Author - Rita Dune

China coronavirus: Cases ‘highly likely’ in the UK

China coronavirus: Cases 'highly likely' in the UK. EPA A health team are available at Heathrow Airport for travellers from China Cases of the new strain of coronavirus in the UK are "highly likely", a Public Health England (PHE) boss has said. However, most of those affected abroad by the virus were making a good recovery, Prof Paul Cosford, medical director at PHE, added. So far 14 people have been tested in the UK, with nine people awaiting results and five getting the all [...]

Being born with no smell: ‘I don’t know what food tastes like’

Being born with no smell: 'I don't know what food tastes like'. GABRIELLA We've probably all got a favourite smell - maybe one that's tied up with a particular memory or person, or lets you know a good plate of food is on the way. Gabriella has never had the use of her smelling senses - and it affects more than just her nose. "I don't know what food tastes like. I can't taste hot drinks or anything sweet and spicy," the 22-year-old [...]

Mental health issues in ‘younger and younger’ primary pupils

Mental health issues in 'younger and younger' primary pupils. DAVE THOMPSON/PA Mental health issues are manifesting in "younger and younger" students, NI's children's commissioner has said. Koulla Yiasouma has called for an expansion in the mental health services available to primary school students. She called for services currently available at post-primary level to be made available for younger pupils. It comes as the principal of a north Belfast primary said she has graves concerns about the mental health issues her school, and others, are [...]

‘Good cleanliness’ at Edinburgh children’s hospital

'Good cleanliness' at Edinburgh children's hospital. GOOGLE The original Sick Kids Hospital dates back to 1863 A safety inspection of Edinburgh's Sick Kids has found good cleanliness and infection control measures, despite delays in moving to a new building. The Sick Kids facility in the Sciennes area was due to close last July but has remained open after delays to its replacement building. An unannounced inspection by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) found very good levels of cleanliness. But some damage to the fabric of the building [...]

New cancer clinic ‘cuts waiting times by 92%’

New cancer clinic 'cuts waiting times by 92%'. GETTY IMAGES Waiting times have been reduced to less than six days on average in the clinic A centre for quickly diagnosing cancer has reduced waiting times by up to 92% in its first year and cut costs, analysis has found. Patients going to GPs with non-specific but possibly cancerous symptoms were sent to a rapid diagnosis centre at Neath Port Talbot Hospital. Swansea Bay University Health Board said waiting times were cut to less than [...]