NHS Hospital Services

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 [...]

Exclusive: Government overruled concerns with 999 IT system

Exclusive: Government overruled concerns with 999 IT system. HSJ investigation reveals coroners link 11 deaths to flaws in 999/111 software In three cases, concerns were raised before the patient died but changes requested were not made NHS Digital says there were no flaws in software, and blames 999/111 providers for failures Patients have died after the government overruled multiple safety concerns raised about an IT system used to triage 16 million NHS patients a year. An HSJ investigation has uncovered at least three instances where patients triaged [...]

Royal Cornwall Hospital: Vomiting bug caused ‘critical incident’

Royal Cornwall Hospital: Vomiting bug caused 'critical incident'. Ambulances were seen queued outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital An outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting has been identified as one of the causes of a "critical incident" at a hospital. Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro declared it was struggling to cope with "extreme pressure" on Tuesday. In a letter to MPs, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the outbreak, which began in care homes, caused a "significant number of bed closures". On Monday, 15 ambulances were seen queued outside [...]

Anaesthetic devices ‘vulnerable to hackers’

Anaesthetic devices 'vulnerable to hackers'. The problem affects anaesthetic machines used in many hospitals around the world A type of anaesthetic machine that has been used in NHS hospitals can be hacked and controlled from afar if left accessible on a hospital computer network, a cyber-security company says. A successful attacker would be able to change the amount of anaesthetic delivered to a patient, CyberMDX said. Alarms designed to alert anaesthetists to any danger could also be silenced. GE Healthcare, which makes the machines, [...]