Food strategy created to help Bedford Borough tackle ‘urgent’ obesity issues

Residents could be encouraged to grow and cook their own food to help Bedford Borough reduce obesity.

Councillors fear that the coronavirus pandemic has only made matters worse for deprived people who are struggling to make ends meet and afford healthy food.

Changes to Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s maternity leadership team

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has made two maternity leadership appointments it said will strengthen its leadership team and continue to improve and develop services for mothers and babies at its two maternity units at Bedford Hospital and the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital.

Over 188,000 vaccines delivered in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

BLMK Clinical Commissioning Groups say 188,000 vaccines have been administered across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK).

New blood test appointment booking system at Gilbert Hitchcock House

A new appointment booking system for blood tests at Gilbert Hitchcock House (Bedford Hospital North Wing) is available for patients booking appointments from 1 March 2021 onwards.

Bedford Hospital Trust said it is vital that everyone is seen safely and social distancing measures are observed to protect both patients and staff.

Patients, families and carers from Bedfordshire are being encouraged to have their say on the future of a regional cancer treatment base

Patients, families and carers from Bedfordshire are being encouraged to have their say on the future of a regional cancer treatment base.
A review into the services provided at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre “is at a critical phase”, according to NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes health & social care staff urged to get their vaccinations

Health and social care staff from across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) are encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible.

Self-referral is now an option for health and care staff working in BLMK in the below categories to attend Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) to be vaccinated.

Free rapid COVID-19 testing available for workers in customer-facing roles

Central Bedfordshire Council, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, has launched a community testing initiative.

The rapid testing is available to anyone who lives or works in Central Bedfordshire who are unable to work from home and are in a customer facing role.

Staying warm and well in cold temperatures

With below freezing temperatures expected for much of this week, Public Health England has issued a cold weather alert until Friday.

Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems. During this cold snap, check in on frail or older relatives or neighbours; make a call or a socially distanced doorstep visit if they live close by.

‘Nearly 9,000 health and social care staff yet to have their covid jabs’ in Beds, Luton and MK region

Some 8,900 health and social care staff across the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) region are set to receive letters urging them to take their COVID vaccines, a meeting heard.

And the BLMK partnership board, which brings together council and health service leaders, was also told that people in most vulnerable cohorts 1-4 could also be written to within days to overcome stubborn levels of “vaccine hesitancy”.

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