousands of stroke patients could be denied the chance of recovery because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on services, according to the Stroke Association. The charity has commissioned a study which surveyed over 2,000 patients. It says the Stroke Recoveries at Risk report shows how the government needs to take immediate action to stem a "rising tide" of demand on the NHS. Juliet Bouverie, chief executive [...]

Coronavirus: More mobile testing units pledged for Covid hotspots

Coronavirus: More mobile testing units pledged for Covid hotspots GETTY IMAGES Up to five extra mobile testing units will be deployed to Covid-19 hotspots in Wales this week, Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said. He said extra lanes at drive-through centres and tests processed at a Welsh laboratory were also being considered. People trying to get tests have spoken of their frustration over the length of time to book and distance to travel. GP and Plaid member of the Senedd (MS) Dr Dai Lloyd has [...]

Coronavirus: NHS recovery threatened as test shortages mean staff have to self-isolate

Coronavirus: NHS recovery threatened as test shortages mean staff have to self-isolate NHS services are being put at risk because a lack of coronavirus testing is forcing many staff to self-isolate when they could be at work. NHS Providers, which represents NHS trust leaders, says the recovery of services is being put in jeopardy while preparations for the winter pressures of COVID-19 and seasonal flu are also being hampered. It said particular concerns had been raised in Bristol, Leeds and London and there was [...]

Coronavirus: Monoclonal antibodies to begin UK trial

Coronavirus: Monoclonal antibodies to begin UK trial SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A new antibody treatment is to be trialled on Covid-19 patients in UK hospitals. Monoclonal antibodies, which are potent, laboratory-made antibodies, will be given to about 2,000 people to see if they are effective against coronavirus. It forms part of the UK Recovery Trial, which found that a cheap steroid called dexamethasone could save lives. The first patients will be given the new drugs in the coming weeks. Prof Martin Landray from the University of [...]