Health and Wellbeing

Fresh calls for a ban on smacking

Fresh calls for a ban on smacking

The Association of Educational Psychologists has tabled a motion to the TUC Conference calling for smacking to be outlawed after school psychologists found that it is harmful to children’s mental health. Presently, although corporal punishment is banned in schools, parents can “smack” or physically chastise a child as long as it is deemed “reasonable”. Psychologists though… Read More…

NHS deal allows for new child cancer therapy

NHS deal allows for new child cancer therapy

A deal has been struck to let the NHS offer children an expensive new cancer therapy which has been labelled the most exciting treatment advance for decades. The treatment, CAR-T, is a cutting edge treatment for aggressive leukaemia. CAR-T is a novel way of treating cancer which can be personalised to the individual patient. It… Read More…

Fifth of 14-year-old girls in UK ‘self-harm’

Fifth of 14-year-old girls in UK ‘self-harm’

According to a report from the BBC, a fifth of 14-year-old girls in the UK have been found to have self-harmed. A survey of 11,000 children found 22% of the girls and 9% of the boys said they had hurt themselves on purpose in the year prior to the questionnaire. Rates of self-harm were worst… Read More…

Students urged to get vaccinated after rise in measles

Students urged to get vaccinated after rise in measles

New university students are being urged to ensure they have been vaccinated against measles following outbreaks of the highly infectious illness. Public Health England has said that all first years should check they are up to date with their vaccines and seek MMR jabs if they have missed any. The call comes as the number… Read More…

New parent? Here’s a few tips from those that have been there

New parent? Here’s a few tips from those that have been there

Having a baby is a special time for every family, but the one thing that new parents miss the most about their pre baby life is sleep. While sleeping in shifts or just not sleeping through the night at all is a reality for a lot of parents with young children, the sleepless nights don’t… Read More…

How to access healthcare in B&NES over the August bank holiday weekend

How to access healthcare in B&NES over the August bank holiday weekend

Follow the advice given in the ‘3 before GP’ campaign, which Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is backing: Self-care You can safely treat the symptoms of many minor ailments at home, with rest and over-the-counter medicines. Use trusted NHS online services The NHS Choices website offers advice on a range of health… Read More…

South West Ambulance Figures Improve

South West Ambulance Figures Improve

Ambulances are beginning to reach critically ill and injured people more quickly, but less sick people are still seeing long waits. South Western Ambulance Service has been struggling to get to C1, those deemed to have the most life-threatening conditions, patients within the national seven minute target. In March, paramedics were taking an average of… Read More…

Government backtracks on pledge to extend position of trust laws to sports coaches – as offences hit 179 in the South West of England

Government backtracks on pledge to extend position of trust laws to sports coaches – as offences hit 179 in the South West of England

·         Position of Trust crimes up 51 per cent across England and Wales since 2012 ·         179 position of trust offences in the South West of England since 2012 ·         Sports minister announced plan to make it illegal for coaches to have sex with young players aged 16 and 17 ·         Government rows back on promise made in Parliament… Read More…

New study shows Ritalin best to treat ADHD

New study shows Ritalin best to treat ADHD

A major scientific review has concluded that Ritalin and other drugs of the same class are the most effective and safest medications to prescribe children with ADHD. The review which appeared in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal, shows that these drugs work and work well despite many people’s concerns that children in the UK are over… Read More…

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