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Dr Alexa is ready to see you now - NHS embraces voice assisted technology

Laura Sheehan
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Got a problem cough? Worried about a lump? Many of us now turn to the internet and Google our symptoms as a first port of call. Well, as of this week, the Amazon Alexa is able to search the official NHS website in order to answer any health...

Relative of Nye Bevan died as a result of "neglect" by NHS trusts

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A case before the Coroner’s Court has recently been reported in the press because, as a result of mistakes by two hospital trusts, the great-nephew of NHS founder, Nye Bevan, passed away. The evidence before the coroner was that Mr Bevan was not...

All GP practices due to be connected to NHS app by 1st July

Kelly Withers
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With so many locations and staff across the country, plus an increase in patients, centralising information and promoting access to it has long been an objective for the NHS. NHSX was established, a new joint unit “to take forward digital...

Investigation underway to determine if the deaths of five eating disorder patients were avoidable

Kelly Withers
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In 2017, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) raised concerns that the NHS may be missing opportunities to assist patients with eating disorders. They published a report: “Ignoring the alarms: how NHS eating disorder services are...

Is this the end of the four hour A&E target in England?

Laura Owen
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14 hospitals have been chosen to pilot a new way to treat A&E patients. As part of the pilot, the sickest patients will be prioritised, rather than attempting to treat 95% of patients in the current four hour timescale.  The four hour...

Tackling the GP shortfall

Laura Owen
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According to the BBC, some patients have been waiting as long as seven weeks for a routine GP appointment. Those patients who require urgent GP appointments either face long queues on the phone or an early morning queue outside of their GP...

The blood scandal inquiry

Laura Sheehan
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This week has seen the first week of the inquiry looking into how thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV from contaminated blood they were given in the 1970s and 1980s. About 5,000 people with haemophilia, a genetic condition that...

Public Health England launch campaign as attendance at cervical screening appointments reaches 20 year low

Alexandra Cullen
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You already have a million and one things on your to do list and then the invitation letter drops through your door; time for your cervical screening appointment. The temptation for most people, and for a multitude of reasons, is to delay the appointment...

Technology in healthcare - how far should it go?

Carla Duprey
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I have seen a few articles recently about the increased use of technology in healthcare and how it could potentially lead to fewer fully trained doctors being required and decreased costs in the NHS in the long-term. Dr Eric Topol (US health expert) has...

NHS staffing shortages causing concern

Kelly Withers
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A group of leading think tanks have produced a joint paper predicting that more patients are going to be directed to a pharmacist or physiotherapist over the next decade rather than being seen by their GP, due to doctor shortages. In a joint...

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