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Older people are 50% more likely to visit A&E if they live alone than if they live with someone else, a study has found.One in five people aged 65 or older who live alone visit their GP at least once a month, compared with around one in seven of those…
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…
The Government is being urged to lower the retirement age for ambulance staff to 60 to bring them into line with other emergency services workers.A 250,000-name petition was handed to the Health Department in London calling for the current retirement age of 67 to be changed.The petition was started by…
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…
One in five of the 1,540 people who attended A&E in the three months prior to taking their own lives died within two days of leaving hospital, new figures show.More than a quarter (30%) of the 5,826 people who died by suicide between 2011 and 2017 in Scotland went to…
A man has been jailed under new legislation brought in to consider stiffer sentences for attacks on emergency workers.Daniel Hilton, 27, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, was jailed for three months after he sank his teeth into the thigh of a police constable who responded to reports of a man with…
Some NHS 111 patients are to be booked appointments with their local pharmacist, officials have said.Patients in London with minor illnesses who call the NHS helpline can be sent to a nearby pharmacy instead of seeing a doctor.NHS England said specially trained 111 operators can refer patients with minor health…
More than 8,200 women in England and Wales could have survived their heart attacks had they simply been given the same quality of treatment as men, new research has found.Researchers at the University of Leeds said the actual number of lives lost to unequal care is likely to be much…
Nearly one in five NHS hospital services have failed to hit any key national waiting-time targets in the last year, analysis shows.An investigation by the BBC found that 29 hospital trusts and boards out of 157 across the UK had not hit a single target for a year.Northern Ireland was…
A major trauma centre to treat the most seriously injured patients in the east of Scotland has been opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.Based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, the centre will provide specialist care and rehabilitation to help improve patient recovery.It is the second centre to open as part…
South East Coast Ambulance Service is to remain in special measures despite showing improvements in care, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).A team of inspectors from CQC visited the service which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex between July and September 2018 to check the quality of…
Ambulance staff in the north-east will pilot body worn video cameras following a 23% rise in reported attacks by patients this year.Around 40 North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) staff will try out the cameras in what their employer said was a first in the UK.The service said the number of…
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