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Who are our heroes and villains for November?

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Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?

This year we are kicking off a new slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.

Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

Each month, we will be taking a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.

Let us know if you agree with our choices for November and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).



index stroke alamy axn5 pt

index stroke alamy axn5 pt

A report published to little notice last month – e.g. because it was good news – revealed a raft of improvements made in stroke care over the last four years. A leaf through the fourth Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme report shows how nurses and other staff are achieving good things, including “some heartening improvements in multi-disciplinary care”. The report also highlighted “top tips” and a case study from two specialist nurses – namely Ismalia De Sousa, clinical stroke nurse specialist at Imperial Healthcare Trust and Caroline Smith, stroke nurse consultant at Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust. Well done stroke nurses everywhere.



A bench on a hill

Homeless people attend A&E six times more often than those with a home

Three nurses got more than they bargained for when going to the aid of a pensioner. Derek Mitchell, 74, attacked and abused them after they mistakenly thought he had suffered a heart attack and disturbed his booze-fuelled nap on a bench in Salford. For their troubles, Beryl, Helen and Rebecca Shepherd were attacked with an umbrella and called “slags”. According to media reports, Mr Mitchell gained the nickname “Old git” from a judge after a previous misdemeanor involving a dispute with a neighbour over her washing – says it all really.





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