STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

How MyNotes Medical got started by Joanna Slater

Well 3 and a half years later I’m very near with the help of co-founder Brad Meyer, but we need your help to use and test the app. Even if you have an iphone still sigh up and get on the list so we can inform you when we do launch iPhone. Click on the link to sign up       http://www.mynotesmedical.com/join-our-medical-testers-team/

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Document all your health issues for you and your loved ones. MyNotes Medical download today

WITH YOUR HELP YOU WILL HELP US MAKE A MAJOR CHANGE IN HOW WE DOCUMENT OUR HEALTH CARE

We are currently looking for people only with “Android mobile devices” (phone or tablet) to use and test our app so MyNotes Medical will be the number one health documentation app available.

Click on this link  http://wp.me/P7C3OA-U  and please fill out the form to become one of testers and information how to download.                       Phase 2 iOS (iphone) will come at a later date.

In exchange for your early feedback we will give you free access to all upgrades for life to the first 100 people which will make you one of our founder members.

The MyNotes Medical program has been designed to help people protect and care for themselves, their loved ones and their patients (if they are carers or health practitioners.

Users of the app can do this by keeping and sharing accurate and accessible records of a person’s condition and treatment at the tap of a finger.

 TO TAKE NOTES

Recording robust written, audio and visual notes with the MyNotes Medical app enables patients to be more “informed, involved and engaged in getting better”.

The rich, chronological event log of text, audio, video and photo notes is automatically built and secured in a searchable format by the MyNotes Medical app.

Users of the MyNotes Medical app can easily add their personal information and details of treatment, medications and appointments

TO SHARE NOTES

MyNotes Medical users can easily refer to and share all of these details – including an accurate record of what was said, by whom and when – as treatment progresses.

TO RESEARCH HEALTH ISSUES

Between visits to the doctor or consultant, MyNotes Medical allows patients and carers to review and share recordings of the consultation/diagnosis with friends and family and to research vetted sites about related healthcare issues.

Together we can make a difference

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Thank you so much, Joanna Slater

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Listen to parents of sick children rather than tests, NHS tells doctors

New recommendations say medical staff must listen to parents who report their child is deteriorating, even if tests show no cause for alarm.

Doctors and nurses must listen to parents who report that their sick child is getting worse and investigate their concerns, even if the usual tests suggest there is no cause for alarm, say new NHS recommendations. NHS Improvement, which has reviewed the care of children who deteriorate while in hospital, says parents at the bedside are well placed to see any change in their child, but are not always heard and can be afraid to speak up.

Too often parents worry “about ‘time-wasting’ with any repeated concerns” or that they won’t be listened to, but “it is imperative that parents feel welcome and encouraged to speak up”, said Dr Mike Durkin, the NHS national director of patient safety. Children can deteriorate very quickly and die if they do not get the right treatment fast. Sepsis – blood poisoning – sometimes caused by meningitis, kills babies and children if they do not rapidly get antibiotics.

According to NHS Improvement, research shows that more than a quarter of preventable deaths in children and adults happen because they are not properly monitored so a change in their condition is not noticed.

Click on the link to read more

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/13/listen-to-parents-of-sick-children-rather-than-tests-nhs-tells-doctors

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How it all started, my mothers story

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Joanna Slater chronicles her mother Kay’s agonising six-month decline after a routine hip op – at the hands of an NHS where  many have simply forgotten how to care… 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1394300/NHS-hip-operation-mother-died-Daughters-harrowing-account.html

 

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The scandal of dirty wards in Nottingham’s hospitals

Patients caught superbugs in city hospital wards after the private firm paid £200 million to clean them failed to do its job properly.

The number of hospital beds out of action due to outbreaks of viruses almost doubled under the care of Carillion, which has a contract to maintain the City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre. A decontamination unit has now been set up by NHS bosses and dirty wards are being deep-cleaned. Nurses are also being trained to do more cleaning. But patients say the news, published in a report by Nottingham Hospitals University Trust, is “beyond belief”.

David Jones, chairman of Nottingham Pensioners’ Action Group, said two of the group’s members had recently contracted infections while in hospital. He said: “This is a major concern. It’s quite worrying that we’ve had two members who have had problems recently where they have been in hospital and caught infections; it takes a long time to recover. “Members have been worried about the fact that it has gone out to private contract because companies need to keep that profitability. This is the effect that we are seeing now. “We expect the contract to be met, considering all the money they are being given.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.nottinghampost.com/life-death-says-horrified-MP/story-27581081-detail/story.html

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GV of QMC (Queen’s Medical Centre), Nottingham.
PICTURE BY DAN MATTHAMS.

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British hospitals near bottom of league tables for botched ops

Research shows that hospitals in the UK have one of the worst records in the industrialised world for leaving surgical instruments in patients after surgery

British hospitals are among the worst in the Western world for leaving surgical instruments in the body after surgery, international research has found. A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development shows that the UK has the sixth worst record for foreign bodies after surgery, with 5.5 cases per 100,000 people discharged from hospital. The rate is three times that of Poland, with 1.9 cases per 100,000 patients, and twice that of Slovenia, at 2.9 cases per 100,000. Such incidents are classed by the NHS as “never events”  because they are should be avoided by systems of checks.

Leaving foreign bodies in patients increases the risk of deadly infections and other complications, and can result in fatal blood poisoning and organ failure. In the year 2014/15, there were 102 such cases in England, latest data shows

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11769158/British-hospitals-near-bottom-of-league-tables-for-botched-ops.html

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Radiography students in hospitals tell stories that make me want to weep

In the NHS, students are at the bottom of the pile with little voice. It’s time the health service acknowledged that they can help improve services

I am a diagnostic radiographer; one of the allied health professions often forgotten by the public and media in a world where the NHS seems to consist of only doctors and nurses. Diagnostic radiographers often see tens, if not hundreds, of new patients each day. We get very little time with our patients; it can take as little as two minutes to complete a chest x-ray. During this time, we are expected to build a relationship of trust with our patient to enable us to get the best possible image while ensuring that the patient is cared for. It is a difficult balance to achieve but one that is vitally important. That two minute x-ray could be a life changing event; something that is easy to forget when you are x-raying the chests of over 100 people each day.

It isn’t as easy to forget for student radiographers though. I am currently a senior lecturer in diagnostic radiography and my students spend 50% of their three-year degree on placement in imaging departments. First year students generally aren’t used to the healthcare environment and tend to view it as a member of the public would. This means that they notice things that radiographers, through familiarity, no longer see. Students should, therefore, be used as an early warning system – someone on the inside looking with an outsiders eyes.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2015/jul/27/radiography-students-hospitals-stories-make-me-weep

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Large numbers of older patients experience lack of dignity in hospital

Older hospital patients in England face a “widespread and systematic” pattern of inadequate care, according to a detailed statistical analysis of inpatient experience data in NHS hospitals in England.

The analysis* by Drs Polly Vizard and Tania Burchardt of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics uses data from the Adult Inpatient Survey for 2012-13 to give a detailed picture of older people’s reported experiences during hospital stays. The results showed that experiences of poor or inconsistent standards of dignity and help with eating were too high in the “vast majority” of NHS trusts. Over a fifth of older people (23%) reported experiencing poor or inconsistent standards of dignity and respect and more than one in three patients who needed help with eating did not receive enough assistance.

Poor or inconsistent care was more likely to be experienced by women, those aged over 80 and those with a long-standing illness or disability such as deafness of blindness. The likelihood of poor or inconsistent care was particularly high for patients whose hospital stay had been long or if they had stayed on three or more wards.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.onmedica.com/newsArticle.aspx?id=dd0ea49d-0d5f-480d-b17b-7f6cbf282737

Click on the link to download the full analysis*

Older peoples experiences of dignity and nutrition during hospital stays

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REVEALED: At least a third of hospitals ‘could go BUST’ in NHS debt timebomb

An in-depth survey of 196 finance directors covering NHS hospitals, community care, mental health and ambulance services has uncovered a financial ticking time-bomb.

If savings aren’t made and the Government doesn’t plug the funding gap by 2020, experts say “a debate” will be needed about what services the NHS can continue to offer. The frightening figures come from a survey of NHS finance bosses across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Out of those questioned, 77 per cent of hospital bosses predict they will be in debt by the end of this financial year. They represent 36 per cent of the nation’s hospitals. However, the true figure of those spiralling into debt could be considerably higher as not all finance directors took part in the survey.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/589553/NHS-debt-hospitals-bust-health-service-summer-Budget-2015

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Are you caring for a loved one or know someone that is? Is it going well? Are you worried?

Are you caring for a loved one? Is it going well? Would it be really useful to have a tool that you could keep notes instantly, keep an eye on what the doctors are saying and be able to go back on your notes?

Yes! well please look at MyNotes Medical which is to safeguard our loved ones.
MyNotes Medical will single-handedly revolutionize the health care system!

This little app will prevent so much suffering, anguish and heartache on the part of patients, their carers and families. It will also unquestionable save many, many lives

MyNotes Medical is long overdue, and needs your financial support now!

It is imperative that we get the funding we need to launch this project. Your help is desperately needed, however small. Please go to our website http://goo.gl/3rf9c7

Please help us to help you and your loved ones and Together we can make a difference

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NHS needs more funding this year or patient care could suffer, say health experts

The NHS needs another funding boost this year or patient care could suffer, health experts have said, in the latest bleak assessment of the health service finances.

Researchers at the King’s Fund found that an unprecedented nine out of 10 hospitals in England are predicting an end-of-year deficit, with estimates suggesting that NHS providers could go £2bn into the red.

The stark warning from the respected think tank, which comes ahead of next week’s Budget, also undermines some of the Government’s flagship NHS pledges, stating that an £8bn funding increase for the NHS in England by 2020 – announced before the election – is a bare minimum and cannot pay for David Cameron’s promise of seven-day working across the health service.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-needs-more-funding-this-year-or-patient-care-could-suffer-say-health-experts-10361673.html

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Superhospital, episode 1: The Telegraph review the NHS in action

The first episode of the documentary series was a derivative but tear-jerking look at hospital life

It’s amazing how many hospital documentaries there are, giving you a ringside seat to every catheter insertion and scan result. They’re meant to fill you with respect for the NHS and make you cry, but surely we’ve all spent too much time in real, broken, depressing hospitals to fall for that one.

Click on the link to read the review

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-and-radio-reviews/11699565/Superhospital-episode-1-review.html

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The staff of the Royal Derby Hospital in Derby appear in the ITV observational documentary series Superhospital

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Frank Foster – Campaign for dignity in death – Please sign petition

Frank Fowler 1920 – 2014. Frank was diagnosed with brain cancer and was deaf and blind and was receiving treatment at Pembury, Tunbridge Wells. In his final days Frank suffered unbearable pain but was left to suffer throughout his painful last moments. His was not a dignified death and one that no ones loved ones should have to endure. Please support the campaign to have Dignity in Death debated in the Houses of Parliament.

Sign the petition and please share this video. Joanne Fowler is the daughter of Frank and is campaigning for Dignity in Death to be heard in Parliament.

The petition can be signed at http://fb.me/6uo9GARXZ

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Our account of the appalling lack of duty of care and the terrible death of our mother on unauthorised LCP, who died on 14 June 2013. By sisters Rosalind Brewer and Marilyn Ealy

All your stories, Strength in Numbers. Please read this in-depth shocking account written to the hospital complaining of the course of events which led to Rosalind Brewer and Marilyn Ealy’s mother’s death.

Dear Sir/Madam

We’re writing to you to make a complaint about the lack of care, attention, compassion, and appalling communications received from the staff at Frimley Park Hospital to both our Mother and ourselves, and the circumstances that led to our Mother’s recent death.

Before our Mother Mrs Gerda Ealy (who was 88) was admitted into Frimley Park Hospital, and before the media announced the abuse of the Liverpool Care Pathway, we already feared the outcome of our Mother’s admission into hospital. We also expressed our concerns to the ambulance drivers and staff at A&E.

Our Mother was not terminally ill, but was elderly and as a result of this we feel it underlines the fact that she was targeted by putting her on LCP in order to hasten her death.

Please continue to read by clicking on the PDF below. It will surely shock you. The family want justice.

OUR ACCOUNT – COMPLAINT OF THE LACK OF CARE OF OUR MOTHER WITHOUT NAME

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Hospital in Ashya King case reveals ‘outpouring of hatred’ directed at staff

Would you take your very ill child out of hospital against the doctor’s advice?

Please fill in our one question survey by clicking on the link

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Ashya

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Medics tell BBC documentary of overwhelming volume of vitriolic messages received – and defend their approach to the five-year-old’s treatment

Staff at the hospital where five-year-old Ashya King was treated for brain cancer before he was taken abroad by his parents have spoken about the “outpouring of hatred” they received – but said they would act in the same way if the situation arose again. Medical staff at Southampton general hospital told a BBC documentary how the torrent of abuse effectively shut down the hospital’s switchboard after it “became a story of a hospital [that] was chasing down a family”. One doctor said he received hate mail from someone telling him they wished his own children would get cancer and die.

The hospital came under the glare of the world’s media last August after Ashya’s parents took him abroad for treatment, against the advice of the NHS specialists who had been caring for him in Southampton.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/10/hospital-in-ashya-king-case-reveals-outpouring-of-hatred-directed-at-staff

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Ashya – The Untold Story will be broadcast on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Friday 10 April

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Why are some doctors STILL so rude to patients’ loved ones? After two very different encounters at the same hospital, this lament that’ll strike a chord with many

  • Sarah Foot says a consultant talked down at her and her sick husband
  • Her ‘hostile body language’ was ‘telling me to shut up and know my place’
  • Says that like all relatives, what she needed was kindness and support

Here’s the scene: My husband Tony is desperately ill and I’m sitting by his hospital bed. He’s been sick for weeks and at one stage I was told he was expected to die. He’s now out of a coma and no longer, thank God, one of the ten sickest people in the vast teaching hospital. But still no one knows what’s wrong with him. He’s been moved from the intensive care unit into a small room when suddenly a consultant descends.

She crashes through the door, followed by half a dozen of her juniors, who crowd round the bed and wait for her to speak. No one’s in any doubt who’s in charge. She talks not at us, but down to us, like some reincarnation of the monstrous Sir Lancelot Spratt (played by James Robertson Justice) from the Doctor In The House films. Except this isn’t funny. Tony has been in hospital for more than a month, but how or why he got ill so suddenly no one really knows.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3018726/Why-doctors-rude-patients-loved-ones-two-different-encounters-hospital-lament-ll-strike-chord-many.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Woman loses leg after NHS staff accidentally inject it with disinfectant – By Ollie McAteer for Metro.co.uk

The woman, who has only been named as Gina, was mentioned in a report by MPs into the work of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

Gina lost her leg through a catastrophic error at Doncaster Royal Infrimary in 2013. Hospital bosses said that the shocking incident is now being used as an example of good practice to show how lessons had been learned. Her case has been used by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as part of a YouTube clip called ‘The Human Factor: Learning from Gina’s Story’ which has been shown to NHS staff and organisations to show how lessons can be learned from local investigations.

Sewa Singh, Medical Director at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, said: ‘We are pleased that the enquiry recognised that Gina’s story is an example of good practice for the NHS. ‘Patient safety is at the forefront of everything we do at DBH and if there are any mistakes we make sure that we carry out a thorough investigation, share the findings with patients and their families and ensure Trust wide learning. ‘We worked closely with Gina and her husband to make an educational video called Gina’s Story that drives home the importance of patient safety and our safety culture and we can’t thank them enough for helping us with this.

‘The inspiring educational video was shared widely both within the organisation, and to other hospitals as we wanted to ensure that no-one else goes through the same experience.’ Please watch this tragic video where one moment loss of concentration cost Gina the loss of her leg.

The Department of Health believes that more than 12,000 hospital deaths could be avoided every year.

More than 10,000 serious incident are reported to NHS England each year.

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Dementia patients stay in hospital ‘because of home help care shortage’

Patients with dementia are being condemned to needlessly long stays in hospital because of a shortage of care to help them at home, a charity has warned.

New research shows that in the last financial year, people with the condition spent more than 3 million days in hospital – with average stay in some hospitals three times as long as in others. The Alzheimer’s Society said dementia sufferers were being forced to endure long stays in frightening and unfamiliar hospital surroundings, for want of support at home.

Official data shows that the NHS spent nearly £900m on the care of dementia patients who spent 3.42 million days in hospital during 2013/14. If the hospitals with the slowest discharge rates matched the national average, the health service would have saved £70 million – equal to the total amount spent on dementia research each year – the charity said. The figures show that while some hospitals had an average stay of six days for a patient with the condition, in others, the typical stay was more than three weeks.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/elder/11502563/Dementia-patients-stay-in-hospital-because-of-home-help-care-shortage.html

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NHS in crisis: Gok Wan’s auntie suffers agonising 7-hour wait on Scots hospital A&E trolley

GOK Wan’s family have told of their fury after the TV star’s frail aunt lay in agony on a trolley at a Scots hospital for seven hours.

Mary Wan, 81, was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary after complaining of excruciating leg pains at her nursing home in the city. But relatives were horrified when she was left until early in the morning with no food or medication, despite suffering a stroke just weeks before. Gok’s cousin Charles, 51, who is Mary’s son, said: “My mum is an elderly Chinese woman who doesn’t speak any English. I have to speak up for her.

“For someone of her age to suffer in pain for that time is not on. She is the best mum in the world and deserves to be looked after properly.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/health/nhs-crisis-gok-wans-auntie-5341832

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Gok with cousin Charlie, and his aunt Mary

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Fears over death wish databases that doctors say mean elderly could be left to die at home rather than saved at hospital

Do you think it’s a good idea to construct computer databases containing the details of how elderly people want to die in hospital or at home? 

Please fill in our one question survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dying

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A ‘worrying’ scheme to construct a series of computer databases containing the details of how every elderly person wants to die is being recommended by MPs.

They are pressing Ministers to push ahead with a universal system for recording people’s death wishes – despite fears people could be denied life-saving hospital treatment. Doctors or nurses would ask elderly patients where they want to die and whether they would prefer treatment to be withheld if all appears lost. Their wishes would then be added to databases to be shared with GPs, hospital staff and ambulance crews.  The Health Select Committee wants to reduce the number of dying patients being ferried to hospital for ‘unnecessary’ reasons. While around seven in 10 people say they want to die in their own homes, only two in 10 actually do. Too often, according to a report from the committee today, doctors carry information about where and how their patients want to die ‘in their heads’. Under the new system, if a patient has indicated they want to die at home, this information will be passed to paramedics called to an emergency.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2995242/Fears-death-wish-databases-doctors-say-mean-elderly-left-die-home-saved-hospital.html

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Hospital crisis hit 900 operations in West of England. Nearly half of those – 436 at Gloucestershire’s two main hospitals

More than 900 patients in the West of England had surgery cancelled for non-medical reasons at the start of 2015.

Nearly half of those – 436 – were due to be seen at Gloucestershire’s two main hospitals during a fortnight of intense pressure on the NHS. “Major incidents” were declared at a number of UK hospitals as medical staff struggled to cope with patient numbers. The Great Western Hospital in Swindon had the next highest total with 141 elective operations cancelled. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust – which released its figures following a Freedom of Information request – said the pressure was due to high demand on it’s services, an increase in frail and elderly patients and a shortage of beds. A statement from the trust said that operations called off on the day – a “national standard” for measuring cancellations – brought the number down to 43. The figure of 436 includes operations cancelled before and on the day for “non-medical” reasons. The trust said the data was “complex” and “should be considered in that context.”

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-31728432

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3,000 heart attack and stroke victims suffer delays after falling ill at weekends

3,000 heart attack and stroke victims a year are suffering delays being admitted to hospitals after falling ill at weekends, because NHS services are not working round the clock, a new report suggests. Senior doctors last night warned that patients are dying needlessly because of poor access to GPs and out-of-hours services failing to detect emergency cases which should be sent to hospital. New analysis of national NHS data shows a steep drop in the number of cases being admitted to hospital as an emergency at weekends, and a still sharper fall in the number who were sent there by GPs.

The figures suggest that each year, 3,144 patients suffering from heart attacks and strokes end up suffering a delay of at least 24 hours being admitted to hospital, because their case was not identified as an emergency.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11423136/3000-heart-attack-and-stroke-victims-suffer-delays-after-falling-ill-at-weekends.html

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NHS lets down patients with appalling standards at weekends, says top doctor

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11438668/NHS-lets-down-patients-with-appalling-standards-at-weekends-says-top-doctor.html

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Why hospital is no place for the unwell – By Michael Deacon

My week on the wards was a soul-crushing experience

For a man of 34, this is no doubt unusual, but until last month, I’d never spent the night in hospital.

Three weeks ago, however, that changed. And since then, I’ve been thinking things over. Previously, I’d assumed the reason I’d never spent the night in hospital was because I’d never been ill. Now I’m wondering whether the reason I’d never been ill was because I’d never spent the night in hospital.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11396908/Why-hospital-is-no-place-for-the-unwell.html

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Woman, 42, found hanged in hospital A&E department

A woman has been found hanged in a hospital A&E department. The body of the 42-year-old was discovered in a side room at the Royal Blackburn Hospital in Lancashire shortly before 1am yesterday. The shocking discovery is being investigated by police. A file has been prepared for the coroner’s office. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), which runs the hospital, declined to say whether the woman- from Burnley – was considered a suicide risk when she arrived at the department, or whether she had any known psychiatric problems. Dr Ian Stanley, acting medical director at ELHT, said: “Our sympathies are with the patient’s family at this difficult time. “This tragic incident is presently the subject of an initial police investigation and the trust will make no further comment at this time.”

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/woman-42-found-hanged-hospital-5056513?

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We DID neglect dying mother, hospital admits: Woman, 45, whose picture on floor in agony shocked Britain was ignored by medics as she begged for pain relief

This distressing last photograph of a dying mother of four crawling on a hospital floor in agony shocked the nation. Margaret Lamberty’s family complained she was ignored by medics and left to die in a side ward. Despite their pleas for an apology, the Royal Stoke University Hospital refused to admit any wrongdoing in the run-up to the 45-year-old’s death. Almost a year on, however, a damning report has confirmed that the family’s complaints were justified – and the hospital has been forced to say sorry.

The independent report revealed that Mrs Lamberty was indeed repeatedly overlooked by medics who were ‘too busy’ to treat her. It found she died as a result of a treatable blood clot in her bowel that was missed due to ‘substandard management’, including a lack of record-taking. The results are vindication for Mrs Lamberty’s family who, following her death on April 30 last year, said: ‘Mum was failed by the doctors and the nurses. We are determined to get justice.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2927471/We-did-neglect-dying-mother-hospital-admits-Damning-report-finds-family-s-complaints-ignored-medics-begged-pain-relief-justified.html

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Furious patient walks onto BBC radio show still wearing HOSPITAL GOWN to vent anger over cancelled operation

A furious hospital patient has walked onto a BBC radio show still wearing her Hospital Gown to vent anger over cancelled operation. Taxi driver Iona Hevican was dressed and ready to have a hysterectomy at Royal Cornwall Hospital when the surgeon told her that there was no bed available for her. As a result the surgery was cancelled.

Iona, from Newquay, Cornwall, was so angry she stormed into her local BBC radio station in Truro and voiced her fury. She claimed that her surgeon told her to complain over what had happened. Ms Hevican, who is in her 50s, said she had changed into a blue gown and had put on surgical stockings and name tags and was prepared for the major surgery – and she was first on the list. But she said her surgeon then came in and told her the surgery was being cancelled because of a shortage of beds. She said: “The surgeon told me to complain.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/furious-patient-walks-onto-bbc-5027939?

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Cancelled: Iona walked straight from the hospital to the radio station

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Click on the link to track how your hospital is doing near you

The additional pressures of cold weather, norovirus and flu have an impact on all A&E departments across the UK. This tracker allows you to find out how the NHS is doing where you live.

Click on the link to track how your hospital is doing near you

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25055444

Fresh from the release of the quarterly statistics on Tuesday, there is more bad news about the performance of the NHS in England. The first week of the New Year saw the numbers being seen in four hours drop to 86.7% – a new record low for a single week.It means the last four weeks have been the four worst on record. Attendances are rising, but that does not tell the full story. When you look at other indicators, such as the number of ambulances being delayed, operations being cancelled and delays in discharging patients, the rises being seen are much, much worse. It lends weight to the argument that the NHS has reached a tipping point. What exactly is happening elsewhere in the UK is much harder to tell. There is not the wealth of statistics available, as there is for England, and what is published lags a few months behind. But it is fair to say the pressures are being felt everywhere.  By Nick Triggle, Health correspondent, BBC News

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NHS crisis: Patient wakes up in hospital CUPBOARD as desperate medics struggle for space

A horrified hospital patient woke up to find he had been moved from his ward to a packed stock cupboard, as desperate medics struggled for space. Dad-of-two Michael Steel, 63, told how he was left in there for three days, surrounded by supplies, while being treated for an inflamed liver. He said he could not sleep as he kept being disturbed and was wheeled in and out while staff tried to reach drugs from a fridge in the 12ft by 10ft room.

Michael said: “One of the doctors came in and said ‘what on earth are you doing in here?’.” He blamed Government cuts for putting staff under pressure and said he hoped leaders would be “shamed” into tackling the NHS crisis engulfing the health service. He added: “It shows how much the NHS is struggling. One nurse told me it was absolute chaos.”

Click on link to read more

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-crisis-patient-wakes-up-4974316?

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Ward you believe it? Michael Steel’s stay in a hospital cupboard

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Diary of a death without dignity – My mothers “Last Six Months” in Hospital by Joanna Slater

January 8th 2008 was the date that my mother passed away in hospital after being in hospital for 6 months. It was 7 years ago, and I still remember as if it were yesterday.

I first started to write these notes purely as a reminder of all the things that happened to my mother throughout the first few weeks when she arrived in hospital for her hip operation.

Each day before I started work I would enter onto my computer all my notes from the previous day. I never thought that I would still be writing six months later. My notes had become an up-to-date diary of my mother and how her condition deteriorated during this terrible, and tragic course of events. It has also allowed me to capture all the memories of our time together, the laughs, the tears, the precious words spoken, and I captured it all.

I published my mother’s notes onto my blog, and then extracts of my mother’s story was published in the Mail on Sunday in June 2011.

I had no idea what would have happened next. I had over one thousand hits on my blog and emails of hundreds of people telling me of their own tragic stories. I knew then that writing my notes was for a reason.

I then self published a book with the full story of my mother’s “Last Six Months” in hospital, including 50 more story’s of the very kind people that had written to me.

Here is the link to the Mail on Sunday in which extracts of my mothers story was shown

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1394300/NHS-hip-operation-mother-died-Daughters-harrowing-account.html

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Kay, my very elegant mother

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Dylan’s Legacy : A tragic account of what happened to baby Dylan

A hospital has accepted liability for the death of a two-year-old boy who waited more than nine months for a key medical assessment. Dylan O’Brien was waiting for an appointment with a genetics team and for an important operation when he died in June 2012. The operation to remove his tonsils and adenoids was cancelled for the second time by the hospital just the day before he died.

Click on the link to watch this tragic account of what happened

http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2014-11-24/catch-up-wales-this-week-dylans-legacy/

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All Your Stories – Strength in Numbers

Dear Friends,

I have just published a new story on the All Your Stories – Strength in Numbers page. Its a tragic account of what happened to Angie Weaver’s beautiful daughter Georgina.

Georgina was suffering with severe headaches & vomiting and was admitted to hospital in October 2012. Please read Angie’s story what happened next, and how she now feels totally let down by the NHS. Georgina sadly passed away the end of August 2013.

Thank you Angie for sharing Georgina’s tragic story with us, as I know how hard it must have been for you to write this.

Joanna

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Lack of support after hospital doubles readmissions for older people – Read the report from the Royal Voluntary Service

The findings reveal in the last five years almost 200,000 people aged over 75 returned home from hospital without the support they needed to look after themselves (2), and thousands of readmissions could be prevented if they received more help at discharge. The report, assisted by The King’s Fund, marks the launch of a campaign Let’s End Going Home Alone, which sees the charity work in partnership with communities, local authorities and NHS Trusts to provide more volunteers in hospitals and support vulnerable older people in their homes following discharge from hospital. Increased longevity is putting pressure on health and social care – over the last ten years hospital admissions for those over 75 have been rising four times faster than ageing trends in the population (38% versus 10%) (3). The growth in hospital readmissions has been higher still, up by 86 per cent.

Within the report, Royal Voluntary Service has developed the Six Essentials it believes every older person should be entitled to experience when they leave hospital:

  1. Every older person should be told the plan for their return from the hospital
  2. Every person should be accompanied home before 10pm from hospital unless their preference is different
  3. Every older person needs to be able to collect their prescriptions and get to follow up appointments for a speedy recovery after a stay in hospital
  4. Every older person should come home from a hospital to a warm, well-lit house with someone asking how they are
  5. Every older person should know they’ll have help to get some shopping in and won’t have to sit hungry after a stay in a hospital
  6. Every older person should have a friendly face to turn to for help after a stay in hospital

Click on the link to read more

http://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/news-and-events/news/lack-of-support-after-hospital-doubles-readmissions-for-older-people

Click on the PDF to download the Going Home Alone report

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NHS hospitals ‘sending patients home too early and missing cancer diagnoses’

Patients are being sent home from hospital too early – often before it is safe for them to leave – the parliamentary and health service ombudsman has said. Dame Julie Mellor said that the failures were putting patients at serious risk and placing a “massive cost” on the NHS for emergency readmissions. Publishing summaries of 161 investigations carried out between April and June this year, Dame Julie added that early discharges and other major failings such as missed cancer diagnoses, were having a “devastating impact” on patients and their families.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/ombudsman-report-nhs-sending-patients-home-too-early-9824276.html

 

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Nurses ‘stripped war hero, 93, of his dignity’ by leaving him naked and lying in his own urine days before he died

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Frank Foster was battling fatal brain tumour and admitted to hospital in May
Daughter says nurses at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Kent, ignored his cries
She said she found him ‘tearing his clothes off in agony’ on a soaked bed
So appalled she took pictures of him and lodged complaints with staff
Mr Foster, a solider in King’s Royal Rifle Cops, died six days later on June 13
He fought and was shot in the Battle of El Alamein in the Second World War
Hospital has launched an internal investigation into the care of Mr Foster

Click on the link to read more
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2700223/Nurses-stripped-war-hero-93-dignity-leaving-naked-lying-urine-days-died.html

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NHS staffing guidelines: it would be a mistake to set minimum levels

Adequate staffing levels, although necessary, are not enough to guarantee safe and high quality care
In the wake of the Francis inquiry and Berwick review, Nice’s new safe staffing guidelines, for which I produced the statistical and economic analysis, may have caused surprise by stopping short of setting minimum staffing levels. Yet doing so would have been a mistake. It would have led to repeated mistakes across management of health services, abdicating responsibility for the correct completion of checklists and targets, while failing to acknowledge human experience.

Click on the link to read more
http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/jul/21/nhs-staffing-mistake-minimum-levels

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NICE sets out guidance on safe nurse staffing levels for hospitals

Less than two registered nurses present on a ward during any shift, day or night, represents a patient safety “red flag”, according to major guidelines for the NHS.
In addition, nurse managers must check staffing levels are safe on hospital wards where each registered nurse is caring for more than eight patients during day shifts.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has today published the final version of its much-anticipated guidance on safe staffing levels for acute inpatient wards – the first of a series covering a range of healthcare settings.

Click on the link to read more
NICE sets out guidance on safe nurse staffing levels for hospitals

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One-fifth of hospitals ‘may be covering up mistakes’

A fifth of hospital trusts in England may be covering up mistakes, a government review suggests.
The analysis of reporting incidents shows 29 out of 141 trusts were not registering the expected number of safety incidents.
The review said this may be a sign of a “poor” safety culture.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it was important hospitals were “open and honest”, and that patients had a right to know about problems with reporting.
The data has been released as part of the Department of Health and NHS England’s drive to improve safety in the NHS.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27985817

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One baby dead and 14 with blood poisoning from contaminated drip

A total of 15 babies in six hospitals across England have developed septicaemia after being infected by hospital drip

Hospitals with cases
• Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust (4 cases)
• Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation T rust (3 cases)
• The Whittington Hospital (1 case)
• Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (3 cases)
• CUH Addenbrookes (Cambridge University Hospitals) (2 cases)
– Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (2 cases)

Click on the link to read more
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/nhs/10876051/One-baby-dead-and-14-with-blood-poisoning-from-contaminated-drip.html

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‘Clarity needed’ over resuscitation orders

Clearer guidance is needed about when “do not resuscitate” orders can be placed on patients’ medical records, the Court of Appeal investigating an unlawful case has heard.
Mrs Tracey’s daughter, Kate Masters, 47, said: “The situation really has to change so that no other families are left like mine are.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27247764

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Three NHS surgeons named are banned but still working say The Telegraph

Three NHS surgeons have been banned from using a keyhole technique to operate on cancer patients after the procedure led to at least five deaths, The Telegraph has learnt, but despite the ban, all three surgeons are still being allowed to carry out a wide range of other surgical procedures at NHS hospitals run by the trust. They are also working privately

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10806560/Families-angry-surgeons-still-working-for-NHS-despite-deaths-of-five-patients.html

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NHS recruiting 50 doctors from India over Skype to plug desperate A&E shortages

The NHS is recruiting 50 doctors directly from India in a bid to fill desperate staffing gaps in Britain’s A&E departments.
Around 150 candidates, some of whom have not yet taken final exams in emergency medicine, will be interviewed in New Delhi over Skype next week and begin a four-year spell in Britain this summer.
Health bosses insist the drastic measure, which will cost the NHS £3,120 per doctor in flights, visas, registration and access to training tools, is the only way to keep emergency wards safely staffed.

Some A&E training courses in Britain have been more than half empty with 135 vacancies across the board this year.
One campaigner criticised the fact not all candidates will have to complete the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test – designed to check they have the right skills and knowledge to work in Britain.

Click on link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2614011/NHS-recruiting-50-doctors-India-Skype-plug-desperate-A-E-shortages.html#ixzz304fPeMZi

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Too polite to make a fuss – Elderly NHS patients suffer in silence

In the news – Tens of thousands of elderly patients are enduring appalling NHS care because they are too frightened – or too polite – to complain.
They suffer in silence fearing even worse treatment if they dare to raise criticism, England’s health watchdog Dame Julie Mellor warned.

My mother never wanted to make a fuss, the nurses thought she was the perfect patient, I was the one that shouted. But it’s just not the elderly. I know of so many who in their words “Did not want to make a fuss” Too many people lay in fear in hospital, frightened to speak their minds, that’s why we are all fighting. The strong get stronger, but the weak get weaker.
If we can all do a little bit in any way we can, that’s massive support. Strength In Numbers

Click on link to read
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2598355/Too-polite-make-fuss-Elderly-NHS-patients-suffer-silence-say-health-watchdog.html

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NHS online patient feedback reviews open to abuse

Analysis of 7,333 reviews submitted to Patient Opinion last year found that 6% had been posted from computers connected to the NHS’s “secure” computer network.
Click on link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26229041

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Medical Records Request – Template Letter DOC version

Thought this may be helpful to some of you, Medical Records Request – Template Letter DOC version

Please click on link to download

Medical Records Request Template Letter (1)

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Exclusive: Survey shows NHS not there yet on raising concerns

More than a third of nurses believe the culture around raising concerns has improved at their employer in the last 12 months – but many still report negative consequences from doing so.

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http://www.nursingtimes.net/5068502.article?referrer=e1

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Senior nurses restate call for ratio of one nurse for eight patients

Campaigners from the Safe Staffing Alliance have emphasised that a nurse-patient ratio of more than one-to-eight should be a warning signal that a ward may be struggling.

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http://www.nursingtimes.net/5068541.article?referrer=e1

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Alone in hospital, what does it take to give a reassuring touch

I accompanied my friend today at The Royal Free Hospital for her Cancer treatment in the Oncology department. Her appointment was for 12.00, but unfortunately because they were so short staffed, she did not receive her treatment until 3.00. Its not the nurses fault, but shortness of nurses due to holidays, sickness, and with no replacements, they cannot tear themselves in two. Consequently, one poor Malaysian elderly lady having a blood transfusion was on her own, confused, shouting, and in pain. The nurses were having to deal with other cancer patients who needed constant care, and could not give her the attention she deserved.
This lady should not have had to be on her own, I gave her water and some comfort. But what happened after I left?
How many more people on their own needing just a comforting touch? The management are to blame not organising the staff rota correctly. The same story will be all over the UK. How many other people on their own in hospital, no family, and no help, but what does it take for the staff to just give them a reassuring touch to help remove their fears, and put them at ease.

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I have published a 3rd edition to my book “THE LAST SIX MONTHS” Here is a snippet of the beginning

Introduction

The Last Six Months is a moving story about my mother Kay.
After going into hospital for a routine hip operation, and whilst still there, six months later she sadly died after a series of tragic events.

Years ago when we went into hospital, it never would have entered our minds that things could go wrong, we had total trust in the hands of the people that were healing us.
Nowadays, that is not the case, as frequently we hear about mistakes, and malpractice within our hospitals.

I have a blog which has given people a voice to write down their own experiences, some of which have also been published in this book
I hope that after reading The Last Six Months you will see the importance of writing everything down when going into hospital.

Notwithstanding, the majority of dedicated doctors, nurses, and hospital staff in our hospitals do a fantastic job in treating, and caring for the sick. But we also have the bad apples in our health care which tarnish the excellent work that they do.

I first started to write these notes purely as a reminder of all the things that happened to my mother throughout the first few weeks when she arrived in hospital for her operation.

Each day before I started work I would enter onto my computer all my notes from the previous day. I never thought that I would still be writing six months later. My notes have become an up-to-date diary of my mother and how her condition deteriorated during this terrible, and tragic course of events. It has also allowed me to capture all the memories of our time together, the laughs, the tears, the precious words spoken, and I captured it all.

I published my mother’s notes onto a blog, and then extracts of my mother’s story was published in the Mail on Sunday in June 2011.
I had no idea what would have happened next. I had over one thousand hits on my blog and emails of hundreds of people telling me of their own tragic stories. I knew then that writing my notes was for a reason.

I want to bring an awareness to everyone to write everything down when you or your loved one go into hospital, as it’s so easy to forget.

I hope from reading my mother’s story, and also the stories of 50 other’s (taken from my blog) you can see what is still happening in our hospitals, and it’s so important that these stories are shown.

I have two sisters both of whom underwent their own personal traumas, all of us suffered emotionally during the time our mother was in hospital. All three of us did as much as we could have. But these are my notes, my own personal account of my thoughts and feelings.

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There are times in everyone’s life when something constructive is born
Out of Adversity
When things seem so bad that you’ve got to grab
your fate by the shoulders and shake it

Author Unknown

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Acknowledgments

Thank you

My two sisters, Camille, and Vanessa. Together we pulled each other through the last six months of our mother’s time in hospital.

My two sons Darren and Paul, my rocks, and my life.

Paul Callow. Without his foresight advising me to make notes, the last six months of my mother’s life would never have been documented.

Steven Katz. He took the stress out of those six months when I was going back and forth to hospital from work, and the amount of time I had off.

My very dear friends, Joceyne, Marsha, Jackie, and Jo, who kept me going, and kept me sane. Soul mates forever.

And finally to all you brave and wonderful people, who took the time to write to me about your own heartbreaking experiences. Your support and kind words gave me the inspiration to publish your stories on my blog, and in my book.

Together we can make a difference
Strength in Numbers

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CHAPTER ONE

“The Day Before”

18th July 2007: One beautiful warm summer evening Mum took my two sisters and me out for dinner as she was going into hospital the following day for her hip operation. She had her favorite meal, minted lamb and roast potatoes with a glass of white wine, and was talking and laughing about how she would be able to run the marathon after her operation. She added that she was looking forward to being able to do all the things she used to do such as driving her car, going shopping and just being independent. Oh, how she hated having to rely on anyone! We had such a lovely time that night, unaware that this would be the last meal all four of us would have together.

My father Eddie died 13 years ago but mum was always a very independent lady. She had worked in retail sales all her life up until her early 70s and always took pride in her appearance. Smart, well groomed, attractive and even now at the age of 84 looked a good 10 years younger.
She always loved working but eventually had to stop because of her age, this was something which greatly upset her.

Mum had been in pain for about 18 months with her hip so she hardly went out anymore. She had a hip replacement operation nearly 20 years ago but she is now having problems again. In a hip replacement operation the damaged ball and socket are removed and they are replaced with an artificial ball and socket made of metal, plastic or ceramic. They say that hip replacements wear out eventually over a period of about 10 – 20 years.
Basically the ball now keeps on coming out of its socket and it has to be replaced. So mum will be having revision hip replacement surgery.

Every Saturday I used to take mum out shopping until she found it too painful to walk. Mum was also very frightened to walk in case she fell over as she had done so many times before.
I remember one day she had fallen down at her home, unfortunately she had refused to wear the personal alarm which I had arranged for her and she had been on the floor for hours on her own until I arrived after phoning her with no answer. She had locked the door from the inside with a chain so my son Paul had to break the door down. Oh how she wanted to get her independence back.

“In Hospital”

19th July: I took the day off work with the intention of driving mum to the hospital and arrived at her home about 10 in the morning. She had already packed her bag and had made sure that her home was looking spick and span as she would never leave it in a mess. Mum was quite nervous at the thought of the operation but she had undergone operations in the past and knew what to expect. She was not frightened of hospitals as unfortunately my father had been quite an ill man all through their married life. Mum had been used to going back and forth to hospitals over the years to visit him when he was not well. She learnt to drive when my sisters and I were very small which made it easier for her to travel to and from the hospital with us.

We arrived at the hospital about midday and made our way to the Orthopaedics Ward which looked quite dismal. The nurse came over to mum and asked her to get undressed and pop onto bed to wait for her consultant Mr Shah to arrive. We did not have to wait long for him to arrive and after introducing himself to me he went through the procedure of the operation.
Mum smiled and said, “I know I am in good hands.”

The Hip Operation

20th July: Mum’s hip operation was done today. Thank goodness it’s over. I could not wait till 5.30 when I finish at work to go and see mum as I work full time.
When my sisters and I arrived at the hospital mum was quite sleepy but seemed in good spirits. She told us that she had an x-ray soon after the operation and the doctors had been very pleased with how the operation had gone. The next days that followed mum’s progress seems quite slow and really not much news to report.

“Physiotherapy starting”

23rd July: Mum is being given physiotherapy but she seems to be in a lot of pain and now she is getting quite frustrated at her slow progress. My sisters and I make sure that we see her every day after work and bring her food and bottled water. Mum does not like the food in the hospital, nor would I, it reminds me of school dinners but that’s going back years and years ago. She has her mobile phone thank goodness so we speak often in the day, when I arrive I charge the phone so she can always be in contact with us.

“Quite concerned”

28th July: Thank goodness it’s Saturday, at least we won’t have to rush from work and we can be with mum all day. When I ask the nurses how mum is they say she is fine but I am becoming quite concerned as she doesn’t seem to be improving so I will speak to the doctor’s after the weekend. Mum is speaking to the other patients in the ward so at least it’s not too boring for her, but the magazines and books we have brought she has not looked at, she said she cannot put her mind on them.

“In Pain”

1st August: Mum has now been in hospital for just under two weeks. My manager Paul at work has suggested I write regularly in a diary so I can keep a check on how she is progressing each day. How clever and what a good idea.
I am very concerned as mum is being given physiotherapy regularly but she is in constant pain and cannot walk yet so she is being given painkillers, mum also seems quite breathless. I will speak to her consultant tomorrow.

“Spoken to the consultant”

2nd August: I have spoken to Mum’s consultant and told him how worried my sisters and I are about mum’s progress. I asked him why is she still in so much pain nearly two weeks after her operation. Surely she should be up and walking around. He did not have any answers for me and said that she was due to have a second x-ray this evening so we shall see what it reveals.

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NHS warned over emergency care: hospital A&E units facing ‘collapse’

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt concedes there are ‘huge pressures’ and blames 2004 changes that removed responsibility from GPs for out-of-hours car
A survey of 131 hospital emergency departments says that A&E units are struggling to cope “unsustainable workloads” and lack of staff as new figures show the number of patients has increased by more than a million in just one year.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-warned-over-emergency-care-hospital-ae-units-facing-collapse-8616578.html

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About 11,500 patients die in Irish public hospitals annually

The chances of Irish hospital patients dying after surgery are 2.6 times higher here than in the UK, said Dr Áine Carroll, the HSE’s national director for clinical strategy and programmes. She said data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed healthcare errors seriously harmed one in 10 patients, but that only 3 per cent of doctors believed that medical errors were a principal health concern.

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http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/deaths-after-surgery-higher-than-in-uk-1.1376787

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PALS – Shocking. Why I am not surprised.

This is from Daniel Sencier Blog – You will not believe this! I phoned PALS just now, 01228 814008. Don’t forget, this is the Patient Advice and Liaison Service, the number you phone when things are going bad for you at the hospital and you need someone to sort it. I’ve just got severe back pain, but there will be people with cancer and all sorts of terrible problems trying this number. A voicemail says, “The office is unmanned as the service has been reduced, please leave a message…”

What do we do Cumbria? Where do we go? Should we give up?

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Dan Sencier [ BBC radio interview] regarding the NHS

Please click on the link to hear Dan Sencier’s brilliant radio interview
His story about the lack of support within the NHS

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Value your life and your families? THINK…and do something about it.

We need everyone to group together, Strength in numbers….
 

NHSComplaint initiates Private Criminal Prosecution against Sir David Nicholson

Deaths were covered up in the tens of thousands by Sir David Nicholson and other civil servants who are now seeking to abuse their position by protect him through the various acts of Misconduct in Public Office. NHSComplaint has sufficient evidence to bring a Private Criminal Prosecution against Sir David Nicholson on behalf of victims and their families deaths of MidStaffs and other parts of the NHS that were entirely preventable had information been acted on instead of being suppressed.  NHSComplaint and it’s supporters are setting up a campaign group specifically to organise and facilitate the private criminal prosecution of Sir David Nicholson. Please support this initiative in anyway you can.

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Mid Staffs comment: This is why the NHS must defend its whistleblowers

The Mid Staffs scandal shows the NHS needs staff who are prepared to blow the whistle more than ever, says Stephen Barclay MP.

In the wake of the Francis Report into the deaths of up to 1,200 people at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust; and the news that further hospitals are under investigation for higher than expected death rates, it is clear our current system of regulation has failed.
One way to improve this is to offer greater support for whistleblowers. Given the complex and rapidly changing nature of healthcare regulators will always be playing catch up. It is those on the ground who have a unique vantage point to uncover wrongdoing and ensure patient safety.
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9865521/Mid-Staffs-comment-This-is-why-the-NHS-must-defend-its-whistleblowers.html

 

 

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NHS staff should own up to mistakes, Mid Staffs public inquiry recommends

Patient groups and Lib Dems support move as a report into the worst hospital care scandal in decades is published today

NHS staff should be put under a legal “duty of candour” to own up when mistakes affect patients, a public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire hospital care scandal will recommend.

The move will form part of a series of measures designed to make hospitals safer which Robert Francis QC will outline in his report of the 31-month public inquiry into what is widely considered to be the worst care scandal in many years.

Read more : http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/feb/06/nhs-mid-staffordshire-public-inquiry

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Robbie Powell death: report redactions uncovered by ‘Wales This Week’

Parts of an independent report into the death of a child, which were withheld by First Minister Carwyn Jones, have been uncovered by a Wales This Week investigation.

Mr Jones made 18 redactions to the report, which was meant to expose the truth about the death of ten-year-old Robbie Powell, from Ystradgynlais.

A leading QC and medical negligence expert has branded some of the redactions ‘absolutely astonishing’, but Carwyn Jones said today that the report does give a ‘full picture’ of what happened.

Robbie died in April 1990 from Addison’s Disease, a rare but treatable condition.

In the fortnight before he died he was seen by five different doctors

Click on the link and scroll down to see the full news report from ITV Wales

http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2013-01-14/robbie-powell-death-report-redactions-uncovered-by-wales-this-week/

Click here to sign the petition

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34926

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Justice for Robbie Powell

In July last year, the First Minister (Wales) made a belated apology to the family of Robbie Powell, a ten year old boy from Ystradgynlais who died in 1990 as a result of Addison’s disease – a treatable condition that should have been contained.

Investigations into Robbie’s death have identified no fewer than nine occasions where health professionals could, and should, have saved Robbie’s life.  But sadly these failings do not amount to the entirety of the inadequacies evident in Robbie’s case.

Read the full blog report by Leanne Wood AM

http://www.english.plaidcymru.org/the-slate/2013/01/10/justice-for-robbie-powell/

Click here to sign the petition

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34926

 

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Eight patients a week maimed by hospital blunders: Official NHS figures reveal shocking number of serious injuries caused by medical incompetence

  • In 2010-2011 eight patients a week were left brain-damaged, blind or missing a limb
  • £30million in compensation was paid out to those injured
  • Amputation payouts alone cost £18million

Eight patients a week are left brain-damaged, blind or missing a limb due to NHS blunders, official figures reveal.

In 2010-11, more than £30million compensation was paid out for such injuries, part of a record £1.3billion bill for mistakes by careless or incompetent medical staff.

There were 215 claims for brain damage, with almost £12million paid out.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255125/8-patients-maimed-hospital-blunders-week-Official-NHS-figures-reveal-shocking-number-injuries-caused-medical-incompetence.html#ixzz2Gno4YK40

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Robbie’s Law – CAMPAIGNING FOR A LEGAL DUTY OF CANDOUR IN HEALTHCARE WITHIN THE UK

Currently, any Healthcare Professional causing the negligent death of a patient is not legally obliged to be Open, Honest & Transparent with bereaved relatives or to refrain falsifying the deceased patient’s medical records.

“As the law stands now, however, doctors have no duty to give parents of a child who died as a result of their negligence a truthful account of the circumstances of the death, nor even to refrain from deliberately falsifying records.” ECHR May 2000.

We want the Government to create a law to make it a legal requirement to inform patients or next of kin of errors or incidents which may cause serious harm or death.

Robbie’s family continue to campaign 22 years on, not only for justice for Robbie, but to ensure other families don’t have their grief exacerbated by the dishonesty of the medical profession.

Please sign the petition & encourage ALL family & friends to do the same.

Click on the link to sign – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34926

More Info –  http://www.robbieslawtrust.co.uk/

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Hospital apologises to 38 families for appalling care that saw a patient starve to death

An NHS hospital has apologised to 38 families after a patient starved to death and it left other dying people screaming in pain.

Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is writing to 38 families after a massive legal action that exposed years of bad practice, ranging from nurses taunting patients to leaving an elderly woman unwashed for 11 weeks.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/heal-our-hospitals/9762987/Hospital-apologises-to-38-families-for-appalling-care-that-saw-a-patient-starve-to-death.html

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Seriously ill baby forced to wait for 12 hours in A&E because no suitable bed was available in all of Britain

  • Staff rang 29 units but all 320 beds were already occupied by sick children
  • A bed was eventually found nearly 100 miles away in Sheffield
  • Case emerged as specialists warned of shortage of beds for children

A seriously ill baby was forced to wait in an Accident and Emergency ward for more than 12 hours because there were no suitable beds available anywhere in the UK.

The shocking case emerged as specialists yesterday warned the Department of Health about a national shortage of intensive care beds for children this winter.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248776/Seriously-ill-baby-forced-wait-12-hours-A-amp-E-suitable-bed-available-Britain.html#ixzz2FD6Uyl00

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London 2012 opening ceremony: The night that set back NHS reform for years

The rest of the world may have been perplexed, but it was 20 minutes that made Britain feel better about itself. The dancing doctors, the nurses in their old-fashioned uniforms, the cute children bouncing on 300 luminous beds that spelt out those sacred three letters: NHS.

What else could have symbolised Britain at its best than Danny Boyle’s tribute to the health service in his breathtaking Olympic opening ceremony?

Amid the dark satanic mills and pogoing punks, here was a special moment to give thanks and praise to something British that we deem the envy of the world.

After all, our doctors are deities and the National Health Service is sacrosanct — the one arm of the State beyond criticism. There was even a salute to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which has a unique place in the nation’s affections.

So who could quibble with Danny Boyle’s declamation after his opening night triumph that everyone in Britain loves the NHS? ‘It is something that is very dear to people’s hearts,’ he said. ‘It is an amazing thing to celebrate.’

If only, in my view, that were true.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2183440/London-2012-opening-ceremony-The-night-set-NHS-reform-years.html#ixzz22i1sbBFe

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Breaking News – Statement on Robert Powell – Apology by First Minister.

17th July 2012. First Minister Carwyn Jones has apologised to the parents of Robbie Powell, who died more than 20 years ago following a “catalogue of errors

Please click on the video link to see the Statement given at the National Assembly Wales

http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/wales/newsid_9738000/9738458.stm

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Andrew Lansley and key health figures meet at NHS Whistleblowing Summit

Health secretary Andrew Lansley MP was joined by senior representatives from trade unions, patient groups, royal colleges and other representative healthcare bodies in a Whistleblowing Summit. This Summit was organised by the NHS Employers organisation to identify collective ways to help staff raise concerns and support whistleblowing, which is crucial to the safety and care of patients.

Read more: http://www.healthcare-today.co.uk/news/andrew-lansley-and-key-health-figures-meet-at-nhs-whistleblowing-summit/22043/

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FEARS OVER 900 CAUGHT IN HOSPITAL DATA GAFFE

UP to 900 patients with suspected cancer may not have had urgent tests or treatment because of an administrative blunder at Britain’s largest hospital trust.

Read more http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/322725/Fears-over-900-caught-in-hospital-data-gaffe

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This maybe a way to get your stories published for the media to read.Talk to The Press – Government NHS reforms.

Dear all, This maybe a way to get your stories published for the media to read.
Talk to The Press – Government NHS reforms.
A daily would like to speak to patients/families of patients who are suffering as a result of the Government’s NHS reforms.
It may be they have been denied a certain drug or treatment, lost the services of a specialist nurse or carer, had a particularly long wait for treatment or been misdiagnosed. Perhaps their benefits have been cut or they are struggling financially due to the cost of travelling to appointments, hospital car park charges etc.
Email georgette@talktothepress.com if you can help.

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NHS reforms: GPs losing faith, BBC poll suggests

4th April 2012 – The number of GPs who believe that the government’s health reforms in England will improve patient care is falling, a BBC poll suggests.

Read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17604351

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Maimed by the NHS: Catalogue of errors revealed as patients are KILLED by drugs meant for others

Daily Mail 30th March 2012 – Officials logged 760 ‘serious untoward incidents’ last year in the NHS

More than 4,000 needed further treatment after doctors gave them accidental injury

£310,000 paid out to people who found out that surgeons operated on the wrong part of their body

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2122872/Maimed-NHS-Catalogue-errors-revealed-patients-KILLED-drugs-meant-others.html#ixzz1r1JjvKwB

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