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Press Releases

  • RCS launches updated Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) course

    13 Sep 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has today launched the 10th edition of the prestigious Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course, which trains clinicians on the most effective ways to manage severely injured trauma patients.
  • RCS comment as NHS Improvement and NHS England set out the NHS’s ‘winter priorities’

    10 Sep 2018 NHS Improvement published its review of the NHS in winter 2017/18 on Friday (September 7th). Pauline Philip, National Director of Urgent and Emergency Care at NHS England and NHS Improvement, has also written to all Trusts setting out the NHS’s priorities for this winter.
  • More than two in five children did not attend an NHS dentist in the last year

    30 Aug 2018 More than two in five children (41.4%), aged 0 to17, did not see an NHS dentist in the 12 months to 30 June 2018, according to figures published by NHS Digital today. This is a very small decrease compared to the same period in the previous year, when 41.8% of children did not visit a dentist. The Faculty of Dental Surgery has issued a statement in response.
  • Over 100,000 patients in Northern Ireland waiting more than a year for hospital treatment, warns Royal College of Surgeons

    30 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland Department of Health waiting time statistics published today (Thursday 30 August) show there are now more than 18,000 patients waiting more than a year for inpatient treatment and almost 88,600 waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment. The Royal College of Surgeons has said that this number is a symptom of long-standing problems with the Northern Ireland health service and not helped by the current political impasse in Northern Ireland.
  • RCS and BAPRAS express concern at Superdrug in-store Botox® and fillers service

    23 Aug 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) have written to the CEO of Superdrug owner, AS Watson, to express concern at the company's decision to offer Botox® and fillers in store.
  • Trauma surgeon urges motorcyclists and drivers to take extra care this summer

    09 Aug 2018 A leading trauma surgeon has spoken of the devastating injuries he has seen while treating patients who have been involved in motorbike accidents, as new figures show there were more than 10,000 admissions to hospital for motorcycle rider injuries in England, in 2016-2017.
  • Statement on St George's Cardiac Surgery unit following today's The Times front page

    04 Aug 2018
  • Tongue splitting risks significant blood loss and nerve damage, warn surgeons

    03 Aug 2018 Cosmetic body modification enthusiasts are being warned that they are at serious risk of haemorrhage, infection and nerve damage by undergoing tongue splitting1, an extreme procedure where the tongue is cut in half to create a distinctive “forked” effect. Dental and plastic surgeons have issued new advice for anyone who is considering, or already has, a tongue split or oral piercing. The surgeons also say it is better if people do not to have these procedures at all.
  • New training scheme for surgeons of the future gets underway

    01 Aug 2018 The first cohort of surgical trainees to take part in the Improving Surgical Training (IST) pilot will take up their posts today (1 August 2018). The pilot training programme, developed by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and Health Education England (HEE), will trial innovative improvements in the quality of training, a better balance between service and training for trainees, and professionalisation of the role of surgical trainers.
  • Former RCS President named as new GMC Chair

    30 Jul 2018 Dame Clare Marx, Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons, has been named as the new Chair of the General Medical Council (GMC). She will succeed Professor Sir Terence Stephenson who will finish his fixed-term post later this year.

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