New guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are imposing tougher rules for nurse staffing levels in English hospitals.
Following the recent independent review carried out by crossbench peer Baroness Julia Neuberger, the Government has called for the Liverpool Care Pathway to be phased out in favour of a more tailored approach to end of life care. The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) was originally designed as a framework to assist healthcare staff in providing holistic end of life care. However, the recent review has found that this framework is too often used as a tick box system which does little to take into account the individual needs of patients. This approach has led to cases where patients have had to endure undue suffering during their final days. Distressing reports of patients being denied basic nutrition and hydration have been seen as clear evidence of the need for change.
Elliot Alexander Peacock, 14, died during an exercise at the Lillaz waterfalls in the Italian Alps. He was travelling with a group of 40 children aged between 10 and 17 and was a member of the Eastwood District Scouts.
The NHS have plans for people with long term conditions to be treated on a multi-disciplinary basis in the community with the patients themselves at the centre as part of the team.
A new report from The Royal College of Surgeons suggests that age discrimination within the NHS system may be preventing older people from gaining access to vital surgery.
On Tuesday 8th July 2014, the Government will launch the next stage of a campaign to reduce the number of serious mistakes in hospitals. According to Government statistics, 29 out of 141 NHS trusts did not record the expected number of safety incidents.
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"Infection alert over birthing pools after newborn is rushed to intensive care with Legionnaire's disease"A baby born in a birthing pool at home is now in intensive care and is severely ill after becoming infected with Legionnaire's disease; a serious lung infection. As a result of this, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have warned pregnant women against using a specific type of heated birthing pools, which are filled in advance of labour and where the temperature is maintained using a heater and pump until they have investigated the matter further, and until definitive advice on disinfection and safety is available. It is the first reported case of Legionnaire's disease linked to a birthing pool in England, PHE said. NHS England has issued a Patient Safety Alert to notify the healthcare system - and midwives in particular - of the possible risk associated with the use of the heated birthing pools at home. Heated pools from the supplier involved in the incident have been recalled, PHE said.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich has been investigated and declared not fit for purpose by hospital investigators.