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What is the single best thing we can do for our health?


My wife Beth and I enjoyed a walk around West Wycombe and Downley with the Ramblers this morning. In the course of it, Beth (a GP) mentioned the video 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? It’s an astonishing fact that we have become so sedentary that it is thought proper we should be taxed in order to fund public health measures as simple as this: Walking is a fantastic way to […]

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Wycombe Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Service Shortlisted for Award


Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s new cardiac rehabilitation service, based at Wycombe Hospital, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal award. The cardiac rehabilitation programme, a collaboration with Janssen Healthcare Innovation, uses a combination of exercise and education to support patients in making changes to their lifestyles. Patients who have suffered from a heart attack or heart-related condition are enrolled onto the programme direct from the ward by one of the cardiac rehabilitation nurses. Since its launch in October […]

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A&E – a journey to Wexham Park Hospital


About nine years ago, Wycombe Hospital lost A&E. People tell me to get it back and I would love to.  As a democratically-elected representative, I would have already returned A&E to Wycombe if it were as simple as having the intent and making the demand. Unfortunately, Wycombe is one of over 20 hospitals across the country which serve populations large enough to have had an A&E in the past but too small to retain one given changes to medical practice. […]

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Communities crucial to better health and wellbeing


A new report from Buckinghamshire’s Director of Public health highlights the impact that the local community has on health and wellbeing. There are some key themes to the ways in which the local community plays an important role in health and wellbeing: Social networks – knowing people locally prevents loneliness and isolation, and is good for physical health and mental wellbeing. Centres for social activity include community centres, local shops and places of worship Support – local groups can often […]

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Bucks Healthcare announces £5 million investment in frontline nursing staff


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Via Bucks Healthcare: Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has announced a £5 million investment to create an additional 150 nursing posts across the Trust. Part of the investment will enable senior staff to spend more time supporting and developing nursing practice. This investment package will fund these additional posts on an ongoing basis, ensuring that the Trust relies less heavily on agency staff and more staff can be recruited on a permanent basis. Already, 70 nurses have been recruited and a […]

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Smoking kills


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Today, the Commons will vote on whether to disagree with the Lords in their amendment to ban smoking in private vehicles in the presence of children. Anyone who can read knows that smoking kills. And I know, for it killed my stepfather and an uncle. Why anyone does it despite the clear warnings and often lurid images on the packets is a mystery not explained by appeal to the addictive qualities of nicotine. People who wish to live long and […]

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How are we doing with urgent healthcare in Bucks? – Buckinghamshire County Council


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Via Buckinghamshire County Council, news of an important inquiry and a story to which we will return: How are we doing with urgent healthcare in Bucks? A council select committee working group is set to investigate the state of urgent healthcare in Bucks, and it’s asking the public to come forward with questions for the committee to put to the NHS managers who commission the services. Buckinghamshire County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee (HASC) has the responsibility of […]

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Mortality rate for Hospitals in Buckinghamshire improving


The recent publication of the Dr Foster Good Hospital Guide 2013 showed that the mortality rate for hospitals in Buckinghamshire has continued to improve over the last year. The Hospital Standardised Mortality Rate is now in the ‘as expected range’ for the first time in recent years. The Guide looks at a number of different indicators to build up a picture of the quality and safety of a hospital’s services. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has improved in a number of […]

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A Guided Tour of the New NHS


This week saw the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Health Group’s latest publication: A Guided Tour of the New NHS. From the preface: The Health and Social Care Act introduced a localised clinician-led commissioning structure, a greater role for local authorities in public health and Health and Wellbeing Boards, and the creation of various new national bodies. Yet there remain serious challenges which the system and its new leaders must grapple with: a tight financial environment; pressure from growing demand; a […]

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A Call to Action by the NHS: 21 Nov at 6.30pm at Hamilton School


Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting Thursday, 21st November at 6.30pm at Hamilton School, Hampden Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6SX The NHS is built on the concept of quality care for patients, free at the point of use, paid for through taxation. Medical advances and increased patient numbers now mean these principles are under increasing pressure. Although the Government has increased NHS funding by 1% a year patients, quite rightly, also have rising expectations. This is why NHS England is […]

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