Hospitals to cancel ops to cope with winter surge

Hospitals to cancel ops to cope with winter surge

Image copyright stockvisual Hospitals across England have been told to cancel non-emergency operations in the new year to prepare for a post-Christmas surge in patients. The first weeks of January are often the busiest of the year with winter illnesses peaking, combined with the growing day-to-day demand in A&E. So an emergency panel of NHS […]

Maternity mistakes: Lapses lead to mistake every five births

Maternity mistakes: Lapses lead to mistake every five births

Media captionRyan and Wendy Agius’s daughter, Talulah, was stillborn Tens of thousands of mothers and babies in England were harmed by potential lapses in maternity care in the past two years, the BBC has learned. More than 276,000 incidents were logged by worried hospital staff between April 2015 and March 2017 – the equivalent of […]

Community singing ‘improves mental health and helps recovery’

Community singing ‘improves mental health and helps recovery’

Image copyright SYHO Image caption Everyone is welcome to the singing workshops and no-one asks about mental health issues Singing in groups can help people recover from mental illness, making them feel valued and increasing their confidence, according to research. A University of East Anglia study of singers involved in free weekly workshops in Norfolk […]

When being treated for an eating disorder treatment means leaving home

When being treated for an eating disorder treatment means leaving home

Media captionPatients battling eating disorders in Northern Ireland often have to leave the country for treatment Struggling with an eating disorder is hard enough at the best of times – but if you live in Northern Ireland and need intensive hospital treatment, you face being separated from friends and family in order to travel hundreds […]

‘Longest-frozen’ embryo born 24 years on

‘Longest-frozen’ embryo born 24 years on

Image copyright National Embryo Donation Center Image caption Baby Emma was conceived a year and half after her mum’s own birth A baby has been born from an embryo frozen for nearly 25 years – possibly the longest gap between conception and birth since IVF began. The embryo was donated by a family in the […]

UK’s most googled health issue of 2017 revealed

UK’s most googled health issue of 2017 revealed

Image copyright Getty Images “What is cancer?” is the UK’s most googled health question in 2017 (so far), data reveals. According to experts at Google Trends, other pressing health issues searched for online by British people this year were diabetes, blood pressure and a condition called sepsis. We’ve set out to answer some of these […]

Contaminated blood report ‘full of lies’

Contaminated blood report ‘full of lies’

Image caption Carol Grayson’s husband, Peter, died after contracting hepatitis C and HIV from infected blood products Government officials have apologised for using a discredited report into the contaminated blood products scandal that left thousands of NHS patients infected with viruses including HIV. Despite assurances that the “inadequate” document would be ditched, a health minister […]

Mum carrying terminally-ill baby ‘to be a donor’

Mum carrying terminally-ill baby ‘to be a donor’

Image copyright Trianglenews Image caption The couple will donate their unborn daughter’s heart valves A mother who has been told her unborn baby girl will not survive at birth is carrying her to full term so she can donate heart tissue to help others. Hayley Martin was told at her 20-week scan that her child […]

NHS workforce ‘at crunch point’

NHS workforce ‘at crunch point’

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s medical profession is at a “crunch point”, facing the prospect of too few doctors to treat rising numbers of patients, the regulator says. The General Medical Council says the supply of medics has failed to keep up with demand and warns against the over-reliance on overseas staff post-Brexit. The […]

Impoverished healthcare at squalid Liverpool prison, report says

Impoverished healthcare at squalid Liverpool prison, report says

Image caption The report says there is “a lack of support for people with mental health needs, and in-patients have an impoverished regime” Major failings in the provision of healthcare at Liverpool prison have been uncovered by a BBC investigation. Whistleblowers have told BBC News that prisoners have died and others have been injured due […]