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Health inspectors had to intervene as staff at an under-fire hospital did not react when a patient started choking. Two staff from Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth were in close proximity to a patient when they started choking on their meal "but did not attempt to help the patient". Inspectors…
Patients are being put at higher risk of dying in hospitals where lower staffing levels of registered nurses are leading to incomplete care, a new study has found. Jane Ball, principal research fellow at the University of Southampton, has found that lack of time is the "missing link" in understanding…
There has been a "worrying" increase in the reliance on emergency care for dementia patients nearing the end of their lives, experts have warned. Researchers have called for better support in the community for dementia sufferers after a new study found that patients are increasingly relying on emergency care as…
Staff shortages forced closures at a quarter of children's wards and more than 40% of baby units at Scottish hospitals, new research has found. A total of 25% of paediatric inpatient units and 41.7% of neonatal units had to temporarily close to new admissions due to a shortage of medical…
An acute ward at a Glasgow mental health hospital presented a "much neglected and dismal environment" for patients to be cared in, according to a report. The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland found there were "dated" bedroom areas, unclean windows, tired paintwork and "unkempt" curtains during a visit to Ward…
More than 1,000 mental health patients have been sent out-with their health board area for treatment in the past three years, according to new figures. A freedom of information request from the Scottish Conservatives revealed some patients were sent to England for care between 2014/15 and 2016/17. The research found…
Too many older people are "suffering in silence" when things go wrong with their NHS care, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has said. Elderly people often rely on relatives to raise concerns when things go wrong with hospital care, the PHSO said, but a new poll found that…
A hospital trust which has been admonished over staffing issues has around one in six posts vacant. Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust had a vacancy rate of 17% , according to the latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the trust. A previous inspection at a hospital run by the…
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