Last chance for Healthy Heart projects to get up to Heart Research UK £10,000 funding

Community groups in Anglia have just two weeks left to apply for a regional grant of up to £10,000 to help local people look after their hearts.

National charity Heart Research UK is urging groups to submit applications for the Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grant before the deadline.

The Grant is available for new and innovative projects that promote healthy hearts and reduce the risk of heart disease in the community.

New mobile heart monitors to be used to help prevent strokes

Commissioned by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, AliveCor heart monitors can take quick ECG (Electrocardiogram) readings that measure the electrical activity of the heart. The monitor can identify a number of heart rate abnormalities including atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heart rhythm associated with people at greater risk from suffering a stroke. In the BCCG region over 7,600 people have atrial fibrillation, with another 3,600 people estimated to be living with the condition undiagnosed.

Bedfordshire CCG supports World Sepsis Day

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is supporting World Sepsis Day (13 September 2019) by increasing public awareness of a disease that in the UK kills 52,000 people every year.

Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is caused when the immune system overreacts to an infection and starts to damage the body’s own tissues and organs. This can result in life-changing disabilities or even death.

Boys to be offered HPV vaccine for the first time

A free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine will be offered to boys for the first time to help prevent the spread of HPV and stop certain types of cancers forming.

HPV is linked to 5% of all cancers worldwide causing the majority of genital cancers as well as some cancers in the neck and head. HPV is very common and can be caught easily through any kind of sexual contact with another person who already has it.

It is estimated that by vaccinating boys in year eight at school, as well as girls, it will prevent around 64,000 cervical cancers and around 50,000 non-cervical cancers affecting men and women by 2058.

NHS Community Trust rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which delivers children and young people’s community services across Luton and Bedfordshire, and adult community services across Luton, has been awarded the highest rating by the Care Quality Commission; the independent regulator of health services across England.

Bedfordshire CCG announces the date of its AGM

NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 19 September at the Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Beds, MK45 1AH.

The BCCG is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

New app to help people to give up smoking

The Stop Smoking Service has launched a new free mobile app to help smokers kick the habit for good and stay nicotine free. It is available to anyone who lives or works in Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, or Bedford.

Kooth a free online counselling service for 11-19 year olds

Bedford Borough Council has launched a free, online counselling service for children and young people experiencing emotional and mental health issues.
Called Kooth, the service is provided by XenZone, an online mental health provider. It has been commissioned by Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, as part of a wider partnership with neighbouring councils and health commissioners.

Dementia charity events for Bedfordshire’s family carers

A series of free Family Carers Events run by specialist charity, Dementia Adventure, are available for thousands of unpaid and unqualified family carers of those with dementia across the UK.

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