Category: Health

Cranfield woman diagnosed with brain tumour as a teenager completes Walk of Hope

A Bedfordshire family has taken on a Walk of Hope, inspired by their daughter who was diagnosed aged 13 with a brain tumour, to raise funds to help find a cure for the disease.

Caroline Watson of Cranfield, now 26, was diagnosed with a brain tumour on her pituitary gland after her mother finally managed to persuade doctors to take her worrying weight gain and growth seriously.

Along with her parents, Lisa and Mark, and partner Jack Mizen, Caroline walked 10 miles from Flitwick, where her mum and dad live, to the ruins of Houghton House in Ampthill and back

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New parents urged to have their say on available early years support

New parents are being invited to have their say on what support they need, and how it is best delivered. The goal is to ensure that every baby is given the best start in life, no matter what their circumstances.

A new review into improving the healthy development of infants was launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in July. Its aim is to break down the barriers that can impact on early years development and level up the opportunities given to every newborn.

Led by Early Years Healthy Development Adviser Andrea Leadsom MP, the review will focus on improving the support available to babies and their families in the period from conception to age two, often referred to as the 1,001 critical days.

New parents, health service professionals, charities and volunteer groups are being asked to share their views to help shape the outcome of the review, by completing an online questionnaire

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Bedford Hospital set to start trials for cautious release of visitor ban

A meeting also heard yesterday (Monday, 14 September 2020) that the hospital is on the brink of making gentle changes to visitor arrangement in maternity.

David Carter, the chief executive of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Liz Lees, the chief nurse, appeared at Bedford Borough Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee to update councillors on how the hospital is coping.

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Date set for joint Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCGs AGM

For the first time the organisations responsible for commissioning NHS services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes will hold a joint Annual General Meeting.

The meeting will be held virtually on 29 September from 5:30 – 7:15pm and members of the public are invited to attend and it gives them the opportunity to any questions they have about health services locally.

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Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire is hosting a Festival for Older People

Central Bedfordshire residents are invited to join in a celebration linked to International Day of Older Persons.

Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire (HWCB) is hosting the Festival for Older People (FOP) during the week 28th September to 2nd October. The Festival is now in its 9th year, and this year it will be delivered via virtual recordings, live streams and by dial-in calls – a first for many of us.

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Clinical commissioning groups merger “fait accompli”

Talks with local authorities over proposals to merge the Luton, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have been labelled “a sham consultation” and “a fait accompli”.

A report on the one BLMK CCG programme was presented to a meeting of Luton Borough Council’s scrutiny health and social care review group.

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Bedford Hospital awarded £3m to improve urgent and emergency care

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded £3m to improve urgent and emergency services at the Bedford Hospital site.

This funding means the Trust can now tend to its immediate priorities of extending the capacity within the waiting areas in the emergency department, improve children’s A&E and enhance the Same Day Emergency Care service.

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New COVID-19 walk-in testing centre is opening this week in Bedford Borough

A new COVID-19 testing centre is opening this week in Prebend Street car park, Bedford. The centre is operating on a walk-in basis for anybody in the borough who needs a test, and will be open every day from Friday.

As a walk-in site, residents must either walk or cycle to the site, not drive or take public transport. Strict safety control measures will be in place; a face covering will need to be worn and social distancing must be followed at all times.

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Call to Bedford Residents: “stay hydrated and prevent plastic pollution this summer”

Refill Bedford is encouraging the people of Bedford to choose to reuse by opting for a reusable water bottle and filling up on the go, rather than buying a single-use plastic bottle.

Refill is a nationwide scheme providing a network of points offering the public free tap water in the UK. The network comprises high street retailers, cafes, restaurants, other businesses, museums, and local authorities.

Refill Bedford said that in the UK, we make our way through 7.7 BILLION plastic water bottles every year and an estimated 700,000 plastic bottles are littered every single day.

Water UK, the trade association and Refill partners, said that this country’s drinking water is of the highest standard, among the best in the world. Adding that very strict standards apply to piped drinking water to protect public health.

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