Public Health Services

China coronavirus: Cases ‘highly likely’ in the UK

China coronavirus: Cases 'highly likely' in the UK. EPA A health team are available at Heathrow Airport for travellers from China Cases of the new strain of coronavirus in the UK are "highly likely", a Public Health England (PHE) boss has said. However, most of those affected abroad by the virus were making a good recovery, Prof Paul Cosford, medical director at PHE, added. So far 14 people have been tested in the UK, with nine people awaiting results and five getting the all [...]

‘Good cleanliness’ at Edinburgh children’s hospital

'Good cleanliness' at Edinburgh children's hospital. GOOGLE The original Sick Kids Hospital dates back to 1863 A safety inspection of Edinburgh's Sick Kids has found good cleanliness and infection control measures, despite delays in moving to a new building. The Sick Kids facility in the Sciennes area was due to close last July but has remained open after delays to its replacement building. An unannounced inspection by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) found very good levels of cleanliness. But some damage to the fabric of the building [...]

New cancer clinic ‘cuts waiting times by 92%’

New cancer clinic 'cuts waiting times by 92%'. GETTY IMAGES Waiting times have been reduced to less than six days on average in the clinic A centre for quickly diagnosing cancer has reduced waiting times by up to 92% in its first year and cut costs, analysis has found. Patients going to GPs with non-specific but possibly cancerous symptoms were sent to a rapid diagnosis centre at Neath Port Talbot Hospital. Swansea Bay University Health Board said waiting times were cut to less than [...]

Brain-damaged girl in High Court case out of intensive care

Brain-damaged girl in High Court case out of intensive care. PA MEDIA Tafida Raqeeb has been able to breathe without aid for an hour A brain-damaged girl who was taken to Italy for treatment after her parents won a High Court battle to prevent her life support being switched off is out of intensive care, doctors have said. Genoa's Gaslini hospital said Tafida Raqeeb, from London, had been partially weaned off assisted ventilation. Speaking to an Italian newspaper, doctors said she had "spent an hour [...]

Matthew Leahy death: Mother calls for public inquiry

Matthew Leahy death: Mother calls for public inquiry. Melanie Leahy, pictured with her son, said the Linden Centre was "the most unsafe place he could have been" A mother fighting for seven years to find out why her 20-year-old son died by hanging at a mental health unit has called for a public inquiry. Matthew Leahy was detained under the Mental Health Act at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford, Essex. Eight days later he was found unresponsive in his room. The health ombudsman uncovered [...]