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Category Archives: NHS

Delays in Surgery, Investigations and Treatment: can I make a claim?

Delays in Surgery, Investigations and Treatment: can I make a claim? The pandemic has changed everyone’s lives in at least one way or another. For the NHS, huge and unexpected pressures have led to lack of resources, most notoriously hospital beds, equipment, and staff, which have meant that around 4.7 million patients in February 2021…
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Ambulance delays creating “secondary victims” of Covid-19

Ambulance delays creating “secondary victims” of Covid-19 It has been reported, recently, in the popular press that during December 2020 delays caused by ambulances having to wait outside Hospitals before being able to “deliver” their patients has led to an increase in death and serious illness. The statistics given for London and parts of the…
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Concerns that cancer death rates will rise

Concerns that cancer death rates will rise Figures collected from the NHS suggest that since “Lockdown #1” tens of thousands fewer people began treatment for cancer compared to normal times. We know that early detection followed by prompt treatment is crucial to combat the disease and these delays could have a devastating effect on cancer…
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Huge Operation Delays in England

Huge Operation Delays in England The pandemic has changed everyone’s lives in at least one way or another. For the NHS, huge and unexpected pressures have led to lack of resources, most notoriously hospital beds, equipment, and staff, which have meant that around 4.7 million patients in February 2021 were awaiting non-urgent surgery. Non-urgent surgery…
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Cervical Cancer Home Testing Kits

Cervical Cancer Home Testing Kits Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and is nearly always caused by infection with Human papillomavirus (HPV). Currently, there are in excess of 3,200 diagnosis of cervical cancer made in the UK every year. If cervical cancer, or any kind of cancer, is caught early,…
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COVID and DNR Anguish

Concerns that DNR used inappropriately in care homes. It is reported today that during the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, Care Homes may have been given inappropriate guidance in the use of Do Not Resuscitate orders. This information has come to light following an investigation undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and relates…
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Has coronavirus affected imaging for serious illness?

Has coronavirus affected imaging for serious illness? We are currently bombarded with news about the effect of Coronavirus on the NHS, the pressure on staff, pressure on resources and the lack of PPE.  We have not heard quite so much about the effect that it may have on more fundamental services such as imaging. Radiologists…
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Cervical cancer misdiagnosis despite key symptoms

Cervical cancer misdiagnosis despite key symptoms A 26 year old woman has suffered a misdiagnosis even though she had key symptoms of cervical cancer. Alexandra Hodson was told her symptoms were occurring because of her contraceptive injection. She presented with pain during sex , bleeding after and in between her periods. Nurse tells her symptoms…
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Cancer survival rates falling behind other countries

Cancer survival rates falling behind other countries Cancer survival rates in the UK are increasing. But analysis suggests we are falling behind other countries. A study in Lancet Oncology finds that UK performance is behind Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and Norway. The study The study focused on cancer patients diagnosed between 1995 and…
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