Women in labour using VR headsets to distract them from the pain

Women going through labour are being given virtual reality headsets to distract them from the pain as part of an innovative new trial. WalesOnline reports the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff is testing the equipment on mums to be to see if it can be used as a relaxation tool alongside, or instead … Continue reading Women in labour using VR headsets to distract them from the pain

Chemotherapy backpack allows cancer patients to have treatment outside hospital

When cancer patients need chemotherapy they can spend hours, days, or even weeks undergoing the treatment in hospital. But WalesOnline reports this could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new ambulatory chemotherapy service at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff. The innovative project will allow eligible patients with certain … Continue reading Chemotherapy backpack allows cancer patients to have treatment outside hospital

New plan to combat antimicrobial resistance in animals and the environment

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, has launched a new plan to address the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals and the environment in Wales. The Welsh Government say their announcement comes as the rise and spread of AMR poses a serious threat to the ability to control infections in healthcare … Continue reading New plan to combat antimicrobial resistance in animals and the environment

Could apps mean patients in Wales take more control of their treatment?

Doctors and scientists are looking at ways for drugs and conditions to be better monitored by patients themselves. The BBC reports Dr Chris Subbe, consultant in acute medicine at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, said “When I see patients they often have half a dozen conditions, be on 20 lots of medication and we will do … Continue reading Could apps mean patients in Wales take more control of their treatment?

Vaughan Gething gives update on Welsh health informatics

Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, has issued a written statement providing an update on the review on the future structure and governance for health informatics in Wales. The statement on the Welsh Government website says “I promised the Senedd on 30 January 2019 that I would update Members before Easter recess on … Continue reading Vaughan Gething gives update on Welsh health informatics

Vaughan Gething launches emergency medicine centre

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has officially launched the Welsh Centre for Emergency Medicine Research at Morriston Hospital. Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board say the centre, located in Morriston Hospital’s Emergency Department, is a hugely successful partnership between them and Swansea University. The launch builds on years of cutting edge work in emergency, biomedical, epidemiological … Continue reading Vaughan Gething launches emergency medicine centre

Hair salon recreated for women with dementia

Female dementia patients can visit their very own hair salon before enjoying afternoon tea or popping to the pub. Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board reports innovative staff at Swansea’s Cefn Coed Hospital’s Onnen Ward have recreated a hair salon and tearoom, called Serenity, in a bid to enhance the care given to their patients. … Continue reading Hair salon recreated for women with dementia

Extra funding to help people live independently

Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James has announced an extra £195,000 to support Care & Repair agencies across Wales to help older people remain independent in their own homes. The Welsh Government reports Julie James said “A number of Care & Repair agencies are working with NHS Wales to deliver a winter pressures pilot, … Continue reading Extra funding to help people live independently

Call for new technologies for Wales on St David’s Day

Health Technology Wales (HTW), an independent and innovative national body, has opened a Topic Call on St David’s Day. MediWales reports people are being encouraged to suggest non-medicine technologies that could improve health and social care in Wales. Anyone can suggest a topic on Health Technology Wales’ website. Dr Peter Groves, Chair of Health Technology … Continue reading Call for new technologies for Wales on St David’s Day

New funding to help prevent and reduce suicide in Wales

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said the Welsh Government will target new mental health investment in initiatives to prevent and reduce suicide rates in Wales. Mental health is one of the Welsh Government’s top priorities. To support this, ministers continue to spend more on mental health services than on any other part of the Welsh … Continue reading New funding to help prevent and reduce suicide in Wales

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