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  • 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...

  • Prostate cancer: NI may introduce robotic surgery

    Monday 21st August 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...

  • Pancreatic cancer trial: Early surgery boosts success rates

    Wednesday 16th August 2017

    Speeding up access to surgery for pancreatic cancer patients diagnosed early enough increased success rates by a third, a pilot scheme has shown. The Birmingham team said it had saved the NHS £3,200 per patient and could help hundreds of patients UK-wide. The trial involved cutting average time ...

  • Blood test 'surgery survival predictor'

    Thursday 6th July 2017

    A routine blood test could predict whether a patient is likely to survive after surgery, a new study suggests. Researchers found patients with lower levels of the protein troponin were less likely to die after an operation. The test is normally used to diagnose a heart attack, during which the pr...

  • Private surgery 'needs better patient safety regulation'

    Monday 22nd May 2017

     The Royal College of Surgeons has called for a review of the way private hospitals are regulated, following the case of Ian Paterson. The surgeon was convicted last month of unlawfully wounding patients during breast surgery at private clinics in the West Midlands. He is due to be sentenced thi...

 
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