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Mandatory Covid jabs for care home staff as same approach considered for NHS | Evening Standard

Mandatory Covid jabs for care home staff as same approach considered for NHS | Evening Standard | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Care home staff will be required to have coronavirus vaccinations “to protect residents” and making jabs compulsory for people in the NHS is also being considered.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the move on care homes in England despite the strong concerns expressed by sector leaders around the impact it could have on already-stretched staffing levels.

He told Parliament that “after careful consultation we’ve decided to take this proposal forward to protect residents”.


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Man's five-stone transformation thanks to the NHS

Man's five-stone transformation thanks to the NHS | nhswatch | Scoop.it

A man has lost over five stones thanks to an NHS-endorsed weight loss plan.

Peter Little, 63, of Carlisle, dropped four clothes sizes and reduced his waist measurements from 52in to 40in after signing up to the NHS Healthier You National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Peter, who suffered from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, started on the online WW plan at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic after tipping the scales at 21st and nine-and-a-half pounds.


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‘Menopause revolution’: England must make hormone replacement therapy free of NHS charges, MPs say

‘Menopause revolution’: England must make hormone replacement therapy free of NHS charges, MPs say | nhswatch | Scoop.it

England must “follow the lead” of Scotland and Wales and make Hormone Replacement Therapy exempt from NHS prescription charges, MPs have warned.

The majority of the 3.4 million women between 50 and 64 in the UK will be experiencing symptoms of the menopause – with these ranging from heart palpitations to hot flushes, vaginal pain, anxiety and depression.


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‘Undervalued’ nurses depart, leaving NHS with staffing shortage | Financial Times

‘Undervalued’ nurses depart, leaving NHS with staffing shortage | Financial Times | nhswatch | Scoop.it

For a quarter of a century, Maggy devoted herself to her work as a district nurse in Lancashire, forging close bonds with the people she cared for in the northern English county.

But last month she took early retirement, concerned that she and her colleagues were expected to see ever greater numbers of patients each day, an approach she believed was incompatible with good care. “I love the job dearly and miss it but there are so many pressures on us now and we cannot give the care to our patients that we should be giving them,” she said.


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Long Covid clinics for children offered by NHS England

Long Covid clinics for children offered by NHS England | nhswatch | Scoop.it

NHS England is launching Long Covid services for children and young people.

While children are less likely to suffer the severe effects of Covid-19, some have suffered long-term after effects.

Now the health service in England has announced that it is to launch 15 paediatric hubs around the UK to help families and GPs.

The hubs will draw together experts on common symptoms such as respiratory problems and fatigue who can directly treat youngsters, advise family doctors or others caring for them or refer them into other specialist services and clinics, the NHS in England said.


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NHS setting up network of pelvic health clinics

NHS setting up network of pelvic health clinics | nhswatch | Scoop.it

NHS England is rolling out a network of pelvic health clinics to help pregnant women and new mothers receive support to prevent and treat incontinence and other pelvic floor issues.

The clinics will be initially rolled out in 14 areas of the country, with up to 175,000 women set to benefit from the additional support every year, NHS England has said.

The intention is the clinics will bring together midwives, specialist doctors and specialist physiotherapists under one roof. Women receiving maternity care in the pilot sites will be able to access the clinics throughout their pregnancy, which will include providing exercises to help prevent problems from developing in the first place.


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What’s happening with your NHS data?

What’s happening with your NHS data? | nhswatch | Scoop.it

We’ve been asked by readers about a forthcoming change in the way the NHS in England shares patient data, the various opt-outs available to the public and whether the data is really being sold.
What is changing?

From July 2021, NHS Digital will start collecting patient data from GP medical records in England about any living patient, including children, and any data about patients who died after the collection started.


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New website to help patients and NHS staff to see hospital waiting times at a glance

New website to help patients and NHS staff to see hospital waiting times at a glance | nhswatch | Scoop.it

A group of patient activists has set up a new website using official NHS data to allow patients to check the waiting times for treatments at their local hospital.

The new waiting times tool is thought to be the first automated and regularly updated website that shows hospital performance against key waiting time targets, by medical specialty such as cardiology or orthopaedics.

The service, developed by volunteers from the not-for-profit Patient Experience Library, not only shows patients how many people are waiting to be treated overall but also shows data on the median waiting time as well as how well the hospital is performing against targets over time.


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Exclusive: Hampshire benefitting from more than 500 new NHS doctors and nurses

Exclusive: Hampshire benefitting from more than 500 new NHS doctors and nurses | nhswatch | Scoop.it

HAMPSHIRE is benefitting from more than 500 new nurses and doctors, the Daily Echo can reveal.

Exclusive data published by the Department of Health and Social Care has shown that hospitals in the Echo patch have had a record number of NHS doctors and nurses working in the area.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust have collectively benefitted from an increase of 545 doctors and nurses.


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NHS Lothian and Lanarkshire vaccine roll-out supported by British Army

NHS Lothian and Lanarkshire vaccine roll-out supported by British Army | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The Army is being drafted in to help with Scotland’s vaccination roll-out this week.

More than 60 members of the armed forces will be deployed to NHS Lothian and NHS Lanarkshire as part of ‘Operation Rescript’ for up to five weeks.

It is part of the UK Government’s response to ‘variants of concern’ spreading throughout the country.

It is hoped that the additional support could help scale up the number of vaccines being administered in the areas.


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Many clinics are running at Ludlow Hospital for patients as NHS seeks to catch up

Many clinics are running at Ludlow Hospital for patients as NHS seeks to catch up | nhswatch | Scoop.it

A year ago the hospital was being used to help to treat some patients with Covid-19.

Now with the pressure on the health service from the virus falling there is a return to something like service as normal.

But these are very challenging times for the NHS with the on-going roll out of the vaccination programme, the possibility of a further surge in coronavirus cases and the need to catch up on treatments that have been delayed because of the pandemic.


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If India variant starts a third wave, England’s Covid rules may have to stay | Coronavirus | The Guardian

If India variant starts a third wave, England’s Covid rules may have to stay | Coronavirus | The Guardian | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Heralded as “freedom day”, 21 June has been a date circled in the diary by businesses, families and communities alike – a moment when coronavirus restrictions in England are expected to finally end, hopefully in a blaze of summer sunshine.

But new data has revealed that the variant of concern first detected in India, known as B.1.617.2, has continued to spread across England, with samples containing the variant now found from Cornwall to Canterbury, Bury to Bromley.


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Baby boy is first to receive £1.8m treatment for spinal muscular atrophy on NHS | Health | The Guardian

Baby boy is first to receive £1.8m treatment for spinal muscular atrophy on NHS | Health | The Guardian | nhswatch | Scoop.it

A five-month-old baby has become the first patient in England treated with a potentially life-saving drug on the NHS that can prolong the lives of children with spinal muscular atrophy.

Arthur Morgan, who was diagnosed with the condition earlier this month, received the one-off gene therapy at Evelina London children’s hospital on 25 May.


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How YOU can access ALL your NHS data and GP record online

How YOU can access ALL your NHS data and GP record online | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Trying to chase up your medical records can be a pain, but the NHS has now launched a new way to access all of your GP records and NHS data online.


This may become increasingly important if Brits need to show proof of vaccination in the future.

The NHS App online allows patients in England to access medical services on your desktop, laptop or computer, through your web browser.


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NHS Digital launches its Terminology Server to help boost data sharing

NHS Digital launches its Terminology Server to help boost data sharing | nhswatch | Scoop.it

A solution which has been designed to allow healthcare IT systems to speak the same language is now live.

NHS Digital’s Terminology Server, which is FHIR conformant, transforms the way in which data is captured, shared and analysed across the health and care system.

At the heart of the solution is the ability to translate items into a common ‘language of health’ when professionals describe something using different terms. For example, a symptom could be described as “back-ache” or equally referred to as “lower lumbar pain”.


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Artificial pancreas will be piloted in 1,000 diabetics, says NHS CEO -

Artificial pancreas will be piloted in 1,000 diabetics, says NHS CEO - | nhswatch | Scoop.it

NHS England will provide artificial pancreas devices to 1,000 type 1 diabetes patients as part of a pilot study of the technology, according to chief executive Sir Simon Stevens.

The diabetics will be offered the closed-loop systems, which continually monitor glucose levels in the blood and uses the data to automatically adjust the dose of insulin delivered by an externally worn pump, at around 25 specialist centres across England.

The approach means that the pump can vary insulin delivery if blood glucose starts to go too low or too high, such as after vigorous exercise or during sleep.


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NHS data-sharing plan to affect 800,000+ Bracknell hospital patients

NHS data-sharing plan to affect 800,000+ Bracknell hospital patients | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Hundreds of thousands of GP patients in Frimley have just over two months to opt out of a controversial data-sharing system after its launch date was delayed.

A new scheme which would allow an NHS system to extract patient data from GP surgeries in England was due to start in July, but has been pushed back to September amid concerns around privacy.

NHS Digital figures show there were 804,622 patients on GP registers in the NHS Frimley CCG area as of June 1.


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NHS Dorset CCG urged public to stay out of sun during afternoon

NHS Dorset CCG urged public to stay out of sun during afternoon | nhswatch | Scoop.it

RESIDENTS are being urged to stay out of direct sunlight for certain times of the day.

It comes as the county swelters, and after Dorset has just had its hottest weekend of the year so far.

The NHS is asking the public to check ultraviolet (UV) levels before they leave the home due to health risks the sun can have.

A spokesman from NHS Dorset CCG, said: "The best thing to do in the hot weather is stay out of the direct sun - especially between 11am and 3pm as ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest during these hours.


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Labour asks NHS and Matt Hancock to pause plans for sharing patient data | NHS | The Guardian

Labour asks NHS and Matt Hancock to pause plans for sharing patient data | NHS | The Guardian | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Labour has urged the NHS and Matt Hancock to pause their plan to share medical records from GPs to allow time for greater consultation on how the idea would work, saying that maintaining patients’ trust must be paramount.

In a letter to the head of NHS Digital and the health secretary, the shadow public health minister, Alex Norris, said Labour backed the principle of improved data collaboration but shared the concerns of some doctors’ groups.

The Royal College of General Practitioners warned NHS Digital a week ago that plans to pool medical pseudonymised records on to a database and share them with academic and commercial third parties risked affecting the doctor-patient relationship.


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Former Test and Trace boss Dido Harding considering bid to lead NHS England

Former Test and Trace boss Dido Harding considering bid to lead NHS England | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Baroness Dido Harding, the former head of the maligned Test and Trace programme, is weighing up a bid to lead NHS England, according to reports.

The Tory peer, who handed over control of the Covid-19 testing system in April after a bruising 12 months in charge, has sounded out health leaders over the prospect of succeeding Sir Simon Stevens as chief executive of the NHS.

According to The Sunday Times, allies of Baroness Harding said she is considering throwing her hat in the ring to take on the job. According to The Sunday Times, allies of Baroness Harding said she is considering throwing her hat in the ring to take on the job.


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NHS hit by legal threat over GP data ‘grab’ | Financial Times

NHS hit by legal threat over GP data ‘grab’ | Financial Times | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The UK government is being threatened with legal action if it does not pause plans to collate the full medical histories of 55m patients in England into a single database from July 1.

In a pre-action letter sent on Friday on behalf of five organisations and Conservative MP David Davis, the campaigners warned that “rushing this major change through with no transparency or debate violates patient trust, and that doing so without patient consent is unlawful”.


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Glasgow schoolgirl inspired by NHS nurse hero auntie working on covid frontline - Glasgow Live

Glasgow schoolgirl inspired by NHS nurse hero auntie working on covid frontline - Glasgow Live | nhswatch | Scoop.it

A schoolgirl has told how proud she is of her NHS hero auntie who lived in a hotel while working on the frontline during the covid pandemic.

Five-year-old Milly Beautyman wrote a letter telling classmates she has to “share” her auntie Laura Matthews with people she’s helping to make better.

The primary one pupil from Glasgow told how she wants to follow in Laura’s footsteps by becoming a nurse too, the Daily Record reports.

Proud mum Gillian Matthews, 25, shared a letter Millie had written to take to her Shettleston school during careers week recently.


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NHS approved weight-loss plan helps Cumbria woman avoid diabetes

NHS approved weight-loss plan helps Cumbria woman avoid diabetes | nhswatch | Scoop.it

A WEIGHT loss plan endorsed by the NHS has helped a 74-year-old woman beat her family history of diabetes.

Janeanne Gilfillan, from North Cumbria, dropped five dress sizes and reduced her BMI by 14.5 after signing up to the NHS Healthier You National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP).

She started on the online WW (formerly Weight Watchers) plan in October, 2020 after tipping the scales at 15 stone 3.5 lbs.

Her brother had previously been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.


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Petition launched to help NHS staff hit with £10 fee to park at work

Petition launched to help NHS staff hit with £10 fee to park at work | nhswatch | Scoop.it

NHS staff at a Kent hospital who have been working tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic have been asked to pay up to £10 per day to park on-site.

Darent Valley Hospital previously made parking free for staff during the early waves of the pandemic, but withdrew it for 1,600 workers without free permits.

They will have to pay the same rates to park as patients, which amount to £1.50 for an hour in the carpark, £8 for up to six hours and £10 for 24 hours.


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Your NHS records will be shared unless you opt-out this month

Your NHS records will be shared unless you opt-out this month | nhswatch | Scoop.it

You have until June 23, 2021 to opt-out of your NHS data being shared with researchers and companies outside of the national health service.


Privacy campaigners have raised serious concerns about plans from NHS Digital, which will see the medical histories of more than 55 million patients in England imported into a new database, including mental and sexual health data, criminal records, and more sensitive information.


Not included in the database will be patient's full addresses, any images or videos from consultations, or legally restricted data such as IVF treatment or gender reassignment.


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