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Many hospital patients get no visitors

Many hospital patients get no visitors

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Two-fifths (40%) of patients on UK hospital wards get no visitors, say the NHS nurses who care for them. The Royal Voluntary Service charity commissioned a poll of 200 nurses working in acute hospitals in Britain.As well as being socially isolating, having no visitor to help with the "small" things, such as cutting up food or refilling a water glass, can delay a patient's recovery, the nurses say. They want more people to become volunteer visitors and helpers. Christine Thorne, 37, volunteers at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary: "My dad spent time in hospital before he passed away and it was primarily only my brother and I who visited him. It makes me sad to think there are people in hospital with no-one at all to come and see them. Hospitals can be a scary ...

Seattle Children’s Hospital cited for deadly mold problems

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Seattle Children's Hospital has been cited for multiple federal safety violations related to mold that led to a patient death and five additional infections, officials said. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a report listing more than two dozen violations of federal regulations and hospital policy, KING-TV reported Thursday. The facility detected Aspergillus mold during a routine test of operating rooms May 18, hospital officials said. The hospital disclosed the death and infections Tuesday while discussing the closure in May of operating rooms because of Aspergillus mold. Three patients were infected last year and three this year. The patient who died developed the infection in 2018, an official said. The federal violations include a failure to properly ma...
Pence: U.S. Navy hospital ship to help displaced Venezuelans

Pence: U.S. Navy hospital ship to help displaced Venezuelans

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June 18 (UPI) -- Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that a U.S. Navy hospital ship will set sail to relieve pressure from the strain of increasing numbers of displaced Venezuelans. The ship, departing Tuesday from Miami, has a five-month medical assistance mission with scheduled stops including Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Pence said he was pleased to be in Miami "for the departure of the USNS Comfort, bringing the compassion of the American people to those suffering here in our hemisphere and around the world." The vessel will push off for its second deployment to Latin America in the last six months, Pence said. In the next five months, the crew of the USNS Comfort will continue America's ...
Hospital patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak

Hospital patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak

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Three hospital patients have died in an outbreak of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches.Public Health England (PHE) said the victims were among six patients affected in England and the deaths occurred in Manchester and Liverpool.Two of the victims were at Manchester Royal Infirmary, with the other a patient at Aintree Hospital.Sandwiches and salads from The Good Food Chain linked to the outbreak have been withdrawn and production stopped.PHE said the products were withdrawn from hospitals when the links to the infections were first identified.A spokesperson for the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust said it offered its "deepest condolences to the bereaved families" and "sincerely regret" that two of their seriously i...
Whorlton Hall: Hospital ‘abused’ vulnerable adults

Whorlton Hall: Hospital ‘abused’ vulnerable adults

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults at a specialist hospital has been uncovered by the BBC's Panorama programme.Undercover BBC filming shows staff intimidating, mocking and restraining patients with learning disabilities and autism at Whorlton Hall, County Durham.Experts said the culture was deviant at the privately-run NHS-funded unit with evidence of "psychological torture".A police investigation has been launched and 16 staff suspended.The 17-bed hospital is one of scores of such units in England that provide care for just below 2,300 adults with learning disabilities and autism.Many are detained under the Mental Health Act.Glynis Murphy, professor of clinical psychology and disabilit...