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  • Cigs’ chemicals damage highlighted

    December 29, 2013 12:06 AM 10

    Sunday 29th December 2013, 12:10AM GMT. A new stop-smoking campaign has been launched by Public Health England to highlight the damage done to smokers’ bodies. The Smokefree Health Harms campaign points out that inhaling dangerous chemicals in cigarettes, including arsenic and cyanide, damages major organs and increases the risk of stroke and dementia

  • Victory for MoS as Minister vows: There will be no hiding place for nip-tuck butchers

    December 28, 2013 10:11 PM 13

    Cosmetic surgery cowboys will have ‘nowhere to hide’ when new rules to protect patients come into force, a Health Minister promised last night. In a victory for The Mail on Sunday, Dan Poulter said ‘robust action’ would be taken against rogue operators to safeguard those who go under the knife or opt for other treatments such as Botox. Nearly 50,000 women

  • Suffolk: Mental health boss rejects crisis claims

    December 28, 2013 11:07 AM 15

    Campaigners aiming to highlight fears over changes to mental health services in East Anglia have launched a “12 Cuts of Christmas” campaign, each day featuring a different client’s story about how changes have affected them. The “Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk” says it is backed by workers at the Trust, clients, and others

  • Highland New year 'be prepared' appeal over GP surgeries

    December 28, 2013 9:45 AM 18

    FOLLOWING a busy Christmas period for NHS Scotland staff, people in the Highlands are being reminded to know when their local GP surgery or local pharmacy is open this New Year. While GP practices re-openedon Friday, December 27 after the Christmas break, the NHS Scotland Be Ready for Winter campaign advises people to be aware that many GP surgeries

  • Good hospital can do better, says chief after inspection

    December 28, 2013 9:05 AM 19

    Issues with staffing levels, managing patients’ pain, and significant delays in discharging people from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) have been highlighted as areas for improvement at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Inspected under new Care Quality Commission (CQC) procedures, the hospital was labelled safe, effective, responsive, caring and well-led

  • Sheffield NHS advice for festive period

    December 28, 2013 12:04 AM 5

    GPs in Sheffield are asking the public to help the NHS cope during the busy festive period by ensuring they use the right health service for the right condition. Up to 40 per cent of people attending accident and emergency departments, minor injury units and urgent care centres are discharged needing no treatment, the NHS says. Dr Marion Sloan, of Sheffield

  • Ho! Ho! Ho! Santas turn out in force to support children's hospice (From Ledbury Reporter)

    December 27, 2013 3:59 PM 10

    THE Christmas spirit swept through Ledbury as an army of nearly 250 Santas dashed through the streets to raise money for charity. The annual Ledbury Santa Dash is being hailed as a huge success after attracting 243 entrants, smashing last year’s record of 72. On Saturday morning, the Santas – and even a handful of reindeer and Christmas elves – moved

  • Holiday Decorations Dangerous to Pets

    December 27, 2013 2:06 PM 8

    A stark warning has been issued to pet owners to avoid complacency over the holiday period that can potentially lead to tragedy. Tree decorations and festive ornaments are as big a part of Christmas as Santa Clause and over-indulgence, but can at the same time be lethal to and pets large enough to bite, chew or swallow them. The UK’s leading pet charity

  • Patient infected with Hep C at ERI emergency department

    December 27, 2013 1:27 PM 11

    NHS Lothian has apologised for "failings" in procedures after a patient was infected with Hepatitis C through cross-contamination at ERI. Investigations show the patient was likely to have become infected through cross-contamination which occurred in the emergency department. NHS Lothian has followed up with 34 patients who were also being treated in the department

  • Not too late to get flu vaccine, say NHS

    December 27, 2013 10:19 AM 9

    NHS England in Leicestershire is reminding Harborough people who are eligible for a free NHS flu jab that it is not too late to vaccinate. Typically the levels of flu-like illness increase at this time of year, says NHS England, meaning those at risk of getting serious complications from flu are more vulnerable. These include everyone aged 65 and over, children