UK Hospitals

There Is No Such Thing As A Routine Cancer Appointment

Kathleen Thompson | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathleen Thompson

Before we'd even sat down, the consultant told us all the tumours had shrunk. My friend let out a slow breath, Oh that's wonderful, he beamed - at me, the consultant and the nurse. My bottom had just hit the seat and I was about to place my handbag on the floor when the doctor spoke again, 'So here are your blood test forms, we'll see you in four weeks.'

Householders Helped To Stay In Their Own Home 'Warm, Safe And Well'

Stephen Burke | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

In all the debate about the funding and integration of health and care, too little attention has been paid to housing. Yet we know that an older or di...

On Your Next Trip To A&E Make Sure You Take Your Passport

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK

Health officials are examining whether patients should have to show ID to get some elements of NHS care. The Department of Health said it is looking...

Diluting The Hospital Nurse Skill Mix Is Not In The Public Interest

Jane Ball | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK
Jane Ball

Our study suggests that the NHS needs to focus on achieving safe registered nurse staffing levels as a means to achieve better outcomes for patients. Anything less won't do.

Life Isn't That Black And White

Laura Moore | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Moore

Last nights BBC2 documentary 'A World Without Down's Syndrome?' has already raised a lot of questions before it was even aired and although my son doesn't have Downs syndrome it is still something which affected me during my pregnancy and the issues surrounding it continue to affect me today.

OBE Joins New Art Project To Improve NHS Mental Healthcare

Lou Mensah | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lou Mensah

We know how lucky we are to have the NHS and it's services, spanning physical and mental health care. Sometimes though, we leave with our bodies healed, and our spirits a little diminished. If you have spent time visiting a loved one in a mental health unit, a situation that curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw found themselves in, you may come away thinking that the environment of these units could do with some care.

Time Is A Great Healer

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

Looking at the numbers, a GP appointment costs on average £13.50, while a hospital appointment costs £108. If we can free up GPs to see more patients and get those people on the mend without going to hospital then everyone's a winner. So what are the ways hospitals will be working more effectively with GPs?

Honey Oozing Out Of Hospital Ceiling Announces Presence Of 110,000 Secret Bees

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK

Beekeepers were called to investigate after the ceiling of a hospital ward mysteriously began to drip with honey. While the presence of bees was not u...

Observations of a Professional Hospital Patient

Simon Stevens | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Simon Stevens

Regular readers may have noticed I have been somewhat quiet for a while and this is because I have been in hospital for 3 weeks with a foot infection ...

When Hospital Discharge Goes Wrong

Beth Britton | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

My conclusion: Investment in social care, alongside more integrated, seamless working between health and social care, is of paramount importance if we are to ensure that reports like this aren't repeated in the future.

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.