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 [...]

Coronavirus: Facebook and NHS team up to call for blood donations ahead of second wave

Coronavirus: Facebook and NHS team up to call for blood donations ahead of second wave The NHS is calling for people with black heritage and men in particular due to a lack of donors from these groups. The NHS is partnering with Facebook to recruit new blood donors The NHS is partnering with Facebook to enlist new blood donors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland ahead of a potential second wave of COVID-19. The feature on Facebook will allow users to sign up [...]

Coronavirus: More mobile testing units pledged for Covid hotspots

Coronavirus: More mobile testing units pledged for Covid hotspots GETTY IMAGES Up to five extra mobile testing units will be deployed to Covid-19 hotspots in Wales this week, Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said. He said extra lanes at drive-through centres and tests processed at a Welsh laboratory were also being considered. People trying to get tests have spoken of their frustration over the length of time to book and distance to travel. GP and Plaid member of the Senedd (MS) Dr Dai Lloyd has [...]

UK warned virus test shortages harming health system

UK warned virus test shortages harming health system A minister denied claims of acute shortages in England's hotspots, saying mobile testing units were boosting capacity Healthcare services are being jeopardised by lack of access to coronavirus testing, hospital bosses in England warned on Tuesday. NHS Providers, which represents the heads of hospital trusts in the state-run National Health Service, said there were "current capacity problems with the testing regime". Its chief executive Chris Hopson said the government should prioritise health workers, as shortages [...]