High Street Chemists Start Offering Heart Checks

Next time you're in your local pharmacy or chemist picking up your thing that's too embarrassing for the supermarket, there might be a little something extra on offer. No, the youth behind the till isn't cracking open the hardcore painkillers and selling them for £5 a pop; there's going to be more in the way of rolling personal health checks on offer, particularly those examining the nation's heart health. Read More >>

Alexa Starts Trawling NHS Web Sites to Give Health Answers

News that the NHS is collaborating with Amazon won't go down with the security-minded sectors of society today, although obviously Amazon says any weird health questions you say out loud to your little speaker friend will remain confidential. Read More >>

The NHS Wants the Blood of Our Young Men and is Pulling out All the Stops to Get It

The NHS is using tried-and-tested marketing techniques to target men because it desperately needs their blood, and the fact that it's shoehorning in football references wherever it can proves it means business. Read More >>

NHS Wants Mumsnet to Help Fill Jobs Black Hole

Mumsnet, which is like 4chan but for asking if it's still OK to hit kids if they're your own and you do it gently and not in the face, is about to be phished for staff by the NHS, as health service bosses think it's heaving with the sort of people you'd want stitching you back together in the nation's hospital wards. Read More >>

NHS Remains Full Analogue in Nearly 90% of Trusts

A series of Freedom of Information requests logged with our national NHS trusts show that the health providers remain a very, very long way away from being anything like paperless in their communications methods, with just 12 per cent of trusts offering a full digital internal communications dream. Read More >>

Anti-Headache Machine Launches on NHS Prescriptions

The tech dudes have made a product that people actually need for once, with pain relief device GammaCore doing such a great job of beating extreme headaches that it's to join the NHS's arsenal of health gadgetry available on prescription. Read More >>

NHS to Make Whistleblowing Easier for Staff

The NHS is to end the practise of asking staff to sign non-disclosure agreements, or NDAs, documents which bind them to secrecy over what they've seen. It's to encourage and protect whistleblowers within the health service, as such speaker-outers are seen as a vital cog in the enormous NHS machine. Read More >>

Government Launches NHSX to Bring NHS Tech Up to Date

After the groundbreaking recent revelation that doctors should consider using this new-fangled thing called email, it's a pleasant surprise to hear that a new unit has sprung up to modernise NHS tech. Read More >>

NHS Told to Embrace Modern Tech Solution “Email” to Directly Message Patients

The innovative new communications protocol of email should be used as the default option within the NHS, says health secretary Matt Hancock, in news that should really have come via a fax machine regional bulletin from 1996. Read More >>

The NHS Will Use Alexa To Find At-Risk Patients

We've already heard that smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo might soon be able to call 999 for you (but in the meantime, please don't rely on Alexa to contact the authorities), and now it seems they'll perform another vital role in the UK. Read More >>

You’ll Soon Be Able To Pay For Gene Tests On The NHS

The NHS doesn't tend to offer paid-for services, but has made an exception for the increasingly popular genetic sequencing. Read More >>

NHS Prescribes Apps For Depressed Five-Year-Olds

Mental health treatment, like most parts of the NHS, is severely underfunded. We could argue all day about the causes and potential solutions to that fact, but in the meantime, there are kids that need therapy. And the NHS has decided to do something about it – something it actually has the funds and resources to do. Read More >>

NHS Invests in Modern Drunk Tanks to Unclog the Nation’s A&Es

The NHS is putting around £300,000 into funding the UK's varied network of "drunk tanks" and their like, hoping that the charitable emergency crash pads might stop so many drunks being thrown from taxis outside hospitals and left for the nation's emergency staff to wipe down, pump out, and send home again to repeat it all the next day. Read More >>

Nearly a Quarter of NHS Trusts Have No Qualified Cybersecurity Staff

Freedom of Information requests filed with the UK's network of NHS trusts appears to show that many are woefully unprepared for a future in which they rely on computers more than fax machines, with 24 of the 108 NHS trusts asked for staff data saying they have literally no one on the payroll vaguely qualified in technical cybersecurity matters. Read More >>

Futuristic “Fax” Technology to be Banned from the NHS by 2020

It's funny to remember every once in a while that the NHS does indeed force its staff to battle with fax machines on a daily basis, but that could soon be coming to an end. The government has yielded to doctor-led pressure group Axe the Fax and has decided to outlaw the purchasing of fax technology within the NHS from next year, with the aim of getting rid of the ancient hard messaging system completely by 2020. Read More >>