West Berkshire parents encouraged to make sure children have measles vaccination

Posted September 23, 2013

England is urging parents and carers to make sure that children have received the MMR vaccination, West Berkshire Council advises. This is following a rise in measles cases at the beginning of the autumn term. The vaccination, which is available at GP surgeries, innoculates against measles, mumps and rubella. West Berkshire Council’s Head of Public […]

NHS England publish final three consultant speciality outcome data

Posted September 18, 2013

The remaining three of ten specialist surgical societies have published outcomes data for individual hospital consultants. This ‘pilot’ project is now completed. It is part of NHS England’s increased openness and care for patients. There is information on upper gastrointestinal cancer surgery and head and neck cancer surgeries. Information on bowel cancer surgery is to […]

Students away from home reminded to manage allergies


In the next few weeks thousands of young people will be starting university – and many of those will be embarking on a new life away from home. This affects students like Helen, 21, who has a severe allergy to hazelnuts. She said it seems reckless to me not to take one’s Epipen with them […]

Newborn hearing screening news


The NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme checks newborn babies for the risk of developing permanent childhood hearing loss. It has screened more than 115,000 babies in Berkshire since it began. It is the programme’s 10th anniversary this month (September). Over the past 10 years 223 babies with a permanent hearing loss have been helped. Discovering […]

Team GB’s Thatcham wheelchair basketball player


A Wheelchair basketball-playing teenager from Thatcham with cerebral palsy was in Team GB in the UK’s first National Paralympic Day games. Michaela, who attends sixth form at Kennet School, was a member of the GB squad that competed at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. This was in celebration of the UK’s inaugural National Paralympic […]

NHS England response to Monitor’s Fair Playing Field Review recommendations

Posted September 12, 2013

The Secretary of State asked Monitor in 2012 to do an independent review about the concern in which certain matters could prevent several NHS providers to fully improve patient care. NHS England worked alongside Monitor and in March 2013 their findings were published with recommendations to the government and the health system. NHS England were […]

Shingles Vaccine Eligibility Change


Shingles Vaccine eligibility has been changed this year due to the limited supply of the vaccine. Patients who reach their 70th or 79th birthday AFTER 1st September 2013 will now not be eligible for the vaccine this year, but will be next year. This means all people aged 70 or 79 on 1 September 2013 […]

CQC Inspection Reports for week ending 13 September 2013


[social] The CQC have issued the following inspection reports this week for the West Berkshire area. For information about the reports, click on the links below. Provider Link Duncan House www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-111256387 Allied Healthcare – Newbury www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-121985055 Allied Healthcare – Alice Bye Court www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-440859327   Have your say To tell us about your experiences with any […]

NHS England call to action: Have your say on the future of the NHS

Posted September 11, 2013

NHS England have launched “The NHS belongs to the people: a call to action” asking patients, the public and staff to join in a discussion about the future of the NHS. It sets out the issues currently facing the NHS as well as identifying future challenges and the impact on funding of doing nothing. Download […]

BBC Survey finds A&E departments understaffed by nearly 10%


A survey has stated that England’s accident and emergency departments are understaffed on average by nearly 10%. The average English A&E had 9.7% of its posts vacant in August 2013. 101 out of 166 hospital trusts responded to a BBC 5 live Freedom of Information request had 1,260 vacant posts. It appears worst in London, […]