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Boy, 2, ‘castrated’ after surgeons operate on wrong testicle

[ad_1] Image caption The boy was admitted to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children to treat an undescended testicle A two-year-old boy has been left infertile after surgeons operated on the wrong testicle, his family says.The boy was admitted to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children earlier in the week to treat an undescended testicle.He had one healthy testicle and one that did not function. His father said surgeons operated on the
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Flu jab: ‘Vaccinate children to protect older people’

[ad_1] Image caption Two and three-year-old children are very effective at spreading germs Parents are being urged to give young children the flu vaccine to protect older people from the "nasty illness".Last year, only 43% of those eligible for the free flu vaccine in the Hywel Dda health board area had it.It is hoped a new campaign which highlights the danger of flu for older people will help increase uptake
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Have waits for GP appointments got longer?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images How long do you wait to see your GP?Members of the BBC NHS Health Check Facebook group report waits of three weeks or more are common. Lisa Johns said: "Ours book five weeks ahead. For the last three weeks, I've been trying to book a standard appointment and can't get one, as they go in seconds."Another member posted: "I booked a non-urgent appointment with my
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Tax junk food high in sugar and salt, says top doctor

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images England's top doctor has accused the food industry of "failing the public" and is calling for taxes on unhealthy food high in sugar and salt.Chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davies said her dream was to make fruit and vegetables cheaper for everyone from the proceeds.In her annual report, she also urged the government to ban added sugar in jars of baby food.The food industry
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‘Drunk tanks’ to ease NHS pressure

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images NHS England is making up to £300,000 available over the festive period to fund dozens of "drunk tanks".These supervised units are places where revellers who have over-indulged can be checked and allowed to sleep it off.They should help take the pressure off hospital and 999 services over the busy Christmas and new year period. Some will open later for "Booze Black Friday", the last Friday
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Pharmacy chain leaks personal details of 24,000 workers

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA A major pharmacy chain has apologised after admitting sensitive employee information was leaked.The details of more than 24,000 staff and locum workers employed by the Manchester-based Well Pharmacy group were accidentally included in an email.The leaked data included names, addresses, phone and payroll numbers and email addresses.The company has stressed that no patient information formed part of the data. The Well Pharmacy group - formerly the
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Widow’s A&E plea after husband dies in hospital corridor

[ad_1] Image copyright Sharon Donnelly Image caption Sharon Donnelly said she did not blame the "overworked and understaffed" NHS for her husband's death A widow has pleaded for people to "stay away from A&E unless it is life-threatening" after her husband died in a hospital corridor.John Donnelly, 51, was admitted to Peterborough City Hospital on 2 March and died the next day.Huntingdon Coroner's Court heard a doctor was treating between
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Rise in reports of polio-like illness being investigated

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images An increase in reported cases of a rare polio-like illness that mostly affects children is being investigated by Public Health England.Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) affects the nervous system, causing one or more of the limbs to become weak or floppy.PHE said 28 cases had been reported in England. Typically, a "handful" of cases are reported each year.The disease remains very rare but anyone who develops