Have your say on how the NHS should change in Central Bedfordshire

Independent health and care champion Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire is launching ‘What would you do?’ to encourage people in the region to share their views about what changes to local NHS services should look like.

The Big Pedal 2019

Central Bedfordshire Council is working with sustainable transport charity Sustrans to encourage residents to get involved in the Big Pedal 2019.

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.

Bedford Hospital changes its staff training after Alex Skeel case

Following the recent case of Alex Skeel, a victim of domestic violence, Bedford Hospital has changed the delivery of staff training on Domestic Abuse to place more focus on recognising signs within male victims who may present to the hospital.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Health webinar for parents

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is running an online advice session presented by a specialist in children’s health on Wednesday 23 January at 10am

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