Want to get out of hospital in record time Scoff yourself! | UPDATED: 03:20 GMT, 4 September 2012 Enhanced recovery has seen a fall in complication rates, and inpatient stays dramatically reduced by 50 per cent in most cases Having an operation For decades, this has meant nil by mouth for at least eight hours before surgery, no food for several days afterwards, lots of bed rest and a hospital stay of up to two weeks.
Surgeons leave eight-inch long forceps inside patient's body – and are only discovered during X-ray weeks later Medical instruments should be counted before and after an operation and an X-ray taken if the numbers don't match | UPDATED: 12:12 GMT, 7 August 2012 A man had to undergo emergency surgery after bungling medics left a pair of forceps inside his body during an appendix operation.
Health service 'looks like a supertanker heading for an iceberg', warns NHS chief | UPDATED: 08:00 GMT, 20 June 2012 The health service 'looks like a supertanker heading for an iceberg', the head of the NHS Confederation has warned.
New genetic 'map' drawn up that will give better diagnosis for breast cancer patients and more effective treatment | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 16 May 2012 A genetic 'map' that could help give more accurate diagnoses of breast cancer has been drawn up, showing the varied landscape of the disease in more detail than ever before.