Monthly Archives: October 2014

Community Pharmacists: the Potential of Minor Ailment Centres (BBC News / RPS / NHS England)

Summary The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has proposed that community pharmacies could save the NHS over £1 billion per year. This assertion is endorsed by research from Pharmacy Research UK published earlier this year and led by the University of Aberdeen. … Continue reading

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Failings in the Complaints System in Health and Social Care? (Healthwatch England / CQC)

Summary An estimated 250,000 incidents of poor care were unreported last year. There are concerns that NHS and local authority “red tape” make it difficult to complain, that there is insufficient independent advice and support to help those who need … Continue reading

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Glasgow Coma Scale Update (Nursing Times / BBC News / PLoS Computational Biology / Nature Communications)

Summary The Glasgow Coma Scale has been updated forty years after its initial implementation. This Nursing Times article reviews the variations in technique which have developed since then, the scale’s current composition and application and the “structured approach” to the … Continue reading

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Dementia Ambassadors: New Help For GPs and Patients (NHS England)

Summary NHS England has appointed seven clinical experts in dementia, or “dementia ambassadors”, to offer one-to-one support for CCGs and GP-led local health committees. These seven ambassadors are to be based in London, the south, the north, the midlands, and … Continue reading

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New Trust to Run Stafford Hospital (BBC News)

Summary A new trust is being created (“renamed”) to run the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital and another hospital in Stoke. On November 1st 2014, the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust will become the University Hospitals of North Midlands. The NHS … Continue reading

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Loneliness in Old Age: Male Perspectives (BBC News / ILC-UK / Independent Age)

Summary Increasing numbers of men face loneliness and isolation in old age, according to research by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and Independent Age. While older women are likely to remain more likely to outlive their husbands, it is also … Continue reading

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