UK Hospitals

Five Lessons on Having a Child in Hospital

Natasha Batsford | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Parents
Natasha Batsford

There is an old saying that you can't pour from an empty cup, but I was shocked at how quickly my ability to support my son was compromised. Something as basic as not eating properly, or sleeping a full night, hell, even something as small as not having open access to hot drinks, add up fast; which I learned to my cost once we moved to the children's ward.

Why the Government Plans for Pharmacy Make No Sense

Ian Strachan | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

If the government wants to improve patient access it should invest in this; in allowing community pharmacies to help, instead of closing 'potentially' a quarter of them. Instead of being forced to go to your GP you can walk in to the pharmacist with no appointment and be seen, in most cases, immediately.

Why Are Flowers and Fruit Banned From Some Hospital Wards? And What Get Well Gifts Are Welcome?

Anikka Burton | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anikka Burton

Flowers and baskets of fruit can also take up precious space around the patient. When undergoing treatment there is a lot of equipment around the bed, and if people are in for a while they have all their own bits & pieces too - everything in an already limited space. And having to ask visitors to take large items home each time they visit can also be a pain.

As Finances Tighten, More NHS and Care Institutions Will Close. It's Imperative we Involve Citizens in These Difficult Decisions

Ewan King | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Ewan King

As the financial challenges facing the NHS and social care bite, we are likely to hear more talk about the need to shut down wards, social care instit...

Why You Need to Be 'Mole' Aware This Summer for Early Detection of Skin Cancer

Diane Knox | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Diane Knox

I'll never forget sitting with my friend in the hospital and being told that it was cancer. Being diagnosed was the scariest experience of my life. Still, to this day I really find it difficult to express how much of a shock it was, just because you hear stories all the time and the word 'cancer' fills you with fear. You think, 'it won't happen to me'.

Changing the Conversation Around Breastfeeding

Sue Ashmore | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sue Ashmore

We need to change the conversation. We can stop laying the blame for a major public health issue in the laps of individual women, and acknowledge the collective responsibility of us all to remove the barriers to breastfeeding which lead to eight out of ten women reporting they had to stop breastfeeding before they had wanted to.

This Wonderful Hospital Lets Pets Visit Their Poorly Owners

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When you're in hospital, sometimes the one thing you want is familiarity - and occasionally that means a cuddle from your pet. But sadly, a lot of th...

Broadmoor - Inside Britain's Highest Security Psychiatric Hospital

Sharon Sutton | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Sharon Sutton

Entry to Broadmoor takes time and strict protocol. It houses 210 patients behind its walls whom have serious mental disorders. New construction to transform the building took place in 2014 which was a £242 million pound project. Prior to this there were talks of turning it into a hotel.

Student Hospitalised After Not Taking Tampon Out For 9 Days, Blames Exam Stress

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A student has been forced to defend herself after leaving her tampon in for nine days amid exam "stress". Emily Pankhurst suffered from blood poiso...

Music and Hospitals: A Life-Enhancing Combination

Nicky Goulder | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Nicky Goulder

For the thousands of children who end up in hospitals each year due to illness and injury, hospitals can be intimidating places. Finding themselves in...

Let's Shout About Good NHS Care Too

Beth Britton | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

I love the NHS and want it to succeed as much as the most ardent NHS supporter. My care had everything - professional, knowledgeable staff who were compassionate, friendly, supportive and caring, combined with outstanding facilities. As a new mum I could not have asked for more for me or our daughter.

Junior Doctors' Strike: One Strike, Many Narratives

Matt Hawkins | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

We've all been on a bit of learning curve in the last few weeks, receiving an education in the role of junior doctors and why it is that they have bee...

Missing Teeth and Other Failings

Wendy Jones | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Jones

She knew who she was, who I and other relatives were, but not where she was exactly or why. Memories and knowledge laid down long ago remained. Current experiences were hard to fathom. Hospital was difficult. Her cognition got worse with each stay.

On the Precipice of Disaster

Michael Van Koesveld | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK
Michael Van Koesveld

Since the conflict escalated in March last year, 30 civilians are made casualties of war every day in Yemen. Houses and hospitals are bombed, whole civilian areas cut-off and under siege, and people are fleeing for their lives on a daily basis. After nine months of fighting, the country is sinking into a disaster of immense proportions and deeply tragic consequences.

To My Darling Daughter

Rachel Burkinshaw | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Parents
Rachel Burkinshaw

However, it doesn't really matter what was planned or what's going to happen. The most important thing is that even though we're all these miles apart for your special day, M and I will be thinking of you and celebrating with you and loving you as always.

Dying to Be at Home - Why We Need to Get Serious About End of Life Care

Andrew Grey | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK
Andrew Grey

Kate's story shows just how important it is for commissioners and service-providers to do their best to help people who are approaching the end of life to stay out of hospital. They can save on costs and beds in a severely over-stretched NHS - and most importantly, they can help make it possible for dying people to be cared for in the place they want to be.

Jeremy Hunt Has Some Choice Words For Striking Junior Doctors

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has criticised NHS workers for threatening "extreme action", warning that a "totally unwarranted" strike would harm vulne...

What the Dickens!: Left to Starve

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

It is essential that older people's nutritional needs are appropriately assessed and taken into account in any care plan. Only when health staff and carers ensure that older people have access at all times to the right food and drink alongside the appropriate help and support they require to go with it, will we see a much needed drop in these startling figures.

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Spin Doctors vs Real Doctors

Dr Shebby Kamalvand | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Shebby Kamalvand

So, what is the latest health threat that doctors are warning the public about in the UK at present? No, we haven't just identified a new strain of Ebola, tomatoes are still good for you, and disappointingly strawberry daiquiris are yet to contribute to your five-a-day. The newest threat to your health, is ironically the health secretary Jeremy Hunt himself.

My Child Has a Learning Disability - How Do I Prepare Her for a Hospital Stay?

Stephanie Nimmo | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Parents
Stephanie Nimmo

Here's my advice to anyone with a child with complex needs facing an impending hospital stay, it's what has worked for us as we support Daisy through these traumatic and stressful times...

CCTV Captures Paramedic Assaulting Drunk Man In Hospital A&E

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK

A paramedic has been sacked after he was caught on camera assaulting a drunk man in the A&E ward of Royal Liverpool hospital. Adrian Penfold-Ivany ...

M&S And WH Smith Under Fire For 'Morally Wrong' Hospital Prices

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK

WH Smith and Marks & Spencer have been accused of taking advantage of sick patients and their loved ones by charging more for cards and flowers in hos...

How Speaking Out Can Lead to Positive Change in Caring for People With Mental Illness

Lucy Deacon | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Deacon

Sitting in a board room full of heads of nursing and other patients and their representatives, I felt scared. In fact, I felt very scared. I don't know where my courage came from but I felt I had to speak about what mattered to me. So, I spoke up. It was time to talk.

100 Days of Dave - The NHS

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

I was politically ambivalent about the general election. Like a lot of NHS staff, I was torn between knowing that things were bad in the health service, especially in general practice, but equally knowing that a change of government would inevitably mean some sort of re-branding, reorganisation and changes of priorities. I knew an NHS on its knees already wouldn't cope with that. When the result came in, it was going to be more of the same. No massive changes, just slogging on trying to get the government to listen. I was totally wrong.