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An online abortion service can offer an alternative to unsafe methods of ending pregnancies, a study of women in Northern Ireland and the Republic concluded. Almost 95% of interventions were "successful". A tenth sought medical attention. International researchers analysed data showing that rates of adverse effects after using drugs to…
Northern Ireland's Chief Nursing Officer, Professor Charlotte McArdle, has officially launched new guidelines for nurses on care after death. ‘Care of the Deceased Patient and their Family: A Guideline for Nursing Practice in Northern Ireland’, provides guidance to nurses and midwives working in any setting on how to achieve the…
Academics from Queens University have presented Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI) findings on the need to modernise Adult Social Care to researchers within the Northern Ireland Assembly. The idea of a preventative support visit offered to all over 75s was explained as a way to improve choice…
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have officially opened the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital. The North West Cancer Centre welcomed its first patients in November 2016, providing dedicated treatment and care to cancer patients across the Western and Northern Trusts and Donegal. In a unique…
Launching ‘Fostering Fortnight’ (from 08 May to 21 May 2017) the Western Trust is urgently appealing for new foster carers to come forward as the number of children who require permanent placements with families in foster care continues to grow. Across the Western Trust there are children of all ages…
The Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland have launched a Safe Medicines campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of misusing prescription medication. It’s estimated that the misuse of prescription medication such as Tramadol, Diazepam and antidepressants was responsible for 27 times more…
A Northern Ireland health authority is helping to revolutionise dementia treatment across the country. CLEAR Dementia Care aims to improve understanding of those with the condition and has dramatically reduced the number of admissions to hospital. It was developed in the Northern Health Trust and is already being used in…
A new care home for elderly people is to open this month in Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, creating more than 100 new jobs. The 80-bed Wood Green Healthcare centre, just off the Circular Road, represents an investment of almost £4 million. The facility sits on a four-acre site just north of Belfast.…
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