January 2014 Archive

Asbestos beware: just one fibre can be lethal

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I was astonished to see that burglars had stolen equipment contaminated with asbestos in Weston Lane, Southampton. More …

Improvements to A&E service at Southampton General Hospital

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The number of patients who attended A&E at Southampton General Hospital during the first three weeks of 2014, fell by 0.5 per cent, when usually at this time of year, numbers would be expected to rise by up to 7%. More …

Chichester Hospital doing well with dementia screening

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A local hospital is making a difference in dementia assessment at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester. The Trust has increased screening by 80 per cent with more than 300 people being alerted to their GPs for further checks. More …

Elderly in UK have less chance of surviving cancer than elsewhere in Europe

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According to research over-65s in the UK can live for many years after cancer but they believe that this could be higher but for the fact that many older patients are being assessed on their age alone and not their overall fitness. More …

Inaccurate data regarding waiting times

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Following a review of 650 cases of elective orthopaedic surgery the National Audit Office (NAO) has found that information recorded by NHS Trusts regarding waiting times for such procedures are not accurate, with an overall tendency for delays to be concealed. More …

Two hospitals in Birmingham unable to accept a mother in premature labour

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Birmingham Mail reported of a woman in premature labour who was apparently told that the first two hospitals that the ambulance tried to take her to were full. tried to take her to were full. More …

Southern Spinal Injuries Trust minibus

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Southern Spinal Injuries Trust "launched" their new specially adapted minibus at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital on 16 January 2014. More …

Are celebrities accused of abuse open to compensation claims?

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The recent reports from the criminal courts on Dave Lee Travis, William Roache, and Rolf Harris highlight the continued willingness of the authorities to investigate allegations of historic abuse in spheres of life that previously received little attention from them. More …

Accidents in schools

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This morning I braced myself as I read the following article; I was expecting another piece of propaganda, an expression of fury reference the alleged "compensation culture" in which we live. More …

Children's operating theatres not safe

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I was shocked to read an article in the Mail Online which describes practices in the operating department at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital as 'unsafe'. More …