The Health News United Kingdom March 8 2018

  • The Duchess of Cambridge will officially open the new headquarters of children’s mental health charity Place2Be. Kate will launch the charity’s building in London which will allow more counsellors, teachers and school leaders to be trained and provide a new home for the charity’s research and evaluation teams. The Duchess will use the visit to learn more about the training provided and research conducted by Place2Be around children’s mental health. Kate, who is expecting her third child in April, has an interest in supporting mothers, teachers and parents in order to ensure children have the best possible start in life.
  • A hospital audit has found that children are suffering worse injuries at public trampoline parks than when using trampolines in private gardens. In two thousand seventeen, ambulances were called out to one 1,181 incidents at trampoline parks across England – more than 3 a day. Sheffield Children’s Hospital said its own audit found children hurt at parks required “more treatment” than those injured on home equipment.
  • Patients whose lives are at risk are being turned away from their local hospitals because of a lack of intensive care beds, doctors who work in those units have revealed. Four in 5 ICUs are having to send patients to other hospitals as a result of chronic bed and staff shortages. The leader of the intensive care speciality has warned that units are so beleaguered that some may no longer be able to care properly for the NHS’s sickest patients.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 8th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/kate-to-open-headquarters-of-childrens-mental-health-charity-36678588.html

The Duchess of Cambridge will officially open the new headquarters of children’s mental health charity PlacetwoBe. Kate will launch the charity’s building in London which will allow more counsellors, teachers and school leaders to be trained and provide a new home for the charity’s research and evaluation teams.

The Duchess will use the visit to learn more about the training provided and research conducted by PlacetwoBe around children’s mental health. Kate, who is expecting her third child in April, has an interest in supporting mothers, teachers and parents in order to ensure children have the best possible start in life.
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Kate will also meet staff and pupils from one of the charity’s long standing partner schools, Albion Primary School in Rotherhithe, where PlacetwoBe has been providing mental health support for pupils, families and staff for sixteen years.

And she will join a roundtable meeting with members of PlacetwoBe’s research and evaluation team, and the independent Research Advisory Group, to discuss how the charity uses evidence and research to inform and continuously improve practice.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-43261578

A hospital audit has found that children are suffering worse injuries at public trampoline parks than when using trampolines in private gardens. In two thousand seventeen, ambulances were called out to one thousand one hundred eighty one incidents at trampoline parks across England – more than three a day. Sheffield Children’s Hospital said its own audit found children hurt at parks required “more treatment” than those injured on home equipment.

An industry body said it would “not be averse” to regulation of the sector. There are no safety regulations specifically aimed at trampoline parks, but a voluntary standard was published in two thousand seventeen. The number of parks in the UK has grown from three in two thousand fourteen to about two hundred, with the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) estimating the number of users at fifteen million a year.
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Over six months, Sheffield Children’s Hospital counted one hundred ninety eight patients with trampoline injuries: one hundred thirty using private equipment and sixty eight from indoor parks. It found forty four percent of those treated for injuries sustained at parks had suffered fractures, compared to thirty six percent for home trampolines. The most common category for all trampoline injuries was bad landings at sixty three percent.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/07/patients-turned-away-intensive-care-lack-beds-shortage-hospitals

Patients whose lives are at risk are being turned away from their local hospitals because of a lack of intensive care beds, doctors who work in those units have revealed. Four in five intensive care units are having to send patients to other hospitals as a result of chronic bed and staff shortages. The leader of the intensive care speciality has warned that units are so beleaguered that some may no longer be able to care properly for the NHS’s sickest patients.

Intensive care consultants have disclosed that patients are being transferred from one ICU to another for non-clinical reasons in eighty percent of hospitals, and in twenty one percent of units that happens at least once a month. Six in ten (sixty six percent) ICUs cannot function normally because they are so short of nurses, according to a survey of ICU consultants by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, their professional body, which has shared its findings with the Guardian.

It found that the two hundred ten intensive care units across the UK were each on average short of twelve nurses, who play a vital role in caring for critically ill patients. The doctors’ testimonies show that ICUs are under such strain that they are struggling to cope with the numbers of patients needing potentially life-saving care, such as after a car crash, heart attack, stroke or cancer operation.

The units have recently come under even greater pressure from the spike in serious illness linked to the long, cold winter, especially with the worst flu outbreak since two thousand nine to two thousand ten having led to two thousand four hundred one people being hospitalised because of the virus.
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The survey of three hundred eighty six or twenty percent of the two thousand one hundred consultants working in ICUs found that planned operations were having to be cancelled as a result of ICU bed shortages. Patients who undergo high-risk surgery often need to be looked after in an ICU bed for several days after their procedure.

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