A public consultation on the future of Stafford Hospital opens later.
Administrators have said Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust should be dissolved, with many services at Stafford Hospital taken on by nearby hospitals. Under the plans, maternity services and seriously ill children would no longer be treated at Stafford.
The proposals, announced last Wednesday, were initially met with criticism by people in the area.
Extract from BBC Health news
Also in the news: Doctors in Stoke-on-Trent are insisting the city’s hospital will be able to cope if services are moved there from Stafford Hospital.
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Here’s a selection of content from this month’s BMJ – click on this link if you want to read the full issue.
In this module Best Practice begins with an overview, then goes on to emergencies, diagnosis and finally resources relating to this increasingly common syndrome.
Assessment of dementia
Dementia is a syndrome characterised by an appreciable deterioration in cognition resulting in behavioural problems and impairment in the activities of daily living. Decline in cognition is extensive, often affecting multiple domains of intellectual functioning.
The prevalence of dementia is approximately 1% at the age of 60 years, and doubles every 5 years, to reach 30% to 50% by the age of 85 years.
Continue reading at BMJ Best Best Practice
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SYMPTOM ASSESSMENT OF PATIENTS IN THE CHESHIRE BOWEL CANCER SCREENING PROGRAMME WITH A FINDING OF CANCER
1,*A Bond, 2J Everall, 2I London, K Koss. Gastroenterology, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Macclesfield; 2Gastroenterology/BCSP, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Crewe, UK
When attending the bowel cancer screening (BSC) programme patients undergo pre-colonoscopy assessment of their symptoms. This is conducted by the specialist screening practitioner for the BCS programme. Following a diagnosis of bowel cancer at colonoscopy the questions were asked again, after a 3–6 month period. Comparison could then be made to assess the validity of the pre-assessment questionnaire. It would also allow us to look at whether patients reported all symptoms during pre-assessment.