Covid-19 infections likely to have been caught in hospital have increased by almost half in a week, with several trusts seeing significant rises, HSJ can reveal.
NHS England has asked hospitals across the country to open hundreds more intensive care beds so they can take in patients from the hardest hit areas, to prevent those patches having to ration access.
Hospital chiefs in the South West have warned the region will not avoid the extreme pressures felt by other parts of the NHS, amid rapidly rising numbers of covid-19 inpatients.
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The number of covid-19 infections likely to have been acquired in hospital are rising again for the first time in three weeks and their proportion of all cases has reached record levels for the second wave, HSJ can reveal.
Ten more hospitals are to start giving the Pfizer covid vaccine, including two in coronavirus ‘hot spots’.
One of the areas worst hit by covid-19 is without vaccinations this week because of a clash between local and central plans, and confusion over national booking software which is not yet ready, HSJ has been told.
Taxpayers may have to make up for millions of pounds lost in NHS private patient income during the covid pandemic, HSJ can reveal.
WesFit is an innovative approach to delivering Personalised Prehabilitation Care Plans (PPCP) to people recently diagnosed with cancer.
The Youth Empowerment Skills (YES) programme is a psycho-educational intervention for young people (age 14-20 years) with type 1 diabetes, co-developed by young people and co-delivered by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, youth workers and peer educators.
Visiting A&E or relatives is considered much riskier than attending hospital for other reasons, according to the first in-depth piece of research into the subject.
NHS trusts in Yorkshire and the Midlands have signalled a need for external help for discharge and community services through a new £1.4bn procurement framework, amid the health service’s response to covid-19.
The rate of “excess deaths” in Leicester and Leicestershire was significantly higher than anywhere else in England in the most recent five-week period, according to official statistics.
Health research is a key factor in helping us to return to normality, and the resurgence of covid-19 cases in various parts of the UK could provide the catalyst for NHS trusts to revolutionise their approach to research recruitment. By Professor Nigel Brunskill
The NHS could lose more than 5,000 research staff and around £500m in funding because of covid-19, according to senior trust leaders.
The hospital trust which has been recording the largest number of covid deaths for several weeks has asked NHS England and NHS Improvement for help with infection control.
A single trust has recorded 90 per cent more covid-related deaths than any other NHS provider over the last month, an analysis by HSJ shows.
The chief executive of one of the largest trusts in the country has announced he is retiring following a period of ill health.
NHS England has commissioned an investigation into the finances of a major acute trust, after concerns led to an accounting adjustment which added £46m to its deficit, HSJ has learned.
Several major hospital trusts are telling staff to use personal protective equipment in a wider set of areas than recommended by current national guidance, amid staff concern and reports of doctors refusing work without it.