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A man left paralysed after leaving A&E following "misleading" advice from a hospital receptionist will receive damages after winning a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Michael Darnley was wrongly told he faced a five-hour wait at the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, south London, where he was taken after being struck over…
Disjointed health and social care services are placing increasing pressure on A&E departments in England, the independent health regulator has warned. A report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) suggests there is growing "care injustice" in access to services across the country. It said "ineffective collaboration" is driving demand for…
Scotland’s first major trauma centre has opened in Aberdeen. The centre at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary will treat the most seriously injured patients across the north of Scotland. It is the first of four centres due to open as part of Scotland’s trauma network. The second, in Dundee, has an opening…
Two ambulances have been damaged by bricks thrown from a Birmingham overpass in a "dangerous and idiotic" attack. Authorities are appealing for information about the incident which took place on Borchfield Road, at the junction of Aston Lane, between 2.30pm and 3pm on Tuesday. Nathan Hudson, emergency services operations delivery…
There are grave concerns about how the NHS will cope as winter approaches and the service is put under further pressure, a leading doctor has warned in response to the latest official figures. NHS England performance statistics show there were just under two million attendances to A&E departments during August,…
A crackdown on violence against emergency workers is set to be rubber-stamped. Criminals who attack victims including police, prison officers, fire service personnel and paramedics, will face longer jail terms under the strengthened regime. A new offence will double the maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker from six to…
Nearly a quarter of ambulance trusts have no systems for holding advance care plans for patients, a charity has warned. Compassion in Dying, which helps people prepare for the end of life, said this could result in paramedics not being aware of, and therefore failing to respect, a patient's stated…
A grieving mother made a heartfelt plea for Stormont's politicians to get back to work as she told a protest rally how her dying daughter was forced to spend 24 hours in an overwhelmed A&E ward. Revealing how her terminally ill and partially paralysed daughter Angela had to spend a…
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…
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