Landmark NHS deal to open access to life-changing cystic fibrosis drug

From today thousands of NHS cystic fibrosis patients in England can benefit from a ‘transformative’ treatment for cystic fibrosis.

Liverpool's homeless engage with blood-borne virus testing

A total of 67 people are now receiving treatment following a HIV and Hepatitis C testing initiative that engages with homeless people during lockdown, led by Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Research grant for project to prevent failure of blood vessel grafts

A project at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) aiming to develop a new method of making grafted blood vessels more resilient has been awarded a grant of over £145,000 by national charity Heart Research UK.

Safety alert on sodium nitrite

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued on the risk of death from unintended administration of sodium nitrite.

Prime Minister confirms funding to prepare the NHS for winter

The Prime Minister has promised Trusts, across the UK, a share of £300 million to upgrade their facilities ahead of winter.

Government announces new funding to double nursing apprentices

Nursing careers in England will be made more accessible through a new government package worth up to £172 million, which will enable healthcare employers to take on up to 2,000 nursing degree apprentices every year over the next four years.

£500m savings could be released by moving hospital appointments online

One in three routine outpatient hospital attendances could be moved online, saving nearly half a billion pounds per year in lost economic activity and wasted NHS time.

NHS recruitment drive to help tackle loneliness and improve lives

The NHS is recruiting a growing army of social prescribing link workers to combat loneliness and isolation fuelled by coronavirus.

Is surgical site infection guidance always followed? Take our survey!

Surgical site infections (SSIs) continue to cost lives, as well as adding to the financial costs for the NHS. So, what are the key areas in theatre practice that require improvement?

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have raised risk of heart disease

​Women in their 30s and 40s with a common condition affecting how the ovaries work are more likely to get heart disease.

Sponge on a string test to transform oesophageal cancer diagnosis

A ‘sponge on a string’ pill test can identify ten times more people with Barrett’s oesophagus than the usual GP route, according to a new study funded by Cancer Research UK and published in The Lancet.

Vaping linked with heart problems

In adolescents the use of e-cigarettes doubles the risk of starting to smoke traditional cigarettes, states a position paper published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Getinge to become CO₂ neutral by 2025

Getinge has announced its commitment to become CO₂ neutral by 2025.

Rising numbers of nurses and doctors boosts NHS workforce

The latest data shows that NHS nurse numbers continue to rise, with 13,502 more than last year, while the number of doctors in the NHS has also risen by 7,890.

Remembering the other virus for World Hepatitis Day

Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, on 28 July, Prof Steve Ryder, chair of the Hepatitis C Coalition, is calling for action to find the “missing millions”. Worldwide, 290 million people are unaware they are living with viral hepatitis.

Study finds chocolate is good for the heart

Eating chocolate at least once a week is linked with a reduced risk of heart disease, according to research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Take Part In Our Survey: COVID-19 and medical device shortages

Are hospitals still facing medical device challenges in the wake of COVID-19? New research aims to find out how hospitals are coping...

Aspergillus Latus found in a hospital environment for the first time

Aspergillus latus, a species of fungus previously found only in soil or plants, has been found for the first time in a hospital environment by an international group of researchers.

Report proves point-of-care scanning improves patient safety

A new report demonstrates that point-of-care scanning in the NHS improves patient safety, releases back clinical time to care and saves the NHS millions of pounds.

Workshops go online as the GMC responds to COVID restrictitions

The General Medical Council (GMC) is to run online versions of its popular free workshops for doctors new to working in the UK, in response to restrictions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.