The Patients Charter enshrines the right to receive information about any health conditions and medical procedures that are proposed. This should include information on any risks associated with the treatment and any alternatives available. It also requires that healthcare professionals ensure that it is all clearly explained before the treatment takes place.
The Hysterectomy Association are launching a request for your stories about hysterectomy – from the beginning to the end, pre-operation to post-recovery, funny and not so funny events and the distressing emotional aspects as well as the empowering ones as well. Did anyone say anything you weren’t expecting, do something you appreciated or help you in ways you weren’t expecting?
In 2005/06 38,831 hysterectomies were performed in NHS hospitals in England, these figures include both NHS and private patients who were treated in an NHS hospital in England, they included patients from other parts of the UK who were also treated in NHS hospitals in England.
From January 2006 all patients in the UK have been able to use the new Choose and Book service for all elective care. Choose and Book is a national service that will, for the first time, combine electronic booking and a choice of time, date and place for first outpatient appointment. It is available to all patients in England requiring elective care (over 10 million each year).
According to researchers who studied the effects of HRT on 5,692 women, HRT really is as bad as the most recent research has been suggesting – but it seems that it is worse for older women.
Researchers in Boston, USA, are apparently overturning the accepted fact that women are born with all the eggs they will ever have and gradually lose them over the period of their fertile life.
Earlier today, I read two articles in a leading newspaper which caused me some concern because of the way they were written. The first was about the 30% increased risk of contracting breast cancer when a woman has more than three units of alcohol a day.
Each year more than a million operations are complicated by heart attacks and death from cardiac causes. As most surgery is elective these days then it pays to be cautious. There are a number of risk factors that should be taken into account:
The modern food and pharmacuetical industry have spent many millions of pounds and much time over the years trying to fight against our increasing interest in natural health and complementary therapies.
The Scottish Medicines Consortium have today issued guidance denying the use of the testosterone patch manufactured by Intrinsa to NHS patients in Scotland saying "Testosterone transdermal patch (Intrinsa) for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in surgically induced…