Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

Sepsis: Some NHS hospitals missing treatment target

One in four NHS hospital trusts are failing to give antibiotics to half their patients with sepsis within the recommended time, new figures suggest. Figures from 104 trusts seen by BBC Panorama show 78% of patients are being screened and 63% are getting antibiotics within one hour. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the NHS had “more to do” to stop “preventable” sepsis deaths occurring. Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection. Without…

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Operations cancelled as cyber attack hits NHS Lanarkshire hospitals and GPs

Operations cancelled as cyber attack hits NHS Lanarkshire hospitals and GPs

Operations have been cancelled after hospitals and GP practices run by NHS Lanarkshire were hit by a cyber-attack. The health board confirmed malicious software had been detected in IT systems, causing appointments and procedures to be postponed. It said it “took immediate action” to put a solution in place and minimise disruption. Patients are asked not to attend hospital unless it is essential. It is unclear whether the health board was deliberately targeted. NHS Lanarkshire…

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Stopping conflict 'boiling over' at children's hospitals

Stopping conflict 'boiling over' at children's hospitals

In his final ruling on the distressing and tortuous legal case of baby Charlie Gard, the High Court judge said last month that mediation should be tried in all such cases. Is it possible to defuse conflict between parents and hospital staff in these highly charged situations? A project that began at Evelina Children’s Hospital, in London, might hold some answers. It has also been applied in Southampton, where the children’s hospital was at the…

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Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals

More than 200 patients in England have been infected or contaminated with a drug-resistant fungus first found in Japan, health officials have confirmed. Hospitals are on the lookout for further cases and are putting in place measures to help control any further spread of the fungus, Candida auris. Public Health England says in some cases patients will have no symptoms, but the infection can cause serious bloodstream and wound infections. So far, no UK patient…

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Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals

Shops agree to limit sugary drinks sales in hospitals

WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Subway and Greggs have all agreed to cut the proportion of sugary drinks they sell in their hospital shops in England. NHS England has asked all retailers with hospital outlets to limit the drinks to no more than 10% of the total beverages they sell by next April. Companies that do not comply will face a total ban on selling sugary drinks in hospital shops. Campaigners welcomed the move to limit…

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Four-hour accident and emergency waits rise 300% at some hospitals

Four-hour accident and emergency waits rise 300% at some hospitals

The number of patients waiting four or more hours at A&E has risen more than 300% at some hospitals, it has emerged. In total, 2.2 million patients were not seen within the target time in 2015-16 – more than double the one million figure in 2013-2014. The Royal College for Emergency Medicine (RCEM) says there is a “large and systemic problem” caused by a lack of hospital beds. NHS England said hospitals were under pressure…

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NHS Health Check: Nine in 10 hospitals 'overcrowded' this winter

NHS Health Check: Nine in 10 hospitals 'overcrowded' this winter

The number of patients on hospital wards in England has been at unsafe levels at nine out of 10 NHS trusts this winter, BBC analysis shows. To minimise the risk of infections and delays in getting treatment, hospitals are meant to have no more than 85% of beds occupied. But the analysis showed 137 out of 152 hospital trusts have been above that level since the start of December. NHS bosses said hospitals had major…

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'Humanitarian crisis' in NHS hospitals, warns Red Cross

'Humanitarian crisis' in NHS hospitals, warns Red Cross

There is a “humanitarian crisis” in NHS hospitals in England, the British Red Cross has said. The charity said volunteers and staff had been helping patients get home from hospital and called for more government money to stabilise the situation. It comes as a third of hospital trusts in England warned they needed action to cope with patient numbers last month. NHS England said plans were in place to deal with winter pressure and beds…

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