Hospital parking ‘unreasonably stressful’, says RAC

Hospital parking ‘unreasonably stressful’, says RAC

Image copyright Getty Images Too many hospitals in England have “unreasonable” rules that cause unnecessary stress when it comes to car parking, an RAC investigation suggests. The report reveals many hospitals force drivers to pay as soon as they arrive – so some patients may overestimate and overpay for their stay. And a third of […]

Rules of memory ‘beautifully’ rewritten

Rules of memory ‘beautifully’ rewritten

Image copyright F WALSH Image caption The human brain is a biological masterpiece What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it. The US and Japanese team found that the brain “doubles up” by simultaneously making two memories of events. One […]

Sharp rise in A&Es turning away ambulances

Sharp rise in A&Es turning away ambulances

Image copyright iStock Overcrowded hospitals in England were forced to close their doors nearly 500 times to ambulances this winter. The number of diverts was nearly double the level in the previous three winters and has prompted warnings about the pressures facing the health service. Hospitals said closures were a last resort but had to […]

Hospital parking ‘unreasonably stressful’, says RAC

Hospital parking ‘unreasonably stressful’, says RAC

Image copyright Getty Images Too many hospitals in England have “unreasonable” rules that cause unnecessary stress when it comes to car parking, an RAC investigation suggests. The report reveals many hospitals force drivers to pay as soon as they arrive – so some patients may overestimate and overpay for their stay. And a third of […]

Vaping shops selling to non-smokers

Vaping shops selling to non-smokers

Image copyright PA Image caption Knowingly or unwittingly preparing to sell e-cigarettes to people who have never smoked or vaped breaks a voluntary code. Almost nine in 10 e-cigarette shops in the UK are selling vaping products to non-smokers against the industry’s code of conduct, an investigation reveals. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) […]

GP practices close in record numbers

GP practices close in record numbers

Image copyright PA Record numbers of GP practices closed last year, forcing around 265,000 patients to move, data suggests. A Freedom of Information request by Pulse magazine revealed 57 practices closed in 2016, with a further 34 shutting because of practice mergers. The Royal College of GPs said doctors could no longer cope with growing […]

Website gave prescription in 17 seconds

Website gave prescription in 17 seconds

Image copyright SPL Websites selling prescription medicines have been reprimanded by inspectors for compromising patient safety. The Care Quality Commission highlighted lax standards at four online services in its latest batch of inspections. It included one case where a patient’s application was assessed in only 17 seconds by a GP. Another service was criticised for […]

Ketamine depression treatment ‘should be rolled out’

Ketamine depression treatment ‘should be rolled out’

Media captionHelen is one of the first people to be treated with ketamine for depression Doctors trialling the use of ketamine to treat depression are calling for the treatment to be rolled out. Ketamine is licensed to be used as an anaesthetic but has a reputation as an illegal party drug. Writing in The Lancet […]

Anorexia at 38: how my friends helped me through it

New figures from the NHS show more than half of hospital admissions for eating disorders in England are for adults over 20. Kathryn, 38, from Liverpool, is currently being treated for adult-onset anorexia in one of 33 NHS specialist units. She received this text message from a close friend: “You’re not well, you’re really thin […]

Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, study shows

Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, study shows

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indonesia is among the countries that have struggled to curb smoking Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide, a new study shows, half of them in just four countries – China, India, the US and Russia. Despite decades of tobacco control policies, population growth has seen an increased number […]