£1 million boost for wireless innovations to improve patient care

NHS England has allocated £1 million for wireless innovations aimed at enhancing patient care. Seven NHS trusts will conduct trials, focusing on various wireless technologies to improve connectivity and efficiency in healthcare settings.

The Wireless Trials program aims to enhance connectivity, reduce disruptions, and address unexpected connectivity issues.

Goals include improving patient care, saving clinical time, and providing more efficient healthcare services.

The projects intend to support key healthcare initiatives and contribute to the NHS Long Term Plan.

This initiative showcases a commitment to advancing healthcare through wireless technologies, fostering innovation, and improving overall patient experiences.

This article was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2024/02/1-million-boost-for-wireless-innovations-to-improve-patient-care/


Norovirus cases grow as thousands still in hospital with winter viruses

The winter season in the UK is putting significant pressure on NHS services, with a rise in hospitalizations due to various winter viruses, including norovirus. Despite the challenges, there are positive signs of improvement, such as a reduction in ambulance handover delays and increased capacity through various measures.

Covid patients are averaging 3,949 daily, showing a 22% rise from one month ago. Flu patients account for 1,416 daily, with 81 in critical care.

This article was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2024/01/norovirus-cases-grow-as-thousands-still-in-hospital-with-winter-viruses/


NHS urges people to spot dementia warning signs in loved ones this Christmas

The NHS urges people to be vigilant for signs of dementia in loved ones during the Christmas season, as diagnosis rates are at a three-year high. Early detection is crucial for timely support and intervention.

The NHS Mental Health Director highlights that family gatherings during Christmas provide an opportunity to observe potential signs of dementia, which might have been overlooked before.

NHS figures reveal an increase in dementia diagnoses, with 41,000 more people aged over 65 diagnosed in November 2023 compared to the same period the previous year. The increase is attributed to NHS initiatives, including assessing older adults in care homes.

This article was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2023/12/nhs-urges-people-to-spot-dementia-warning-signs-in-loved-ones-this-christmas/


Artificial intelligence to help boost NHS winter response and prevent avoidable admissions

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being actively implemented in the NHS to identify patients at risk, providing proactive and personalized healthcare to reduce avoidable hospital admissions during the winter.

The initiatives aim to prevent 4,500 unnecessary A&E attendances, 17,000 overnight hospital stays, and free up 23,000 GP appointments over the next two years.

This article was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2023/11/artificial-intelligence-to-help-boost-nhs-winter-response-and-prevent-av


NHS delivers 10,000 virtual ward beds target with hundreds of thousands of patients treated at home

The NHS has successfully achieved its goal of implementing 10,000 virtual ward beds by the end of September, with over 240,000 patients benefiting from this world-leading initiative. This milestone not only reflects the NHS’s commitment to technological advancement but also highlights the effectiveness of treating patients at home, showing comparable or faster recovery rates than traditional hospital care.

This article was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2023/10/nhs-delivers-10000-virtual-ward-beds-target-with-hundreds-of-thousands-of-patients-treated-at-home/


Public asked to shape future use of health data by the NHS

The NHS is inviting the public to participate in shaping the future use of health data to improve patient care through a series of engagement events starting in the new year and continuing until March 2025. These events will focus on topics such as the Federated Data Platform, which aims to streamline NHS data for faster diagnoses and reduced wait times. The engagement is supported by up to £2 million in funding and builds on the ‘Powered by Data’ campaign launched in June, which highlighted the benefits of health data, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This article was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2023/09/public-asked-to-shape-future-use-of-health-data-by-the-nhs/


NHS to speed up diagnosis and treatment of respiratory and heart conditions

The NHS in England is introducing ambitious plans to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory and heart conditions. GP practices will be able to directly order diagnostic checks for conditions like COPD, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and heart failure, potentially benefiting hundreds of thousands of patients. This initiative aims to reduce the need for specialist consultations, provide quicker access to tests, and speed up life-saving treatments and medications.

This article was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2023/08/nhs-to-speed-up-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-respiratory-and-heart-conditions/


Record recruitment and reform to boost patient care under first NHS Long Term Workforce Plan

The NHS Long Term Workforce Plan aims to address existing vacancies and meet the challenges of a growing and aging population by recruiting and retaining hundreds of thousands of healthcare staff over 15 years. It focuses on improving patient care through record recruitment and reforms.

  • The NHS Long Term Workforce Plan is the first-ever comprehensive plan to address staffing issues in the NHS and improve patient care.
  • The plan sets out long-term workforce projections and aims to train record numbers of doctors, nurses, dentists, and other healthcare staff in England.
  • It aims to address the current vacancies and reduce the potential gap of up to 360,000 staff by 2037 due to the growing and aging population and advances in treatments.

This article was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2023/06/record-recruitment-and-reform-to-boost-patient-care-under-first-nhs-long-term-workforce-plan/


NHS website sees surge in heat exhaustion advice as temperatures sizzle

NHS website sees surge in heat exhaustion advice as temperatures sizzle

This article was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2023/06/nhs-website-sees-surge-in-heat-exhaustion-advice-as-temperatures-sizzle/

The NHS website has experienced a significant surge in visits to the heat exhaustion and heatstroke advice pages, along with increased interest in heat rash or prickly heat advice due to the hot weather. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a heat-health alert across England, emphasizing health risks for vulnerable groups. The NHS encourages people to prioritize emergency and urgent care amid high demand and industrial action by junior doctors.

Health service staff have been asked to prioritize emergency and urgent care over routine appointments and procedures during this period.


Public urged to use NHS services wisely during nurses strike

Public urged to use NHS services wisely during nurses strike

This article was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2023/04/use-nhs-services-wisely-during-nurses-strike/

The public is being urged to use NHS services wisely during a nurses’ strike to minimize disruptions and delays in patient care.

  • The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members in more than 100 NHS organizations are planning to take strike action from 8 pm to midnight on Monday, making it the widest nursing strike to face the NHS.
  • The NHS is warning that despite positive and ongoing discussions over the weekend, patients can still expect disruptions and delays in services during the strike period.
  • Some safety critical mitigations have been agreed upon during discussions with the RCN to ensure that staff can provide direct patient care in areas like neonatal ICU, pediatric ICU, intensive care, and emergency departments.
  • Patients are advised to use NHS services wisely during the strike period, with those needing non-urgent care encouraged to use pharmacies and 111 online as the first point of contact. For life-threatening emergencies, they should seek help as usual by dialing 999.