Category: Health

Bedford Hospital goes Smoke-free

As of 1 April, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust will become smoke-free. This means that all staff, patients and visitors are not allowed to smoke (this includes tobacco products and e-cigarettes / vapes) anywhere on the hospital grounds – both at South Wing and Gilbert Hitchcock House on Kimbolton Road. The smoking shelter near to the A&E entrance will be removed.

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Cervical screening saves lives

Women between the ages of 25 and 64 in Luton and Bedfordshire are being reminded of the importance of cervical screening.

Since the NHS Cervical Screening Programme was established in1988 there has been a significant reduction in the mortality rate from cervical cancer, saving an estimated 5,000 lives a year. However, figures published by NHS Digital show that the number of women being screened is at a 20-year low, with one in four women failing to respond to letters from their GP surgery inviting them to make an appointment to have this simple but potentially life-saving health check.

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Video promoting NHS 111 service now online

A short video highlighting how NHS 111 is the number to call for non-emergency medical advice is being shared on social media.

The video was shot by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group. It features members of staff from the NHS 111 service in Bedford.

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Online advice to keep children healthy this winter

Online advice to keep children healthy this winter

Advice for parents in Bedfordshire on how best to protect their children from illness this winter is now available online. NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has uploaded onto its website a recording of its first webinar for parents with young children.

Dr Sanhita Chakrabarti, BCCG’s lead clinician for children, gave an online talk to help parents look after their little ones during the winter months.

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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Early diagnosis of cervical cancer is crucial – Cervical screening saves around 4,500 lives each year in the UK.

In the UK, everyday around 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 2 lose their lives. 75% of Cervical Cancers can be prevented through Cervical Screening.

Cervical Cancer Prevention week (21st -27th January 2019), Public Health is encouraging all eligible women to get screened to detect cervical cancer at an early stage.

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Blue Monday and looking after your mental health

Blue Monday and looking after your mental health

As we approach Blue Monday, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is highlighting the mental health services available in the county.

The post-Christmas blues brought on by cold winter days, long dark nights and the arrival of hefty heating and credit card bills has resulted in the third Monday in January becoming known as the most miserable day of the year.

We can all feel a bit fed up at this time of year, but if you are suffering from thoughts or feelings that adversely affect your life over a prolonged period, you should seek help.

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Cold weather warning for Bedfordshire residents

Cold weather warning for Bedfordshire residents

Residents in Bedfordshire are being advised to take extra precautions as colder weather sweeps across the area later this week. NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is warning that prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

The Met Office has issued a Level 2 cold weather alert for Bedfordshire for severe cold weather between Friday 18 January and Monday 21 January.

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Home care for minor illnesses is good for the family and the NHS

Home care for minor illnesses is good for the family and the NHS

Parents should ensure they have a well-stocked medicine cabinet during the winter months to help their children recover from minor illnesses. Many minor childhood illnesses can be treated at home, avoiding unnecessary trips to GP surgeries or to A&E, says Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).

Most essential items for home care cost less than £5 but will aid a quick return to health. Your local pharmacist can provide expert advice on the items you need and check they are safe to use with any medication your children may already be taking

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