Managing Long-Term Conditions

Home for vulnerable people ‘inadequate’ in all areas

Home for vulnerable people 'inadequate' in all areas. Getty Images A care home providing accommodation to people with special needs has had its service downgraded from "good" to "inadequate" in all areas. Otterhayes in Devon has been put into special measures after the Care and Quality Commission (CQC) found it failed to ensure patients' safety. One epileptic patient was told to ring staff if needed, something "clearly" impossible during a seizure, the CQC said. The care home in Ottery St Mary was, at the [...]

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 [...]

Stoke-on-Trent patient left with ‘terminal’ cancer after hospital errors

Stoke-on-Trent patient left with 'terminal' cancer after hospital errors. Graham Wood said he hoped other patients had not suffered the same experience A cancer patient lost the chance of a cure due to a five-month delay caused by hospital administration errors. Graham Wood, 73, from Stoke-on-Trent, was urgently referred by his GP to the University Hospital North Midlands trust for a scan in December 2018. However, it was not until May 2019 that an endoscopy was carried out and revealed oesophageal cancer. The trust [...]

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 [...]