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Posted by Bev hurst
Last Reply May 29, 2006 at 10:42
Started May 28, 2006 at 13:47
Patients get right to elite treatment
Sarah-Kate Templeton, Medical Correspondent

PATIENTS will be encouraged to bypass their local NHS hospitals to be treated at elite foundation trusts and private treatment centres anywhere in England under reforms to be introduced by Patricia Hewitt, the health secretary, this week.
In an acceleration of the government’s drive to create more competition between hospitals, patients who are dissatisfied with the standard of care offered by NHS hospitals in their area will be given the option of travelling to a top-rated foundation trust anywhere in the country.

The changes are likely to anger old Labour MPs and health unions who fear NHS hospitals with poor ratings will go into further decline or shut.

Patients will, in time, also be able to choose which surgeon carries out their operation, according to Hewitt.

At the moment patients who need a routine operation are given the choice of treatment at four or five hospitals in thei... read more

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mrsa treatment
Posted by melanie andrews
Last Reply May 28, 2006 at 17:57
Started November 4, 2004 at 17:21
How do I get intouch with Brian Bennett to try his cream? A previous web site link did not work and I am now at a loss how to contact him.
My mother has been diagnosed with MRSA and the treatment is just not working - we feel desperate. Hope someone can help.

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Moseley Hall
Posted by Carolyn
Last Reply May 27, 2006 at 15:17
Started May 27, 2006 at 15:17
My father was discharged from Moseley Hall in a dreadfull state. MRSA plus pressure sores down to the bone. He was sent home just with paracetamol and cream for his nose(to treat the mrsa).I found him one day on ward 5, eating his dinner on a table ,next to his plate was a towel covered with excrement from when they had changed him. He is now back in selly oak with sepsis. Any one else out there had problems with Moseley Hall?

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MRSA culture
Posted by Cathy
Last Reply May 25, 2006 at 20:02
Started May 2, 2006 at 18:39
Hi there,

My son came down with CA-MRSA about 1 1/2 months ago.
We just got the culture results back (nose and previous boil site) and they were both negative.

Though this seems like good news, I wanted to run this by all of you and get you input.
Have others had negitive cultures and then have reoccurrences anyway?
Any advice appreciated, thank you, Cathy

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WHEELCHAIR CLEANING TO PREVENT INFECTION
Posted by PATRICIA
Last Reply May 25, 2006 at 16:52
Started May 25, 2006 at 16:09
I AM CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING THE CHANCES OF INFECTION SPREAD AS A RESULT OF TRANSMISSION VIA WHEELCHAIRS.I HAVE READ ON SEVERAL SITES THAT VERY LITTLE INFECTION CONTROL IS CARRIED OUT VIA THIS MODE OF TRANSPORT.CAN ANYONE HELP AS TO WHAT INFECTION PREVENTION IS CARRIED OUT ON WHEELCHAIRS

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MRSA or NOT
Posted by Deb Marsh
Last Reply May 23, 2006 at 18:31
Started May 22, 2006 at 20:56
My son had heart surgery six years ago when he was 4.we were home afew days after the but all was not well, within 2 days he was like a zombie.The hopital phoned me to ask how he was because they had the results from his pacing wires.After a very short discussion I had to take him back to hospital.All I was told is that he had picked up an infection and he was very ill for some time,infection around the heart.
When we finally came home I thought that would be the end of that but a few months later he was in hospital again having a abscess drained from his surgery site,yet more anitbiotics. From then on his surgery site constantly weeping looking very sore and inflamed, on and off antibiotics also being told that he was having the same infection up his nose. Finaly his heart consultant said that he thought it was the sternum wires that were causing the infections. well finally March of this year he went back into hospital to have the wires taken out,well so I thought.It was an infec... read more

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times article
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply May 23, 2006 at 16:30
Started May 23, 2006 at 16:30
Surgeries are going to the dogs


POP down to your GP surgery for an injection, say, and you could end up having a quick jab next to the microwave. So poor is the state of many practice premises that some doctors are having to use every nook, cranny and kitchen to conduct consultations.
GP (May 19) says that according to a British Medical Association survey two thirds of surgery buildings are inadequate. “Hot desking” is common, with many GPs forced to share rooms, and a quarter of practices pose health and safety risks to both staff and patients.



Doctor (May 16) reports that government policy is under threat because of the shoddy state of practice premises. GPs claim that ministers’ plans to shift some of the care currently undertaken in hospitals into the community will founder unless there is greater investment in primary care infrastructure.

But a Department of Health spokesman, quoted in GP, says that more than 3,000 practices have been refurbished since 2... read more

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rise in sussex hospitals
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply May 23, 2006 at 16:26
Started May 23, 2006 at 13:57
A health trust in Sussex is at a loss to explain why rates of MRSA infection suddenly jumped up at the start of 2006 after nine months of steady decline.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust reported 42 cases from January to March this year, up 13 from the last three months of 2005.

It said there was no "obvious identifiable reason to explain this".

The trust's target set by the Department of Health is to have only 43 MRSA cases in total by 2008.

Before the recent sharp rise, the trust said it had been showing "a reduction towards the target trajectory".

There were 36 cases from April to June 2005, 33 from July to September and then 29 from October to December.

The first MRSA results for 2006 are being discussed by the trust's board on Tuesday.

Job losses

Its monthly meeting is also hearing the latest financial figures and forecasts.

The trust is reporting an £11.3m year-end deficit for 2005/06.

It is also projecting a continued de... read more

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interviewee
Posted by olly barratt
Last Reply May 23, 2006 at 16:26
Started May 23, 2006 at 13:04
hi there, my name's olly, i'm a journalist at capital radio in london and i'm looking for someone to come and meet this afternoon (tuesday) who has been affected by MRSA or MSSA in London. There is a patients association meeting tomorrow and we'd like to get someone's thoughts before it.

if anyone can help at such short notice - my number is 07771743714.

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My friend
Posted by Tari
Last Reply May 23, 2006 at 12:47
Started May 23, 2006 at 12:47
My friend got a boil on his bum. He slept on it wrong and it spread to his organs. He had to have emergency surgery to remove part of his colon. He needed CPR, a colostomy bag, and a stay in the hosp. for a month. He is okay now but has a horrific scar down his belly. Im scared because my 3 year old gets them on her bum and her dad gets them on his neck, right on his spine.

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NHS confedertion report
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply May 22, 2006 at 10:33
Started May 22, 2006 at 10:33
Technological developments and changes in the way patients are treated mean the National Health Service needs fewer hospital beds than before, the NHS Confederation said today.

It called for an end to the "fixation" with bed numbers and the "bricks and mortar" of hospital buildings and for a new emphasis instead on investing staff, medicines and technology.

In a briefing paper, the confederation - which represents 90% of NHS organisations - - acknowledged that bed closures caused "emotions to run high, both publicly and politically".

It said that there now needed to be an "informed debate" about where future spending priorities should lie.

Opposition parties warned however that the paper must not be an excuse for the Government simply to cut more hospital beds.

The paper points out that NHS bed numbers have actually been falling since the end of the 1950s. In the 20 years to 2004 there was a decrease of almost a third, from 211,617 to 145,218.

At the same time, mor... read more

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MRSA after hospial discharge
Posted by Ann
Last Reply May 22, 2006 at 10:04
Started May 22, 2006
I am a volanteer with a large national charity helping suport elderly patients in their homes after hospital discharge. I have recently found out 'by accident' that one of my clients is infected with MRSA. They are receiving daily visits from the District Nurse. I have no training in infection control and although I am not providing 'personal care' I have been doing laundry, changing their bed and cleaning the bathroom without using gloves or special handwash. I would welcome anyones thoughts or advice about whether I should have been advised about MRSA before taking on this client. I have been told that it is a matter of medical comfidentiality. Also I am a carer for my father who is 80 and diabetic. He often has lesions to his legs which I have to dress. I am concerned that I may have become 'colonized' through my contact with my client and, therefore, pose a risk to my father. I would be so grateful for any advise.

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mrsa
Posted by jan
Last Reply May 20, 2006 at 16:16
Started February 25, 2006 at 12:28
my son has contracted mrsa in hospital after going for appendicitis, he has been in for a month. can anyone tell me how it takes for mrsa to go? and has anyone been successful suing the hospital?

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a bit of decent journalism at last
Posted by Rachel
Last Reply May 19, 2006 at 20:47
Started October 17, 2005 at 11:03
Those of you that may have been sucked in by some of the "undercover" reports that are hell bent on "exposing" dirty hospitals, might be interested to read this article
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1592758,00.html#article_continue

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Husband died after contracting MRSA
Posted by Avril Taylor
Last Reply May 19, 2006 at 07:48
Started May 18, 2006 at 10:19
My Husband was admitted to hospital on the 6th January this year. He was passing blood in his urine. It was determined that he was anemic, so they gave him a blood transfusion (9 units in total), 8 days later he developed a fever (there was a very red patch where the blood tranfusion line had been) He was moved into a side ward and started treatment with anitbiotics, but unfortunately he deteriorated and was moved to the ICU two days later. He developed kidney failiure and a thrombosis in his left leg. After two weeks of intensive care he had recovered enough to be transfered to another hospital for treatment of the kidney failiure. But unfortunately he died on the 12th February. I have requested his medical record from both hospitals, but they seem to be very slow at responding to my requests. Any tips?

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THE COVER UP BECOME OFFICIAL
Posted by Dave
Last Reply May 18, 2006 at 22:59
Started June 19, 2005 at 08:48
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/publicservices/story/0,11032,1509980,00.html

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new drug to kill MRSA
Posted by Therese
Last Reply May 18, 2006 at 11:57
Started May 18, 2006 at 11:57
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4992696.stm

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Scotland sufferers
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply May 18, 2006 at 09:29
Started May 18, 2006 at 09:21
Hi i have been contacted by a reporter from a scottish newspaper wanting to do an article this sunday with someone from scotland if anybody is interested can you please contact me on info@mrsaactionuk.com for more details
best wishes

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healthy move for minister
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 16, 2006 at 08:22
Started May 13, 2006 at 08:06
THE steady rise in politics for Leigh MP Andy Burnham has continued, with promotion to Health Minister in the latest Government shake-up.

Mr Burnham, aged 36, has stepped across to the Health Department from the Home Office, where he hads been a junior minister, following last week's Cabinet reshuffle.

The father of three, a former government aide and journalist, who was born and raised in the Leigh area, is looking forward to getting to grips with his new role looking after the NHS

he meets nurses at Leigh Infirmary, on National Nurses Day, to discuss their problems and other hospital issues.

Mr Burnham, who is Minister for Quality and Patient Safety, said: "I was in the middle of an advice surgery in Leigh when I received a call from the Prime Minister.

"I was absolutely delighted. It was a really proud moment and it was hard to get back to work after that. It is a major move.

"Health is my first political interest and I feel comfortable with it. I feel I have c... read more

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Clostridium
Posted by Anna Boyd
Last Reply May 16, 2006 at 07:21
Started December 20, 2005 at 14:55
Have you or one of your relatives contracted C Dificile? Are you concerned about the level of cleanliness in our hospitals?
I am a journalist at the BBC and would like to hear your views and experiences. Please email me at anna.boyd@bbc.co.uk

Thanks

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