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2008-08-18 00:00:39

A DEAD body was left in a hospital ward for seven hours in view of shocked patients and visitors. Patients in neighbouring beds were even served meals as the corpse lay propped up on pillows from 11am to 6pm. Visitor Christine Martin, whose husband David was in the next bed, said curtains were left "open sufficiently for me to see this man, whom we had got to know, lying dead, face uncovered, propped up on white pillows." Dead patients are usually put in single rooms where they can be...

2008-08-18 00:00:38

By Mackenna I HEARD a story. Just a few weeks ago a friend had to take his son of 14 to Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary. Late on a weekend night. I know. Already you're shuddering. Aren't you? Well, you're right. It was the usual tale of horrors in an NHS casualty department - but with an added twist. As the family sat and waited a group of young men openly snorted lines of coke in front of them. Did anyone official do anything about this? Course not. It's accepted that if you...

2008-08-17 15:00:26

FURTHER to your health correspondent's report regarding the apparent "U turn" of the NHS board currently overseeing delivery of health care to both Vale of Leven and Inverclyde Royal Hospitals (August 14), I share your concern about the general risk to health of uncertainty. As the former chair of the Cowal Against the Cuts in Health Services pressure group, I recall only too well the professional apathy and public fear which came from the now (thankfully) disbanded Argyll and Clyde...

2008-08-14 15:00:59

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT BIRTHING units at two Scottish hospitals are to be saved from cuts after a campaign supported by thousands of people. The midwife-run labour suites at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock were to be axed under plans backed by managers just over a year ago. Now health board NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is set to perform a U-turn, with planners recommending both services are kept and that a drive is...

2008-08-14 15:00:59

By HELEN PUTTICK HEALTH CORRESPONDENT FOR Scotland's largest health board it looks like another embarrassing climbdown. This time last week NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was being told by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon to apologise to families caught in the deadly Clostridium difficile outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital, in Dunbartonshire. Today it appears it has been made to ditch plans to close the midwife-run labour units at both the Vale and Inverclyde Royal Hospital in...

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

A VIRULENT bacterial outbreak waiting to happen. It is clear from the report of the independent inquiry, published yesterday, into the worst case of Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) in Scotland that conditions were, if not a breeding ground, certainly favourable for the toxin to spread. Between December 2007 and June this year, 55 patients in Vale of Leven hospital contracted C Diff at Vale of Leven hospital, 18 of whom died of the infection (a higher-than- expected death rate). It is a...

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...

2008-07-08 15:00:56

By STEWART PATERSON RELATIVES of patients who died in hospital after contracting the clostridium difficile bacteria, are to take legal action against the health board. A total of 18 deaths have been linked to the C Diff bug at Vale of Leven Hospital in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, and in half of the cases it was the main cause of death. Families of seven of the nine victims have announced they intend to pursue NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde through the courts. One of the family members,...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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