East Anglian Air Ambulance to benefit from large government grant

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has been awarded almost £800,000 from the Department of Health and Social Care from the £10 million made available in the Autumn Budget for all UK air ambulance charities.

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust launches its plan for the next three years

Shorter stays in hospital, revolutionary digital transformation and significant investment into the South Wing site are all among a list of aims included in the new Three Year Plan launched by Bedford Hospital.

Simple tips to help avoid summer health problems

For most people the summer is a chance to get outdoors with friends and family and enjoy the good weather.

But the hot sun and high temperatures can also bring a number of health risks, so Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are offering some simple advice to help people stay healthy over the summer months.

New campaign urges support for mums who breastfeed in public

A new awareness campaign is aiming to help mums become more confident when breastfeeding in public. The Luton and Bedfordshire #FreeToFeed campaign is being launched by NHS community services and local authorities. Businesses, members of the public and other mums are being encouraged to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and to help new mums feel comfortable feeding their children when out and about.

‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ campaign launched to tackle stigma of feeling alone

As Loneliness Awareness Week begins today (17 June 2019), a new campaign launched by Loneliness Minister Mims Davies is helping to tackle the stigma of loneliness and encourage people to speak out.

Number of sexually transmitted infections diagnosed in Bedford Borough has increased

Figures from Public Health England show that 752 people in Bedford Borough were diagnosed with an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) in 2018, compared to 631 the previous year.

Cranfield and Marston Moretaine Surgery ‘not an easy fix’

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group chief operating officer, Mike Thompson gave a presentation to Central Bedfordshire Council’s Social Care, Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Committee today (3 June 2019). During the Q&A session, he admitted that Cranfield and Marston Moretaine Surgery ‘not an easy fix’

Bedfordshire CCG adopts new technology to improve dementia diagnosis

Dementia can affect a person at any age but it is more commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 65 years. According Dementia UK there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this is set to rise to over one million by 2021.

Fear of air pollution preventing a generation walking to school

New research shows that two thirds (65%) of UK parents of 4-11 year olds are concerned about the effect of air pollution on their child’s health – a 17 per cent increase on 2018 data. And two fifths (40%) are specifically concerned about the levels of air pollution around their child’s school or on the school run.

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