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January 11, 2019 6:41 AM FLU OUTBREAK: Cases of flu DOUBLE as illness kills DOZENS in the last three months

FLU cases have doubled within a week in the UK according to figures released by Public Health England (PHE), and the death toll over the past three months has surpassed 40. Nearly two million people are showing flu-like symptoms as rates hit their worst level since this year’s monitoring began in September. Figures released by Public Health England show an increase 128

January 11, 2019 12:08 AM Newspaper headlines: May's Brexit 'phone plea' to union bosses

Theresa May's latest efforts to get her Brexit deal through Parliament are recorded on some front pages. As the Metro notes, the prime minister spoke to union leaders - including Unite's "Red" Len McCluskey - on Thursday. It describes her "begging them to help" convince MPs to back the withdrawal agreement she struck with the EU. The Times also leads 278

January 2, 2019 4:05 PM Norovirus outbreak SPREADS across UK: Hospital wards SHUT DOWN

NOROVIRUS has shut down two hospitals with wards in both Blackburn and Bolton on lockdown following a dangerous outbreak. Up to four wards at the Royal Bolton Hospital have been closed for six days running due to an outbreak of the highly contagious superbug, while one ward at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital has been closed down, the Bolton News reports 62

December 29, 2018 12:55 PM Ruth Strauss dies aged 46 as a result of rare lung cancer

Ruth Strauss, the wife of former England captain and director of cricket Andrew Strauss, has died at the age of 46 as a result of a rare lung cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in December 2017, and her husband stepped down from his role at the ECB in October after three and a half years. Andrew Strauss said it gave the family "huge comfort" 85

December 15, 2018 12:41 PM Chester Zoo fire: Wildlife park home to 21,000 animals EVACUATED – 'It's very upsetting'

CHESTER Zoo has been evacuated after a fire broke out in the Monsoon Forest habitat area. Visitors were forced to flee after black smoke was seen spreading across the popular attraction in the north-west just after noon. "We had two rapid response vehicles and one ambulance on the scene, all of which cleared as there were no patients," she said. "There 60

December 10, 2018 8:03 AM Transplanted organs gave patients cancer

The family of a man who died after receiving a liver transplant from a donor with undetected cancer has called for more thorough tests. Tom Tyreman, 63, from Stockton, initially recovered after the operation at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital a year ago, but died of cancer in February. There was later found to be a small cancerous tumour in the donor organ 41

December 9, 2018 9:07 AM Feeding our old folks on the cheap in hospitals

The alarming figures have led to fears that thousands of Scotland’s most vulnerable people may not be getting enough nutrition. Orchard View in Greenock, a 42-bed facility for older people suffering from dementia that was opened last year at a cost of £7million, spent £2.50 per patient each day. Several other mental hospitals run by Greater Glasgow and Clyde 49

December 6, 2018 8:22 AM ‘Absolute MADNESS!’ Hospital savaged after issuing staff with GUIDE on making TOAST

NHS bosses have been blasted for patronising staff after pinning detailed instructions on how to make toast in a ward kitchen of the University Hospital Southampton. The laminated eight-step guide, which includes flow chart and full equipment list, warns medics not to attempt to make the popular breakfast snack unless they are fully-trained. In further 55

November 28, 2018 1:21 AM NHS crackdown on silk garment prescriptions

NHS England has announced plans to curb the prescription of "low-priority" items like silk garments. There is limited evidence the clothing helps people with eczema and dermatitis enough to justify prescribing it, a consultation document says. Officials are proposing taking eight items off the NHS prescription list under plans aimed at saving £68m a year. Many prescribers 87

November 22, 2018 12:06 PM Nurse 'stabbed' by 'patient' on hospital grounds in Scotland

Police say they have secured the car park at Ailsa Hospital in Ayr and an "adjacent building" for "examination". The alarm was raised about the incident at Ailsa Hospital in Ayr at around 10.05am on Thursday. NHS Ayrshire and Arran tweeted that the hospital was "on lockdown and no members of staff, patients or visitors will be able to leave the site until 43