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NHS Tech Bosses Trial AI System to Predict Coronavirus ICU Demand

The terms "NHS" and "machine learning" have been awkwardly smashed together to take our attention off the mundane basics of caring for the Covid-19 masses, with four English hospitals asked to trial some new tech magic in the hope it may better allocate resources than, say, a trained professional. We doubt it, but you never know. One of these bullshit AI things has to turn out to be real one day. Read More >>

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What My Stupid Body Taught Me About Organ Donation During a Pandemic

Four weeks ago, I strolled into Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital to a ghost waiting room. All the trappings of a normal outpatient hospital were there: TVs blaring cable news, taupe-coloured chairs, fake plants. But where patients and their loved ones would usually be waiting, there was just one solitary person. Read More >>

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Architect Proposes Refitted Container Ship Global Hospital Fleet

A team of architects has come up with an idea for how container ships may be put to use now we're not ferrying quite so many billions of tonnes of plastic junk around the world, and is suggesting some container ships – and their containers – are outfitted as emergency floating field hospitals. Read More >>

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London’s ExCeL Arena to Become 4,000-Bed Emergency Hospital

News that should get even the hardiest of coronavirus refuseniks to start thinking about giving up their thrice-daily walks to the local Spar for milk, a newspaper and a Twix has arrived, as the NHS and the military are to begin converting London's ExCeL centre into a hospital to cope with the imminent spike in the number of people requiring critical care. Read More >>

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Manchester Hospital Bans Sugar From Patient and Staff Food

High-fructose corn syrup addicts living in the vicinity of Manchester's Tameside hospital had better hope they never get sick, as the hospital has banned all sugary snacks and drinks from sale inside the premises -- and has even encouraged the on-site chefs to make sure the meals offered to patients and staff are sugar free, too. Read More >>

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Japanese Super Fungus Takes Hold in Our Hospitals

Scientists have found a new type of fungus. Ahh, how cute. They'll probably name it after David Attenborough and... no wait. This is a bad one and it already has a name. Read More >>

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Bristol Hospital Decides to Stop Killing Foxes

Bristol's Southmead Hospital caused a minor local outrage last week, when it revealed that it had hired some hardmen to capture and destroy a family of foxes that had made their home outside the hospital's maternity unit. Read More >>

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NHS Trust Could Use Uber to Wheel About the Sick

One London NHS trust that covers five of the capital's hospitals is thinking about using Uber cars to carry patients between departments and locations, in the hope that shuffling them around beds in such a manner might free up space quicker and lessen some of the stress placed on the ambulance service. Read More >>

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Security Testers Managed to Hack Hospital Patient Monitors and Drug Dispensers

As part of a wide-ranging, two-year-long attack, hackers managed to breach the systems of a number of US hospitals, exposing critical patient systems to wide-ranging attacks. Luckily, the hacks were just a drill, but the flaws exposed are scary as hell. Read More >>

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The Sick Will Be Saved… By Free NHS Hospital Wi-Fi

All NHS buildings in England will soon have complimentary Wi-Fi inside them to alleviate the boredom of waiting for clinic appointments and operations to happen, with a scheme to replace today's patchwork coverage of paid services and no services hopefully in place by the year 2020. Read More >>

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Robot Porters Coming to Ferry Poo Around Glasgow Hospitals

A miniature fleet of autonomous robots will be helping out in and around Glasgow's new South Glasgow University Hospital when it opens later this month, with the hospital said to be investing £1.3m on the jumped-up new self-aware trollies. Read More >>

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Can the Design of Hospitals Help Patients Recover Faster?

Can the way hospitals are designed improve the experiences of staff and visitors, and even the recovery of patients? Read More >>

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Taking Google Out of Glass Makes it Perfect for Hospitals

Google Glass might get you suspicious looks in a restaurant, but it could save your life on the operating table. Read More >>

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Only a Russian Billionaire Could Come Up With This Hospital Design

Vasily Klyukin is the Monaco-based Russian co-owner of Sovcombank, a Russian commercial bank. He is also, if these sketches of his latest architecture project are anything to go by, a little insane. Read More >>

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More Than 300 People a Year Wake up During Surgery

Horror-stats compiled and released by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland have counted the number of people who wake up from the anaesthetic during surgery, revealing that 300 people a year suffer the living hell of awaking during an operation. Read More >>