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In the news: healthcare services cut; pharmacy cuts; Zika vaccine; condom guidelines

In the news: healthcare services cut; pharmacy cuts; Zika vaccine; condom guidel

As part of the daily round up, Primary Care Today looks at the leading healthcare stories in today's news

Posted: 5 August 2016

Vision for Maldon's new community hospital outlined

The vision for Maldon’s new community hospital has been outlined by healthcare leaders.

St Peter’s Hospital, in Spital Road, is set to be replaced or overhauled, but progress on deciding a new location for the service has been slow.

Maldon District Council had previously admitted the plans were behind schedule and has been working with the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to move forward.

Last month, council leader Miriam Lewis pledged to “not give up” and seek commitment on the plans from the CCG.

Maldon Standard

St Helens CCG to cut healthcare services in face of funding crisis

Fears over the deteriorating financial health of the NHS in St Helens have emerged as a body tasked with funding care set out plans to suspend some services.

St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group is facing a multi-million pound deficit and has come under fire after being branded "inadequate" in its year-end CCG Assurance Annual assessment by NHS England.

The CCG was rated inadequate for its finances and planning. Meanwhile, leadership was found to require improvement while delegated functions and performance were labelled as "good".

St Helens Star

NHS Highland create award winning app for patients

Patients can now directly message their care team and receive information about their disease through a new app which can be used to record daily symptoms, which are then displayed on the NHS Highland intranet and viewed by staff.

Funds raised by the local Crohn’s and Colitis UK Group will be used to create video infographics which will be shared with patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) via their smart devices.

Subsequently, the clinical team can now take down the details of telephone and video consultations in real-time and this will then go straight into the hospital and primary care electronic records. This development means patients still get all the advice they need without going into hospital.

Health IT Central

Michael Dugher: Cutting local pharmacies would be a very bitter pill

Much of the focus on Theresa May’s first reshuffle as Prime Minister was understandably on her new Cabinet. We watched as the high political drama unfolded, with the sacking of George Osborne, the promotion of Boris Johnson to Foreign Secretary (Minister for Diplomacy?) and other top-level changes.

But further down the ministerial food chain, there was another significant move.

But further down the ministerial food chain, there was another significant move. Namely we now have a new Minister at the Department of Health, with responsibility for community pharmacies. Out goes Alistair Burt. Enter David Mowat.

It’s fair to say that David Mowat, MP for Warrington South, is not exactly a household name in Yorkshire. Without being too unkind, he’s probably not a household name in his own household. The same might be said for me.

Yorkshire Post

Zika vaccines show early promise

Three different ways of designing a vaccine have been shown to be completely protective against the Zika virus.

Scientists found all three offered protection in tests on rhesus monkeys.

Zika has been deemed a public health emergency, because it can cause serious birth defects.

Teams around the world are working to design a vaccine that can be given to people, but it is likely to be years before any is ready for widespread use.


Councils should give free condoms to children from the age of 13, Nice says

All councils have been told to provide free condoms to children as young as 13, in advice from health watchdogs.

The draft guidance from that National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says condoms should be made far more widely available, with free supplies for groups at “high risk” of sexually transmitted infections.

The watchdog said all councils should offer free supplies to those aged between 13 and 25, using schemes which allow teens to look up the nearest provider on their phone.


Pollution may shorten lung cancer patients' lives, research shows

Air pollution may shorten the life of people who are suffering from lung cancer, researchers have found.

The findings, which add to growing evidence about the health impact of airborne toxins, show that those diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer are most at risk of an early death. That applies in particular to people with adenocarcinoma, the commonest form on non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for 80% of cases of the disease.

The findings come from US medical research that examined the health outcomes until late 2011 of 352,000 people in California who were diagnosed with lung cancer between 1988 and 2009.

The Guardian