UK Hospitals

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

Sian S. Rathore | Posted 29.07.2014 | 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 23.07.2014 | 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 23.06.2014 | 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.

This Clever Calculator Can Tell You When You'll Die

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We all know that smoking, having a poor diet, drinking excessive alcohol and skipping exercise is bad for our health - but do you know just many days ...

'We Are All Displaced Now' - South Sudanese Health Workers Tell of Treating Patients in the Bush

Nicole Johnston | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Nicole Johnston

As the international community holds its breath, hoping that the latest peace deal signed between warring parties in South Sudan holds, civilians caught up in the conflict are praying for an end to the killings, for the chance to return home and to plant their crops.

Out of Order? Now That's an Understatement!

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

It is completely OUT OF ORDER that our hospitals, a place that should be a champion of health and well being, a place that should be the first to educate the masses and promote healthy eating and conscious living, are encouraging the consumption of the very things that cause a large number of the diseases they are treating in the first place.

Protecting Our Ageing Loved Ones

Beth Britton | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Whilst offering people who genuinely have dementia a timely diagnosis is important, the idea of trying to fit square pegs into round holes just because our disjoined health and social care system cannot provide for an ageing population is wholly unacceptable.

No News From Malakal

Agus Morales | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Agus Morales

Life has disappeared from Malakal, a key town in oil-rich Upper Nile state, South Sudan. The clashes between government and opposition forces have turned Malakal, a square grid bordering the river Nile, into a ghost town. But some people didn't manage to escape - they were forced to witness the horror.

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.

Third Of Kidney Cancer Patients 'Denied Life-Extending Drugs'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A third of patients with kidney cancer have been denied life-extending drugs despite hospitals being told to prescribe them, a report has found. He...

Sharing Medical Data Is Not Okay

Danielle Lowe | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

There are many issues about sharing a persons personal medical data with other organisations and companies, some issues are big and others are much smaller. For me, it causes many issues. I'm not afraid to share with the world that I have a heart condition, caused by a lack of fibrillin gene meaning my aorta just keeps expanding. In fact, that's pretty rare in itself, admitting it can stop people wanting to hire me, because even though it's controlled - I pose too much of a risk.

Drunk Cambridge Students Cause Chaos At Hospital

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Drunk Cambridge University students wreaked havoc in an A&E department after a night out, making it difficult for doctors to treat other patients, a h...

Is This a Taste of Tomorrow's NHS?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Mik Scarlet

Earlier this week I tasted my first experience of the NHS under the new regime of NHS/Private partnerships through the GP commissioning of services... and it wasn't good.

Doctors Warn Of 'Worst Winter' In Hospitals

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK

Leading doctors have warned of an impending winter crisis in the NHS as figures reveal a 43% increase in the number of people waiting more than four h...

''A Smear Campaign'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Politics

A Twitter spat has turned ugly after Labour's Andy Burnham issued a formal warning to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt - accusing him of running a "smear ...

Muslim Veil NHS Debate Goes Wider than Religious Freedom

Alex Rickets | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Rickets

In recent days the niqab - a facial veil worn by some Muslim women - has once again become the subject of intense media attention. The latest reincarnation of this issue began several weeks ago when a Muslim defendant refused to remove the headwear standing trial at Blackfriars Crown Court...

Rise in Hospital 'Never Events' Is a Real Concern Whichever Way You Look at It

Suzanne Trask | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Suzanne Trask

The sharp rise in the reported number of patients suffering 'never events' - events that should never happen, some of which are potentially fatal - over the past year is deeply concerning, even if some of it may be down to more accurate reporting.

Where In Britain Is A 'Dangerous Dogs Hotspot'?

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK

The north west of England is a dangerous dogs hotspot, according to new figures. New data has shown that one in every six hospital admissions for d...

New Guidelines Issued For Handling Head Injuries

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Ambulance crews should take people with head injuries to the most appropriate hospital for them even if it is further away, new guidelines suggest. ...

NHS Hospital Waiting Lists Longest For Five Years

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK

There has been a rise in the number of people waiting to be seen in hospital although the NHS is still hitting key targets, figures show. Some 2.88...

My Left Lung

Scott Capurro | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Scott Capurro

My liver was shutting down and that is how people die at home. They self diagnose. F*cking internet... I'd had to cancel my entire Edinburgh Fringe run, a show partially about my mother's lung disease, because I couldn't talk without coughing. Irony is a cruel mistress.

Taking ON GPs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK

GPs must take on out-of-hours care, with patients getting the same quality of care at weekends, in order to be sustainable in future, Health Secretary...

Hawking's Doctors Offered Wife Chance To Turn Off Life Support

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed how he became so ill while writing A Brief History Of Time that doctors offered to turn off his life support ma...

Syrian Exodus, Chapter Two: Carrying the Weight of the War

Agus Morales | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

More than 380,000 Syrians have taken refuge in Turkey. The majority - some 350,000 - are registered, giving them the right to live in the refugee camps run by the Turkish Red Crescent. The remaining 30,000 are either waiting for registration, or have decided not to register so as to have the freedom to move on to other parts of Turkey.

Syrian Exodus - Chapter One: 'The Day My Village Was Bombed'

Agus Morales | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

Alia Mosa lies on a bed in a hospital in northern Syria. Her feet are wrapped in bandages. She is angry and despairing, and desperate to tell her story. "It was 5am," she says. "They launched missiles and my house was totally destroyed. Four of my children were killed and I was injured. One of my daughters and my husband survived."