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18
Jan 2022

Section: Medical Negligence

NHS services in Teesside face ‘difficult January’

Teesside health officials say they are facing “a difficult January” as they deal with significant increases in coronavirus cases together with a surge in staff absences.   Middlesborough currently has the highest rate of Covid infections in England, with Redcar, Hartlepool and Stockton also among the top eight.   Additional wards have had to be…

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18
Jan 2022

Section: Medical Negligence

New mental health unit for children and young people to open in Leeds

The new £20m mental health service is opening in Leeds this week, meaning fewer teenagers should have to travel outside of the area for specialist inpatient care.   Red Kite View in Armley, which is run by the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will include educational facilities and 22 inpatient beds for children…

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18
Jan 2022

Section: Medical Negligence

Leeds ex-consultant says public in dark about NHS staffing issues

A former consultant cardiologist whose operation was postponed has urged hospitals to be more transparent about the impact of rising Covid cases.   Dr Alan Mackintosh was scheduled to have his prostate removed, but was told the last-minute cancellation was needed as staff were anticipating an influx of Covid patients.   St James’s University Hospital…

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18
Jan 2022

Section: Medical Negligence

Volunteers sought to take part in NHS cancer blood test trial

Thousands of volunteers have been asked to provide blood samples as part of a trial for the Galleri test, which is designed to check for the earliest signs of over 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear.   The NHS trial is seeking to recruit 140,000 volunteers to provide blood samples at mobile clinics initially…

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18
Jan 2022

Section: Medical Negligence

Shortage of care workers in Leeds blocks hospital beds

According to Leeds City Council, a shortage of care workers is blocking nearly 300 hospital beds in the city.   Cath Roff, Leeds City Council’s director of adults and health, said new staff were being sought, but it was challenging.  She added that increasing supermarket wages meant people could work somewhere “less stressful, for more…

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18
Jan 2022

Section: Medical Negligence

Norfolk hospital chief says more staff off than ever before

The chief executive of the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk has said that the hospital has unprecedented staff sickness levels due to Covid-19 and was ‘completely full’ on Tuesday.   Currently, 11 per cent of the hospital’s staff are absent, compared to its normal rate of around 4 per cent.   Anna Hills, chief…

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