Surgery under threat as UK blood supplies plunge

5th July 2022

Blood supplies have dropped to worrying levels in Britain, with the NHS forced to recall former staff to run donation centres and donors urged to come forward. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) said it had launched critical incident plans and was doing everything it could to avoid having to ask hospitals to delay non-urgent surgery….

NHS Scotland recruit nearly 200 overseas nurses

6th June 2022

Scotland’s hospitals have hired 191 nurses from countries including India and the Philippines to help the NHS through “unprecedented challenges”, the health secretary has announced. Humza Yousaf said agreements were in place with recruitment agencies to hire a further 203 nurses from overseas. More than 1,000 new support staff have also been hired to work…

Violent incidents at GP surgeries double in five years

6th June 2022

Violent incidents at GP surgeries have doubled in less than five years, according to figures from police forces across the UK. An investigation by the British Medical Journal found the number of assaults at surgeries and health centres resulting in injury had almost doubled too. Police forces recorded 1,068 violent incidents between 2021 and 2022,…

New to the role: School Nurses

12th January 2022

This virtual seminar is an introduction for new Nurses entering the world of boarding or day schools and for practicing School Nurses to broaden their knowledge. The day will offer the opportunity to meet other Nurses working in similar settings as well as learning where and how to access key guidance and information to run a Medical Centre within a school.

New Public Health Scotland data reveals teenage pregnancy rate reaches record low

14th July 2021

Scotland’s teenage pregnancy rate has reached a record low, new figures have revealed. The number of women under 20 who became pregnant fell for the 12th year in a row, to stand at 3,814 in 2019 – a drop of almost 60% from the 9,362 teen pregnancies recorded in 2007. And for the first time, more than…

Covid: Loneliness a ‘bigger health risk than smoking or obesity’

28th June 2021

NHS prescriptions for gardening and dancing are “vitally needed” to help tackle rising levels of loneliness after lockdown, people suffering from isolation have said. Social prescribing has been included in the Welsh government’s list of priorities for the next five years. A Mind Cymru pilot project is looking into its impact on mental health. One woman…