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Worry Monster eats young patients’ troubles away THE allergy team at Evelina London is using a fluffy toy known as a ‘Worry Monster’ to help children with severe allergies to manage anxieties they have about their condition. When children visit the hospital’s allergy psychology clinic…

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A HARLOW organisation dedicated to helping people recover from alcoholism has opened its new recovery suite. West Essex Alcohol and Drug Advisory Group (ADAS) has been running for over thirty years. Through funding from Public Heath England (PHE), the new facilities will help ADAS greatly.…

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THOUSANDS of Essex’s abused children let down by failing NHS mental health plans – NSPCC analysis found Essex’s NHS CCGs’ local mental health plans failed to properly plan for the needs of abused children – Compared to last year, half of CCGs rated red or…

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THE life expectancy gap between rich and poor people in England has been widening for nearly two decades. The rich stay healthy longer. The poor die younger. That bleak assessment is based on national data. The figures for each ward in Harlow are below. Men…

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PEOPLE with “hidden disabilities” including autism and mental health conditions will become eligible for blue badge parking permits under the largest overhaul of the system in 40 years. From next year, those with less immediately obvious illnesses will have the same right to a badge…

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Hospice makes Katherine’s dream come true with Lewis Hamilton encounter A West Essex and East Herts hospice charity has helped to make a patient’s dream come true after a social media campaign led to a once-in-a-lifetime meeting with Formula 1 superstar, Lewis Hamilton. Katherine Lee…

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THE wonderful surroundings of the Harlow Town Park was the venue for the launch of the Essex-wide livewell campaign. Supported by a large number of local authorities across the county, the health and well being campaign aims to get more residents living healthier lives. Our…

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A new report launched this week by Healthwatch Essex has discovered a patchy picture of the information that young people receive about public health issues in school. The YEAH!3 report, which completes a trilogy of pieces of research which look at health and social care…

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THE NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) hosted it’s first reunion on the 15th July. Thanks to the kind sponsorship of the Harlow Landsheriff’s who made it possible for the unit to arrange for babies and their parents to reunite with the staff with a day…

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Smokers who are due to go into hospital are being advised to ‘Stop Before The Op’. DECADES of data show non-smokers can have better outcomes after operations and often live longer than those who continue to smoke. NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is…

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ON SUNDAY afternoon at the Paringdon Club in Harlow, a special afternoon will be held for all who have been cared for by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH). Many many children have benefitted from the work of unit and…

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MEMBERS of the NHS family gathered at the Harvey Centre on Thursday too celebrate its 70th birthday. Staff from Princess Alexandra Hospital were joined by staff from MacMillan nurses, St Clare Hospice, Ann Robson Tryst and many others. Chair of Harlow Council, cllr Maggie Hulcoop…

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Doctors 52 mile oncall double marathon By Dr Syed ON the 30th June 2018, Dr Asmah Hassan Syed and her Consultant Dr Deb Ghosh set off at 05:30am with 52 miles of road to eat up. Their motivation; fight against obesity and liver disease and…

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Real life – Mental Health Care & What lack of it looks like. By Ian Beckett THIS didn’t happen in Harlow, but it might just as well. It’s a regular scenario up and down the country. The people on the receiving end of this lack…

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BREAST reductions and operations to stop people snoring are on NHS bosses’ hit-list of 17 routine procedures that could be cut to save £200 million annually. A raft of minor operations, including tonsillectomy for sore throats and varicose vein surgery, will be axed to prevent…

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PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital in Town centre to answer your healthy living questions during NHS 70th birthday celebrations We hear more and more how the decisions we make about our daily lives can have an effect on our health outcomes. With so much information coming our…