Issue : 2 January 2008
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Nurses feature in honours listSubscription
Sarah Waller, nurse and programme director at the King’s Fund, has been awarded a CBE for services to nursing and NHS.
Student nurses face record debtsSubscription
Student nurses are racking up more debt than ever before, survey results suggest.
Warning over viral meningitisSubscription
Experts are warning health professionals to be vigilant about viral meningitis, which they say is common but often goes unreported.
Investigation begins into maternity deathsSubscription
An investigation has been launched into the deaths of two women at a hospital in Hampshire who both died from the same infection after giving birth.
Relatives change minds over organ donationsSubscription
Nearly half of relatives who refused permission for their loved ones' organs to be donated initially supported the practice, a study has shown.The study was based on interviews with 26 people who refused to let their relatives’ organs be donated. It found 12 subjects held initially positive views about organ donation.The UK research identified six main reasons why relatives refuse permission for their loved ones’ organs to be donated. Most commonly, in 15 ...
Marsden could admit patients next weekSubscription
London ’s Royal Marsden Hospital could begin admitting patients again next week, according to its chief nurse.
Hospital under fire for mothballed wardsSubscription
A NEWLY-BUILT hospital in Essex came under fire from health campaigners this week after it emerged that two wards have remained closed, despite high levels of patient demand.Queens Hospital in Romford, which opened in late 2006 and is run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust, has admitted that two wards have been left idle during the busy Christmas period.Pressure group London Health Emergency said the wards have been left closed because of financial ...
Winter vomiting bug hits countrySubscription
A diarrhoea and vomiting virus outbreak is sweeping England and Wales, the government’s infectious disease watchdog has warned.
Slow-release insomnia drug shows benefitsSubscription
A slow-release version of the insomnia drug zolpidem can provide long-term benefits, according to a study.A 25-week trial of 1,018 patients in the US measured total sleep time, number of awakenings and other subjective sleep measures in a placebo group and a group given single-dose extended release zolpidem.The 669 patients in the zolpidem group self-administered 12.5mg of the drug in slow-release form for a minimum of three nights a week to a maximum of seven nights ...
Nurses from the Royal Marsden Hospital have been caring for their patients in other hospitals after the building’s top floor and roof were gutted by a major fire.