Teenager dies after catching flu virus

Image copyright Bethany Walker Image caption Bethany Walker contracted the flu virus which developed into pneumonia An 18-year-old woman has died in hospital after catching the flu virus. Bethany Walker, from Applecross in Wester Ross, had been suffering from the virus at home before it developed into pneumonia. She was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in […]

‘Liver branding’ surgeon Simon Bramhall fined £10,000

‘Liver branding’ surgeon Simon Bramhall fined £10,000

Image caption Simon Bramhall was sentenced for two charges of assault after admitting branding his patients’ livers A liver surgeon who branded his initials on the livers of two patients has been fined £10,000. Simon Bramhall, 53, used an argon beam machine to write his initials on the organs of the anaesthetised patients in 2013 […]

Patients ‘dying in hospital corridors’

Image copyright Getty Images Patients are dying in hospital corridors as safety is compromised by “intolerable” conditions, doctors say. The warning has been issued in a letter to the prime minister signed by 68 senior A&E doctors, spelling out the danger patients are facing this winter. It comes as reports have emerged of people being […]

Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Image copyright Getty Images Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu, according to Public Health England figures. A sharp rise in cases seen by GPs in the past week – up 78% on the week before – suggests it could be the worst flu season for seven years. But […]

Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer’s

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Pfizer’s decision will affect research into drugs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs […]

Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The once-a-week pill would look much like any other regular drug capsule Human trials of a once-a-week oral pill for HIV could start, after successful tests in pigs, claim US scientists. The slow-release tablet could free patients from having to take daily medication, they say. It looks like a […]

Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression

Image copyright Getty Images Singing could help mothers recover from post-natal depression more quickly, a study suggests. Researchers found that women who took part in group singing sessions with their babies experienced a much faster improvement in their symptoms than those who did not. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, looked at […]

Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals discuss merger plans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Basildon, Southend and Broomfield Hospitals could become one single trust Three hospital trusts are to discuss merger proposals that would create one of the largest NHS trusts. The boards of Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals in Essex will meet on Wednesday to approve the formal start of the process. […]

Scottish A&E waits at highest level in final week of 2017

Image copyright Getty Images The number of people waiting more than four hours in Scotland’s accident and emergency units reached record high levels in the last week of the year. The latest weekly figures show that just 78% of patients across Scotland were seen within the target time. This was well below the Scottish government’s […]

Daughter’s death from sepsis ‘will stay with me forever’

Image copyright Welsh Ambulance Service A mother has described the harrowing moment she had to perform CPR on her daughter, who died of sepsis. Chloe Christopher, 17, from Cwmaman, Rhondda Cynon Taff, had been laughing with friends before being struck by the illness on New Year’s Eve 2014. The condition happens when the body fights […]