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Pioneering post-acute stroke service commissioning audit report sets the scene nationally, UK

The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) for the first time today, launches an audit report on the organisation of care for stroke patients once they have left hospital. The audit covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and includes care in community hospitals, care homes and in the patients’ own home. The stroke care pathway [...]

Frailty linked to physical and mental decline in old age

Older people in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to be frail than those in the Republic of Ireland, a study by researchers at Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast has found. The study, released Thursday 27 November, also found that women and those from lower socio-economic groups in both countries are more [...]

Overall Child Deaths Due To Injuries Down In Last 30 Years But No Reduction In Injuries Due To Assault Or Self-harm, Reveals New Study, UK

 Over 800 children in the UK die from injuries every year – between 50% – 70% fewer than in 1980 – but the difference in injury rates between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is widening, according to new research released today. The study also reveals that injury mortality remains a major problem in [...]

Queen’s Study Aims To Use Stem Cells To Help Save Sight Of Diabetes Sufferers

Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast are hoping to develop a novel approach that could save the sight of millions of diabetes sufferers using adult stem cells. Currently millions of diabetics worldwide are at risk of sight loss due to a condition called Diabetic Retinopathy. This is when high blood sugar causes the blood vessels in [...]

Publication Of Northern Ireland’s First Child Death And Serious Injury Review

The first ever review of abuse cases related to child death or serious injury in Northern Ireland were launched at Queen’s University. The review, Translating Learning into Action, was commissioned by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and was carried out by researchers at Queen’s University and the NSPCC. The Case [...]