Patient care

Record tests and checks delivered by NHS alongside high demand for A&Es and ambulances

New figures out today show the NHS performed its highest ever number of diagnostic tests for the month of May, while A&E attendances and emergency ambulance call-outs hit an all-time high for any June on record. Monthly performance data released today show 2.1m diagnostic tests were carried out in May – the most checks ever […]

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NHS in final push to treat longest waiters

Patients are being offered faster treatment in different parts of the country as part of an NHS ‘final push’ to virtually eliminate the number waiting two years or more. The NHS Elective Recovery Plan, published earlier this year, set out how the health service would address COVID-19 backlogs in treatment, initially focusing on the longest […]

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NHS lands breakthrough in global battle against superbugs

The NHS is set to roll out two ‘superbug’ busting drugs through a world-first, pioneering subscription deal that will help tackle antimicrobial resistance, the head of the NHS announced today. The deal, initially for two antimicrobial drugs, means patients with serious infections that have evolved so much that antibiotics and other current treatments are no […]

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Parkinson’s patients benefit from revolutionary watch on the NHS to manage care at home

Patients with Parkinson’s disease are being given life-changing smart watches that allow doctors to remotely assess their condition in a pioneering project to revolutionise NHS care. The cutting-edge gadget containing sensors, known as a Parkinson’s Kinetigraph (PKG), is worn around the clock for six days to monitor patients’ movements at home. The information it collects […]

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Hundreds of extra appointments at children’s hospitals on ‘Super Saturday’

Children’s hospitals across the country are putting on extra clinics today as part of an NHS ‘Super Saturday’ drive to address COVID backlogs. Staff are putting on hundreds of appointments as part of the ambitious NHS accelerator programme. Some hospitals taking part will use virtual reality to distract youngsters during surgery, avoiding the need for […]

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Pre-op care to support NHS patients ahead of surgery

Patients waiting for major procedures will be given extensive support from dedicated NHS care teams to make sure they are fighting fit for surgery. A third of on-the-day cancellations are due to people not being clinically ready for treatment, such as having a long-term condition including diabetes or high blood pressure which has not been […]

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