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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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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,,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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Posted by Dave
Last Reply May 18, 2006 at 22:59
Started June 19, 2005 at 08:48,11032,1509980,00.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

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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 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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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


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Posted by Patrick McInally
Last Reply May 15, 2006 at 09:36
Started May 14, 2006 at 21:38
Due to a motorycle accident I have just had yet another op in Feb to repair clavicle.I was released next day & told to visit local nurse to have sutures removed in 10-14 days.I did so but as last suture was removed a part of wound started to open.I was told to clean & dress wound and it should be ok !However I had to return to hospital after just 5 days as wound was opening further and repair work & Clavicle where clearly visable.This being my 6th proceedure I expected to be discharged as usual the day after.?They said that I requred to have vac pump fitted to assist healing.Now heres where it gets ugly anurse was told to remove a few sutures so that pump could be inserted, but as she started she was called away & hande remover to another nurse & told er to carry on !! The nurse being junior removed all the sutures that had been put in I was ignorant and didnt know until Doctor who performed Surgery took routine look at wound and instead of a nice clean wound with sutures was faced ... read more

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My update & Doctor breaks ranks !!
Posted by Scott
Last Reply May 13, 2006 at 14:10
Started May 7, 2006 at 11:02
Hi folks,

back home now went in for my plastic surgery in the groin and right armpit, everything went well for a week and then it went sceptic...high blood pressure & temp 102...they had to cut open wounds and clean them out, I now have MRSA infection in these wounds also....have to say the Canniesburn Plastic Unit at Glasgow Royal have been superb...Mr Soutar department head takes no nosense when it comes to infection control...screening, swabs, cleanliness etc. My IBD is also flaring up and I have a high Gamma GT Liver count.

Can hardly bloody walk....DLA turned me down twice now for financial aid....when will it all stop !!!

Anyway the place where it all started at the Southern General now has a whistleblower to the condition in the main theatre, the same place where I had many of my operations..

follow link to read.

anyway ... read more

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Gave him MRSA then sent him home
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply May 13, 2006 at 13:14
Started May 13, 2006 at 10:03
Hi new here,
Can anyone advise please.....a friend was rushed into hospital 2 weeks ago with a blocked intestine requiring surgery...a week later he relapsed and tests were done....on wed / Thurs this week his wife was told he had MRSA, they isolated him and kept it all hush hush on the ward, although the nurses appeared to take precautions the ladies delivering cups of tea etc and the domestics walked freely in and out of his room with no hand washing etc....
Anyway, within 24 hrs of diagnosis, and with a leaking abdominal wound, the hospital spat him out and sent him home.....
As he left the ward he was in physical contact with other patients etc and however he caught it, he was on a general wards where nursing staff and patients mixed.
The ward /hospital seem to have pushed this under the carpet and by getting my friend out straight away seem tyo be carrying on as if nothing has this right....I am finding this irresponsibility hard to deal with, and having the ... read more

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unison conference press release
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 12, 2006 at 20:16
Started May 12, 2006 at 19:40
Hospital workers at UNISON’s health conference in Gateshead will today call for proper laundry facilities for their uniforms to help combat MRSA and other hospital acquired infections.

Staff complain that domestic washing machines are not capable of ensuring that any infection carried on their uniforms, from bodily fluid splashes, are destroyed completely. In addition, there is widespread concern that washing uniforms and the family wash in the same machine might in itself present a danger.

At the same time as UNISON is calling for greater emphasis on hospital cleanliness. The union has today released a survey showing that 80% of the public are worried about going into hospital because of the risk of catching MRSA or other hospital acquired infections.

Karen Jennings, UNISON Head of Health said:

“Cleaner hospitals must be at the heart of the battle against MRSA, whether that is on the wards or making sure uniforms and equipment are kept clean and germ free. Over the yea... read more

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hospital MRSA rates doubles
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 12, 2006 at 14:18
Started May 12, 2006 at 14:18
MRSA rates at Oxfordshire's major hospital almost doubled last month, although experts claim the increase is random and patients have nothing to fear.

In March 2006, there were 17 cases of the bug within the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, compared with nine the previous month.

Infection control specialist Dr Derrick Crook said although staff had looked at the sudden rise in numbers, it was well known that variations could be random on a month-to-month basis, and figures had to be looked at long term.

He said: "Even if you have a decreasing rate of infection, you could vary from as many as 25 on a bad month down to as few as two or three on another.

"Having said that, we're pretty motivated about dealing with this and other infection control issues.

"We are appointing a number of people in infection control and have initiated a number of new projects.

"The main activity is to intensively reduce infections around intra-vascular devices, which are things like d... read more

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more job cuts
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 11, 2006 at 18:45
Started May 5, 2006 at 13:24
PENNINE trust are to axe 800 jobs they have a deficit of over 21 million yet they have just got rid of their chief exec Chris Appleby and gave him a goodbye present of 1/4 million !! logic gone wrong somewhere !

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minor out patient surgery
Posted by SH
Last Reply May 9, 2006 at 22:48
Started May 2, 2006 at 22:08
I have a small benign lump on my leg, which can be removed by a short procedure under local anasthetic. does anyone know the statistics on contracting MRSA from this type of surgery at a private hospital?

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Posted by Tina Watson
Last Reply May 9, 2006 at 11:55
Started May 8, 2006 at 11:28
Please can someone give me advice, my Grandaughter has just spent 2 weeks in hospital very poorly, whilst in there she contracted MRSA, she had this for a week before we found out, she has special needs and produces vast amounts of secretions from her tacheostomy, this would not be a problem but I have been suffering from a leg ulcer for the past 8 momths that was clearing up nicely but the past 2 weeks it's not only broken out again but is now twicw as big as it was to start with very painful and has a horrable smell to it, we can't mget any help or advice from the hospital they just say MRSA is nothing to worry about, and I have told the clinic where I go to have my leg dressed and they are not interested either now I am begining to get realy worried as I can hardly walk on my leg and it appears to be getting worse any advice would be welcome, when we ask anyone about this bug we are told not to worry it's the media hype that makes it worse, many thanks Tina

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Death Certificate Latest
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply May 9, 2006 at 08:38
Started May 9, 2006 at 01:25
The Health Care Commission sat on the fence!They can't say the Hospital falsified my Dad's certificate-yet they can't say they didn't!!!
The Ombudsman is now taking Our Death Certificate complaint-and treating it as a priority!
The Police are now investigating-and from our meeting with them-they haven't even spoke to the doctor who completed the Death Certificate yet-because it might be an infringement of his Civil Rights!!
I have done an interview for the forthcoming BBC TV Documentary about the Falsification of Death Certificates.It should be shown soon.
I hope this is of interest.God Bless,Tim.

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Just Diagnosed
Posted by Aileen
Last Reply May 8, 2006 at 15:49
Started March 14, 2006 at 13:52
My six year old daughter had an ear infection and has just been diagnosed with MRSA. She was given penicillan for her ear infection so the doctor is not giving her anything else. Is this normal? Can anyone else in the family catch this? Should I keep her off school? Help? The doctor has gone for the night and cannot answer my questions. Can anyone give me advice.

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