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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. News Article
    A woman has described how she spent more than six hours of her 100th birthday waiting in agony for an ambulance after slipping and fracturing her pelvis while getting ready for a family lunch. Irene Silsby was due to be picked up by her niece, Lynne Taylor, for a celebration to mark her centenary on 9 April. But she fell in the windowless bathroom of her care home in Greetham, Rutland, and staff called an ambulance at 9am after she managed to summon help. “All I remember is I was in terrible pain,” said Silsby from her hospital bed on Saturday. When asked of the ambulance delay, she
  5. Content Article
    The Committee is seeking input in the following areas: The invisibility of adult social care and its consequences Better support for unpaid carers Putting co-production at the heart of care The inquiry would like to hear evidence from: experts by experience people with a range of backgrounds
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    Our societies are currently at a crossroads. Demographic change, growing inequalities, the climate crisis, COVID-19, and the impacts of the war in Ukraine are all having a negative impact on the health and well-being of our societies. These challenges are straining public resources and the social fabric of our communities. How can we overcome these issues and grow stronger in times of crisis?  The early years and later years of life are crucial stages in the life-course. How we approach health and wellbeing during these phases has a direct impact on the long-term resilience of our health
  7. News Article
    Senior medics have reacted in horror to NHS England’s decision to ‘dramatically’ cut the funding of a key long-term plan commitment designed to improve older people’s community services and deliver more care at home. British Geriatrics Society president Jennifer Burns told HSJ the professional body was “horrified” that the budget for the Ageing Well programme for 2022-23 would be £70m instead of the £204m originally promised in the long-term plan for the NHS. “We are dismayed that the promised funding for the Ageing Well programme as set out in the NHS long-term plan is being so dram
  8. Content Article
    The inquiry will cover people living in residential care homes, hospitals and supported housing, as well as those receiving social care services in their own homes. It will look at: What human rights issues need to be addressed in care settings, beyond the immediate concerns arising from the Covid-19 pandemic? How effective are providers at respecting the human rights of people under their care? How effective are regulators in protecting residents from human rights breaches and in supporting patients and residents who make complaints about their care provider?
  9. Content Article
    A 75-year-old patient suffered a stroke in the early hours of the morning. He had woken feeling unwell (two hours after going to bed) and waited to see if his symptoms would improve. They didn’t improve and nearly three hours later, his wife called an ambulance. Before they set off with the patient, one of the paramedics contacted the emergency department (ED) at the first hospital (Trust A) to ‘pre-alert’ them of his arrival. The ED advised that they could not accept the patient as their stroke service was closed between 11pm and 8am, and that the paramedics should contact a neighbouring
  10. News Article
    The NHS is “flying blind” and “woefully unprepared” to cope with England’s rapidly ageing population, senior doctors have warned as stark new figures reveal the country has only one full-time geriatrician to care for every 8,000 older people. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said the drastic shortage of specially trained physicians to look after the rising number of elderly people and a lack of NHS workforce planning meant England was “sleepwalking into an avoidable crisis of care for older people”. Its analysis of NHS and Office for National Statistics data shows there is just
  11. Content Article
    In 2020-21, the number of people visiting the A&E department at the East Kent University Hospital Trust (EKHUFT), one of the largest trusts in the south east, increased by up to 25%. At that time, we noted a surge in cases of falls in A&E, particularly those resulting in severe harm. The risk factors were clear: A&E departments were busier than they had ever been The quality of health in patients seeking help at A&E was declining Those seeking help had longer-than-usual waiting times in A&E departments There was no clear way for staff to indic
  12. Content Article
    Findings Oral paracetamol is a widely used medication that has few side effects for most people. There is limited data on how oral paracetamol affects adults with low bodyweight. Although liver toxicity is a recognised risk with oral paracetamol, evidence regarding the relationship between low bodyweight and the risk of liver toxicity is unclear. Two independent bodies are contracted to provide oral paracetamol prescribing guidance for clinicians. The information provided is not consistent. There is potential for electronic prescribing and medication administrati
  13. Content Article
    In this report, the Coroner states that she had been informed that the risk of mortality in the elderly who have suffered significant trauma is high, because they are at greater risk of developing pneumonia. She notes that it is therefore essential that they receive emergency medical care as soon as possible. She highlighted that in this case it took three hours for an ambulance to arrive, and whilst she had no evidence that this delay contributed to Mrs Young's death, she could not confirm that it did not. She stated that future lives could be at risk due to delays in providing a timely emerg
  14. Content Article
    Inconsistency in visiting restrictions It is now evident that there are no clear guidelines about how patients can be supported in hospital and in care homes. Page 3, paragraph 3 of the Government's ‘Guidance on Care Home Visiting’ says: “There are no nationally set restrictions on friends and family visiting their loved ones in care homes. We expect and encourage providers to facilitate visits wherever possible and to do so in a risk assessed way”. From next week, restrictions related to care homes in England will be eased. But how are family and friends expected to know about curren
  15. News Article
    Over-50s and younger adults with underlying health conditions are being urged to participate in a study of life-saving treatments for COVID-19. The study is open to those who test positive for Covid and had symptoms develop in the previous five days. Volunteers will be given pills to take at home. The study will help decide how antiviral drugs will be used, Prof Sir Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, said. Health Secretary Sajid Javid asked everyone eligible to "step forward" and "help us to learn more about medicines which could save thousands of li
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