Health news

Health news

Here we share interesting stories and news from across the health and social care sectors.

Annual cost of diabetes hits £800m; prescriptions soar 66%

Annual cost of diabetes hits £800m; prescriptions soar 66%

August 26 2014

Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that the number of prescriptions for diabetes has rocketed by two thirds in less than 10 years.

NHS England publishes update to urgent and emergency care review

NHS England publishes update to urgent and emergency care review

August 22 2014

NHS England has this week published an update to Sir Bruce Keogh’s urgent and emergency care review, which involves clinicians, patients and healthcare providers working together to develop and deliver a new vision for urgent and emergency care services.

Care UK doctor urges people with repeat prescriptions to check they have sufficient medication for the bank holiday weekend

Care UK doctor urges people with repeat prescriptions to check they have sufficient medication for the bank holiday weekend

August 20 2014

Patients who have repeat prescriptions are being urged to ensure they have sufficient medication to see them over the August bank holiday weekend.

Call for more funds after GP survey reveals concerns about overstretched mental health services

Call for more funds after GP survey reveals concerns about overstretched mental health services

August 19 2014

A recent survey of 500 GPs has revealed serious concerns about mental health services being overstretched.

Charity calls for improved access to dementia information and support

Charity calls for improved access to dementia information and support

August 8 2014

The Alzheimer’s Society is calling for more support to be available to people diagnosed with dementia after a survey of nearly 400 individuals revealed that 90 per cent of respondents felt unsupported after their diagnosis.

Expert tips for good eye health

Expert tips for good eye health

July 31 2014

Looking after our eyes is a vital but often overlooked part of our health. Follow these simple tips from a Care UK ophthalmology expert to make sure your eyesight stays safe.

Help fight childhood obesity

Help fight childhood obesity

July 29 2014

With the long summer holiday stretching ahead of us, perhaps now is a good time to think about your child’s weight and lifestyle.

Did you start smoking as a youngster?

Did you start smoking as a youngster?

July 25 2014

The news this week that fewer young people are starting smoking has got to be welcomed. According to research from the Health and Social Care Information Centre between 2003 and 2013, regular smoking fell from 9% to 3% among 11 to 15 year-olds.

Companionship – an important weapon in the war on loneliness

Companionship – an important weapon in the war on loneliness

July 24 2014

A thought provoking quote from mental health charity Mind: “Loneliness is not feeling part of the world – you might be surrounded by loads of people but you are still lonely.”

How to ensure tackling fun runs, charity events and competitive races don’t take a toll on your health

How to ensure tackling fun runs, charity events and competitive races don’t take a toll on your health

July 21 2014

There are many races for people who enjoy running to participate in. Liz Jones, head of nursing and clinical services at a Care UK treatment centre, looks at how to make sure you have a good race that doesn’t take a toll on your health.

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