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How to clean your teeth properly | Life and style | The Guardian

How to clean your teeth properly | Life and style | The Guardian | nhswatch | Scoop.it

You need to systematically go round all the surfaces of your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, for at least two minutes, twice a day. Unfortunately, we live such busy lives that putting two minutes aside feels like a lifetime for some people.

Your teeth tend to be a bit softer just after eating, so wait at least half an hour. Then brush all along the gum line with a little scrubbing action. Don’t press too hard, or to be too light.

It is very important that you remove the bacteria – the dental plaque – from your teeth. If you don’t remove that, your gums will get irritated, then bleed. Some people think this means they need to let them heal, but all that happens is the bacteria stay on your teeth. If you want to be sure you’re doing it effectively, buy some plaque-disclosing tablets from the chemist, which will stain the bacteria that remain.


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Shock figures reveal how far away mental health patients in Lincolnshire are being sent because of a lack of beds - Lincolnshire Live

Shock figures reveal how far away mental health patients in Lincolnshire are being sent because of a lack of beds - Lincolnshire Live | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Scores of mental health patients in Lincolnshire were inappropriatelysent miles away for treatment last year because of a lack of beds.

The latest figures from the NHS have revealed that around 260 mental health patients with acute needs in our county were subject to “out-of-area” placements in 2018.


It means they were sent to a unit outside the catchment area of their mental health service in order to receive the inpatient treatment they needed.

Some examples of when these placements would be considered appropriate would be if the patient became unwell when they are away from home, or if there were safeguarding reasons such as gang-related issues, violence and domestic abuse.


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'Disappointing' that NHS needed outsiders to shake up tech approach, says Goldacre | GPonline

'Disappointing' that NHS needed outsiders to shake up tech approach, says Goldacre | GPonline | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Dr Ben Goldacre, appointed last year by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock to chair a health tech advisory board, praised Babylon for moving away from the ‘rather staid model we have of presenting information to patients and professionals’ in the NHS.

Speaking at the Londonwide LMCs conference this week he described the company’s video consultation service GP at Hand as ‘one of the most interesting challenges to our way of working’.

But Dr Goldacre said it was ‘disappointing’ that a private company had had to lead digital innovation within the NHS - arguing ‘we have not done enough at the coalface… to support that kind of work’. He said: 'I think it is really interesting and quite a disappointing story about academia and also the NHS that it has taken an external company to do the basics well with digital.'


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Risks of privatising NHS scanner service | Letters | Society | The Guardian

Risks of privatising NHS scanner service | Letters | Society | The Guardian | nhswatch | Scoop.it

We are writing as elected public governors of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to clarify some of the facts outlined in your article (Top cancer hospital loses scanning services to private sector, 7 March).

We are at a loss to understand how the scanning service at the Churchill hospital could be contracted to another provider. The Churchill hospital has worldwide recognition for its research, for its training of nuclear medicine cancer doctors, as well as for outstanding cancer diagnostic provision.

Most importantly, the scanning service at the Churchill is embedded in the rest of the treatment and services provided by the trust for its patients, with all the medical and clinical support available on site.
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It is difficult for us to understand how the Churchill’s PET-CT scanning service could be better provided by a private company which has less, or even no, experience in all three of these areas.


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Nearly a quarter of NHS cancer patients start treatment late | UK News

Nearly a quarter of NHS cancer patients start treatment late | UK News | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Nearly a quarter of all NHS cancer patients do not start treatment on time - the worst performance on record.

The health service has missed its key cancer target for more than 1,000 days, according to new figures from NHS England.

Hospitals should start cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral - with a minimum of 85% of patients being seen within this time frame.

The NHS has grown from a budget of less than £500m to £145bn in its 70 years - Sky News breaks down the numbers

However, figures for January show the worst performance on record, with just 76.2% of patients treated within the target.


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NHS Long Term Plan: How it can save lives being lost to heart and circulatory diseases - Heart Matters - BHF

NHS Long Term Plan: How it can save lives being lost to heart and circulatory diseases - Heart Matters - BHF | nhswatch | Scoop.it
How the NHS Long Term Plan can save lives being lost to heart and circulatory diseases


Steve Brine, Minister for Public Health and Primary care, explains why heart and circulatory diseases are the single biggest area where the NHS Long Term Plan can save lives over the next 10 years.

Every family has a story of a loved one lost to heart disease.

In England one person dies every four minutes from heart and circulatory diseases. Each one of them represents a family separated too soon.

But, like the British Heart Foundation, I passionately believe it doesn’t have to be this way.

That’s why earlier this year, when the NHS Long Term Plan was published, we put an ambition to transform the early identification and treatment of cardiovascular disease at its heart.


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TRAFFORD: Why Trafford NHS can’t just ditch the doomed Altrincham health hub

TRAFFORD: Why Trafford NHS can’t just ditch the doomed Altrincham health hub | nhswatch | Scoop.it

NHS bosses have been slated for wasting £24m on a ‘catastrophic’ empty health hub that has never seen any patients.

In a damning report, a string of failures by NHS chiefs were highlighted in the saga of Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre, which was meant to be the epicentre of medical services in south Trafford.

But a deal struck between local health bosses, the NHS at national level and a local developer meant that by the time the centre was completed late last year, all the GP practices and other health organisations that had been due to move in had changed their mind – because the rent was too high.

As a result, the local NHS in Trafford has been left with an empty building and a £2.3m a year bill, which would total £69m over the course of the lease if they did not find any tenants.


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Halt privatisation of cancer screening or risk patient harm, MPs tell NHS England | Society | The Guardian

Halt privatisation of cancer screening or risk patient harm, MPs tell NHS England | Society | The Guardian | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Government and opposition MPs are urging NHS bosses to halt the privatisation of cancer screening services in Oxford, which doctors are warning will damage patients’ health.

Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs in the area have united in protest at the deal. The private firm InHealth has controversially been handed a contract to deliver positron emission computerised tomography (PET-CT) scanning in the Thames Valley.

Cancer specialists say PET-CT scanning plays a vital role in helping them diagnose the disease, track whether treatment is proving successful at shrinking tumours and guide surgery.

NHS England has sparked anger by taking the service away from Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS trust’s Churchill hospital, despite its international reputation for cancer care.


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A&E 4-hour target ‘to be scrapped by NHS bosses’

A&E 4-hour target ‘to be scrapped by NHS bosses’ | nhswatch | Scoop.it

NHS England could ditch the four-hour A&E waiting times target and replace it with a raft of new measures.

Bosses unveiled plans for an overhaul of the target system with trials across the country this year.

These will test waiting times changes for A&E, mental health and cancer operations, and could be introduced in 2020.

Instead of being seen within four hours, A&E patients in England with the most serious conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and sepsis, would receive rapid treatment within an hour, while people with minor conditions could expect to wait longer.

The existing four-hour target has not been met since July 2015 and some experts say it is unlikely the NHS could ever hit it again.


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Smart Parking accused of wrongly giving hundreds of parking fines to staff working at Whitstable Health Centre

Smart Parking accused of wrongly giving hundreds of parking fines to staff working at Whitstable Health Centre | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Staff at a GP surgery have slammed a private firm for fining them thousands of pounds for parking at work.


Smart Parking Ltd, which is contracted by NHS Property Services to run the car park at Whitstable Health Centre, has come under fire on several occasions for "unfairly" handing out penalties to patients.

But now workers at the centre have revealed they too have felt the force of the company's management of the car park - receiving more than 100 "incorrectly issued" fines.

Dr John Ribchester MBE - executive and senior partner of Whitstable Medical Practice - has strongly criticised Smart Parking, saying NHS staff have been forced to spend "countless hours" fighting the fines.

He said: “Since the introduction of the ironically named ‘smart’ parking system at Whitstable Health Centre, staff and patients of Whitstable Medical Practice have faced constant difficulty and injustice.


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Health bosses knew about the NHS tainted blood scandal 30 years ago | Daily

Health bosses knew about the NHS tainted blood scandal 30 years ago | Daily | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Health bosses secretly admitted they were at fault over the contaminated blood scandal nearly 30 years ago, official documents reveal.

Governments have always denied wrongdoing and insisted the disaster was a tragic accident.

But behind closed doors, officials acknowledged hundreds of patients had been given contaminated blood when safer treatments were available.

Newly-released documents reveal how ministers were being privately briefed by lawyers that government cost-cutting policies were to blame.


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NHS hospitals could face fines for breaches of new sepsis rules | Society | The Guardian

NHS hospitals could face fines for breaches of new sepsis rules | Society | The Guardian | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Hospitals could face financial penalties if they fail to meet new guidelines for detecting and treating sepsis.


The guidance, mandated by NHS England, includes a requirement for staff to alert senior doctors if patients suspected of having the deadly condition do not respond to treatment within one hour.

All NHS trusts in England will be contractually obliged to fully comply with the advice from April, in an effort to improve accountability.

Sepsis, which is hard to spot, occurs when the body responds poorly to a bacterial infection and attacks its own tissue and organs.

It claims 52,000 lives a year in the UK. Early treatment is vital to ensure a good outcome for the patient.


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NHS prescriptions to RISE to £9 in April - how this tip could save you hundreds

NHS prescriptions to RISE to £9 in April - how this tip could save you hundreds | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The Government announced the cost of NHS prescriptions will rise next month. From April 1, prescriptions will increase by 20p from £8.80 to £9.00. Along with the cost of antibiotics and other medicines going up, charges for items like wigs, spinal supports and fabric supports will rise in line with inflation. 


These costs are increasing as follows:

Surgical bras will increase from £28.85 to £29.50.
Abdominal or spinal supports will rise from £43.60 to £44.55.
Stock-size modacrylic (ie, synthetic) wigs will go from £71.25 to £72.80.
Partial human hair wigs will increase from £188.70 to £192.85.
Full bespoke human hair wigs will rise from £275.95 to £282.


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NHS accepting money from milk formula industry 'risks babies' health'

NHS accepting money from milk formula industry 'risks babies' health' | nhswatch | Scoop.it

NHS bodies are risking babies’ health by accepting money from milk formula companies in breach of World Health Organization rules, an investigation has found.

Nearly a third of local commissioners responsible for allocating NHS cash have breached guidelines such as by accepting payments or sponsorship over the last five years, the survey revealed.

The international code of practice is intended to protect breastfeeding and regulate the often aggressive marketing of breast milk substitutes.

Experts last night said that doctors in NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) areas which had flouted the rules may be at higher risk of inappropriately recommending branded milk formula.


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NHS argues that replacing words such as 'nausea' with 'feeling sick' could help to save lives  | Daily

NHS argues that replacing words such as 'nausea' with 'feeling sick' could help to save lives  | Daily | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Language used on NHS websites is being made more understandable for patients.


The word nausea has been replaced by feeling sick, while a haemorrhage is to be referred to as a very heavy bleed.

The move is part of a drive to make NHS literature more user-friendly by September 2020. The writing guide was created based on feedback from more than 10,000 people who were polled on word use.

In a blog post on the NHS Digital website, content designer Sara Wilcox argued that using simpler language could save lives.

She wrote: ‘We found that everyone understood pee and urine. People with higher literacy skills were slightly more likely to use urine and people with low literacy were more likely to prefer pee.

‘We know some people think we shouldn’t use words like pee and poo, but we haven’t seen anyone have problems knowing what we mean. If someone with poor literacy understands blood in your poo, it might just save their life.’


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NHS Trust that runs Airedale General Hospital improves rating - despite staffing issues and areas in 'disrepair' - Yorkshire Post

NHS Trust that runs Airedale General Hospital improves rating - despite staffing issues and areas in 'disrepair' - Yorkshire Post | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The NHS Trust that runs Airedale General Hospital in Keighley has improved its overall watchdog rating – despite still not having enough suitable staff and some areas of the facility being in disrepair when inspected.

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated the services run by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust as Requires Improvement after a visit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

However, combined with the trust’s Use of Resources review undertaken by NHS Improvement, which looked into whether resources were being used productively, the overall rating for the trust is now Good.

The latest CQC inspection carried out in November and December 2018 looked at five key areas, each of which was rated the same as an April 2017 inspection, when poor staffing was highlighted as a concern in some clinical areas.


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NHS 'hostile environment' and charges limiting care to children of migrants in breach of UN pledges, doctors say

NHS 'hostile environment' and charges limiting care to children of migrants in breach of UN pledges, doctors say | nhswatch | Scoop.it

NHS charges introduced as part of Theresa May’s "hostile environment" agenda are preventing migrant children from accessing healthcare in violation of United Nations commitments, doctors have warned.

Paediatricians and policy experts said that changes introduced since 2014, which require NHS organisations to check patients are UK residents and charge upfront for some procedures posed risks to children’s health.

These measures, justified as a move to combat “health tourism”, have created barriers to accessing non-emergency care for the estimated 600,000 undocumented migrants in the UK – which include 120,000 children.


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NHS data shows rise in homeless patients returning to streets | Society | The Guardian

NHS data shows rise in homeless patients returning to streets | Society | The Guardian | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Thousands of homeless patients have been discharged from NHS hospitals directly back to the streets in the past five years, despite some being in recovery from major surgery and mental health crises, the Guardian can reveal.

Experts have warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in England after instances of patients leaving hospital with nowhere to go rose by nearly a third between 2014 and 2018. Thousands of homeless patients were readmitted within six months, according to figures obtained by the Guardian.

Official NHS England guidance aimed at freeing up beds was clarified in November to allow hospitals to discharge homeless patients to the streets if they are not judged to be a priority for housing or further care, despite widespread concern over the growing number of homeless deaths.


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Assaults by mental health patients on NHS staff in North Wales has reduced in the last five years

Assaults by mental health patients on NHS staff in North Wales has reduced in the last five years | nhswatch | Scoop.it

ASSAULTS on North Wales mental health staff have halved according to a health board.

The number of assaults by mental health patients on NHS staff in North Wales, including those working at Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Hergest Unit, has reduced in the last five years

Assaults on staff working in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Mental Health & Learning Disability services reduced by 50% between 2013-14 and 2017-18, with a 16% reduction achieved in the last year.

The figures represent a stark contrast with the NHS in England, where the results of the latest NHS staff survey shows that violence against staff has reached a five year high.


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Assaults on north Wales NHS mental health staff halve

Assaults on north Wales NHS mental health staff halve | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Attacks by mental health patients on NHS staff at Wales' largest health board have halved in five years.

Assaults on Betsi Cadwaladr staff fell from 559 in 2013-14 to 278 in 2017-18.

It attributed the fall to a team of specialist nurses who train carers and frontline staff in ways to avoid confrontation and improve care.

Ward manager Matt Jarvis, who was punched in the head by an "acutely psychotic" patient, said restraining people created distrust of staff.

Instead, people on the wards will attempt to talk down agitated patients or even distract them.


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Trust faces deficit of nearly a tenth of turnover | News

Trust faces deficit of nearly a tenth of turnover | News | nhswatch | Scoop.it

One of England’s smallest trusts is predicting a deficit of nearly a tenth of its turnover and may not accept next year’s control total.

Queen Victoria Hospital Foundation Trust – a specialist trust based in West Sussex – had a control total of £0.6m surplus for 2018-19 before sustainability and transformation funding and money from land sales. But it has recently reforecast a £5.9m deficit and said “lines of credit” would be made available to enable it to pay bills.

Papers for the trust’s March board meeting revealed its current plans would not improve its financial position sufficiently to break even in 2020-2021. “This will need further initiatives beyond those currently under discussion,” a report from the finance and performance committee said. “There is currently no visibility of what those plans might be.”


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'Robot workers' from Softbank-funded start-up employed in NHS back office

'Robot workers' from Softbank-funded start-up employed in NHS back office | nhswatch | Scoop.it

A Softbank-backed automation start-up has secured a landmark deal to bring its army of “robot workers” to NHS hospitals.

Automation Anywhere, a US start-up that has emerged as a leader in the field of robotic process automation, will launch its digital workforce in two hospitals in Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust.

These digital workers will help make back office tasks more efficient in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and the West Middlesex University Hospital, beginning with the Trust’s finance team.


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NHS milestone reached for 1,000th living kidney transplant | Express & Star

NHS milestone reached for 1,000th living kidney transplant | Express & Star | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The 1,000th transplant involving living kidney swap donors will take place this week.

The NHS runs a sharing scheme where people can donate a kidney in return for one for their friend or family member in need.

The scheme was set up in 2007 because people on the kidney transplant list had friends and family who wanted to donate their organ but were not a good match by blood group or tissue.

Now, if a patient enters the sharing scheme with their friend or family member, the pair could be matched with another couple in the scheme so that each recipient receives a kidney from the other’s friend or family member.

NHS Blood and Transplant said the scheme had given a huge boost to the number of kidneys available for donation.


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Public satisfaction over the NHS is lowest in a decade, despite £20bn ‘birthday boost’

Public satisfaction over the NHS is lowest in a decade, despite £20bn ‘birthday boost’ | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Public satisfaction with the NHS is the lowest it has been in more than a decade – with unhappiness over waiting times the main reason for the trend, research shows.

The annual British Social Attitudes survey reveals a sharp drop in the numbers who are happy with the health service, despite the Prime Minister’s £20bn funding boost.

Just 53 per cent of the public is satisfied with the NHS – with long waits for hospital and GP appointments the prime factor blamed, the research shows.

The figure is a fall from 70 per cent satisfaction levels in 2010, with a drop of three percentage point seen in the last year.


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NHS bosses: Benefit stress driving mental health care demand | Society | The Guardian

NHS bosses: Benefit stress driving mental health care demand | Society | The Guardian | nhswatch | Scoop.it

NHS bosses have warned that people left stressed and unable to cope as a result of changes to their benefits are adding to the rising demand for mental health care.

The benefits system shake-up and introduction of universal credit have damaged people’s mental health so that they have sought NHS help, a new report reveals.

Nine out of 10 (92%) NHS mental health trusts bosses in England believe benefit changes have increased the number of people with anxiety, depression and other conditions.

In a survey by NHS Providers, 63% of the 36 trust bosses who responded said changes to claimants’ payments or the rollout of universal credit had had a “high impact” and was the single biggest driver of demand.


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