Health, Safety & Well-being

NHS figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England

NHS figures reveal long waits for routine ops in England. GETTY IMAGES Attendances at A&E in England were 30% lower last month than in July 2019 The number of patients admitted for routine treatment in hospitals in England was down 67% in June compared with the same time last year, NHS figures show. The number of people going to accident and emergency units in England in July was also down on last year, by 30%. The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption to many areas [...]

A&E nurses offered ‘game-changing’ rest pods to boost wellbeing

A&E nurses offered ‘game-changing’ rest pods to boost wellbeing   13 AUGUST, 2020 BY MEGAN FORD A hospital trust has installed specialist “rest pods” and chairs to allow its accident and emergency nurses to take short power naps and “decompress” on their breaks. The comfortable rest spaces were loaned to the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and proved such a hit with staff that its charity agreed to purchase them.   A growing number of organisations and charities have [...]

Breast cancer screening from the age of 40 could save hundreds of lives, new analysis shows

Breast cancer screening from the age of 40 could save hundreds of lives, new analysis shows At present, the NHS screening programme is offered to women aged 50-70 every three years. The study looked at data from more than 160,000 women Screening women for breast cancer in their forties could save up to 400 lives a year without a significant increase in over-diagnosis, according to new research. At present, the NHS screening programme is offered to women aged 50-70 every three years, but [...]

Children made up just 1% of Covid-19 cases during first wave

Children made up just 1% of Covid-19 cases during first wave. 13 AUGUST, 2020 BY STEVE FORD Latest study findings have confirmed that children were not an important source of the coronavirus infection during the first wave of Covid-19, according to researchers from Public Health England. They found children made up a very small proportion of all confirmed Covid-19 cases in England during the first wave of the pandemic, despite the large numbers of them tested. “The experience in England adds to the growing body [...]

Coronavirus spread fear of Sheffield carer who went untested

Coronavirus spread fear of Sheffield carer who went untested Alison Taylor has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, despite never experiencing any symptoms A carer who was unable to be tested for coronavirus until July said she feared she may have spread the disease into care homes despite showing no symptoms. Alison Taylor, from Sheffield, recently tested positive for antibodies indicating she once had coronavirus. She now fears she may have worked while contagious and even visited her mother, who later died with suspected [...]