Health Care and Social Care

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 [...]

Poorest get the worst NHS care, finds study

Poorest get the worst NHS care, finds study Researchers examined 23 measures of healthcare quality. In every single indicator, care is worse for people experiencing the greatest deprivation. A new analysis has found that people living in the most deprived areas of England experience a worse quality of NHS care and poorer health outcomes than people living in the least deprived areas. Key findings include; those from deprived areas waited longer to be seen in A&E, had a higher incidence of pressure sores related [...]

One in six GP practices have closed or merged under NHS England

One in six GP practices have closed or merged under NHS England. One in six GP practices covering 5.4m patients have closed or merged since NHS England became operational in April 2013, analysis by GP online shows. Practice closures (Photo: Karl Tapales/Getty Images) The figures suggest that nearly 10% of the registered population at that time have seen their practice merge or close in just over six and a half years since NHS England began. Of the 8,106 GP practices listed in NHS Digital [...]

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 [...]

Blue Monday: Events nationwide to combat most depressing day of the year

Blue Monday: Events nationwide to combat most depressing day of the year. Whether its aquarium working or "connecting over a cuppa", there are plenty of events to face the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday is said to be the most depressing day of the year. File pic   Today may be Blue Monday, but initiatives launched across the country are in place to help Britons through this post-Christmas slump. It is said to be the most depressing day of the year [...]