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  1. Content Article
    1 Blog - Managing medicines in care homes – four top tips In this blog, Steve Turner, a qualified nurse specialising in clinical educational and patient engagement, offers up four tips for managing medicines in care home settings, under the following headings: Care Homes must have a medicines policy that is regularly reviewed People must have an accurate listing of their medicines on the day they transfer to the care home People who live in care homes should have at least one multidisciplinary medication review per year Ensure you have safe systems for administer
  2. Content Article
    Key findings: Factors that contribute to medication errors Problems with three-way communication between care home, prescriber and dispensing pharmacy Training of care home staff Leadership and the need to create a safety culture Problematic care processes, including record keeping and ordering medication
  3. News Article
    The NHS needs to do more to support care homes and people who have fallen with alternatives to ambulance calls and hospital admissions, the NHS England chief executive has said. Speaking at the Ambulance Leadership Forum, Amanda Pritchard acknowledged this winter would be a difficult one for the health service, saying: “The scale of the current and potential challenge mean that we do need to continue to look further for what else we can do… We need to pull out all the stops to make sure that they [patients] get that treatment as safely as possible and as quickly as possible.” She ad
  4. News Article
    Millions of people will be invited for their autumn Covid booster jab in England and Scotland, with care home residents the first to receive them. Although infections are falling, health bosses are predicting a resurgence of Covid and flu this autumn and winter. They are urging those eligible to protect themselves from serious illness by getting vaccines against both. A recently approved vaccine against the Omicron variant will be used first. However, there is not enough of Moderna's "bivalent" vaccine to protect everyone aged over 50 so health officials say people should t
  5. News Article
    There are big differences in how well patients with hip fractures are cared for by hospitals in England and Wales, a Bristol University study says. In some hospitals one in 10 people died within a month of surgery - more than three times worse than in the best. Getting patients into theatre quickly and out of bed the next day for physio are key ways to improve care. People should receive the same, high-quality care wherever they live, the researchers said. "If you get it right for older people with hip fractures, you're probably getting it right for older people in general," say
  6. News Article
    A 90-year-old woman waited 40 hours for an ambulance after a serious fall. Stephen Syms said his mother, from Cornwall, fell on Sunday evening and an ambulance arrived on Tuesday afternoon. She was then in the vehicle for 20 hours at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. It comes as an ambulance trust warns lives are at risk because of delays in patient handovers. It was also reported a man, 87, who fell, was left under a makeshift shelter waiting for an ambulance. South Western Ambulance Service said it was "sorry and upset" at the woman's wait for an ambulance. Mr Syms, from
  7. Content Article
    The study found that of the 60 268 adverse incidents, falls were the most common event (36%), followed by behaviour-related events (33%), other impacts and injuries (22%) and medication errors (9%). The number of adverse incidents per resident ranged from 0 (42%) to 171, with a median of 2. Women and residents with low care needs were significantly less likely to adverse incidents compared with men and residents with high care needs respectively. This study demonstrates that data already collected within electronic management systems can provide crucial baseline information about the risk
  8. Content Article
    Recommendations The government should: fully fund a national two-year rehabilitation strategy that ensures people with significantly deteriorated long-term conditions get the therapeutic support they need appoint a national clinical lead to implement this rehabilitation strategy ensure local partners–such as local authorities and Integrated Care Systems (ICS)–develop and deliver their own localised rehabilitation strategy, and that each ICS has a regional rehabilitation lead.
  9. News Article
    Some pharmacies run by the High Street chain Boots have been criticised for telling some patients on multiple drugs that they can no longer have blister pack boxes, known as dosette boxes or multi-compartment compliance aids (MCCAs). Weekly pill organisers can help users keep track of their daily medication and stay safe. Pharmacists put the tablets into individual boxes in the trays, each one indicating when they should be taken. The NHS says boxes are not always available for free on the NHS and they're not suitable for every type of medicine. Tracey Hobbs' mother, Pat Garner,
  10. News Article
    Heather Lawrence was shocked at the state she found her 90-year-old mother, Violet, in when she visited her in hospital. "The bed was soaked in urine. The continence pad between her legs was also soaked in urine, the door wide open, no underwear on. It was a mixed ward as well," Heather says. "I mean there were other people in there that could have been walking up and down seeing her, with the door wide open as well. My mum, she was a very proud woman, she wouldn't have been wanted to be seen like that at all." Violet, who had dementia, was taken to Tameside General Hospital, in
  11. Content Article
    Key points Research conducted by public bodies has shown that COVID-19 has had a greater impact, both directly and indirectly, on people who share certain protected characteristics (such as belonging to particular ethnicities or age categories, having a disability, or being women or from the LGBTQ+ community). Health and care services have a major role to play in both identifying the extent of these impacts as well as working together to reduce them. This report showcases examples of health and care systems across the country devising innovative approaches to mitigate the direct e
  12. Content Article
    The Next Steps tool contains information on: what to expect from the memory assessment process taking care of your well-being available support what if I am diagnosed with a form of dementia?
  13. News Article
    A 94-year-old man has said his GP refuses to see him “unless it’s life or death”. Dennis Baker, from North Hampshire, said he felt “put off” by his doctor's surgery, which is a three-minute walk from his house. The pensioner, who lives with his wife who has advanced dementia and is bed-bound, said he found it “quite difficult to carry on a conversation with a doctor” and cannot get one to visit him at home. “The chances are [the receptionist] will say… ‘you're not dying, a doctor will phone you at some stage today’, that’s the usual response,” he told BBC Radio 4’s World at One.
  14. News Article
    Government policies on discharging untested patients from hospital to care homes in England at the start of the Covid pandemic have been ruled unlawful by the High Court. The ruling comes after two women took former Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Public Health England to court. Dr Cathy Gardner and Fay Harris said it had caused a "shocking death toll". Prime Minister Boris Johnson renewed his apologies for all those who lost loved ones during the pandemic. Dr Gardner and Ms Harris partially succeeded in claims against Mr Hancock and Public Health England. The women
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