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Ambulance crews have pleaded with disgruntled residents not leave rude notes on their vehicles as it "upsets" staff. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said they responded to a genuine emergency in Leicester, during which a note was put on the windscreen. The handwritten note said the ambulance had been blocking…
Hospital admissions for alcohol-related emergency care and chronic illness are significantly higher in areas with the most pubs, bars and clubs, research has found. The density of restaurants and other outlets selling alcohol was also linked to admission rates in England, according to the study published in journal Addiction. Authorities…
The NHS in England has saved an additional 1,600 patients with severe injuries since a series of major trauma centres were established six years ago. The 27 designated major trauma centres have been operating since April 2012, playing a vital role in saving the lives of victims of knife, gun…
Nurses have reported feeling exhausted, sick and dizzy as the hot weather raises temperatures in hospitals. One nurse was admitted to A&E with dehydration after working three 12-hours shifts in a row during the heatwave, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said. Earlier this week, the organisation warned that patients…
The number of patients waiting longer than six months to start planned NHS hospital treatment has now exceeded 200,000, figures show. NHS England referral to treatment (RTT) statistics for May reveal that 211,324 patients waited more than six months to start planned treatment. This is 48.4% higher than the same…
Scores of new ambulances will be on the road ready for winter following a multi-million pound Government investment. Some 256 "state-of-the-art" vehicles will be added to ambulance fleets, the Department of Health and Social Care said, with more than half available for use this winter. It is hoped the funding,…
Paramedics will be issued with body cameras to help protect them from violent attacks, the Health Secretary has announced. NHS staff will also be given speedier access to mental health services and physiotherapy under a support package for workers, Jeremy Hunt said. The Cabinet minister admitted staff are under "huge…
Two teenage girls have been arrested after ambulance crews were pelted with bricks, glass and furniture as they attended what turned out to be a hoax call. The rapid response car and an ambulance were sent by South Central Ambulance Service to a house in Stranding Street, Eastleigh, Hampshire, at…
A retired paramedic has told an inquest he did "make mistakes" in the way that he treated a mother who suffered a cardiac arrest following family court proceedings. Gary Long was the first medical professional to treat Hayley Gascoigne, who suddenly collapsed in the upper concourse of Hull Combined Court…
A man has thanked paramedics and doctors after surviving 15 cardiac arrests in just three hours. Ian Clark collapsed at home in Elrick, Aberdeenshire, on August 15 last year in front of his wife and youngest son. The 52-year-old father of three was given CPR by his eldest son Connon…
Failures across health and social care led to around 1.5 million emergency admissions to hospital that could have been avoided, MPs have said. Nearly a quarter of the urgent admissions in 2016/17 would not have happened if services had been more effective, according to the Public Accounts Committee. It said…
There has been a sharp rise in the number of patients who have waited more than a year for NHS care in England, according to a new report which paints a bleak picture of the NHS' performance and finances. More than 2,600 people have waited more than a year for…
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