Special Needs, we need to rise to meet the challenges

  by Dr Raj Chandok, FRCGP MSc MBBS DC DRCOG DFFP D Med Ed The term “special needs” is usually thought of in relation to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or SEND. Children fall under this category if it is determined that they have a learning difficulty or...

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Matters of the Heart

Matters of the Heart

To ablate or not to ablate, that is the question. There are approximately 1.4 million people with Atrial Fibrillation which is a major risk factor for strokes, and contributes to one in five strokes in the UK. Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorder), and occurs...

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NHS hack ‘could have been prevented’

NHS hack ‘could have been prevented’

The government has said the WannaCry ransomware attack in May could have been prevented if basic cyber-security recommendations had been followed. Over a third of trusts in England were hit by the cyber-attack, which affected more than 150 countries on the 12th May. 6912 appointments, including operations, were cancelled because...

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Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing councils to stage protest against NHS cuts

Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing councils to stage protest against NHS cuts

On 30 September, protesters will march from Acton Park and Southall Park and will come together at Ealing Common for a rally and speeches from figures such as H&F Council’s Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan. The proposed cuts are set to affect Charing Cross and Ealing hospitals. These cuts will include...

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NHS Heartstopper

NHS Heartstopper

Staff, patients and even its Trust chair are up in arms at NHS England’s plans to cut Brompton Hospital’s Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) unit, the largest and one of the best in the country. This will make its paediatric intensive care unit unsustainable. Thousands of children with complex respiratory diseases...

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Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust names new chief executive

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust names new chief executive

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed Ian Dalton CBE as its new chief executive. Dalton brings extensive leadership experience gained in very senior roles within the NHS and the wider health sector. He was chief operating officer and deputy chief executive at NHS England and, prior to that, chief...

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A sugar tax on Easter eggs?

A sugar tax on Easter eggs?

Easter eggs should be subject to the same sugar tax as fizzy drinks, according to some dentistry experts, as the number of children with tooth decay increases for the fourth year running. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, told KCW Today, “Over the last year...

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New seven day GP services for Westminster residents

New seven day GP services for Westminster residents

Westminster residents can now book appointments to see a GP or practice nurse, seven days a week in new Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) push to help local people access routine medical appointments at times that suit them.   Patients can now arrange appointments with a GP or practice nurse...

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Thousand strong march against closure of vital heart services at Royal Brompton hospital

Thousand strong march against closure of vital heart services at Royal Brompton hospital

On Saturday 18 March, more than 1,000 doctors, nurses and patients will take to the streets of Chelsea in protest against NHS England’s proposal to close the vital congenital heart disease (CHD) service at Royal Brompton Hospital. Royal Brompton operates the largest CHD service in the UK and consistently has...

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The NHS crisis can never be resolved as long as Governments evade the real cause

The NHS crisis can never be resolved as long as Governments evade the real cause

Peter Burden gives his opinion on the NHS for KCW Today. The parlous state of the mighty NHS has become a recurring and growing news item in Great Britain over the last thirty years. As it is perceived at the moment, it has an insatiable appetite for quantities of money which...

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