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Cold weather alert: Level 1 – winter preparedness and action Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:36:13 GMT
Issued at 9.01am on Monday 29 November 2021 Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed Cold Weather Alert threshold criteria in any region from 3pm on 29 November 2021 until further notice.  More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office website.

Total NHS COVID vaccines top 96 million, amid concern over new variant Sun, 28 Nov 2021 18:00:58 GMT
Total vaccinations have hit the 96 million mark as the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme continues its drive to protect the most vulnerable ahead of Christmas. After cases of the new COVID variant, Omicron, have been identified in England, the NHS’s top doctor today urged those in newly eligible groups to come forward as soon as […]

Third COVID jabs available to book online for people who are severely immunosuppressed Fri, 26 Nov 2021 14:09:31 GMT
People who are severely immunosuppressed can book their third COVID jab online from today, as the NHS national booking system opens up to more people. In line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance, those who are classed as severely immunosuppressed as a result of treatment, for conditions such as cancer or for […]

Cold weather alert: Level 3 – cold weather action Fri, 26 Nov 2021 09:07:50 GMT
Issued at 8.56am on Friday 26 November 2021 There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather between 6pm on Friday 26 November and 3pm on Monday 29 November in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Find out more about staying well this […]

Record high patient numbers completing NHS treatment for common mental illness Thu, 25 Nov 2021 18:13:21 GMT
More people got a full course of NHS talking therapy treatment last year than ever before, despite the pressure on services from the pandemic, according to new figures published today. A record 634,649 people completed the NHS Talking Therapy programme in 2020/21, up around 5% on the 606,192 in the year before as many people […]

More people with diabetes set to benefit from blood sugar monitors as NHS roll-out succeeds Thu, 25 Nov 2021 00:01:03 GMT
Half of NHS Type 1 diabetes patients in England are now benefiting from the use of “life-changing” flash monitors that allow them to check their glucose levels more easily and regularly, paving the way for more people to benefit. Health service chief executive Amanda Pritchard, patient groups and senior clinicians have welcomed the milestone, showing […]

Top up jab bookings to open up for more than one million people Sun, 21 Nov 2021 00:01:37 GMT
More than one million people will be eligible to book their life-saving jab top-up from tomorrow, as the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination programme continues to boost people’s protection ahead of winter. From 7am tomorrow (Monday 22 November), people aged 40 to 49 will be able to book their booster vaccine, and 16 and 17-year-olds their second […]

NHS deal on spinal muscular atrophy at home treatment Fri, 19 Nov 2021 00:01:16 GMT
A life-changing drug that can improve mobility in children and adults with a rare genetic condition will be available on the NHS following a new commercial deal, chief executive Amanda Pritchard announced today. Risdiplam will be used to treat hundreds of patients a year with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a rare and often fatal genetic […]

Thousands spared strokes thanks to new NHS drug agreements Tue, 16 Nov 2021 16:15:49 GMT
More than 20,000 strokes and 5,000 deaths could be averted after NHS England struck new agreements to expand life-saving blood thinning drugs, chief executive Amanda Pritchard announced today. The NHS will now dramatically scale up the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) with as many as 610,000 more patients set to benefit over the next […]

NHS to open first specialist clinics for severely obese children Tue, 16 Nov 2021 00:01:36 GMT
Severely obese children and young people will receive intensive support in the coming months thanks to a pilot of 15 new specialist clinics set up by the NHS in England. One thousand children a year, who are aged between two and 18 and experiencing health complications related to severe obesity, will be supported to lose […]