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  1. News Article
    Healthcare Improvement Scotland have been commissioned to lead a review into the neonatal death rates. It follows the higher than expected deaths in both March 2022 and September last year, as published by Public Health Scotland. At least 18 babies under four weeks old died in March – a rate of 4.6 per 1,000 births. The wider inquiry is understood to have been triggered because the mortality rate passed an "upper control" threshold of 4.4 per 1,000 births. The average mortality rate among newborns is just over 2 per 1,000 births. The Scottish Government said the
  2. Content Article
    The toolkit covers the following topics: Creating conditions Understanding your system Developing aims Testing changes - identify change ideas, test and refine Testing changes - specific change ideas Implement and sustain changes Sharing learning
  3. News Article
    Scotland’s health services are failing to tackle a mental health crisis affecting thousands of people with drug or alcohol problems because the right policies are not being followed, an expert body has found. The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, a statutory body founded to protect the human rights of people with mental illness, said only a minority of health professionals were using the correct strategies and plans for at-risk patients. Dr Arun Chopra, its medical director, said there had been a “collective failure” to act: few local services were using the correct procedures
  4. News Article
    Performance on waiting times targets at Scotland's hospital A&E units has hit a new low. Figures for the week ending 11 September showed just 63.5% of patients were dealt with within four hours. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said the figures were "not acceptable" and he was determined to improve performance. Scottish Tory health spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane said the figures showed the "crisis in A&E is not merely continuing, but deepening". The Scottish government target is that 95% of patients attending A&E are seen and subsequently admitted or discharged withi
  5. Event
    This national learning event will bring together clinical and improvement leaders involved or interested in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. Aims of the day: Explore the organisational and system wide conditions that enable the safe delivery of care amidst increasing system pressures Learn how The SPSP Essentials of Safe Care are supporting improvements in safety Provide a forum for leaders and teams working across all aspects of SPSP to come together to share and learn This event page is for delegates wishing to attend the morning plenary sessions only as
  6. News Article
    Watchdogs have been asked to investigate a Scottish government overhaul of NHS waiting times information after surgeons said that some of the figures were “grossly misleading”. A complaint has been made to the Office for Statistics Regulation, which ensures that important public data is trustworthy, about a new guide for patients on the NHS Inform website. Concerns have also been raised with Audit Scotland, which monitors public spending and NHS performance. Last month Humza Yousaf, Scottish health secretary, unveiled the platform claiming that it would reassure patients about waitin
  7. Content Article
    The report makes the following recommendations: By 2022, there needs to be a multidisciplinary mental health workforce plan, alongside the refresh of the mental health strategy, that provides the staffing needed to provide care at the point of need. A guarantee mental health receives its share of Covid health funding, and that there is a longer-term assessment of what funding is needed to meet the mental health needs of all Scots. A national transitions strategy for our most vulnerable young people, ensuring they can transition into adulthood with the right care and support
  8. News Article
    The Scottish government has signed a contract to allow NHS patients to visit a US expert for mesh removal surgery. Patients can book appointments with Dr Dionysios Veronikis in Missouri with their travel and accommodation costs paid for by the NHS. The cost of each procedure is estimated to be £16,000 to £23,000. Transvaginal implant use was stopped in Scotland after hundreds of women were left with painful, life-changing side effects. NHS National Services Scotland said it would work with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and local health boards to take forward arrangements fo
  9. News Article
    Emergency doctors in Scotland are “dreading” the Queen’s Jubilee weekend as fears grow that the public holiday will add to long patient queues. One accident and emergency consultant has pleaded with patients to be considerate to NHS staff as they deal with long backlogs at a time when other workers will be on holiday. Calvin Lightbody, at Hairmyres Hospital in Lanarkshire, said that the GP out-of-hours service in his region had been so short-staffed they had to send patients to A&E instead of treating the people themselves, adding to the delays in hospitals. He said a four-d
  10. News Article
    NHS Scotland is to change the way women are called to breast cancer detection appointments after major recent errors in the screening programme. Some eligible for screening were not invited because they had moved between GP practices or were aged over 71 by the time their practice was called. Women aged 50 to 70 are invited for appointments once every three years, based on their GP practice. It emerged hundreds of women in NHS Lothian may have missed screenings. The health board said in January that 369 women considered to have a higher risk of developing the disease may no
  11. News Article
    A trade union has written to every politician representing the Scottish Borders to highlight "dangerous staffing levels" in local hospitals. Unison claims serious breaches of safety guidelines are occurring daily due to a lack of nurses, auxiliaries and porters. The letter says staff are unable to take proper rest breaks or log serious incidents in the reporting system. NHS Borders said patient and staff safety was its number one priority. Unison said working conditions in the area were regularly in breach of regulations. Greig Kelbie, the union's regional officer in the Bo
  12. News Article
    Paramedic Moira Shaw is eyeing the frantic activity at the front doors of Edinburgh's emergency department. She is waiting for the go-ahead to hand over her patients to medics and answer the next 999 call. It can be a long wait. Last week, 1 in 10 ambulances across Scotland took more than 80 minutes to drop patients at an emergency department. BBC Scotland joined Moira and colleague Blair Paul at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where they were among seven ambulances waiting to drop off patients. "At the moment we can be an hour waiting, we sit in the ambulance and we wait
  13. Content Article
    The independent review team found that patients, staff and visitors with compromised immune systems were exposed to risks which could have been lower if the correct design, build and commissioning had taken place. However, the report also says that since the building’s opening, measures have been put it place or are underway to ensure a sustained reduction in these risks. The report also identifies a number of other issues which arose as a result of the infections, including the effect on public confidence, disruption to treatments, additional workloads for infection prevention and c
  14. News Article
    The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) estimated 36 Scots died as a direct result of avoidable delays in the week to 30 March. It comes as the number of people in hospital with Covid reached another record high, the worst cancer waiting times were reported since records began in 2006, and the Royal College of Nursing issued a warning that patient care is under “serious threat” from record-high staffing shortages. The RCEM said it would “welcome” a decision to extend the legal requirement to wear face coverings in Scotland to protect the NHS. “Anything that can continue t