Healthcare Services

GP patients to be offered whole-genome screening in UK-first study

GP patients to be offered whole-genome screening in UK-first study A “pioneering study” to assess the benefits of screening for gene faults will see people in the UK have their entire genetic code read from samples taken at a GP practice for the first time. Some one thousand GP patients in London will have their genomes screened to assess the feasibility of testing for faulty genes that increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. Researchers hope to determine whether whole-genome sequencing [...]

Hospital fined over death of patient

Hospital fined over death of patient who was given five times amount of drugs needed. ‘The Royal Bournemouth Hospital Trust had plenty of chances to fix the problems within the unit, but failed to do so’ An 80-year-old pensioner died after being given five times the amount of medication by staff at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Trust. (Getty Images) A hospital has been fined £45,000 after the death of a leukaemia patient who was given five times the amount of drugs she needed. Royal Bournemouth [...]

Surgeons withdraw support for heart disease advice

Surgeons withdraw support for heart disease advice European clinical guidelines on how to treat a major form of heart disease are under review following a BBC Newsnight investigation. Europe's professional body for heart surgeons has withdrawn support for the guidelines, saying it was "a matter of serious concern" that some patients may have had the wrong advice. Guidelines recommended both stents and heart surgery for low-risk patients. But trial data leaked to Newsnight raises doubts about this conclusion. Thousands of people in the UK [...]

NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal

NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal. UK health service will not gain commercial benefit from future Amazon products using its data Amazon has been given free access to healthcare information collected by the NHS as part of a contract with the government. The material, which excludes patient data, could allow the multinational technology company to make, advertise and sell its own products. In July the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said a partnership with the NHS that allowed Amazon [...]

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals: Concerns over mental health treatment

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals: Concerns over mental health treatment. The Ockenden review is investigating some 800 cases of concerns in maternity care Inspectors have taken further action against a hospital trust because of concerns over the treatment of mental health patients, the BBC understands. It comes as a Care Quality Commission report said maternity care has improved at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, but emergency services still require urgent action. The trust is at the centre of an independent inquiry into concerns over [...]