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‘Black hole’ in youth mental health support

‘Black hole’ in youth mental health support

Image copyright Getty Images Three out of four parents say their children’s mental health deteriorated while waiting for NHS support, according to a report by charity YoungMinds. It says a fresh approach to supporting young people was needed, including more help from local community groups. Without it, young people could start to self-harm, become suicidal […]

St George’s Hospital suspends complex heart surgery

St George’s Hospital suspends complex heart surgery

Image copyright PA Image caption St George’s hospital carries out about 1,000 cardiac operations every year Complex heart operations at a London hospital will be moved elsewhere for “improvements to be made”, bosses say. About 100 people will be affected by the plan to transfer complex procedures from St George’s Hospital in Tooting to other […]

Dementia patients ‘come alive’ in singing classes

A 90-year-old woman “comes alive” during singing classes for dementia patients, her daughter has said. Pauline Goodger said the sessions in Wollaton, Nottingham, help her mother Alma to access memories of songs she knew in her youth. Patients appear to show improvements in their condition during the classes, according to their families. Research by the […]

Inquiry after 54 deaths at Russells Hall Hospital’s A&E

Inquiry after 54 deaths at Russells Hall Hospital’s A&E

Image copyright Alamy Image caption A&E at Russells Hall Hospital has been criticised in successive inspections A West Midlands hospital A&E is being investigated after concerns were raised over the deaths of 54 patients in a six-month period. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) examined Russells Hall Hospital’s death records from the first six months of […]

‘Gross failure’ in Kayden Urmston-Bancroft death

‘Gross failure’ in Kayden Urmston-Bancroft death

Image caption Kayden was 20 months old when he died There was “gross failure” in the care of a toddler who died while awaiting emergency surgery, a coroner has said. Serious and basic failings led to an “unacceptable delay” in Kayden Urmston-Bancroft’s operation on a diaphragmatic hernia, an inquest heard. Coroner Angharad Davies concluded the […]

‘Urgent action’ at Shrewsbury and Telford hospital trust

‘Urgent action’ at Shrewsbury and Telford hospital trust

Image caption The chief executive of the hospital trust said staff will continue to work hard to reassure the CQC and patients “Urgent enforcement action” has been taken against a hospital trust after an inspection highlighted safety fears. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust last week amid claims of staff […]

‘Bed-blocking’ patient Adriano Guedes dies in hospital

‘Bed-blocking’ patient Adriano Guedes dies in hospital

Image copyright Adriano Guedes Image caption Adriano Guedes hit the headlines for refusing to leave hospital for two years A patient who was evicted from hospital after refusing to leave his bed for more than two years has died while back on the ward. Adriano Guedes, 65, was admitted to the James Paget University Hospital […]

Pilot areas announced for NHS app to book appointments

Pilot areas announced for NHS app to book appointments

Image caption The app will also allow users record their organ donation and end-of-life care preference Patients in five areas of England will begin a trial of the new NHS app from October. Patients in Liverpool, Hastings, Bristol, Staffordshire and South Worcestershire will be able to download and use the app. Users will be able […]

Ethnic minority consultants ‘paid less’ than white colleagues

Ethnic minority consultants ‘paid less’ than white colleagues

Image copyright Getty Images Senior ethnic minority doctors in the NHS are paid less than their white counterparts, research suggests. A study in the British Medical Journal found black and minority ethnic (BME) consultants on average earned 4.9% less than white colleagues in basic pay – roughly £4,600 a year. The gap was much smaller […]

‘Without a heart donor I might not make it’

‘Without a heart donor I might not make it’

Image copyright NHSBT Image caption Gareth Evans has been waiting for a heart transplant since 2009 Father-of-two Gareth Evans has needed a heart transplant for nine years. The 45-year-old, from Stockport, has been waiting longer than anyone else in the UK on the current list of heart transplant patients. His health is declining and, as […]