• Help our children return to swimming lessons!
    During the pandemic many sports activities have been affected, yet swimming is not just a sport, it is a life skill. Many private leisure clubs have been afforded the privilege to offer swimming lessons to children throughout the pandemic, but local council run leisure centres have not. Children have missed out on learning how to swim and how to be safe in and around water. We must place pressure on our local government to allow our children to return to the water so that they can remain safe!!!
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  • Stop our personal medical records being taken by NHS Digital
    Unless each of us opts out by 23 June 2021, our individual medical records from the time we were born or first registered with a GP practice, are to be extracted by NHS Digital (at the Government's behest) from 1 July 2021. This will include data about your symptoms, diagnoses and physical, and mental health - your private and confidential health data. These data will then be used for planning and possibly for research purposes and potentially sold for financial profit. This includes the summary of conversations you have had with your GP in the understanding that you were speaking in complete privacy. These data should be protected, not shared. I ask you to support the urgent cessation of this data extraction.
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  • Save Warrior Pharmacy
    In total, more than 16,000 patients are registered at st leonards medical centre and many use warrior pharmacy due to ease of location and due to the outstanding, knowledgeable staff. Losing the ability for the pharmacy within the medical centre to dispense NHS prescriptions from site and to deliver them to the many vunerable and elderly patients would be a travesty. Many patients travel to the medical centre pharmacy specifically due to their longstanding professional relationship with Brent the Pharmacist there of over 20years.
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  • Toothless in Suffolk - An NHS Dentist For Everyone!
    Communities across Suffolk are suffering from NHS dentist closures and the widespread lack of accessible NHS dentistry provision. Health inequality in Suffolk continues to rise. Patients are being put at considerable inconvenience and distress. The physical and mental pain suffered by those who are unable to find an NHS dentistry provider local to them, has all too often been matched by the financial hardships of being forced to 'go private' as practices are not taking on NHS patients. A Campaign Group has been put together to hear testimony and urge 'NHS England and NHS Improvement (East of England)' to reinstate local NHS dentistry provision in Suffolk. We are calling for the full restoration of NHS dentistry services in Suffolk. The NHS was founded in 1948 as a free-to-all service. We want it back! https://www.facebook.com/groups/suffolkteeth https://twitter.com/SuffolkTeeth
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  • Didcot needs a Minor Injuries Unit now
    Didcot has no walk-in urgent health care facility. Didcot’s population is currently 32,800 (official estimate) and because of the many surrounding villages, there are over 44,000 patients registered with its 3 GP surgeries. Further rapid growth in housing is planned over the next decade. The nearest MIU is 7 miles away at Abingdon; a 30-40 minute bus ride or an expensive taxi journey for anyone without a car. The journey is even more difficult for those living in one of the villages, for example, Hagbourne, Blewbury, Upton, Harwell or Moreton. There are Minor Injuries Units at Witney (pop: 30,500) which is smaller than Didcot and Henley-on-Thames (pop: 11,900) which is less than half the size of Didcot. Even little Wallingford (population: 8,250) has a First Aid Unit. Didcot deserves better!
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  • Apronectomy on NHS
    My husband had a Gastric Bypass a few years ago ,but when he was due to have the excess skin removed after loosing weight he was unable to have it done on the NHS as Apronectomy is now classed as cosmetic & became a cut back. He has COPD that is made worse with carrying the weight of the excess skin , has painful neck & shoulders ,walks with a crutch because he feels he could fall , also gets leg ulcers & could get them under the skin , he has a heart problem ,we can't have intimacy in our marriage . Because he gets breathless ,we can't go on nice walks together . Which makes me sad when I see couples out walking , and I walk with a group instead or on my own. How can the Government say this operation to remove excess stomach skin is cosmetic ,when it's medical & important for the health & wellbeing of the person concerned.
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  • Coronavirus Briefings - Scotland
    It is a LIFE and DEATH matter - a briefing by the First Minister on a serious pandemic is NOT a political matter. Offering the whole programme only online is a blatant disregard for the importance of ALL Scots having access to the latest Scottish information when the media is confusing us, constantly, with the English information.
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  • Stop babies from being born with preventable disabilities
    Medicines, such as thalidomide and valproate, have had devastating consequences for thousands of babies. But sadly babies are still being born today with preventable disabilities caused by their mothers’ epilepsy drugs during pregnancy. We are calling on the government to lead the world by making research funding for mothers and babies a priority, so that women with epilepsy can benefit from safer epilepsy drugs, free from the fear of preventable harm to their babies.
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  • Please ensure that GPs in NHS Surrey Heartlands CCG complete training in the Menopause
    Menopause affects half of all patients GPs see on a day to day basis but sadly many women do not receive the support they so desperately need. 1 out of 4 women experience debilitating symptoms that affect their quality of life, with many giving up work or reducing their hours in order to cope. 50% of menopausal women say they feel depressed and are often misdiagnosed and given antidepressants. One third of women visiting their GP are not even made aware of HRT. Many women are incorrectly denied HRT due to existing or family health concerns. Many women are fearful of asking for HRT because of the widespread belief that it causes breast cancer, thanks to the headlines from 2002 when a flawed study incorrectly stated there was a link. Despite the study being discredited, this belief has continued to this day. As a result of these misunderstandings, only 1 in 10 women choose to use HRT. My experience of menopause started around 10 years ago and I consider myself to be in the 25% of women who experience debilitating symptoms that can change lives. I have experienced a myriad of symptoms, many of which I consulted various GPs about, resulting in x rays, ultrasounds, heart monitors and antidepressants. Not once was menopause mentioned. Despite my request for HRT to help with hot flushes and night sweats, I was advised not to use it because of the increased risk of breast cancer. Two years ago my symptoms became considerably worse, so again I sought HRT, this time successfully, but my GP was unfamiliar with the up to date products I should have been prescribed and gave incorrect information. I ended up having to pay a private Menopause Specialist for correct dosages. I have since developed a chronic condition related to menopause that so far no GP has been able to help me with. The right advice early on would have made a huge difference, but sadly it wasn’t forthcoming. Instead, it has taken many expensive appointments with private specialists to try and improve my health and I am still struggling. Luckily, I can afford to pay for expertise but many women do not have this financial luxury. Instead, they continue to suffer having been refused HRT by their NHS doctor, and have nowhere else to turn for help. My struggle has lasted about 10 years so far, but how much misery could have been avoided if even one of my GPs was fully up to date on research, symptoms and treatment? Unfortunately, experiences such as mine are all too common, and something needs to change. The frustrating thing is that HRT is so beneficial and can protect women from many chronic conditions including dementia, heart disease, Alzheimers, colon cancer and osteoporosis. Surely we should be encouraging all women to think about using it to help them live longer, healthier lives? The financial savings to the state would be huge in terms of reduced health care costs. Employers would also benefit from having highly skilled women stay in their workforce instead of losing them as they struggle to cope with their symptoms. And of course the benefits to the women themselves and their families would be huge. Menopause affects everyone. On 13 May 2021 I was shocked to read that a survey of 33 university medical degrees, carried out by menopause campaigner Diane Danzebrink, revealed that 41% of the courses did not have any menopause education on the curriculum. How many medical students are therefore leaving without any knowledge of the menopause at all? Some will go on to specialise in general practice where I believe the menopause module of their training is voluntary. How many newly qualified GPs take up positions in the community, in our area, with no knowledge or training whatsoever? I find it staggering in this day and age that the needs of women are deemed so unimportant that doctors are not required to complete training on the one thing that affects all women. I’m sure if something affected the health and well being of every single man in the population that a solution would have been found long ago. We are therefore asking you to do everything in your power to improve the training given to our GPs. A woman needs to be able to go to her GP and receive up to date and accurate information about the menopause, its symptoms and how it can be managed, in order to improve the quality of her life and long term health. The Menopause Charity has just been launched and its goal is to provide up to date information to women, GPs and other health practitioners. For the next year they are giving away one free place per GP practice on an accredited professional development course called, ‘Confidence in the Menopause’. I urge you to request that all GP practices take full advantage of this offer to ensure that there is at least one menopause specialist in every practice as soon as possible, and that other GPs are required to complete the training over the course of the year. This would be an excellent step forward which would impact positively on all the women within your region and on your budgets. For more information the link is below. https://www.themenopausecharity.org/training/ Thank you so much for reading this. We hope you agree that the training of our GPs in this very important and much neglected area needs to be addressed. Cate O’Neill
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  • expand burvill surgery
    we need more clinician space
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  • Make Woodmill a Safer Route
    Too many incidents have happened on this section of Woodmill Lane; most recently a Nissan Micra crashed into the mill building causing serious damage and closing the road for an indefinite period (1). Previous major incidents have included the injury of a 64-year-old man, who was struck by a van as he was walking his dog (2) and a collision and altercation between motorists that involved the Police (3). Other incidents include an 11-year-old cyclist being driven at as they left the activities centre with the driver claiming that they had ‘skipped the lights’ as well as cars running into the bollards - costing the council in repairs to the pavement - and numerous near-misses as cars and vans mount the curb. This is a historic site (4) that, rather than being enjoyed, is blighted by air and noise pollution and the ever-present risks posed by unwary and dangerous drivers. Whilst many drivers have learned to take care passing through this bottleneck, there are always those who either don’t care or are unaware of the hazards on this stretch of road. For too long we have hoped that all drivers will take more care at this location and yet, despite efforts by Southampton Council to improve traffic flow, collisions and near-misses continue to occur. Additionally, during a time of pandemic, social distancing is impossible with the path narrowing to less than a metre at some points and with two blind corners making it risky to step out and create safe space for other pedestrians. Fears of congestion at other crossings of the Itchen are no reason to keep this route open; research shows that the only way to reduce congestion is to provide alternatives to driving - including making active travel both safe and attractive - and demand management such as reducing access to roads (5). If Southampton City Council wants to encourage healthier travel to benefit the city, what better way than to implement a safe crossing of the Itchen for active travel at Woodmill? In time, drivers will opt for other transport modes that mean they can enjoy this safer route. 1. https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/19296021.closed-woodmill-lane-remains-shut-car-smashes-southampton-building/ 2. https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/18483049.hit-run-woodmill-bridge-southampton/ 3. https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/17918044.police-called-woodmill-bridge/ 4. http://sotonopedia.wikidot.com/page-browse:woodmill 5. http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/jtrc/infrastructure/congestion/CongestionSummary.pdf
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  • Donate Indian-made COVID Vaccines for Use in India
    Indian health facilities are overwhelmed by COVID and their government is relying on a vaccination programme to get on top of the pandemic but their vaccination stocks are very low. The UK on the other hand has already vaccinated over 50% of its adult population, has plenty of vaccines and many more on order. It would be grossly unfair to the Indian people to insist on vaccines manufactured there being exported to the UK when their need is so much greater than ours.
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