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  1. News Article
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved convalescent plasma for emergency use in hospital patients with COVID-19. The announcement on 23 August said that the FDA had concluded that plasma from recovered patients “may be effective” in treating the virus and that the “potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks.” The move came despite the absence of results from randomised controlled trials, with only a preprint paper on the effects on hospitalised COVID-19 patients being published to date. Experts have warned that although these early findin
  2. News Article
    A majority of pregnant women who died from coronavirus during the peak of the pandemic were from an ethnic minority background, it has emerged. A new study of more than a dozen women who died between March and May this year also heavily criticised the reorganisation of NHS services which it said contributed to poor care and the deaths of some of the women. This included one woman who was twice denied an intensive care bed because there were none available, as well as women treated by inexperienced staff who had been redeployed by hospitals and who made mistakes in their treatment of
  3. News Article
    Nearly three-quarters of coronavirus patients admitted to hospital suffer ongoing symptoms three months later, new research suggests. A total of 81 patients out of 110 discharged from Southmead Hospital in Bristol were still experiencing symptoms from the virus, including breathlessness, excessive fatigue and muscle aches, after 12 weeks. Many were struggling to carry out daily tasks such as washing, dressing or going back to work, the study found. The majority of patients reported improvements in the initial symptoms of fever, cough and loss of sense of smell, and most had no e
  4. News Article
    A third of doctors have treated patients with long term COVID-19 symptoms, including chronic fatigue and anosmia, a survey conducted by the BMA has found. Richard Vautrey, chair of the BMA’s GP committee for England, said it was clear that the long term impact of COVID-19 on patients and the NHS would be profound. “With more patients presenting with conditions as the result of infection, it’s essential that sufficient capacity is in place to support and treat them,” Vautrey said. “With the growing backlog of non-COVID-19 treatment, the likelihood of a season flu outbreak, and the po
  5. News Article
    The number of adults experiencing depression has almost doubled during the pandemic, according to new figures. Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that almost one in five adults (19.2 per cent) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression in June. This had risen from around one in 10 (9.7%) between July 2019 and March 2020, before the imposition of the nationwide lockdown. Dame Til Wykes, a professor of clinical psychology and rehabilitation at King’s College London, warned of a looming “mental health crisis” once the pandemic passes. “This study tells
  6. News Article
    Thousands of patients with cancer have had chemotherapy delivered to their doors so that they can more safely receive treatment during the coronavirus pandemic. Up to 10,000 chemo home deliveries were made over three months at the peak of the outbreak, avoiding the need for patients to venture out and risk infection when their immune system was low. The drops are part of the COVID-friendly treatments introduced in response to the pandemic which have helped to ensure that 85,000 people could start treatment between March and June, with latest data showing referrals beginning to recove
  7. News Article
    Nurses and non-medical staff have been stopped from taking patient calls to the NHS coronavirus helpline amid concerns over the safety of their advice. An audit of calls to the telephone assessment service found more than half were potentially unsafe for patients, according to a leaked email shared with The Independent. At least one patient may have come to harm as a result of the way their assessment was handled. The COVID-19 Clinical Assessment Service (CCAS) is a branch of the NHS 111 phone line and is designed to assess patients showing signs of coronavirus to determine whether t
  8. Event
    Unprecedented levels of change have taken place in the design, service and delivery of health care services in the space of months. COVID-19 has upended our understanding of good, quality care, with many barriers removed instantly and new ideas deemed too radical a couple of months ago, becoming our ‘new normal’. This new reality, with the essential limitations on physical contact has resulted in digital solutions taking centre stage in tackling the pandemic, providing care and ensuring continuity of care for patients across the country. In this event, we will examine the insights our curre
  9. News Article
    Coronavirus patients who have lived with symptoms for up to five months have spoken about the huge impact it has had on their lives. "Long Covid" support groups have appeared on social media and the government says "tens of thousands" of people have long-term problems after catching the virus, such as extreme fatigue. Daliah, from Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, said: "It's scary because we don't know how permanent this is. There are times where I feel like life will never be normal again, my body will never be normal again." The NHS has launched a Your Covid Recovery website to off
  10. News Article
    Five-year survival rates are expected to fall due to delays in getting urgent referrals or treatment at the height of the pandemic. Thousands of lives may be lost to cancer because 250,000 patients were not referred to hospital for urgent checks, says a report to be published this week. Family doctors made 339,242 urgent cancer referrals in England between April and June, down from 594,060 in the same period last year — a drop of 43%. The fall in the number of people seeing their GP with symptoms, and in referrals for scans, is resulting in cancers being spotted too late, according t
  11. News Article
    Ministers have been accused of trying to cover up the findings from investigations into hundreds of health and social care worker deaths linked to coronavirus after it emerged the results will not be made public. The Independent revealed on Tuesday that medical examiners across England and Wales have been asked by ministers to investigate more than 620 deaths of frontline staff that occurred during the pandemic. The senior doctors will review the circumstances and medical cause of death in each case and attempt to determine whether the worker may have caught the virus during the cour
  12. News Article
    Two hundred thousand defective gowns supplied to NHS hospitals have been recalled by the government because of fears they could leave staff at increased risk of coronavirus infection. Hospitals have been told to check their stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) to identify the Flosteril non-sterile gowns and quarantine them immediately. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said tests carried out on the gowns, which were delivered in June, had shown that they did not meet the fluid-resistance standards originally claimed by the manufacturer. There may also be “
  13. News Article
    Public Health England (PHE) is to be replaced by a new agency that will specifically deal with protecting the country from pandemics, according to a report. The Sunday Telegraph claims Health Secretary Matt Hancock will this week announce a new body modelled on Germany's Robert Koch Institute. Ministers have reportedly been unhappy with the way PHE has responded to the coronavirus crisis. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "Public Health England have played an integral role in our national response to this unprecedented global pandemic." "We have always be
  14. Event
    COVID-19 has transformed the delivery of health care services, bringing about unprecedented change in very little time. Changes that were thought to require years of careful planning happened in many cases overnight, with technology proving to be a key factor in supporting patients and staff in the delivery of care. In this four-day event, the King's Fund are bringing together top experts from the NHS and other parts of the digital health system to discuss the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. From the benefits of emergency data gathering in order to work on new treatments, to the trans
  15. Event
    It has been a challenging year for the health and care sector, but the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how technological innovation can bring about substantial improvement in efficiency of care. Join The King's Fund for this online event to learn about the proven benefits that technological solutions offer to complex problems, transforming the quality of care and patient experience for greater numbers of people. Using the orthopaedic pathway in Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust as a case study, it will explore in depth how the adoption and integration of techno
  16. Event
    The number one focus in the world right now is health care and the critical need to bring greater efficiency to treating patients. During the COVID-19 pandemic, vast amounts of information are rapidly cross-crossing the globe. Governments, health systems, and research communities in the European region are looking to learn as much as possible from each other, as quickly as possible, about the nature of COVID-19 and the most effective interventions for preventing and treating it. We cannot afford to ignore the clear signs pointing to a new future of increased care needs, labour shortages
  17. Event
    This series of weekly open access knowledge learning lab sessions from AQuA have been designed to build a conversation and support you in your COVID-19 response. The topics are built around the four AQuA themes this year, where AQuA has significant expertise, learning and interest. The sessions will provide the opportunity for you to learn about the latest thinking and the bespoke tools that have been co-developed by AQuA and our members. Register
  18. Event
    A panel of cross sector experts will explore how the pandemic has hugely altered the treatment of patients with chronic conditions, and specifically delayed the pain treatments of an estimated 150,000 people. It will discuss how best we can look after the increased number of ‘left behind’ patients requiring pain management, and how we can build clinician understanding and education on the available solutions. It will examine what post-Covid pain management could look like, how we can use technology to appropriately care for complex patients (e.g. taking controlled drugs, needing care at
  19. Event
    The Health Foundation is exploring the pandemic’s implications for health and health inequalities. In this webinar, we share our learning so far, focusing on groups of people who have been particularly affected including young people and Black and minority ethnic groups. We’ll explore what the economic impact of the pandemic means for the wider determinants of health. And, as we move towards post-COVID-19 recovery, we’ll look at what's needed to address health inequalities and to create the conditions for everyone to live a healthy life. Register
  20. News Article
    Unprecedentedly poor waiting time data for electives, diagnostics and cancer suggests the chances of NHS England’s ambitions for ‘near normal’ service levels this autumn being met are very unlikely, experts have warned. The statistics prompted one health think tank to urge NHS leaders to be “honest that with vital infection control measures affecting productivity, and a huge backlog, there are no shortcuts back to the way things were”. NHS England data published today revealed there were 50,536 patients who had been waiting over a year for elective treatment as of June – up from 1,61
  21. News Article
    The new version of the government’s contact tracing app will give users a ‘risk score’ based on how many people they interact with and where they live. The news comes as the Department of Health and Social Care launches a trial for the latest model of the contact tracing app, two months after the initial version was scrapped. According to the DHSC, the new app will tell users whether their risk of contracting coronavirus is unknown, low or high based on how many people they are in significant contact with. They will also be told what the coronavirus risk level is in their local auth
  22. News Article
    NHS staff will be given “COVID-19 passports” to help hospitals redeploy workers during a feared second wave of infection. Bosses at NHS England say the digital passports, which are stored on workers’ phones, have been successful in pilots across the country and are being rolled out “to support the COVID-19 response”. The COVID-19 crisis has triggered a major reorganisation of NHS care, with hospitals now having to plan to restart routine services while at the same time maintain their readiness for any increase in coronavirus cases. The passports will help redeploy staff quickly
  23. News Article
    A healthcare professional is facing a fitness to practise investigation for delaying attending to a COVID-19 positive patient because of inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE), in what may be the first case of its kind. The revelation came from a healthcare regulatory solicitor, Andrea James, who tweeted, “Was expecting it, but still disgusted to have received first #FitnessToPractise case arising from NHS trust disciplining healthcare professional who expressed concern about/delayed attending to a Covid+ patient without PPE (NHS Trust having failed to provide said PPE). For shame