Public Health 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 [...]

Menstrual cups ‘as reliable as tampons’

Menstrual cups 'as reliable as tampons'. GETTY IMAGES Women can be assured that menstrual cups are as leakproof as tampons and pads, say researchers who have carried out the first, large scientific review of sanitary products. Menstrual cups collect rather than absorb period blood. They fit into the vagina but, unlike tampons, are reusable. Although they have been gaining in popularity, the review found awareness of menstrual cups among women was relatively low. The work, published in the Lancet Public Health journal, looked at 43 studies involving [...]

Ebola warning after ‘gamechanging’ case recorded

Ebola warning after 'gamechanging' case recorded in Congolese city of Goma. Authorities are trying to trace anyone who came into contact with a pastor amid concerns they could carry the disease elsewhere. A man is checked over for Ebola in Goma An Ebola case in a Congolese city of two million people has been called a "potential gamechanger" by health officials. The World Health Organisation has convened an emergency committee to discuss the threat of the case in Goma, which has fuelled fears [...]

‘One Stop Cancer Clinic’ will reduce worry and speed up diagnosis for patients

‘One Stop Cancer Clinic’ will reduce worry and speed up diagnosis for patients Before the clinic was set up patients would need three separate visits. Shutterstock The new service will combine a consultant assessment and a transnasal endoscopy in the same appointment. A new ‘one-stop’ clinic for patients with suspected oesophageal or gastric cancer will assess patients and give them their results on the same day. The new ground-breaking service at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) is the first of its kind in the country. This [...]

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 [...]