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NHS Nightingale becomes world’s largest critical care unit

Prince Charles will open the new 4,000-bed NHS Nightingale later today – less than two weeks after work started on the giant specialist coronavirus field hospital. With 80 wards, the temporary facility at the ExCel Centre in London’s Docklands is now the largest critical care unit in the world. Soldiers, carpenters, stewards and volunteers have worked around the clock to ensure NHS Nightingale could be ready for use in record time.

Headteacher donates schools PPE to Frontline NHS staff!

A headteacher has donated his school’s protective equipment to frontline NHS staff and is urging others to do the same. David Phillips, head at Chilwell School said as a result of the Clap for Carers nationwide applause his thoughts turned to NHS workers and how he could help. The science and design departments at the school often use protective equipment for experiments and creative projects. Mr Phillips said he managed to gather around 20 boxes worth of equipment and delivered it himself to Queen’s Medical Centre.

NHS ‘no chance of training enough staff’

The NHS in England has no chance of training enough GPs and nurses to solve the shortages it faces, experts say. A report by three leading think tanks predicts that in the next five years nurse shortages will double and GP gaps nearly treble, without radical action. The Nuffield Trust, Health Foundation and King’s Fund says a combination of international recruitment, student grants and innovation is needed. Current figures suggest there’s more than 30,000 extra nurses needed and almost 3,000 GPs. The think tanks say on current trends this will rise to nearly 70,000 nurses and more than 7,000 GPs within five years.

Long NHS waits help drive more patients to pay for private surgery

  • Chris Easom
  • January 27, 2020

The number of British people choosing to pay for private hospital surgery has soared with the total amount spent doubling in six years to £1.1bn. Widespread NHS rationing of treatments and record waiting lists have helped deliver a 7.4 per cent real-terms growth in self-paying patients between 2014 and 2018. Experts forecast the self-pay market for operations will continue to grow from £1.1bn in 2018 to £1.3bn by 2021

NHS A&E departments suffer worst performance on record

  • Chris Easom
  • January 10, 2020

NHS accident and emergency departments in England recorded their lowest-ever performance in December. The latest figures show 79.8% of patients were seen within four hours in all A&E departments last month, compared with 81.4% in November 2019 and 86.5% in December 2018. It comes as pressures on the health service continue to grow. The number of patients visiting A&E departments in December increased 6.5% on the same month last year, with 2,181,024 people attending. There were 560,801 emergency admissions in the month, 2.9% higher than the same month last year.

There were 4.6 million people on the waiting list to start treatment as of the end of November 2019, up from 4.4 million.

Lack of nurses leads NHS to rely on less qualified staff

Nurses are in such short supply in the UK that the NHS is relying on less qualified staff to plug the gaps, according to a new report. According to the Health Foundation charity, healthcare assistants and nursing assistants have been used to help with tasks that qualified nurses would normally carry out if there were enough of them. Numbers have been shored up for years by overseas recruitment – but Brexit has caused a drop in the number of those coming from the EU, the report says, so the health service is now taking more nurses from countries further afield, including India and the Philippines. The number of nursing vacancies across the NHS is 44,000 – 12% of the nursing workforce.

Ealing Hospital’s A&E has been saved after NHS scraps controversial plan to close it

The A&E at Ealing Hospital appears to have been saved after the NHS binned a controversial plan to close it. The local council welcomed the news, with a spokeswoman saying if the plan had gone ahead, the borough would have been left with a population equal to Leeds without an accident and emergency department. The NHS’s £500m Shaping a Healthier Future scheme planned to axe almost half the region’s blue light services. The dropping of the programme was confirmed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock. It would have also seen the closure of Charing Cross Hospital ‘s A&E, and the loss of 500 beds for acute patients in the region. The scrapping of the policy will be seen as a big victory for local health campaigners as well as the council, who worked with Hammersmith and Fulham Council to garner roughly 22,000 signatures during a seven-year campaign to save services.

Nottingham hospitals need more nurses following national shortage

Nurses are being encouraged to apply for jobs at Nottingham’s hospitals following the new emergency department expansion. A special event was held at the Queen’s Medical Centre on Monday, January 14, to encourage registered nurses in Nottinghamshire to consider working at local hospitals. NUH employs around 5,000 registered nurses, midwives and theatre practitioners but in November it had 350 vacant positions, which is around 11 percent of the nursing workforce.

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