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Hospitals to close because of deficits
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply August 18, 2006 at 10:38
Started August 18, 2006 at 10:38
At least 10 major hospitals in England face potential closure or a downgraded role, the BBC has learned.

Talks are under way about removing emergency care from hospitals in London, Surrey, Sussex, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cornwall.

The sites will either close or be left to handle basic care, with "super" regional centres seeing the most ill.

NHS bosses say the measures are aimed at reducing deficits and treating more patients in the community.

In some areas, there are too many hospitals providing the same or similar services

But there are concerns people will have to travel miles for life-saving treatment.

George Beer, of the British Cardiac Patients Association, who is campaigning against changes to hospital services in Sussex, said: "If services are closed, severely ill patients will have to travel miles for care. It is putting lives at risk."

Further evidence of the move to centralised services at certain hospitals will emerge on Friday w... read more

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Spanish hospital on NHS
Posted by Rita
Last Reply August 17, 2006 at 09:57
Started August 17, 2006 at 09:57
My son-in-law has just returned from Spain. His dad is in a Spanish hospital with chest pains and breathing problems. My son-in-law was absolutely amazed by the way in which the nurses and doctors treated their patients they were so good. The ward was kept spotless at all times and litter or mess was 'immediately' picked up or cleaned. Regular cleaning took place. As soon as a patient left a bed the whole thing was taken away to a special room and, from what I understand steam cleaned, wiped down and dried. The room or space where the patient was was immediately thoroughly cleaned. All this on the NHS. As I explained to my son-in-law, which he cannot believe, that is what it used to be like over here, what happened?

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Vacomycin
Posted by Scott
Last Reply August 16, 2006 at 15:23
Started August 16, 2006 at 13:21
Hi all,


just got of hospital AGAIN !!!! after a number of weeks.

This time on vancomycin....uuuuuuurrgh.

1000mg twice per day IV for one week, how can I describe my experience of it.

Domestos, bleach, toxic....aaaargh, cramps, vomiting, poooing big time, they think it may have caused an over-growth of C-diff !!!

Now at home on Rifadin & Triamotheprin ( spelling )

pink and orange pee.....yuk

anyway got full blood tests and swabs this morning, I'll keep my fingers crossed, also they are possibly thinking of trying radiotherapy for the hidradenetis...I'll find out sonn.


Hope everyone is well.


Scott


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death certificates
Posted by Alice
Last Reply August 11, 2006 at 14:04
Started February 13, 2006 at 18:10
We are making a documentary for the BBC about the death certification system in the UK. How it works, who fills in the certificates and how the information is used.

We would like to talk to families who feel they have been given an inaccurate death certificate for their relative. This seems to be quite common when the person died of a hospital-acquired infection.

We are also keen to talk to doctors and nurses about their experiences and the pressures they are under. At this stage this is purely for background research and there is no obligation to appear in the final film.

If you are able to help us with our research please call Alice on: 020 7286 0333 or email alicey@filmsofrecord.com

All conversations will be in confidence.

Thanks!

Alice


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Advice needed plz for Nan...
Posted by KitKat
Last Reply August 10, 2006 at 21:15
Started August 8, 2006 at 01:58
Hi everyone.

I am so mad at my doctor right now. My Gran who is 85 with numerous health problems was diagnosed last week as having MRSA in her phelgm from her Lungs. The test was performed twice to be certain and both times it was positive.

My Doctor has not been to see my Gran for about 5 weeks and she diagnosed her as being a Colonized MRSA which means she is not symptomatic. She is having symptoms I think but she has so many symptoms it is difficult to say but she does not have any open wounds at all or wounds of any kind. She has not been in Hospital in 2 years and I am her full time carer.

I told my Dr (both have same doctor) that she has not been to hospital and someone has brought MRSA in and I think it might be me because I was admitted 8 weeks ago and went into a coma and I asked her could she test myself and my Mum who is 61 for MRSA and she outright refused. She also told me I do not need to protect myself or my Mum from MRSA because it is "Not contagious."
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C Dificile - can I sue the hospital?
Posted by Ric
Last Reply August 9, 2006 at 11:18
Started August 9, 2006 at 11:18
My Grandfather went into hospital with a cut on his leg.

One week later, he is on a drip feed, dying, because he has has C Dificile, which is only caught in hospitals. It is because of their lack of hygene - nothing else - that he is dying.

Can I sue the Hospital?


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I...
Posted by Eric
Last Reply August 8, 2006 at 01:48
Started March 14, 2006 at 06:54
I am 16 years old and have MRSA I feel alone and i dont know how to tell people of my skin problum like finding someone to love,and someone to care about you, i just feel alone in the world.

my email is RavensRevenge05@hotmail.com
if anyone can just talk to me and help me threw my way thank you i have had mrsa for about 3 years now.. :{

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Cleaning for Superbugs
Posted by Janet Goodwin
Last Reply August 7, 2006 at 20:25
Started August 7, 2006 at 20:25
Several years ago my husband and I had a cleaning company and had several contracts with local hospitals. One of these contracts was to clear staphylococcal bugs from infected wards. I believe this is of the same family as MRSA. This bug was airbourne and carried in particles of dust. It attacked open wounds so was usually found in surgical or maternity wards. We used to call this a 'staphy' bug. As soon as a patient became infected, the entire ward was cleared of patients but all beds, equipment, etc., was left in the ward. We were then called and went directly to the hospital with a special cleaning team. Our method, recommended at that time by the hospitals, was to clean the entire ward from top to bottom with a very powerful disinfectant which, from memory, was called Clearosil (or similar). This was so powerful that we would wear at least two pairs of surgical gloves at a time and these had to be regularly changed as the disinfectant would burn through them. We washed ... read more

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Lack of food and water/ death by dehydration
Posted by Amanda Steane
Last Reply August 7, 2006 at 17:07
Started February 1, 2005 at 15:03
My husband was dehydrated three times within a year at two different hospitals. He was effected all three times, the first two without physical damage. The third time he was mutilated to save his prescious life. In a coma after being discharged in renal failure secondary to dehydration he had to have such rigorous life support that eventually one leg came off, then the other foot, prolonged ventilation caused a subglottic stenosis which left him unable to breath for himself or TALK anymore and he lost the sight in one eye, all through not having his fluid monitored. He could no longer walk, talk, breath or see for himself anymore at the age of 43yrs. Dehydration really goes unseen and people just fall asleep and die, mainly the elderly, disabled, children, or the vulnerable people whom need to be cared for because they are too ill to care for themselves. I was very aware what was going on the third time for Paul, but i was still to late. Symptoms of dehydration include itching, conf... read more

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mrsa bug, hospital cleanliness
Posted by paul
Last Reply August 7, 2006 at 12:46
Started August 7, 2006 at 10:48
I have recently been in hospital for a ahernia opertation, and while there i was watching the cleaners at work, i spoke to them and asked what they were using to clean the floor, they said just water, i was amazed, i mentioned that i had been speaking to a retired nurse, and she said they always used to use bleach to clean with , as it kills pretty much any bacteria, but nowadays they dont use it, the cleaners agreed with me and we cannot figure out what the hell is wrong with administration of hospitals these days, everyone knows that bleach is the best thing for killing bugs at home sink, dishcloths etc.

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My Story
Posted by Des
Last Reply August 7, 2006 at 12:40
Started October 25, 2004 at 20:59
I was admitted to The New Victoria Hospital, Kingston, on 30th June 2003 for a shoulder reconstruction. The operation took place and I was discharged on the same day.

Approximately ten days later I had the staples removed at the hospital.

On Monday 21st July one of the internal stitches worked its way out of the wound. This facilitated a discharge of infected material from the wound that alerted me to the fact that the wound was infected. I attended my GP on Tuesday 22nd July. He took swabs from the wound, which were sent away for testing.

On Wednesday 23rd July I was experiencing extreme hot flushes and sweats. I told members of my family who came to my house to care for me. Subsequently my father contacted the hospital and as a result I was admitted to Kingston Hospital on Friday 25th July under the care of my original surgeon who operated on my shoulder the same day to flush the infection out.

I was discharged from Kingston Hospital the following week. On returning ho... read more

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MRSA and isolation?
Posted by Emma
Last Reply August 6, 2006 at 13:27
Started August 6, 2006 at 12:36
My grandfather is at the Royal Surrey in Guildford, we have just heard that he has bed sores that have become infected with MRSA. His condition has rapidly deteriorated. We are surprised that he is still on the ward, especially as he was admitted with a nasty chest infection and diarrhoea. Is isolation not necessary with MRSA or is it just another example of poor nursing?

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mrsa in the usa
Posted by Sara
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 15:49
Started July 28, 2006 at 01:43
I am 17 yrs old and just recently got diagonosed with mrsa or actually community aqcuired mrsa... i hardly know anything about it. all i know is the name and i am on antibiotics . its on my upper arm near the bend at the elbow it is about half an inch deep and in a three in circumference.and i got it drained 4 days ago... i dont know how i got ir or anything... can anyone tell me how long it takes to heal or anything.

please email me at liltyedie_07@yahoo.com

thank you: Sara

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new rules to try and combat the problems
Posted by Bev hurst
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 13:38
Started August 2, 2006 at 13:28
In future friends and relatives visiting patients at any of the four hospitals run by Southampton University Hospitals NHS trust will have to follow a new set of rules when they visit.

The measures which have already come into effect follow the publication of national statistics which showed the trust came 40th out of the 174 trusts in England for rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

There were apparently 92 cases at the trust in 2005-06, with 44 of these in the six months to April.

The average number of cases for hospital trusts in England for this six-month period was 20, with six reporting no cases.

Southampton University Hospital Trust is the eighth largest acute trust in England and the trust has now issued a set of guidelines for visitors which says;

Only two visitors at a time will be allowed at the bedside and they must sit on chairs rather than the patient's bed to minimise infection risks,
Visitors are asked not to bring very youn... read more

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MRSA in Out-P:atients clinics
Posted by Mrs L H Lewy
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 12:56
Started August 2, 2006 at 12:56
It seems that the first recorded mention of this in the public (lay) press was an article in The Observer, December 1988. The information in the article was contributed by the Consultant Microbiologist at our local hospital, where my husband was subjected to colorectal surgery and never fully recovered. For the remaining two miserable years he was repeatedly called to various Out-Patient Clinics salso attended by long-stay mental patients from nearby institutions, until finally he died a couple of weeks after the last such appointment.
the post mortem report merely said "Pneumonia" and no attempt was made to find out what had caused that Pneumonia even though the day before I had given explicit written instructions to the Hospital that the "pathogen" must be cultured and named.
Does anyone have any experiences to share?


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Advice needed please
Posted by Heather Wilkinson
Last Reply August 2, 2006 at 09:24
Started August 2, 2006 at 08:59
My husband has had an operation for colorectal cancer (12th June). Whilst in hospital he suffered from some sort of infection, which wasn't named.......just told that he had an infection and needed intravenous antibiotics. His temperature was slightly raised and he wasn't allowed home until this had come down. They decided to "watch and wait" to see what happened as they thought that there could be an underlying infection or perhaps a blood clot at the site. When he came home for hospital he had 10days of antibiotcs to take. After these were finished, his wound was still needing packing on a daily basis and the wound has got bigger, or deeper on a daily basis.....so much so that the nurse at our surgery took a swab and sent it to the hospital. Yesterday, our GP phoned to say that my husband had MRSA and could he come over for a prescription for more antibiotics when he came for his dressing to be removed and re packed. This was not due to the results of the swab taken last Fr... read more

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foundation trusts
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply August 1, 2006 at 18:35
Started August 1, 2006 at 15:51
Hewitt recommends twelve trusts for Foundation Status


EIGHT NEW FOUNDATION TRUSTS AUTHORISED TODAY

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt today gave her support for 12 more NHS Trusts to apply for foundation status as eight new foundation trusts were authorised by Monitor, the independent regulator.

The twelve trusts that have received the Secretary of State's support for foundation status are:

- Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust
- County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
- Humber Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust
- Milton Keynes General NHS Trust
- North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
- North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust
- The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
- South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
- South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust
- St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust
- The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust

These trusts now undergo an a... read more

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im still none the wiser what mom died from.
Posted by jayne
Last Reply August 1, 2006 at 15:26
Started August 1, 2006 at 15:01
judge yourselves, and let me know, i have just received the hospital complaint back from the health authority, a lot of it does not make sense, and a lot of it is not what we were told at the time, where do i go after this, because i cannot let this go

Dear Mrs Dyer,
thank you for your concerns about the treatment, given to your mother at Sandwell and Rowley Regis hospital, please accept my condolences on your sad loss, your concerns have been investigated and i am now in a position to respond. I am sorry that it has taken longer than anticipated to reply but,as you will appreciate, we have had to obtain comments from a number of clinicians, to be able to deal with your detailed concerns.
i will now respond to your questions

1) Why when Mrs Darcy was admitted to hospital did it take 3 days before they decided to operate.
Mrs Darcys symptons did not initially suggest there was a problem with her abdoman that would require an operation. there was no documentaion of abdomina... read more

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NUFFIELD GROUP
Posted by FAY
Last Reply August 1, 2006 at 13:47
Started July 6, 2006 at 20:52
hi i have mrsa due to Gastric banding.
I am trying to find other people who have had mrsa from the NUFFIELD GROUP OF HOSPITOLS.

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The Case for Clean Hands
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply August 1, 2006
Started August 1, 2006
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/355/2/121

The New England Journal of Medicine

[Extract] If every caregiver would reliably practice simple hand hygiene when leaving the bedside of every patient and before touching the next patient, there would be an immediate and profound reduction in the spread of resistant bacteria.

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