Yew Trees hospital: Ten staff suspended at mental health unit

Yew Trees hospital: Ten staff suspended at mental health unit. Yew Trees hospital closed for renovation work in the summer and has not reopened Ten workers at a mental health unit have been suspended amid claims patients were "dragged, slapped and kicked". Inspectors said CCTV footage recorded at the Yew Trees hospital in Kirby-le-Soken, Essex, appeared to show episodes of "physical and emotional abuse". The details emerged in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report after the unit was inspected in July and August. A [...]

UK hospitals miss mental illness in quarter of patients

UK hospitals miss mental illness in quarter of patients Better data sharing is needed A new study led by researchers at University College London (UCL) has found that severe mental illness diagnoses are being missed in over a quarter of patients when they're admitted to hospital for other conditions. The percentage is higher in people from ethnic minorities. The study involved 13,786 adults who had been diagnosed with severe mental illnesses including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia between 2006 and 2017. Researchers linked [...]

‘She was left with no one’: how UK mental health deteriorated during Covid

'She was left with no one': how UK mental health deteriorated during Covid Professionals fear the pandemic has sidelined mental health services, despite a huge surge in demand Lockdown has taken an immeasurable toll on mental health. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA When Lily Gardiner’s sister took her own life at the end of July, Gardiner was left feeling as though her sister’s mental health struggles and death had gone unnoticed during the pandemic. The loss is even harder for Gardiner (not her real name) to [...]

Patients urged to book A&E appointments through NHS 111 as emergency services tackle winter pressures

Patients urged to book A&E appointments through NHS 111 as emergency services tackle winter pressures The government wants to reduce pressure on emergency departments as staff face winter pressures from COVID-19 and seasonal flu. Patients will be urged to book A&E appointments through NHS 111 as part of a shake-up Patients will be urged to book A&E appointments as part of a shake-up of emergency services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. If pilots are successful, the scheme could be rolled out to [...]

Stroke victims being failed as COVID pandemic hits support services, says study

Stroke victims being failed as COVID pandemic hits support services, says study Tens of thousands of stroke patients could be denied the chance of recovery because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on services, according to the Stroke Association. The charity has commissioned a study which surveyed over 2,000 patients. It says the Stroke Recoveries at Risk report shows how the government needs to take immediate action to stem a "rising tide" of demand on the NHS. Juliet Bouverie, chief executive [...]