New UK Government Covid testing site opens in West Edinburgh

New UK Government Covid testing site opens in West Edinburgh. The UK Government opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre in West Edinburgh on Saturday 17 September. Located in the Gate 55 community hub in Sighthill, the site is easily accessible for people without a car. The new facility is being provided by the UK Government as part of a UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities. It is operated by Mitie on behalf [...]

Covid-19: Hundreds of Birmingham A&E patients may be turned away

Covid-19: Hundreds of Birmingham A&E patients may be turned away. GETTY IMAGES Some ambulances have waited up to an hour to handover patients at A&Es Hundreds of patients who turn up to A&E departments in Birmingham may be turned away in a bid to protect key services, health bosses have said. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust said it was under huge pressure after a rise in Covid-19 patients. Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Brotherton said it was now at a "tipping point" and would have [...]

UK health service in talks on rollout of potential covid vaccine from December

UK health service in talks on rollout of potential covid vaccine from December. The UK government had proposed in August to allow more healthcare workers to administer covid vaccines There is debate on whether the first people to be vaccinated will be care home patients and their staff, or health care professionals, including general practitioners. The National Health Service (NHS) is in talks with the British Medical Association (BMA) and others around mobilising the rollout of a potential COVID-19 vaccine from December, Pulse [...]

‘Long COVID’ may affect multiple parts of body and mind, doctors say

'Long COVID' may affect multiple parts of body and mind, doctors say. FILE PHOTO: Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (red) infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (yellow), also known as novel coronavirus, isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH/Handout via REUTERS. LONDON (Reuters) - Ongoing illness after infection with COVID-19, sometimes called “long COVID”, may not be one syndrome but [...]

East Kent Hospitals: ‘Toxic culture risks patients’ lives’

East Kent Hospitals: 'Toxic culture risks patients' lives' The William Harvey in Ashford is one of the hospitals run by the trust A "toxic culture" at a troubled NHS trust is risking patients' lives, say several current and former staff. Managers and medics have told BBC News that people are fearful of speaking up amid a bullying, blame culture at the East Kent Hospitals Trust. The BBC has already revealed how a man with dementia was restrained by security on 19 separate occasions to allow [...]