New diagnostic department at NGH to divert away from A&E A new diagnostic department has been set up at Northampton General Hospital to divert patients with 13 common conditions away from A&E. The trial 'ambulatory care centre' is in a converted area of the hospital close to the accident and emergency ... Northampton Chronicle and Echo
Monday, 30 September 2013
Northampton General Hospital staff alerted CQC to poor care Some complaints made to a health watchdog about the standard of care on a ward at Northampton General Hospital were made by staff, it has emerged. The Chron revealed last week that Cedar Ward, which mainly looks after elderly patients, is undergoing ... Northampton Chronicle and Echo
Cancer drugs fund 'to be extended' A £400m fund will enable a scheme providing life-enhancing cancer drugs to continue until 2016, the prime minister announces. BBC News
- Press release: Thousands of patients to benefit from £400 million cancer package Department of Health
Hip replacement deaths drop by a half since 2003 “Death rates following hip replacement surgery fell by half in England and Wales,” reports the BBC News website.
Its headline is based on a new study in The Lancet which looked at data from the National Joint Registry (NJR) over the course of eight years. The registry is an NHS database recording outcomes in artificial joint operations such as hip and knee replacements.
A National Health Service for patients This paper from Civitas proposes the creation of new Patient-led Commissioning Groups (PCGs) – these would be mutuals set up by non-profit membership organisations such as trade unions, friendly societies or cooperatives which would allow patients to take direct control of commissioning.
Third of maternity units refusing home births due to staff shortages One third of maternity units are refusing women home births because they cannot cope with demand, according to a new report. The Daily Telegraph
Health insurance firm forced to drop misleading advert about NHS deaths Website wrongly accused the NHS of causing 13,000 needless deaths.
Third of maternity units refusing home births due to staff shortages One third of maternity units are refusing women home births because they cannot cope with demand, according to a new report.The Daily Telegraph
Stressed nurses 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Nurses are enduring “unprecedented” levels of stress and ill health as a result of staff cuts and overwork, forcing them to choose between their patients’ wellbeing and their own, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said. The Independent
- Stress on nurses putting patients at risk, warns RCN The Guardian
Kings Mill Hospital: Nurses in tears as 'horrendous' understaffing hits patients, says watchdog
Nurses were reduced to tears by their workload at a Nottinghamshire hospital where understaffing contributed to patients being left hungry and dehydrated, the NHS watchdog has reported. The Independent