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Press Releases

  • Mayor of Greater Manchester opens new training hub for surgeons

    06 Jun 2018 The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, will officially open the Royal College of Surgeons’ new Outreach hub at the University of Manchester Innovation Centre today (6 June). The new hub will give the RCS a full-time, staffed presence in the North and Midlands.
  • Royal College of Surgeons statement on Northern Ireland hyponatraemia inquiry

    31 May 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons has worked with a number of royal colleges, led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, to present a united and detailed response to the 96 recommendations of Justice O’Hara’s report on Hyponatremia related deaths in Northern Ireland, which is published today.
  • One in five patients in Northern Ireland waiting more than a year for treatment, warns Royal College of Surgeons

    31 May 2018 Northern Ireland Department of Health waiting time statistics published today show patients continue to wait too long for surgery. Data for the quarter from January to the end of April 2018 show 62.3% of patients were waiting longer than 13 weeks to be admitted for inpatient or day case treatment. For the same period, 20.4% of patients waited more than 52 weeks to be admitted for inpatient or day case treatment, a rise of just over 7% when compared to the figure in March 2017. In total, this number was 16,454.
  • Don’t cut your summer short with a gardening or DIY accident this Bank Holiday Weekend, surgeons warn

    24 May 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons has urged green-fingered and DIY enthusiasts not to cut their summer short by having a nasty accident this Bank Holiday Weekend, as latest figures show there were more than 25,700 hospital admissions in England for gardening and DIY-related accidents in the past three years alone.
  • NHS bed occupancy rates now at worst ever, new figures show

    24 May 2018 Overnight bed occupancy rates in NHS hospitals between January-March this year were the worst ever recorded, as they reached 92.6%, new figures show.
  • Tooth decay in 5-year-olds now increasing in some parts of England

    15 May 2018 Survey figures published today by Public Health England (PHE) show the state of oral health of 5-year-olds in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber and the West Midlands has worsened since the last survey in 2014-2015, bucking a previous improving trend. Overall, in 2016-2017, 23.3% of 5-year-olds in England experienced tooth decay, improving from 24.7% in 2014-2015.
  • RCS: Last minute cancelled operations hits highest number since 1994

    10 May 2018 The extreme pressures in accident and emergency departments during March have had a knock-on effect on spiralling waiting times for planned surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned. The RCS is also concerned that over 25,000 operations were cancelled at the last minute, despite NHS England guiding hospitals to cancel operations in advance during January.
  • Response to The BMJ paper on public reporting of individual surgeons outcomes

    03 May 2018 A study published in The BMJ today has found that there is no evidence that publishing patient death rates for individual bowel surgeons in England has led to risk averse behaviour or ‘gaming’ of data.
  • Fast operators: talented Yorkshire team win prestigious ‘Are you cut out for it?’ surgical competition

    01 May 2018 Trainee surgeons Joanna Aldoori and Daniel Ashmore from Yorkshire and the Humber are celebrating after winning a highly prestigious UK-wide surgical skills competition. The talented duo walked away with the title of 'Best Core Surgical Trainees in the UK' - along with a prize of £1,500 to share, after taking part in the Royal College of Surgeons’ competition.
  • Emergency treatment by older surgeons linked to slightly lower death rates

    26 Apr 2018 The RCS has responded to research published in The BMJ today which has found patients undergoing emergency surgery who are treated by older surgeons (aged 60 or over) have slightly lower death rates in the first few weeks after their operation than patients treated by younger surgeons (aged less than 40) within the same hospital.

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