‘I feel like I don’t count,’ says man with MND

Image copyright Phil Rossall Phil Rossall, a 67-year-old retired teacher and charity worker from Kent, was first diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2016. At the time, doctors told him he had just “one or two” years left to live. Four years have passed since his diagnosis, and he is now unable to move

Coronavirus test website slots unavailable within hour of site reopening

Image copyright PA Media Coronavirus tests for UK key workers were unavailable through the government booking website within an hour of it reopening, apart from some in Scotland. The site had to close to new applicants within hours of launching on Friday, after 46,000 people tried to access it. Some 16,000 bookings were made. Home

Maternity services: Uncertainty causing women distress

Image caption Jacqui Budden’s husband was allowed to be present for the birth of their daughter but was asked to leave the ward soon after. Women say the uncertainty surrounding maternity services during the coronavirus outbreak is “making a stressful situation harder”. Some NHS trusts are not allowing home births or partners on a ward

Coronavirus: Lockdown’s heavy toll on Italy’s mental health

Italy’s coronavirus death toll is the second highest in the world, and its lockdown is the strictest and longest in Europe. Doctors say both things are creating a mental health emergency. The BBC has been given access to a psychological support centre run by the Red Cross, where staff say they’re overwhelmed by calls from

Coronavirus: ‘Limited supplies’ of kidney treatment kit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More patients than usual in intensive care are needing kidney support The Department of Health is warning of severe disruption to supplies of a life-saving kidney treatment used for intensive care patients with Covid-19. The three main companies which supply the NHS in the UK are reporting limited supplies,

Fears some ambulances ‘left Covid patients at home’

Image copyright Sital Punja Image caption Anand Punja and his daughters Some seriously-ill Covid-19 patients in London may not have been taken to hospital by ambulance because of a system temporarily used to assess people, a BBC investigation suggests. Patients could have “become very sick or died at home” instead, a paramedic claimed. One family

‘Thousands missing out on cancer diagnosis’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Breast screening is just one of many ways of picking up cancers Delays in diagnosing and treating people with cancer could lead to more years of lost life than with Covid-19, according to a leading cancer expert. A drop-off in screening and referrals means roughly 2,700 fewer people are

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