UK Hospitals

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 b...

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.

'Shocking' Patient Accounts Of Hospital Discharges Revealed In Report

PA | By Jennifer Cockerell, Press Association Health Correspondent | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

"Thousands of shocking stories" have been provided by patients who have been discharged from hospital without the right care and support, a health rep...

Ten Years of Change, And Still We're Failing Sepsis Sufferers

Dr Ron Daniels | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Dr Ron Daniels

Public awareness is still far too low, but the symptoms - which include diarrhoea, muscle pain, mottled or discoloured skin, itching, difficulty passing urine, chills and shivering, fever, and fast breathing - can be spotted by friends and family, or even the patient themselves. Until we all start to suspect sepsis, and say sepsis, the outlook won't get better.

Hospital Patients 'Waking Up During Surgery', Health Experts Warn

PA | By Jennifer Cockerell, Press Association Health Correspondent | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Many more people may be waking up during operations than previously thought, health experts have warned.The phenomenon, known as Accidental Awareness ...

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.