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A hospital has launched a specialised emergency department to provide dedicated care for elderly patients.The new frailty unit was set up at Southampton General Hospital to assess and provide a treatment plan for older patients.Normally 25 people over the age of 80 attend for emergency treatment at the hospital every…
A campaign to support older people experiencing care to move more often has been hailed as a success by independent research.In 2016 the Care Inspectorate was commissioned by the Scottish Government to deliver the Care…About Physical Activity (CAPA) improvement programme which aimed to improve the health and wellbeing, independence, and…
Two free conferences to help practitioners who work with or come into contact with older people who experience abuse are set to take place next February. The conferences aim to raise awareness of, and help practitioners share good practice about, supporting the rights and choices of older people who experience…
A safe containing funds for a Christmas lunch has been stolen from a care home by thieves using a wheelchair.Police said there was more than £2,000 of cash in the safe when it was taken from Hollies Day Centre in Musselburgh, East Lothian, on Sunday.A black wheelchair was also taken…
A coroner has ruled that an 88-year-old woman who died after a five-hour wait in an ambulance and two hours on a hospital trolley did not suffer from neglect and died of natural causes.Josephine Smalley (pictured) endured the wait at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Hampshire, after her family…
A patient in their last year of life is admitted to hospital as an emergency case every 20 seconds, a charity has said.New analysis from the terminal illness charity Marie Curie suggests that one in every four patients admitted to hospital as an emergency case across England, Wales and Scotland…
The risk of dying in hospital increases when nurses are replaced with nursing assistants, according to a new study.The research authors from the University of Southampton suggest that policies encouraging the increased use of nursing assistants to compensate for shortages of registered nurses (RN) may be putting lives at risk.Professor…
The Government has suffered a further defeat at the hands of peers demanding strengthened safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals.The House of Lords backed by 277 votes to 192, majority 85, a change to draft legislation to give the person being looked after and their representatives…
Low pay and poor working conditions have led to a "crisis" in the care sector, with employers struggling to recruit and retain the staff needed to meet rapidly rising demand, a new report has warned.On current trends, there will be a shortage of 350,000 workers in social care by 2028,…
An 84-year-old man who killed his dementia-suffering wife with an iron pole in an "act of mercy" has walked free from court.Lawrence Franks was unable to cope with the worsening condition of wife Patricia, 86, but did not want to go against her wishes of not being placed in a…
Health officials have called on the elderly to get their flu jab as it sought to stem fears over a shortage of the vaccine.Last week concerns were raised that over 65s could be turned away from GP surgeries after a poll found the majority of family doctors said their practice…
Urgent checks are being made on up to 3,000 foreign doctors after it was revealed a fake psychiatrist was allowed to practice for 22 years with no qualification.Zholia Alemi claimed she had a primary medical qualification when she first registered in the UK in 1995.In reality, her claim to have…
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