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Doctor / GP / medical
Rectal cancer ranks fourth among all first-time malignancies worldwide, after breast, prostate, and lung cancer, averaging about 12% of all cases, with a dramatic increase predominantly...
NHS
A planned overhaul of mental health services in Bedfordshire remains on track if a complex finance arrangement is in place to proceed with the £70m investment. Under the proposals, a £60m...
The Covid-19 booster programme has started and is being delivered through some GP practices, pharmacies and large vaccination centres by appointment only, a meeting heard. Dan Ibeziako, from...
coronavirus testing
There has been a rapid increase in Bedford Borough’s overall Covid case rate over the last two weeks, a meeting heard. Ian Brown, chief officer for public health, told yesterday’s (30 September...
Secondary school
The Covid infection rate for secondary school-age children in Bedford has doubled since they first returned to school. And the number of positive case notifications is more than four...
Every comment submitted to a consultation on realigning medical services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) will be recorded and submitted to the decision-makers...
vaccine
Increases in Covid cases across the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) area have led to pressures on local hospitals, but efforts are being made to increase vaccination uptake...
Vaccine elderly
People aren’t aware that they have to wait six months before they can have a COVID booster jab, a meeting heard. Geraint Davies, director of performance and governance at Bedfordshire...
From 6pm today (Friday) anyone in Bedford Borough aged 16 or 17 can book their Covid-19 jab through the National Booking Service (NBS).  Almost three-quarters of a million young people...
GP doctor
One GP surgery in Bedford Borough recently received over 45,000 telephone calls in one month – well over the pre-pandemic norm of 27-29,000 calls. David Picking, head of primary care...
Fertility - disappointment
Access to fertility services is still a ‘postcode lottery’ in the combined BLMK CCG area, a meeting heard. That's what Bedford Borough Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee heard...
People should continue to exercise caution over Covid to avoid more restrictive measures being put into place as the winter looms, a meeting heard. Bedford Borough Council’s Local...