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Calls to cut waiting times for tests as one in four cancer patients face diagnosis delays

One in four cancer patients experienced a delay to their diagnosis that could have been avoided, according to a new study by Cancer Research UK.

Blood test can quickly match advanced breast cancer patients to targeted treatments

A blood test can help identify rare mutations in advanced breast cancer, which may enable patients to access effective treatments more quickly in the future, Cancer Research UK scientists have found.

Royal College of Nursing responds to General Election result

Responding to the General Election result, Dame Donna Kinnair Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said: “The Prime Minister must remember that the Government’s new mandate was secured on the back of health and care pledges over which we will hold them to account.

Robotic lung surgery reaches 150 procedure milestone

Specialists at NHS Golden Jubilee have carried out more than 150 robotic lung surgery operations, helping patients get home quicker.

Risk of harm to babies and children from coin/button batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued around the risk of harm to babies and children from coin/button batteries in hearing aids and other hearing devices.

‘Simply not enough GPs to meet demand’ – TUC analysis on GP numbers

Responding to analysis from the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which shows GP numbers have fallen by almost 1,000 in the last four years, Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA GP committee chair, said: “As we’ve said time and time again, there are simply not enough GPs to meet demand and guarantee safe, quality care to patients. And as doctors stretch themselves more thinly, they risk their own health and wellbeing.

Half of all women with HIV in Europe are diagnosed late

A report published on 28 November 2019 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, shows that women accounted for one-third of the new 141,000 HIV diagnoses in Europe in 2018.

Digital services ‘no substitute’ for GPs but will aid patient access

Digital GP services “are not a substitute” for face-to-face appointments but will help improve patient access in a primary care setting, a King’s Fund analyst has said. Access to GPs is becoming increasingly strained partly due to staffing concerns and partly down to rising numbers of patients. The most recent NHS Digital figures show practices are delivering the highest number of appointments ever recorded in a single month – an estimated 30.8m.

State of the nation’s health in 2018 shown in new report

The latest figures for the Health Survey for England have been released by NHS Digital, monitoring trends in the nation’s health and featuring new data on gambling, asthma and longstanding conditions.

Risk of death and severe harm from ingesting superabsorbent polymer gel granules (2019)

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued around the risk of ingesting superabsorbent polymer gel granules. National Patient Safety Alerts are shared rapidly with healthcare providers via the Central Alerting Systemopens in a new window (CAS).

New NHS online training to help people get home from hospital quicker

NHS England and Health Education England have today launched ActNow, an e-learning tool developed for health service and care staff to help them reduce hospital delays for patients. Nearly 350,000 patients currently spend over three weeks in acute hospitals each year.

Let’s do our duty: Top nurse leads NHS staff flu jab drive

England’s most senior nurse has called on the NHS’ million-plus frontline workers to protect themselves and their patients this year by taking up their free flu jab. Ruth May, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, is spearheading this year’s drive to ensure that as many NHS staff as possible get vaccinated against seasonal flu – meaning they are both less likely to need time off over the busy winter period, and less likely to pass on the virus to vulnerable patients.

BAM to build Scotland’s biggest healthcare centre yet

BAM Construction has been appointed by hub west Scotland to build Scotland’s biggest health centre to date in Parkhead, Glasgow.

Vanguard showcases new CSSD at Manchester event

Vanguard Healthcare Solutions says that over the course of the two-day show, over 350 visitors looked around its new mobile Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) unit at October’s Healthcare Estates 2019 event in Manchester.

£15 million Health Centre opens in Barrow-in-Furness

A new £15 million health centre which has seen a GP and primary health care services successfully accommodated in both a refurbished former school and a modern addition opened in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria on 11 November.

Prescribing costs for 2018-19 published

Information on the estimated costs at list price of medicines used in hospitals and prescribed in primary care in 2018-19 has been published by NHS Digital.

Health Enterprise East celebrates 15 years of medtech innovation with St George’s Hospital partnership

Health Enterprise East (HEE) has recently launched a partnership with St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to help accelerate the development of innovative technologies.

Project to develop new technology receives Heart Research UK grant

A project at Ulster University aiming to develop a better way of powering mechanical heart pumps used to treat heart failure has received a grant of almost £250,000 from national charity Heart Research UK.

NHS whistle-blower support scheme to roll out across the country

The NHS in England is to roll out dedicated support for members of staff who raise the alarm on unsafe practice.

Medopad announces collaboration with Janssen to implement automated digital test of verbal memory

Medopad has announced a strategic collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, to validate, scale and potentially commercialise the ReVeRe platform as a digital biomarker for Alzheimer's disease (AD). This deal was facilitated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation.