Surgical smoke exposure: take part in our survey!

The Clinical Services Journal is inviting all staff working in operating theatres to take part in an important survey on exposure to surgical smoke in UK hospitals.

New group B Strep injury code will drive improvements in maternal care

Following a campaign by Group B Strep Support, NHS Resolution (which handles clinical negligence claims) has introduced a series of learning codes to improve identification of injuries suffered by babies around birth and in the early months of life.

Funding to improve diagnosis in cancer, thoracic and liver disease

Roche Diagnostics has announced that it is part of three consortia that have each won government funding provided through UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

New cancer blood test up to ten times more sensitive

A new method of analysing cancer patients’ blood for evidence of the disease could be up to ten times more sensitive than previous methods according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK.

Patients leaving hospital helped to stay safe through pharmacy support

Patients leaving hospital in Tameside and Glossop are now being offered extra support taking their prescribed medicines as part of a new digital health project designed to keep them safe from harm after a hospital stay.

Inpatients want to be more involved in their care and treatment

But almost half (45%) of England’s hospital inpatients want to be more involved in decisions made about their care and treatment, according to results from a survey of more than 75,000 people.

Greater Manchester moves to virtual appointments

Patients in Greater Manchester are now benefitting from being able to see their GP through virtual appointments and online consultations.

'Health is not a luxury item', warns WHO Director-General

The Coronavirus pandemic dominated discussion at Omnia Health Live, with experts across the world sharing the latest findings on COVID-19.

Tongue microbes provide window to heart health

Microorganisms on the tongue could help diagnose heart failure, according to research presented on HFA Discoveries, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

Anaemia is ‘common’ in COVID patients admitted to ICU

New findings on patients with COVID-19 have been discussed at Omnia Health Live.

Roll-on, roll-off pinworm collector

A new and improved method for diagnosing pinworm infections has been developed by Bio-Connections.

Smartphone app uses voice recordings to detect fluid in the lungs

Voice analysis by a smartphone app identifies lung congestion in heart failure patients, allowing early intervention before their condition deteriorates. The small study is presented on HFA Discoveries.

Patient record flag improves care of people with learning disabilities

Healthcare for people with a learning disability can be improved by a new flag on patient records, a pilot scheme has shown.

Global healthcare community to unite in world’s biggest virtual event

For five days in June (22-26 June 2020) the global healthcare community will be brought together on a scale like never seen before through a new experience delivered entirely online, Omnia Health Live.

NHS launches new online support for people with diabetes

New online tools for people living with diabetes are now available on the NHS to help people manage their condition during the coronavirus pandemic.

New guidance for gas supply in medical facilities

National trade body The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has rewritten one of its most frequently referenced codes of practice, which is used in medical environments across the UK.

Doctors do not want to return to pre-pandemic work patterns

Fewer than half (45%) of doctors say they want their working pattern to return to what it was before the pandemic, according to a survey of over 25,000 UK members of the Royal College of Physicians.

Eastwood Park to reopen for training

Eastwood Park is planning to resume training at the end June, while implementing safety measures for learners and staff.

Study aims to improve medicines management

A National Institute of Health Research funded study provides new insight for clinicians such as GPs and pharmacists to help them manage their patients’ medication more effectively.

Transfusion of antibody-rich plasma aims to boost patients’ survival

NHS Blood and Transplant has supplied the first units of convalescent plasma to hospitals and the first transfusions have taken place.