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 [...]

The government may release a coronavirus vaccine before it is fully licensed – here’s the law explained

The government may release a coronavirus vaccine before it is fully licensed - here’s the law explained A government consultation might mean the UK is able to distribute a vaccine before it has been licensed (photo: Shutterstock) The UK may release a vaccine for coronavirus before it is fully licensed, according to official documents. This is due to changes to licensing rules which will come into effect once the Brexit transition period is over. Currently, the responsibility for licensing a vaccine for [...]

Coronavirus: Vendors exposed selling bleach as remedy

Coronavirus: Vendors exposed selling bleach as remedy. The solutions were sold as a way to treat sufferers of Covid-19 Suppliers have been selling bleach as a remedy for coronavirus during the pandemic, a BBC investigation found. Secret recordings of two sellers revealed potentially dangerous mixtures were being touted as a way to treat people with Covid-19. One claimed her sales had increased following comments made by US President Donald Trump about the potential use of disinfectant as a treatment. She told the BBC her "health-related [...]

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 [...]

Coronavirus: NHS recovery threatened as test shortages mean staff have to self-isolate

Coronavirus: NHS recovery threatened as test shortages mean staff have to self-isolate NHS services are being put at risk because a lack of coronavirus testing is forcing many staff to self-isolate when they could be at work. NHS Providers, which represents NHS trust leaders, says the recovery of services is being put in jeopardy while preparations for the winter pressures of COVID-19 and seasonal flu are also being hampered. It said particular concerns had been raised in Bristol, Leeds and London and there was [...]