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World’s first CT scanner for heart disease installed at Ulster Hospital

World’s first CT scanner for heart disease installed at Ulster Hospital

Ulster Hospital has installed the world’s first CT scanner for heart disease. The scanner will replace invasive testing and it can instantly identify patients with serious cardiac problems.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals chief executive announces retirement

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals chief executive announces retirement

One of the longest standing chief executives, Sir Andrew Cash has announced he will retire in July 2018 after 16 years leading one of the biggest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country.
Government commits to fixed recoverable costs

Government commits to fixed recoverable costs

The Government has announced that an expert group will be formed to work on introducing a new cap on the amount of costs that lawyers can recover in clinical negligence cases. The proposed cap will be applied to all cases up to £25,000 and is designed to help save the NHS up to £45 million a year.
Thyroid cancer patients to have routine access to alternative treatments

Thyroid cancer patients to have routine access to alternative treatments

NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, has published draft guidance recommending thyroid cancer treatments cabozantinib (Cometriq, Ipsen), and sorafenib (Nexavar, Bayer) to come off the Cancer Drugs Fund and into routine NHS use. NICE has also recommended that lenvatinib (Lenvima, Eisai), should be routinely available.
Funding for NHS innovations hits £670k

Funding for NHS innovations hits £670k

Medtech Accelerator, a joint venture with NHS innovation hub Health Enterprise East (HEE), has confirmed the outcome of its second round of funding. Figures reveal that a total of £670,000 has now been awarded by Medtech Accelerator to support innovation projects derived from within the NHS since its launch in 2016.
Secure video messaging gets NHS Digital approval

Secure video messaging gets NHS Digital approval

An application that provides parents of sick and premature babies with video updates has received central governance approval. The seal of approval from NHS Digital means that the web-based application, vCreate, is now recognised by the NHS and will enable hospitals to roll out the service more quickly and easily across their Trust.
Swindon patients to benefit from cure-finding research project

Swindon patients to benefit from cure-finding research project

Patients in Swindon with the most serious and rare forms of illness could soon benefit from a pioneering research project that aims to find cures for notoriously hard-to-treat conditions.
Alzheimer's drug reduces symptoms of psychosis

Alzheimer's drug reduces symptoms of psychosis

Researchers claim to have found a drug that relieves some of the worst symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, without any side effects.
Hospitals continue to experience winter pressures

Hospitals continue to experience winter pressures

Hospitals in Scunthorpe and Grimsby continue to operate under extreme pressure and the local community is being asked to help by choosing the most appropriate NHS service, which is not always A&E, and refraining from visiting hospital if they are suffering with diarrhoea and/or vomiting, until they have been without symptoms for at least 48 hours.
Frimley Park Hospital opens specialist renal unit

Frimley Park Hospital opens specialist renal unit

A specialist renal unit has opened at Frimley Park, making state-of-the-art inpatient kidney care available locally for the first time. The eight-bed unit enables hospital patients to receive dialysis treatment on site rather than face a transfer to another centre.
Birth simulator comes to Doncaster and Bassetlaw

Birth simulator comes to Doncaster and Bassetlaw

A piece of clinical training equipment which provides realistic simulations of childbirth is being trialled at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals.
Joint initiative helps to ease winter pressure on hospitals

Joint initiative helps to ease winter pressure on hospitals

An initiative run to ease the pressure on local hospitals during the busy winter period has been hailed as a success.
Latest treatments give asthma patients a new lease of life

Latest treatments give asthma patients a new lease of life

The lives of people with severe asthma in Sheffield and South Yorkshire are being changed for the better by teams of health professionals collaborating to deliver the latest treatments to patients.
Hip fracture patients waiting up to three months for rehab at home

Hip fracture patients waiting up to three months for rehab at home

Vulnerable patients recovering from hip fracture are facing unacceptable variations in care, warns the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
Partnership helps boost innovation in children’s healthcare

Partnership helps boost innovation in children’s healthcare

NHS Innovation Hub, Health Enterprise East (HEE), has announced a partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH), an internationally recognised centre of excellence in child healthcare.
New service helps people avoid a hospital stay

New service helps people avoid a hospital stay

A new service based in West Cumberland Hospital (WCH) Accident & Emergency (A&E) department is working to help people avoid a hospital stay and reduce pressure on health and care services.
Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers at all time low

Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers at all time low

Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers – also known as bed sores – on the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust’s inpatient wards are now at an all-time low. In 2010, pressure ulcers were reported at the rate of one nearly every day. Just seven years later, one occurs every two weeks (in 2017 there were just 31 cases reported across the whole 12 months).
Politicians respond angrily to Trump 'NHS tweet'

Politicians respond angrily to Trump 'NHS tweet'

President Trump sparked strong reactions following a tweet on 5 February in which he stated the National Health Service ‘isn’t working’.
NHS reliance on agency healthcare workers related to staff wellbeing

NHS reliance on agency healthcare workers related to staff wellbeing

A report published on 31 January by Picker and The King’s Fund has uncovered striking associations between NHS staff and patients’ experiences in hospitals and NHS trusts’ reliance on agency healthcare workers.
Assessing health technology in the EU: Commission proposes to reinforce cooperation

Assessing health technology in the EU: Commission proposes to reinforce cooperation

On 31 January 2018 the European Commission put forward a proposal to boost cooperation amongst EU Member States for assessing health technology.

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