All-Wales digital pharmacy service to improve prescribing across hospitals

All-Wales digital pharmacy service to improve prescribing across hospitals. Hospitals in Wales are set to benefit from a new hi-tech pharmacy system as part of the first phase to modernise pharmacy and prescribing. NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) has signed a seven-year contract with Wellsky for an all-Wales hospital pharmacy system to replace the existing 30-year old software. The new system will be designed to improve computerised dispensing and medicines stock management. Colin Powell, chief pharmacist for acute services at Aneurin Bevan, said: [...]

Lily Wythe: ‘Brave’ teenager dies from ‘cruel’ brain tumour

Lily Wythe: 'Brave' teenager dies from 'cruel' brain tumour BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH Lily Wythe was diagnosed with brain cancer in September A 14-year-old girl for whom £300,000 was raised so she could undergo brain tumour treatment abroad has died. Lily Wythe, of Essex, was diagnosed with brain cancer in September. An online campaign was set up by her best friend Lillie Cotgrove to raise money to fund medical treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital. The fundraising target was met in January. Her family announced on Facebook the death [...]

Contaminated blood victims ‘no closer’ to support parity

Contaminated blood victims 'no closer' to support parity PA Northern Ireland victims of the contaminated blood scandal have said they are no closer to securing financial support that would bring them into line with victims in England. They met Health Minister Robin Swann on Thursday and urged him to address a disparity in payments. Victims in Northern Ireland are paid less than those elsewhere in the UK. They said the meeting was constructive but Mr Swann told them he was keeping his options open. Nigel [...]

Cervical cancer could be prevented with a single injection

Cervical cancer could be prevented with a single injection, suggests new study. Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer among British women aged 35 and under Cervical cancer could be prevented with a single jab, according to new research. Just one dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine reduces the risk of developing the disease by more than a third. A single measure of the vaccine is as effective as multiple doses, concludes the study. The ground-breaking new findings have been published in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal [...]

Scottish child mental health services ‘cracking at the seams’

Scottish child mental health services 'cracking at the seams'. GETTY IMAGES The Scottish Children's Services Coalition said half of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14 Campaigners have warned that child mental health services in Scotland are "cracking at the seams". The Scottish Children's Services Coalition says research suggests 10% of five to 16-year-olds have a clinically-diagnosable mental health problem. But they say spending from the NHS budget in services is equivalent to just 50p in every £100 spent. The Scottish [...]