New NHS 111 helpline puts patient safety at risk, doctors warn

Launch of new NHS 111 helpline should be delayed as it's already in chaos, say doctors BMA says the service was overwhelmed in just a few hours after its recent launch in some areas And rolling out service nationwide from next Monday 'will put lives at risk' due to poor quality adviceSome patients forced to wait hours for advice By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:49 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:59 GMT, 28 March 2013 Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA's GP committee, questioned the quality of advice given out Doctors have called for a delay in the launch of a new non-emergency advice line for patients, saying it will put safety at risk.

New NHS phoneline "will put lives at risk": Doctors" warning after 111 number goes into meltdown

New NHS phoneline 'will put lives at risk': Doctors' warning after 111 number goes into meltdown Callers put on hold for two hours or told to call back tomorrowService overwhelmed just a few hours after launch in some areasDoctors warn making service live nationwide from April will be 'dangerous' By Liz Hull PUBLISHED: 23:34 GMT, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:46 GMT, 25 March 2013 Dr Laurence Buckman says April 1 is much too soon to introduce the new 111 service for the NHS Lives will be put at risk unless the Government suspends the new 111 NHS advice line, doctors warned yesterday.

11-year-old Abigail Lightbown dies from brain tumour after parents mistook symptoms for eating disorder

Girl, 11, dies of brain cancer after parents feared she was battling an eating disorder and making herself sick to look like ‘stick thin celebrities’ Cancer discovered after seven month battle during which she lost 4kgShe endured two rounds of chemo but never gave up hopeMan Utd and Coronation Street stars paid her hospital visits | UPDATED: 19:40 GMT, 26 November 2012 Brave: Abigail, who died on November 10, never complained about her illness and refused to give up hope that her condition would improve An 11-year-old girl who was suspected of having an eating disorder has died after doctors discovered she was unwittingly battling brain cancer.

Migraines: When memory loss is a sign of "painless" migraines – and high fliers are most at risk

When memory loss is a sign of 'painless' migraines – and high fliers are most at risk | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 16 October 2012 'I had no pain but I felt really dizzy and unable to focus,' said Sharon Richards For Sharon Richards, the regular nursery run had suddenly turned into the stuff of nightmares.

Millions of pet lovers warned: You could pass flu on to Fido

Millions of pet lovers warned: You could pass flu on to Fido! A total of 13 cats and one dog in the U.S are believed to have caught the H1N1 virus in 2011 and 2012 from their owners Researchers say there needs to be greater awareness of the phenomenon | UPDATED: 15:01 GMT, 4 October 2012 Pet owners have been warned next time they have the flu, they may not just pass it on to friends and family – they might also infect their animals.

Drinkers in soft water areas at higher risk of liver disease, warns George Best"s doctor

Drinkers in soft water areas at higher risk of liver disease, warns George Best's doctor | UPDATED: 11:13 GMT, 11 September 2012 Cure: Prof Roger Williams says the Government should add magnesium to water supplies to combat liver disease People who live in areas with soft water are more likely to develop alcoholic liver disease (ALD) than those elsewhere, according to one of the world’s most eminent specialists.

Boy who can"t say "I love you" due to disorder "taught" to show his emotions – by his pet cat

Boy with anxiety disorder who can't say 'I love you' taught to show his emotions – by his cat Lorcan suffers from an anxiety disorder known as selective mutism | UPDATED: 14:53 GMT, 18 July 2012 A little boy with a form of mutism who struggles to express himself has been 'taught' to show his emotions – by his pet cat.

Boy with inoperable brain tumour uses automatic camera to act as his "memory"

Boy with inoperable brain tumour uses automatic camera to act as his 'memory' SenseCam is hung around Jacob's neck and takes around 2,000 pictures a dayHe can then flick through them to trigger memories | UPDATED: 11:52 GMT, 27 June 2012 A boy with an inoperable brain tumour is using a special camera to help him remember what he's been up to each day.

Eye cancer: Katy Bishop"s campaign leads to new parents being taught about disease

Mother whose son lost his sight to eye cancer delighted after campaign leads to new parents being taught about disease Between 40 and 50 children are diagnosed with eye cancer each year PUBLISHED: 15:51 GMT, 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 16:22 GMT, 18 June 2012 A mother, whose son lost his sight to eye cancer, has welcomed an initiative to teach all new parents about the disease.