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Social media helps Public Health England in food poisoning investigation

Posted: March 12th, 2014 by Craig comment-icon 0

Twitter and Facebook aided investigators from PHE (Public Health England) in an investigation into the cause of an outbreak of food poisoning at the Street Spice Festival in Newcastle Upon Tyne last year. The street festival took place between 28th February and 2nd March 2013 and investigators used the social media sites to identify individuals who were showing symptoms of food poisoning in the area. Through the help of social media PHE investigators managed to connect the sufferers with a… Read more »

Report shows half of dementia patients suffer malnutrition

Posted: March 10th, 2014 by Dermot comment-icon 0

A study, conducted by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), found that malnutrition affects over half of dementia patients – 70% of those in hospitals, 30% in care homes and 10% of those living at home. There are around 800,000 dementia sufferers in the UK, more than half of which suffer with Alzheimer’s. Of the research that was studied for the purpose of the report it was found that half of care residents didn’t eat enough and almost half didn’t drink enough… Read more »

Most luxurious care home to open in Hampshire

Posted: March 6th, 2014 by Eloise comment-icon 0

A complex costing £8.5 million, comprising 60 en-suite bedrooms, a hair salon, cinema and beach huts is to open next month. Linden House in Hampshire looks like a high-end country hotel but is in fact, a care home that’s been developed for dementia patients. The state of the art complex has been developed not only so that people suffering with dementia can live in luxury but also so that they can improve their condition by stimulating their memory. Colour coordinated… Read more »

Care home receives high praise in patient-led survey

Posted: March 4th, 2014 by Dermot comment-icon 0

Westergate House in Fontwell, Sussex achieved a performance rating of 909 out of 1,000 in the Your Care Rating survey – the biggest survey of the care industry in the country. In this survey, over 20,000 residents from 1,055 care homes around the UK were asked to provide their feedback on a number of areas of their care including staff and care, choice and having a say, home comforts and quality of life. This type of survey shouldn’t be used… Read more »

Darent Valley Hospital praised by chief inspector of hospitals

Posted: February 18th, 2014 by admin comment-icon 0

Professor Sir Mike Richards, England’s chief inspector of hospitals, has praised Darent Valley Hospital for their services. In his report for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Professor Richards stated: “We found that most of the services at Darent Valley Hospital were good. The majority of patients told my team that they were happy with the care and treatment that they had received, and we identified a number of examples of good practice. “Overall, we found a culture where staff were… Read more »

University Hospital gains praise after dramatic reduction in waiting times

Posted: February 13th, 2014 by Eloise comment-icon 0

University Hospital in Coventry has been praised by the likes of health minister Jeremy Hunt and other clinical chiefs as almost all A & E patients are now being seen within the expected four hour waiting threshold. Just a few months ago the hospital was criticised for the fact that one in three A & E patients had waited for longer than this four hour period and it was revealed that this target had been missed for over half a… Read more »

No horse meat in British beef products over last quarter

Posted: February 12th, 2014 by Dermot comment-icon 0

The horse meat scandal caused mayhem in Britain last year when it was revealed that food being sold in Britain that was labelled as beef actually contained horse meat or horse DNA. Since the revelation The Food Standards Agency has released their latest quarterly report of over 6,000 products, none of which were found to be contaminated with horse meat or horse DNA. Products cannot contain more than 1% horsemeat or horse DNA before they have to be reported and… Read more »

Minister awards Cornish hospital prize for food

Posted: February 11th, 2014 by Craig comment-icon 0

Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary, has tried to help reverse the reduction in the proportion of British food being served in hospitals by prescribing Cornish clotted cream ice cream in order to help improve patients’ health. He went on to say that spending more of the available £2.1 billion budget for food and drink on British produce would not only help to create much healthier meals, which would be a huge benefit to patients, but it would also boost British farming…. Read more »

Merseyside hospital given praise for care

Posted: February 10th, 2014 by Eloise comment-icon 0

Whiston Hospital, under the St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has been praised for their quality of care by hospital watchdogs and the Care Quality Commission. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission spoke with users of this particular NHS service along with carers, family members and staff of the hospital, as well as reviewing information provided to them by community groups and consequently determined that the hospital delivered, “care and treatment planned and delivered in a way intended… Read more »

Heston Blumenthal forced to close restaurant after vomiting bug outbreak

Posted: February 9th, 2014 by Dermot comment-icon 0

Heston Blumenthal has once again been forced to close one of his restaurants after a norovirus outbreak occurred. Blumenthal’s restaurant, Dinner, which has two Michelin stars and is situated in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, has been closed for a week by the chef himself after several people became ill. One American couple were violently ill on their flight home to Denver after eating at the restaurant. This isn’t the first time one of Blumenthal’s restaurants has been closed… Read more »

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