People should look out for signs of depression and dementia among older family members and friends over Christmas, a health chief has said. Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England's national clinical director for dementia and older people's mental health, said problems that may have previously been hidden can come to the surface or be easier to spot as friends and families get together over the festive season.Depression should not be written off as inevitable in old age and can be treated effectively, while emotional changes can also be the first indication that someone has dementia, he said.Anyone who is concerned about a friend or loved one should listen carefully and sympathetically to their concerns, and encourage them to seek help and get checked out by their GP, who can provide reassurance and ensure they get the treatment and support they need.Prof Burns said: "Dementia is an insidious disease that develops slowly and may go unnoticed in people we see every day."As families and … [Read more...] about Look for depression and dementia signs in loved ones at Christmas, expert urges
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Views Article contents Figures & tables Video Audio Supplementary Data Cite Citation R L’E Brennen, C L MacRae, H Irving, B J Zeman, S L Lorentzen; Can a patient-focussed bookings approach reduce patient non-attendance in postnatal and continence physiotherapy?, Journal of Public Health, , fdy211, https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdy211 Download citation file: RIS (Zotero) EndNote BibTex Medlars ProCite RefWorks Reference Manager © 2018 Oxford University Press Close Permissions Share Email Twitter Facebook Navbar Search Filter All Journal of Public Health All Journals Mobile Microsite Search Term Sign In Register Close search filter All Journal of Public Health All Journals search input Advanced Search Abstract BackgroundThere are unique life-stage and psychosocial barriers to attendance for women referred … [Read more...] about Can a patient-focussed bookings approach reduce patient non-attendance in postnatal and continence physiotherapy?
Sussex’s ambulance service has improved its overall rating from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’ after the latest visit from regulators. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission visited South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust between July and September and found the new leadership team had been tackling the challenges facing the trust with ‘compassion and energy’.Although the trust has improved its overall rating to ‘requires improvement’ following the inspection it remains in special measures, where it has been since its services were rated inadequate in 2016.Staff shortagesThe inspectors found staff shortages across both the emergency operations centre and urgent care core services was having an impact on both staff and patient safety.However on emergency calls the trust was above the national average on responding to the most serious 999 calls for people with life-threatening injuries.However some patients … [Read more...] about Sussex ambulance service improves rating to ‘requires improvement’ but remains in special measures
GPs in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough sign 49 fit notes, on average, every day according to the latest NHS figures. Doctors working in the NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG issued a total of 17,832 notes between July 2017 and June this year. But the rules are to be changed to allow other health workers to sign people off sick, reducing the workload faced by doctors. The Department for Work and Pensions says that it will legislate to allow other health professionals to certify people as unable to work. The move has been welcomed by doctors’ leaders, who say it will ease the pressure on GPs. People in work need a fit note, previously called a sick note, if they are off work for more than seven days. Up to that point they can self-certify that they are unwell. Across England, 5.7 million fit notes were handed out over the 12 months to the end of June.A Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “We want to reduce the burden on GPs and that’s why we … [Read more...] about Doctors signing thousands of workers off sick in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
By Angela Ruggiero | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: November 1, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: November 1, 2018 at 6:14 am In a high-stakes election campaign with statewide implications, a health care union is spending millions to sway voters in two Bay Area cities to cap how much hospitals can charge patients. The hospitals, led by Stanford Health Care, are fighting back with their own millions to deliver the message that the union is more interested in signing up new members than containing patient costs. The battle is being waged through election ballots on both sides of the bay, where Measure U in Livermore and Measure F in Palo Alto would force every hospital and health care provider in those two cities to charge patients no more than 15 percent above the industry-established cost of provided medical services. But opponents say the measures will be expensive to implement, and patients themselves are unlikely to see any actual savings. In their … [Read more...] about Bay Area hospitals, union spending millions on local patient-cost measures