Public consultation on Mid Staffs

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.

NICE guidance – updates

Keeping you up-to-datenice 1

Guidance by topic: the following guidance topics matching your health area preferences have been published or updated

 

Library feedback

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BMJ topics: August 2013

Here’s a selection of content from this month’s BMJ – click on this link if you want to read the full issue.

Feature
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Editorials
The Liverpool care pathway: a cautionary tale  Katherine E Sleeman and Emily Collis
India’s new policy to protect research participants   Jeremy Sugarman, Anant Bhan et al

BMJ Best Practice looks at Assessment of Dementia

BestPractice

 

 
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 bp2

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. [1] [2]

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

Finally: make sure you keep checking Google Play for the new Android version of the Best Practice App, and the app store for the updated version of the IOS Best Practice App.

Abstract included in BMJ ‘Gut’

Abstract PTU-028 

SYMPTOM ASSESSMENT OF PATIENTS IN THE CHESHIRE BOWEL CANCER SCREENING PROGRAMME WITH A FINDING OF CANCER
doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2013-304907.120

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

Introduction:
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.