Investigation finds evidence of failures in Nottingham maternity services

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 1st July 2021

A joint investigation between Channel 4 News and The Independent has found that 46 babies born at the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust maternity services between 2010 and 2020 have suffered brain damage and 19 were stillborn. The investigation revealed evidence of poor care and repeated failures to properly investigate […]

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Bowel Mesh Patients Experiencing Unbearable Pain

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 1st July 2021

The BBC has reported that patients who have undergone “bowel mesh” surgery for conditions including a prolapsed bowel are experiencing excruciating pain as a result of surgery. Most of the patients were treated, using mesh to fix prolapsed bowels, by Tony Dixon, who was later dismissed by Bristol’s Southmead Hospital. A […]

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Patient safety concerns at Minehead Community Hospital

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 1st July 2021

The overnight service in the Minor Injury Unit at Minehead Community Hospital in Somerset is to be closed for 4 months due to concerns about patient safety. The Somerset NHS Foundation Trust health managers raised concerns that there were delays in providing emergency care to patients who had suffered serious […]

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Deafblind Awareness Week

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 30th June 2021

27th June – 3rd July 2021 is Deafblind Awareness Week. . Deafblindness affects around 400,000 people in the UK and each experience is completely different. Deafblind UK is raising awareness of how deafblindness affects people in different ways to increase understanding of the condition. If more people understand the condition, […]

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Coroner confirms neglect by private ambulance company

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 29th June 2021

The Care Quality Commission has suspended the activities of Premier Ambulance Rescue Services, a private ambulance company, because of concerns that “people using the service may be exposed to the risk of harm”. The decision was made following an inspection of the organisation, prompted in part by the death of […]

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Concern about emergency departments becoming overwhelmed by children with mild winter viruses

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 28th June 2021

Winter viruses have started to appear, after mostly disappearing last year when people could not mix due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Doctors have advised that most infections are unlikely to be serious and that people should go to their GPs, pharmacies or NHS 111 as a first option. There is […]

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“Unbelievably old” oxygen supply systems in some UK hospitals

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 25th June 2021

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has found that over a dozen hospitals in the UK have oxygen supply systems that are “unbelievably old”. The hospitals found it difficult to cope with surges in demand during the winter and this put patients’ lives at risk. We hope that lessons are […]

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Patients Still Waiting For Bowel Mesh Treatment

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 24th June 2021

A group of more than 200 patients in severe pain after bowel mesh surgery have said there is no sign yet of treatment to alleviate their suffering. This is despite an NHS recommendation in 2020 that specialist centres should be set up for all mesh patients. Most of the patients […]

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Patient safety – calls to protect the title “nurse”

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 22nd June 2021

A petition has been launched calling for the term “nurse” to become a protected title after Kate Shemirani from Nottingham was struck off the Nursing Register but continued to describe herself as a nurse. The title “registered nurse” is protected and can only be used by someone on the Register, […]

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Portable Heart Pump

Posted By Kirsty Dakin - 21st June 2021

The Independent has reported that for the first time in the UK, a portable heart pump is being used to keep Grace, an 18 month old girl, alive while she waits for a lifesaving heart transplant. The pioneering technology was developed as part of an international collaboration and has won […]

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