NHS England unveils new Innovative Medicines Fund

NHS England has launched its new Innovative Medicines Fund (IMF). This fund is for the early access to ‘potentially life-saving’ new treatments, and builds upon the current Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF). The IMF will be used to fast-track promising new drugs to patients with any condition, including those with rare and genetic diseases, who need […]

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Get cancer symptoms checked out

The NHS has launched a programme to encourage patients to have any potential cancer symptoms checked out: NHS staff have worked hard to ensure that cancer services have been maintained throughout the pandemic. Between March and September, over 1 million people were referred by their GP with suspected cancer, and over 291,000 cancer treatments were […]

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NHS statement about COVID-19 reponse

Please Read here the NHS response to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 31 October 2020: Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) 31 October 2020, NHS Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis, said: “Daily hospital covid admissions are now higher than on 23 March when the Prime Minister announced the first national lockdown. “NHS […]

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NHS England to introduce ‘One Stop Shops’ for life-saving checks

In a major report, the NHS proposing to radically overhaul diagnostic services for patients, including MRI, CT and blood tests. The NHS is to set up diagnostic hubs, or ‘one stop shops’ across the country and away from hospitals. This will enable patients to be diagnosed closer to home. These community centres could be set […]

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NHS reveals plans to increase hospital services

NHS England have issued a plan for re-instating urgent and scheduled services to help local hospitals begin to increase routine operations and treatment. Patients will start to be scheduled for important planned procedures, including surgery, over the coming weeks. Specialists will prioritise those patients with the most urgent clinical need. Before being admitted to hospital, […]

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NHS Help Us Help You campaign

The NHS has launched a major new drive to persuade the public to seek the urgent care and treatment they need and that, despite COVID-19, the NHS is open for business. Delays in getting treatment due to coronavirus fears pose a long term risk to people’s health. In addition, fewer people are going to their […]

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Hospital trusts told to create ‘covid-free hubs’ for cancer patients

In an attempt to minimise the number of procedures being postponed, hospital trusts have been told by NHS England to urgently reconfigure cancer services to create “clean” sites for cancer surgery and test all admissions for COVID-19. Patients are to be prioritised for cancer treatment on a regional basis, with a new triage system. This […]

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Patients ‘left in the dark’ by the NHS over cancer treatments

Macmillan Cancer Support has recently published the results from their annual Cancer Patient Experience Survey, which reveals that around 120,000 cancer patients a year feel that topics, such as treatments and side effects, were not fully explained to them by NHS staff. This made them feel “left in the dark” by the NHS. Thirty-nine percent […]

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NHS Cancer Programme

The NHS Cancer Programme has published its first quarterly update report, which sets out the programme’s key achievements since April 2019 in delivering the NHS Long Term Plan for cancer, for example: Earlier and faster diagnosis – bowel cancer screening tests, HPV vaccine, Rapid Diagnostic Centres, Faster Diagnosis Standard Personalised care and support – follow-up […]

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Medicine supply if there is a no-deal Brexit

The government and NHS are working hard to ensure patients continue to receive the medication they need if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The government and NHS organisations have published information for patients and a list of frequently asked questions on their websites which explains the government’s approach to ensure continued availability […]

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