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  • NI hospitals postpone non-urgent surgery

    Tuesday 16th January 2018

    Routine, non-urgent operations in Northern Ireland hospitals have been postponed until the end of January, the BBC has learned. The news came in a leaked e-mail written by the director of surgery at the Belfast Health Trust. Surgeons were told all cardiac, cancer and other urgent cases would go a...

  • NI child heart patients going to Dublin triple in number

    Wednesday 29th November 2017

    The number of children from Northern Ireland receiving heart surgery in Dublin has almost tripled this year. Between January and September, 23 children travelled to Our Lady Children's Hospital in Dublin, compared to just eight in all of 2016. There has also been an increase in adolescent patient...

  • Prostate cancer: NI may introduce robotic surgery

    Tuesday 24th October 2017

    Northern Ireland's health officials are considering offering a robotic-assisted surgery treatment for prostate cancer that is already available in England. To date, the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has spent £1m sending more than 170 Northern Ireland patients to Cambridge to receive the t...

  • DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

    Wednesday 4th October 2017

    The research group at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou hit the headlines before when they were the first to use Crispr on human embryos. Prof Robin Lovell-Badge, from the Francis Crick Institute in London, described parts of their latest study as "ingenious". But he also questioned why they di...

  • Surgery waits up by 400% in Wales since 2013

    Wednesday 20th September 2017

    Five times as many patients in Wales are waiting more than a year for surgery compared to four years ago, the Royal College of Surgeons has said. An RCS Freedom of Information request showed more than 3,600 patients had waited more than 12 months in March, compared to almost 700 in March 2013. Ti...

 
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