UK Hospitals

Teenage Cancer Patient Dies After His Parents Fought Doctors To Continue His Chemo

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of one has died, after his parents had to engage in a court battle with doctors to try and...

Failings in Care Should Not Pave the Way for a Physician Assisted Dying Bill

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

There is no excuse for turning a blind eye to distress; those providing care, whether care assistant, family, nurse or doctor need to know they are supported in doing what the patient needs, not shackled by risk averse attitudes that paralyse common sense and hinder care provision.

Why the Government's Plans for the NHS Spell Disaster

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

Monday brought the first announcements on the NHS from David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt since the election - although as John Humphrys rightly pointed out in his interview with Mr Hunt, they have been doing the job for five years already. Greeted with trepidation by NHS staff, the announcements outlined some key policies. Consequently I am disillusioned, sad and angry, in equal measures... I'm no expert Mr Cameron, but I think your business plan is shocking. It is going to fail. It is going to push the NHS to collapse, and we are already teetering dangerously on the brink. Push it into the hands of private providers. Which the cynic in me says is your endgame.

Safer Healthcare: How to Prevent Patients From Picking Up Infections in Hospital

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Hospitals are meant to make you better, but sometimes patients leave in a worse state than when they arrived. Some 8-12% of patients in EU hospitals...

You Made Me a Better Doctor

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

When a photograph of an emergency room doctor grieving for a 19-year-old patient was posted online recently, it went viral with thousands of shares, likes and comments. Most of this stemmed from the fact that doctors are not known for showing personal emotions. Like all healthcare staff we deal with difficult, sometimes hugely distressing scenarios every day. We have all had moments like that doctor. Where a patient has affected us so profoundly, we cannot hold it together and need some space. This is a tribute to just five of the patients that have taught me to be a better doctor. Identifying details have been changed to preserve patient anonymity.

Are Politicians Brave Enough to Go Cold Turkey on the Four-hour A&E Target?

Leonora Merry | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Leonora Merry

Relegating the four-hour target in importance and looking across a richer set of indicators like these could be an important way forward. But doing this will mean moving away from the weekly fix of headlines about hospitals 'underperforming' or, alternatively, meeting the target. Are politicians brave enough to go cold turkey on the totemic four-hour A&E target?

When Hospital Isn't the Safest Place to Be

Steve Ford | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Steve Ford

From January 2013 to December 2014 people with Parkinson's were subject to over 3,300 avoidable medication errors in hospitals across England. Almost 600 of these caused discernible harm including increased pain, severe rigidity and hallucinations.

Concern, Not Criticism, Was the Public's Response to A&E This Winter

Harry Evans | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Harry Evans

The yearly discourse of winter NHS strains has reached the public ear. What's more, people can distinguish between the NHS generally, which they know to offer the highest quality and the NHS in winter, where there is more concern.

The Best Thing About Being a Doctor? It's Not What You Think...

Dr Ellie May | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Dr Ellie May

There are so many excellent aspects of being a doctor you may think it difficult to pick the best one. Fear not. The good news is I have the answer. The bad news is, it's not what you think...

DNA 'Glue' Lets You 3D Print Organs

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Tech

Scientists at the University of Texas have created a special DNA 'glue' that could hold the key to hospitals being able to 3D print their own organs. ...

We've Carried Out Our Own Medical Report On The NHS...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Comedy

We've carried out our own medical report on the NHS. And it's not looking good... (Made for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Schneider, Stephen Gran...

Why Is This Hospital Chaining Toys To Beds?

PA | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK

A hospital has had to start chaining toys to the beds of sick children after a spate of thefts. Parents have branded the thieves "disgusting", and ...

Our 7/11 A&E

Mike Niles | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Mike Niles

Not long after 7am last Saturday morning, my grandma had a fall in her bathroom. Her home-help carer, who was visiting at the time, contacted my famil...

Design for Dementia

Lucy Maddox | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Lucy Maddox

You are stuck in a busy, noisy, unfamiliar building. You are unsure of where you are or even what time of year it is. All the corridors look the same. You find it hard to judge how far away the floor is. You can't remember where the toilets are. You can't remember why you're here. You feel a rising sense of panic as you search for clues to where you are, and even who you are.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Is 'Worryingly' Inconsistent Across UK

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There's a "worrying" variation in treatment and quality-of-life care provided to men diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to campaigners. In r...

Hundreds Of 'Super-Obese' Young People Having Weight-Loss Surgery

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Hundreds of people under the age of 25 underwent weight loss surgery in the last three years, a major study has found. The National Bariatric Surge...

Hospital's Still Serving Junk Food Can Be Traced Back to Blair!

Rob Blakeman | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Blakeman

Despite repeated calls from numerous medical experts and various health intellectuals hospitals across the UK continue to serve junk foods to sick people. As recently as last year Doctors themselves meeting at the BMA made the strongest recommendation that all hospitals should stop this practice completely because it was exacerbating almost every medical problem they faced.

Paramedics Allegedly Shove Man's Body In Bin For Laziest Reason Ever

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK

An MP has demanded answers after claims paramedics dumped a man's body beside rubbish bins because they wanted to finish work on time. The East of ...

This New Health Campaign Could Save 5,000 Lives Each Year

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Startling statistic alert: 22,000 people die each year, in their home, following a heart attack. Statistics from the British Heart Foundation (BHF)...

This Is What An Ebola Outbreak In Britain Would Look Like

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK

This is what Britain would look like if an Ebola outbreak occurred, with emergency services practicing how to cope if the deadly virus reached UK shor...

This Suggests Heart Patient Care Isn't Up To Scratch

PA / The Huffington Post | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A high number of heart attack patients are missing out on "vitally important" and potentially life-saving aspects of care, a new health study has show...

NHS National Homage Society?

Clive Norman | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

Is this what the NHS has become? Are we expected to bow down and pay homage to the mighty NHS and show our gratitude? I don't think we should.

Crisis Point: Where to Turn When the Government Have Let You Down?

Sian S. Rathore | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian S. Rathore

Ten days passed and my condition got worse and worse. I was being treated by Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team, who advised me to try to sleep, came to my house three times a day with diazepam, told me to calm down, and trusted me to take the pills and go to sleep.

An Important Read For Parents of Disabled Children (And Everyone Else)

Simon Stevens | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

There is no self-pity as the handbook is instilled with a practical sense of humour many disabled people and parents have needed to develop to keep their sanity when facing situations many outsiders do not appreciate.

Our 'Fat Man' Driver Is Late and We See Lisa's Fury in Its Full Glory

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

A sure sign that you might be getting to grips with a new language is to express yourself coherently when angry (and of course understanding local jokes). Well this morning Lisa, our charity manager, is displaying her disapproval of the freelance driver we have hired to get us around.