Doctors talk as if we"re not there, say a quarter of patients while a third don"t understand what they are being told

Doctors talk as if we're not there, say a quarter of patients while a third don't understand what they are being told Annual NHS survey shows care has improved overall since last yearBut campaigners still disappointed by some of the results A fifth of patients didn't necessarily trust the doctor treating them By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:43 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:16 GMT, 17 April 2013 One in four patients says their doctors talk over them as if they weren’t there, according to a major survey.

Sleepless nights caused by crying babies ends one in three marriages, research claims

Sleepless nights caused by crying babies ends one in three marriages, research claims Survey of 2,000 parents found on average they get six hours sleep a night 30 per cent of those who had split up blamed sleepless nights caused by children By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 15:04 GMT, 17 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:06 GMT, 17 March 2013 Research claims sleepless nights caused by a crying baby is the prime reason for as many as one in three divorces or separations.

Dementia victims "have twice the risk of dying in hospital while a third are not properly diagnosed by staff"

Dementia victims 'have twice the risk of dying in hospital while a third are not properly diagnosed by staff' Charities have described the situation for dementia sufferers as ‘scandalous’ Dementia patients are twice as likely to die in hospital than other patients The Government has pledged 50 million to improve dementia care By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 01:11 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:40 GMT, 12 March 2013 Hospitals are failing to properly care for dementia sufferers who are twice as likely to die in them than all other patients, a damning report reveals.

Up to 25,000 patients wrongly struck off GP lists as part of cost-cutting drive

Up to 25,000 patients wrongly struck off GP lists as part of cost-cutting drive Practice staff were told to trawl lists and strike-off any patients who have died or moved awayFollowed concern that GPs were being overpaid But thousands of genuine patients have also been removed, potentially risking their health By Sophie Borland Health Reporter PUBLISHED: 17:19 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:21 GMT, 11 February 2013 Up to 25,000 patients have been wrongly removed from GP lists in an NHS cost-cutting drive.

Toddler diagnosed with cancer after his mother refused to believe he was simply constipated is given the all-clear thanks to wonder drug

Toddler diagnosed with cancer after his mother refused to believe he was simply constipated is given the all-clear thanks to wonder drug Oliver Lee was taken to hospital by his parents suffering from stomach painDoctors suggested he had constipation but his mother Sophie insisted it was something more seriousAn MRI scan revealed four tumours caused by the rare muscle cancer rhabdomyosarcomaHe underwent nine cycles of chemotherapy and was put on an international drug trial for the wonder drug Avastin ” class=”blkBorder” /> Ollie, pictured in hospital in December 2011 (l) and August 2012 (r) went through nine cycles of chemotherapy Team Ollie: Sophie and Simon raised money for the Queen's Medical Centre where Oliver was being treated Sophie, 38, said: 'Our whole world fell apart, I can still remember the consultant telling us the news.

Cancer patients who say No to a mastectomy "more likely to survive"

Cancer patients who say No to a mastectomy 'more likely to survive' By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 01:15 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:16 GMT, 28 January 2013 Many women diagnosed with breast cancer choose to have a mastectomy thinking it will remove the tumours as quickly as possible and give them the best chance of survival Women stand a better chance of surviving breast cancer if they don’t have a mastectomy, a major study has found.

Latest life-extending cancer drugs "rationed by postcode": Recommended treatments are handed out in some hospitals but not others

Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens of hospitals refuse to hand out treamentsDozens of trusts failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancerSome of the drugs boost survival rates by a quarter and others extend lives By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:50 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:05 GMT, 11 January 2013 Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals.

Traffic light blood test can spot hidden liver damage

Blood test to spot hidden liver damage: Traffic light system could save lives Liver disease develops silently and so it remains undiagnosed often until it is too lateA test developed by British doctors can successfully detect liver disease earlier By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 11:51 GMT, 29 August 2012 | UPDATED: 00:10 GMT, 30 August 2012 GPs could test whether drinkers are at risk of developing irrevesible liver damage A blood test that can spot hidden liver damage has been developed by British doctors.

Poorly-trained GPs fail to spot dementia: Patients waiting five years or more for diagnosis

Poorly-trained GPs fail to spot dementia: Patients waiting five years or more for diagnosis Some GPs say they have only been given basic training about illnessReport states that without proper diagnosis thousands are left feeling 'isolated' By Sophie Borland Health Reporter PUBLISHED: 23:36 GMT, 2 July 2012 | UPDATED: 23:38 GMT, 2 July 2012 Family doctors are failing to spot dementia in the elderly because their training is so inadequate, MPs warn today.