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Campaign for an Air Ambulance for Northern Ireland

16 Jul 2015

We have been informed of the sad death of Dr John Hinds, a close friend and colleague of our Fellows who worked as a consultant anaesthetist in Northern Ireland. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in early July, at the age of 35. Dr Hinds was well known and highly regarded...

Updated Statements on Anaesthesia and the Developing Brain

13 Jul 2015

The Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI) has released updated statements, which the RCoA fully supports, regarding the current understanding of the effects of anaesthesia on the developing brain. These statements are intended to help...

Consultation on proposed changes to the Deprivation of Liberty...

07 Jul 2015

The Law Commission has today opened a consultation on the law of mental capacity and deprivation of liberty (DoLS). The consultation paper, available here, reviews the DoLS in England and Wales, outlining provisional proposals representing the Law Commission’s view about how the...

NCEPOD report shows major shortfall in the care of GI bleed patients

03 Jul 2015

The College acknowledges NCEPOD’s important study, ‘Time to Get Control’, a report calling for life-saving 24/7 access to gastrointestinal (GI) bleed services, including on-site critical care and anaesthesia.  The report highlights major deficiencies in the diagnosis and...

The First Patient Report of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit...

30 Jun 2015

The RCoA's First Patient Report of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) outlining the results, conclusions and recommendations from the audit was published on 30 June 2015. The Audit, the first of its kind on emergency bowel surgery across England and Wales, analysed...

Consultant Anaesthetists join ground-breaking initiative

25 Jun 2015

A number of Consultant Anaesthetists from across the United Kingdom have been selected to join a new initiative to improve the quality of care for patients in the NHS.  The Q initiative is led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, and aimed at...

The Facts about A&E

24 Jun 2015

The RCoA recognises the important work undertaken by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) in highlighting significant factors relating to emergency departments in England. Produced ahead of the winter of 2015/2016, the RCEM has produced a fact sheet summarising...

RCoA supports new report calling for tobacco companies to bear the...

11 Jun 2015

The RCoA has joined more than 120 local and national organisations calling on the Government to impose an annual levy on tobacco companies. RCoA President, J.P van-Besouw, attended the launch of the report at Westminster. The new report, Smoking Still Kills, was published by...

Use of a hybrid system for neuraxial connectors

08 Jun 2015

The Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group is aware that centres in England are considering using hybrid systems to address the gap before the arrival of the new ISO standard for neuraxial connectors. The MHRA are clear on the fact that this represents the use of medical devices outside...

NHS England Patient Safety Alert - risk of death or severe harm due...

01 Jun 2015

A Patient Safety Alert has been issued by NHS England to raise awareness of the risk of death or severe harm due to inadvertent injection of skin preparation solution. The alert has been issued as a result of incidents being reported to the National Reporting and Learning System...

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