Long-Term Health Problems

Specialist staff shortages fuelling rise in disabled stroke victims

Specialist staff shortages fuelling rise in disabled stroke victims. Immediate and specific care in the aftermath of a stroke can significantly reduce the risk of long-term problems. The number of stroke victims left disabled is set to rise The number of people left with a disability following a stroke is set to rise by a third by 2035, with a shortage of specialist NHS staff partly to blame. That is one of the conclusions in the latest report from the British Association of [...]

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy

Tafida Raqeeb: Parents bid to get daughter treated in Italy. Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Tafida Raqeeb's mother said her daughter was "completely healthy" before her sudden brain injury The parents of a five-year-old girl in a coma have begun a legal challenge after doctors said it was in her best interests to be allowed to die. Royal London Hospital doctors have said there is no hope Tafida Raqeeb will recover from the traumatic brain injury she suffered in February. But clinicians at a hospital [...]

‘One Stop Cancer Clinic’ will reduce worry and speed up diagnosis for patients

‘One Stop Cancer Clinic’ will reduce worry and speed up diagnosis for patients Before the clinic was set up patients would need three separate visits. Shutterstock The new service will combine a consultant assessment and a transnasal endoscopy in the same appointment. A new ‘one-stop’ clinic for patients with suspected oesophageal or gastric cancer will assess patients and give them their results on the same day. The new ground-breaking service at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) is the first of its kind in the country. This [...]

Young children among 11 deaths sparking concerns over 111/999 software

Young children among 11 deaths sparking concerns over 111/999 software An HSJ investigation has uncovered 11 prevention of future death reports since 2015 where coroners raised safety concerns about NHS Pathways software used by NHS 111 and 999 call handlers. Concerns raised about the deaths of Barbara Patterson, Caragh Melling, Colin Sluman and John Scott, are covered separately to this story detailing central agencies’ response to concerns raised. The other patient deaths where concerns were raised include: Susan Longden, 69, died at Bristol Royal Infirmary in February 2018 [...]

Vaginal bacteria linked to ovarian cancer

Vaginal bacteria linked to ovarian cancer. GETTY IMAGES Having too few "friendly" vaginal bacteria may increase a woman's chance of ovarian cancer, and swabs can be used to spot this, say researchers. The team, led by University College London, hope the finding could be used to identify women at high risk of the cancer, which has no screening test. However, they say that more work is needed to explore this. It is too soon to recommend women should be given protective doses of the [...]