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2008-08-20 18:00:00

By LIAM MURPHY PATIENTS at the Countess of Chester Hospital are being released sooner, following major operations, under a new scheme to free up beds. The one-year pilot scheme aims to save the equivalent of 700 bed days and has already treated 57 patients with their home followup service. Managers at the hospital say their innovative scheme is proving to be a major success. Alison Swanton, clinical lead for therapy services at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,...

2008-08-13 15:01:02

Doctors removed a firefighter's healthy lung unnecessarily after he was wrongly diagnosed with cancer, it was reported yesterday. Laurence Ball, 58, was told he had a tumour in his lung and needed surgery to remove the organ, it was reported. But doctors later told him that there had never been any cancer, and that he had not needed the operation. Mr Ball, who lives in Shetland, said his life has been ruined by the ordeal. The firefighter, who has commendations for bravery, now...

2008-08-12 00:00:43

By Jonathan Brown A firefighter whose lung was removed after he was misdiagnosed with cancer said yesterday that he had received neither an explanation nor an apology from the health trust responsible for the catastrophic error. Laurence Ball, 58, described how he lost his 50,000-a-year job and suffered an 80 per cent reduction in his health following the operation which left him unable to do strenuous activity. "Before I was an operational firefighter. I could carry men up ladders and...

2008-08-08 12:00:45

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT THE hospital bug Clostridium Difficile caused or contributed to nearly 300 deaths in Scotland in six months, an unprecedented investigation revealed yesterday. The devastating toll the infection is taking on Scottish hospital wards was revealed at the same time as a highly critical report into a deadly outbreak of the bug at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire was published. Charges could now be considered against health board NHS Greater...

2008-08-08 12:00:45

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT BEDS were too close together, bays were overcrowded, hand- washing facilities were inadequate and wards appeared shabby. These are just some of the findings of the review team asked to investigate the deadly cluster of Clostridium Difficile cases at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire. Patients and relatives felt as though the place was being run down and the investigators themselves concluded the threat of closure which has haunted the...

2008-07-28 09:01:46

By Kate Foster SCOTLAND'S maternity hospitals are turning away hundreds of pregnant women in need of emergency treatment because of serious staff shortages, a damning new report by Government auditors has found. One in six women in need of lifesaving treatment are being forced to endure risky journeys across the country. The report by the Scottish Government's health service watchdog NHS Quality Improvement Scotland found more than 100 pregnant women endured "inappropriate" transfers...

2008-07-28 09:01:46

By Kate Foster SCOTLAND'S maternity hospitals are turning away hundreds of pregnant women in need of emergency treatment because of serious staff shortages, a damning new report by Government auditors has found. One in six women in need of lifesaving treatment are being forced to endure risky journeys across the country. The report by the Scottish Government's health service watchdog NHS Quality Improvement Scotland found more than 100 pregnant women endured "inappropriate" transfers...

2008-07-23 03:00:21

HEALTH bosses yesterday agreed to fund a dying cancer patient's treatment. Barrie Clark, 61, from Insch, Aberdeenshire, is battling terminal kidney cancer and was given free medicine that could prolong his life. But NHS Grampian refused to treat the dad-of-four and told him he would have to pay pounds 1000 a month for the drug. However, last night, the health board finally agreed to treat him and make the drug available to all patients who need it. Barrie said: "This is the right...

2008-07-22 03:00:35

More than 150 staff we re evacuated from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary yesterday after a chemical spill. Police said formaldehyde had been spilled in the pathology department. (c) 2008 Daily Record; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.

2008-07-13 00:00:22

THE lost art of making beds with hospital corners will be demonstrated at York Castle Museum today. Nurses will also show off traditional folded hats and a chef will demonstrate food from the 1940s as part of the 60th anniversary of the NHS. The museum's new Studio space will also showcase pictures and information on the history of York hospitals. Organiser Gill Greaves said: "To mark the anniversary we wanted to give visitors a taste of what life was like when the NHS first started in...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'