Blackpool hospital medic held over ‘poisoning’ claims

Image copyright Google Image caption Police said the investigation was at a very early stage A healthcare professional at a hospital has been arrested over the alleged administration of poison or a noxious substance to patients. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns over care to some patients on 8 November, Lancashire Police said. […]

Peanut allergy treatment ‘in sight’

Media captionPeanut allergy sufferer Emily says she can now eat birthday cake Peanut allergy can be beaten with a treatment that slowly builds up tolerance, a large study shows. None of nearly 500 four- to 17-year-olds from the US and Europe could tolerate even a 10th of a peanut dose. But after taking tiny daily […]

Giving blood: ‘We are reliant on blood donors to keep Henry alive’

Image copyright NHS Image caption Since his birth, Henry Alderson, two, has relied on blood donors to keep him alive Every blood donation “can save up to three lives”, yet come December thousands miss vital appointments to give blood, as the festivities kick in. It can make a huge difference to patients like two-year-old Henry […]

Zholia Alemi: Foreign doctor checks after fake psychiatrist case

Image copyright Cumbria Police Image caption Zholia Alemi faked her medical degree when she came to the UK in the 1990s Some 3,000 foreign doctors in the UK are being urgently checked after a woman practised psychiatry for 22 years without any qualifications. New Zealander Zholia Alemi falsely claimed to have a medical degree from […]

Hospital noise levels growing worse, say researchers

Image copyright PA Noise levels in hospitals are getting worse, research suggests. Anyone who has ever stayed overnight in a hospital will know how difficult it can be to sleep, surrounded by staff, machinery, trolleys and telephones. In the UK, 40% of hospital patients are bothered by noise at night, according to in-patient surveys. But […]

Mental health: Firms ask PM to deliver on pledge

Image copyright iStock Some of Britain’s biggest employers are pressing the government to honour a promise to give mental health the same status as physical health at work. Royal Mail and WH Smith are among the companies asking the PM to follow through on her manifesto pledge to update health and safety legislation. That would […]

Schools in Wales not aware of severe allergies, campaigner says

Image caption William has a box of allergen-free treats Schools are “not aware” of the need to offer allergy lessons to children, the mother of a boy with a potentially fatal allergy has said. Stephanie Hulme’s son William, six, could suffer a fatal anaphylactic shock from his allergy to cats and nuts. Mrs Hulme, of […]

Allied Healthcare to transfer care contracts

Image copyright Getty Images A major UK home care provider, offering support to 13,000 older and disabled people, is seeking to transfer or sell all its contracts to other providers. Allied Healthcare was warned this month by the care regulator about its financial sustainability. Since then, some local authorities have already taken steps to find […]

Flu vaccine delays for over-65s ‘resolved by weekend’

Image copyright Science Photo Library GPs and patients frustrated by a shortage of the new flu vaccine for over-65s are being told the final delivery batch will arrive by Saturday. NHS England said there would be enough vaccines for everyone to be protected ahead of winter. But doctors’ leaders said more guidance should have been […]

Insomnia: ‘No link’ between sleepless nights and early death

Image copyright Getty Images There’s some good news for people with insomnia – your lack of sleep is probably not going to kill you. A new report published by the journal Science Direct says there is no link between insomnia and early death. This may or may not come as some comfort to anyone who’s […]

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