Woman given impotence cream for eye problem

Image copyright Getty Images A woman has suffered chemical injuries after she was mistakenly prescribed erectile dysfunction cream for a dry eye condition. The woman, from Glasgow, had to be treated at A&E after she was given Vitaros cream instead of the eye lubricant VitA-POS. Her experience is detailed in December’s BMJ Case Reports journal. […]

Templepatrick: Care worker who hurt patients avoids jail

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Tracey Balantine attended Antrim Court on Tuesday as her sentence was reduced A care worker who mistreated three mental health patients at a residential unit in Templepatrick, County Antrim, will not be sent to jail. Tracey Balantine, 29, of Garden Village, Antrim, was convicted last May of the ill-treatment or […]

Staff suspended at Middlesbrough mental health hospital

Image copyright Google Image caption Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust has launched an investigation Seventeen members of staff have been suspended at a hospital that treats young people with mental health needs. It follows reports some nurses and healthcare assistants used non-approved techniques to move patients at Middlesbrough’s West Lane hospital. Tees, […]

Biomarkers identified to help diagnose heart condition

Image copyright SPL Researchers have identified two biomarkers that could help in the diagnosis of a heart condition that raises the risk of stroke. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting around 1.6m people in the UK. But it is often only detected after someone has had a stroke. The British […]

NHS 10-year plan: Labour attacks Theresa May over proposals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Improvements to mental health support and maternity care are included in the plans to be announced by the PM The government’s 10-year plan for the NHS lacks both the staffing and funding to succeed, Labour has said. The PM has promised the publication of the plan on Monday will […]

‘They took her teeth without telling me’

Image copyright Diana Johnston Image caption Rachel Johnston collapsed after having all her teeth removed and died two weeks later The death of a disabled woman who had all her teeth removed has led to questions being raised about the dental treatment of vulnerable patients. Rachel Johnston died two weeks after all her teeth were […]

Hospital patients who smoke or drink to be helped to quit

Image copyright Getty Images Smokers and problem drinkers who are admitted to hospital in England will be given help to quit or cut down, to reduce demands on the health service. The measures are part of a long-term plan to be announced over the next few days by NHS England. It said addiction to alcohol […]

Cervical cancer screening campaigner Natasha Sale dies aged 31

Image copyright Natasha Sale Image caption Cervical cancer screening campaigner Natasha Sale died six days after her 31st birthday A mum who campaigned to lower the cervical screening age from 25 to 18 has died of cancer aged 31. Natasha Sale, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016, launched an online petition in August. […]

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital patient heard other patients’ messages

Image copyright Brian Newton Image caption Brian Newton said he was shocked to hear the voicemail A man who tried to change a hospital appointment over the phone instead heard a stream of voicemail messages left by other patients. Brian Newton, 58, from Manchester was “shocked” to hear recordings of people giving personal data to […]

Fish fumes blamed for allergy death of Brooklyn boy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boy’s grandmother was cooking cod (stock image) when he became ill Authorities investigating the death of an 11-year-old boy in Brooklyn are said to be looking into whether fish cooking nearby could have been to blame. Cameron Jean-Pierre, who had a fish allergy, fell unconscious on New Year’s […]