New report: ‘traditional’ community hospitals could help to address today’s NHS challenges

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

A new report suggests that a more strategic role for ‘traditional’ community hospitals might be timely within the NHS in England. According to research by RAND Europe, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and Bournemouth University, community hospitals could play a more active role in meeting the challenges facing the NHS, in particular in larger hospitals. This includes easing pressures on A&E and servicing people with...

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“The social care shortfall is edging ever closer to a full blown crisis” – Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley Retirement comments on Care Quality Commission report

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Retirement Villages said: “The social care shortfall is edging ever closer to a full blown crisis and we now find ourselves in a situation where underfunding is at such a critical point, the quality of care itself is falling. More than ever people are having to watch their loved ones experience an appalling quality of care; just further evidence that existing care practices are both undesirable and deeply flawed....

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Shun Medical Advice

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

NHS Prescription Charges Stop Patients Receiving Life-Changing Medication  The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) today releases four shocking statistics to highlight how the cost of an NHS prescription in England is impacting on the lives, health and wellbeing of people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), following a report released by the Prescription Charges Coalition. 1. Nearly a third (31%) of people with RA who have been...

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Bright Sparks invited to share their ideas

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Healthcare innovators are being invited to submit their ideas for a prestigious annual competition recognising innovation and excellence in healthcare. Now in its 14th year, the Bright Ideas in Health Awards encourage, celebrate and reward the outstanding innovation and excellence emerging from front line NHS staff and SMEs in the North East and North Cumbria. Highlighting the NHS staff and healthcare SMEs working to improve patient care...

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Retirement aspirations rely on twin pillars of health and wealth

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

Workers in excellent health are more aware of the need to plan financially for retirement Only 35% of people in the UK take their health seriously by establishing good habits Only 40% consider their long-term health when making lifestyle choices  A global study looking at people’s outlook for retirement revealed that a successful and enjoyable retirement requires a focus on both good financial habits and a healthy lifestyle. The research...

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Daily Mail attacks private medicine

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

We are so used to the attacks on the NHS from the Daily Mail that we forget that it can be merciless to private medicine too. A critical article by Lois Rogers for the Mail’s on-line edition on June 12th provoked the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations (AIHO) to respond. Rogers’ attack begins with the story of a man (a Director of a high-end car company) who underwent surgical removal of the prostate (no small procedure) in a...

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The Great British Bake – too much sun vs not enough sun

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

At the time of writing Britain is basking in glorious sunshine and we are in the midst of a record breaking heatwave. The media is full of “sun safety” tips and advice – but did you know hiding from the sun can be as dangerous as getting too much exposure? Most of us in the UK are Vitamin D deficient. This is mainly because during the dull and dreary months – which let’s face it, is most months – we don’t get enough sunlight. While Vitamin D...

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