Patient groups welcome additional NHS support to cover cost of hospital travel

1 day 22 hours ago
Every patient who needs kidney dialysis will benefit from free transport to and from vital hospital appointments, the NHS in England announced today. New rules will also come into place to make it simpler for other patients to get free transport, including those with long term conditions and mobility problems. After a full public consultation […]
jboshell

NHS circus site urges ‘roll up, roll up and get jabbed’

3 days 22 hours ago
The country’s top GP has urged people to “roll up, roll up” their sleeves and come forward for a COVID jab this weekend, as a circus joins the long list of sites to take part in the NHS COVID vaccination programme. Festivals, beachfronts and football stadiums will transform into vaccination centres as NHS staff and […]
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Chief midwife urges pregnant women to get NHS COVID jab

4 days 22 hours ago
England’s top midwife is urging expectant mums to get the COVID-19 vaccine after new data shows the overwhelming majority of pregnant women hospitalised with the virus have not had a jab. The new figures, released today, also reveal that no pregnant women with both doses of the vaccine had been admitted to hospital. Since May, […]
jboshell

Theme park joins NHS COVID vaccine drive

5 days 22 hours ago
Thorpe Park Resort will today (Thursday) join the roll-call of iconic locations to take part in the NHS COVID vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history and fastest in the world. Theme park staff and visitors will be able to get the life-saving jab by dropping into the pop-up clinic – the home of […]
jboshell

Amanda Pritchard appointed NHS Chief Executive

6 days 4 hours ago
Amanda Pritchard has today been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of NHS England. Pritchard will be the first woman in the health service’s history to hold the post, which she will take up on Sunday August 1. As NHS chief executive, she will be responsible for an annual budget of more than £130 […]
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Vaccine rallying cry to young people as England’s NHS hits 70 million COVID jabs

1 week 2 days ago
The NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme England has hit another major milestone by delivering 70 million doses of the life-saving COVID jab. Since offering the first dose anywhere in the world outside of clinical trials in December, the health service has averaged almost 10 million doses given each month. The largest vaccination programme in NHS history […]
rwood

Heat-health watch alert: level 1 – summer preparedness

1 week 4 days ago
Issued at 8:45am on Friday 23 July 2021 Temperatures are not expected to reach heatwave threshold values until further notice. Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients. Find out more about how to cope in hot weather. More details about the weather alert is available on the MET Office website.
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NHS England proposes new mental health access standards

1 week 5 days ago
The NHS is set to take another major step towards improving patient access to mental health services with the introduction of five new waiting time guarantees, under plans set out today. The proposals could ensure that patients requiring urgent care will be seen by community mental health crisis teams within 24 hours of referral, with […]
rwood

NHS England announces new Innovative Medicines Fund to fast-track promising new drugs

1 week 6 days ago
NHS patients are set to benefit from early access to potentially life-saving new medicines, including cutting-edge gene therapies, thanks to a new Innovative Medicines Fund and £680 million of ringfenced funding, the NHS chief executive has announced today. The Innovative Medicines Fund (IMF) will build upon the success of the reformed Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF), […]
psansom

Heat-health watch alert: level 3 – heatwave action

2 weeks ago
Issued at 8:04am on Tuesday 20 July 2021 There is a 90% probability of heat-health alert criteria being met between 6am on Tuesday and 9am on Friday in parts of England. Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients. Find out more about how to cope in hot weather. More details about the […]
rwootton

NHS workforce more diverse than any point in its history, as health service commits to more action on representation

2 weeks ago
A first of its kind report looking into race equality among England’s doctors has found that the number from black and ethnic minority backgrounds working for the NHS is the highest on record. New data published as part of the inaugural Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard (MWRES) commissioned by NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens shows […]
rwootton

Heat-health watch alert: level 3 – heatwave action

2 weeks 1 day ago
Issued at 3:59pm on Monday 19 July 2021. There is a 90% probability of heat-health alert criteria being met between 4pm on Monday and 9am on Thursday in parts of England. Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients. Find out more about how to cope in hot weather. More details about the […]
rwootton

Heat-health watch alert: level 3 – heatwave action

2 weeks 1 day ago
Issued at 9:09am on Monday 19 July 2021 There is a 90% probability of heat-health alert criteria being met between midnight on Tuesday and 9am on Thursday in parts of England. Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients. Find out more about how to cope in hot weather. More details about the […]
rwootton

Heat-health watch alert: level 2 – alert and readiness

2 weeks 4 days ago
Issued at 7:59am on Friday 16 July 2021  There is a 70 % probability of heat-health alert criteria being met between midnight on Saturday and midnight on Tuesday in parts of England. Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients. Find out more about how to cope in hot weather. More details about […]
rwootton

NHS ‘grab a jab’ weekend in final drive to get the country protected

2 weeks 4 days ago
People can ‘grab-a-jab’ when they pop into Primark or while sunbathing in the park as the NHS vaccination programme seeks to maximise protection before COVID restrictions are lifted. With hot weather forecast for the weekend pop-up clinics will be running in all Commons across South West London, Greenwich parks in London and Liverpool’s Sefton Park. […]
psansom

NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

2 weeks 5 days ago
England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules. Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in […]
rwood

Heat-health watch alert: level 2 – alert and readiness

2 weeks 5 days ago
Issued at 7:59am on Thursday 15 July 2021  There is a 60% probability of heat-health alert criteria being met between midnight on Sunday and midnight on Tuesday in parts of England. Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients. Find out more about how to cope in hot weather. More details about the […]
rwootton

NHS text message drive to encourage millions to bring forward second vaccine

2 weeks 5 days ago
Hundreds of thousands of text messages will be sent by the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination programme this week reminding people to bring forward their second dose appointment. Around 650,000 texts will be sent encouraging people to get their second jab eight weeks after their first, in line with updated guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination […]
rwootton

NHS investment boost to ambulance staff numbers ahead of winter

2 weeks 6 days ago
Ambulance trusts in England will be given an extra £55 million to boost staff numbers ahead of winter, the NHS announced today. The funding will help the services to recruit more 999 call handlers, crews and clinicians to work in control rooms. It will also cover the recruitment and retention of liaison officers who manage […]
rwootton

Inappropriate anticoagulation of patients with a mechanical heart valve

2 weeks 6 days ago
A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued on the risk of inappropriate anticoagulation of patients with a mechanical heart valve. National Patient Safety Alert – Inappropriate anticoagulation of patients with a mechanical heart valve About this alert All patients with prosthetic mechanical heart valves require life-long oral anticoagulation with a vitamin K antagonist (VKA), […]
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