Category: Health

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018

Care for bereaved parents can and must improve say baby loss charities

More than 60 charities, who are working to prevent baby deaths and pregnancy loss and to support families, are today (9 October 2018) urging all NHS Trusts and Boards across the UK to improve bereavement care for parents.

The call comes at the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018 (9-15 October). During this week bereaved parents, their families and friends unite across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives.

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Alcohol causes 1 in 13 breast cancers

Health News: Alcohol causes 1 in 13 breast cancers

Every year over 55,100 people in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer with alcohol causing 1 in 13 cases.

Alcohol increases the level of oestrogen in the bloodstream and long-term exposure to oestrogens increases the risk of developing breast cancer.

Drinkaware and Public Health England (PHE) are encouraging women of all ages to cut down on how much they are drinking by taking more drink free days to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer and a range of other health conditions including liver and heart disease.

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Digital pregnancy tests recalled in new alert amid false positive results

Inaccurate results from some Clear & Simple Digital Pregnancy Tests

Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech has announced that they are recalling one batch of faulty Clear & Simple Digital Pregnancy Tests following some tests producing a small number of false positive results.

The batch number can be found on the end of the box and is also printed on the sachet. Only this batch is affected

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Urgent Treatment Centre at Bedford Hospital open to patients

New Urgent Treatment Centre is now open

The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at Bedford Hospital opened on Monday (1 October). It offers patients access to same day GP and Nurse appointments from 11am until 11pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

To book an appointments patients should call NHS 111. Call handlers, supported by a clinical team, will assess the patient. If the UTC is the right place for the patient to be treated, they will make the patient an appointment, in most cases, on the same day.

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World Mental Health Day event at Bedford’s Harpur Centre

World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues, tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and promote open and positive conversations.

A free healthy mind and healthy body hub featuring a host of interactive activities is being held in Bedford’s Harpur Square to mark World Mental Health Day on October 10.

Visitors will be able to try table tennis, ride a smoothie bike, learn about the wide range of exercise opportunities in Bedford and talk to health professionals about how to maintain their personal mental health and wellbeing.

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If you’re pregnant or are a young child protect your health with free flu vaccine

If you’re pregnant or are a young child protect your health with free flu vaccine

Doctors in Luton and Bedfordshire are urging more pregnant women and young children to get their free flu vaccine as soon as possible, to protect their health.

Women who are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant are eligible for a free flu jab, while children between the ages of two and nine years are also be eligible and will receive a free flu nasal spray.

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Prevent unnecessary falls in over 65s

Clinical Commissioning Group’s ‘Falls Prevention Campaign’

During 2017/18 the cost of NHS hospital admissions for older people in Luton who had a fall was £2.2million.

These falls can result in injury, loss of independence as well as a loss in confidence.

The campaign features a series of free roadshows in Luton Libraries between 24 and 28 September 2018. These will be delivered in conjunction with other older peoples services.

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Putnoe Walk-in Centre to remain open for two more years

Putnoe Walk-in Centre to remain open for two more years

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Partners at Putnoe Medical Centre have agreed a new two-year contract to continue to deliver walk in services.

While the walk in service will be retained at Putnoe Medical Centre, the new contract will see a change in weekday hours. With the service running from 8am – 2pm Monday – Friday. Weekend hours will remain unchanged, operating from 8am – 5pm.

The new hours for Putnoe walk-in Centre will begin on 1 October 2018.

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Public asked for views on banning energy drink sales to children

The UK government is seeking views from the public on ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people in England.

The consultation proposes that a ban would apply to drinks that contain more than 150mg of caffeine per litre and prevent all retailers from selling the drinks to children.

Questions in the consultation include whether the restrictions should apply to children under 16 or under 18
and whether the law should be changed to prevent children from buying them in any situation.

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