The Health News United Kingdom January 13 2018

  • Doctor say that patients are dying in hospital corridors as safety is compromised by “intolerable” conditions. The warning has been issued in a letter to the prime minister signed by sixty eight senior A&E doctors, spelling out the danger patients are facing this winter. Official figures show the number of hospital admissions from flu has risen by more than 50% in the past week in England, although Public Health England officials said the levels were certainly not “unprecedented”.
  • Figures from Public Health England have revealed that the number of people in hospital with flu has soared by fifty percent in the last week. GPs recorded a 78% hike in seasonal flu cases in the first week of January while the number of patients admitted into hospital because of the virus doubled. Nearly a fifth of all people hospitalised with flu last week had caught the deadly strain known as “Australian flu”, A (H3N2).
  • Police have called for better mental health education in schools after a rise in young people being detained under the Mental Health Act. Some forty eight children and young people were detained by South Wales Police in 2016-2017, up 33% from 36 the year before. The force said “more robust education” in schools and care homes was needed to spot signs of mental health problems. The Welsh Government said it has a 28-day waiting time target for children referred to mental health services.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 13th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42572116

Doctors say that patients are dying in hospital corridors as safety is compromised by extremely bad conditions. The warning has been issued in a letter to the prime minister signed by sixty eight senior Accident and Emergency doctors, spelling out the danger patients are facing this winter. It comes as reports have emerged of people being left for hours on trolleys in corridors and stuck in ambulances. Hospital bosses said they had run out of beds as they battle with “very high” rates of flu.

Official figures show the number of hospital admissions from flu has risen by more than fifty percent in the past week in England. Hospital bosses have blamed the bed shortages on a lack of money and staff. NHS records show that last week, there was a point when one hundred thirty three out of one hundred thirty seven hospital trusts in England had an unsafe number of patients on their wards.

The letter from doctors in England and Wales sets out some of the impact of this pressure. It says that patients are having to sleep in makeshift wards set up in side rooms, trolley waits of up to twelve hours are being routinely seen as staff struggle to find free beds, thousands of patients are left stuck in the back of ambulances waiting for A and E staff to take them in and more than one hundred twenty patients a day are being managed in corridors in some places, some dying prematurely.
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Chris Hopson, of NHS Providers, said hospitals were unsafe and overcrowded, and the NHS was at a “watershed moment”, requiring long-term funding. He said hospitals were short of ten thousand to fifteen thousand beds and it was time for the government to decide how to fund the NHS in the long term. Prime Minister Theresa May insisted the government was still doing enough to support the health service, but blamed flu for the pressures on hospitals.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/uk-flu-cases-soar-with-one-in-five-patients-hit-with-deadly-aussie-flu-strain-public-health-england-a3738031.html

Figures from Public Health England have revealed that the number of people in hospital with flu has soared by fifty percent in the last week. General practitioners recorded a seventy eight percent hike in seasonal flu cases in the first week of January while the number of patients admitted into hospital because of the virus doubled. Nearly a fifth of all people hospitalised with flu last week had caught the deadly strain known as “Australian flu” or (A H three N two).

PHE figures show that the number of people rushed into intensive care after catching flu also shot up by sixty five percent. So far a total of eighty five people have died from flu this season, with twenty seven flu-related deaths in the last week. Outbreaks of the virus have been seen across Europe, with France, Croatia, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey all reporting a medium intensity.

Dubbed Aussie flu, the A(HthreeNtwo) strain got its name after circulating in the UK last winter before spreading to Down Under. The strain particularly affects older, more vulnerable age groups. PHE said the main strains currently spreading across the UK are A(HthreeNtwo), A(HoneNone) and Flu B.
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Along with the Department of Health, PHE has launched a new “Catch It, Bin It, Kill It” campaign urging people to wash their hands regularly as the flu virus can live for many hours on hard surfaces.
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-42622297

Police have called for better mental health education in schools after a rise in young people being detained under the Mental Health Act. Some forty eight children and young people were detained by South Wales Police in two thousand sixteen and two thousand seventeen, up thirty three percent from thirty six the year before. The force said “more robust education” in schools and care homes was needed to spot signs of mental health problems. The Welsh Government said it has a twenty eight-day waiting time target for children referred to mental health services.

Mental health problems among young people have been rising in recent years, with some children feeling under pressure to do well in exams while others have said they are being bullied through social media. South Wales Police said detaining children and young people under the Mental Health Act was a last resort for officers and that they were encouraged to take a child into police protection instead so as “not to stigmatise children”.
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North Wales Police said three under- seventeens were detained under the mental health act in  two thousand fifteen and two thousand sixteen but none had been last year.

Samaritans Cymru said more and more young people were struggling with mental health problems, such as self-harm and eating disorders. The charity said nearly seventeen thousand young people were admitted to Accident and Emergency departments in Wales because of self-harm in two thousand seventeen – an increase of forty one percent in three years – while in in two thousand sixteen, there were sixteen suicides in the fifteen to nineteen age group in Wales; the highest rate in five years and second highest in twelve years.

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