Comedy star goes from dancing granny to mindfulness guru

This piece from Bev Holder of the Stourbridge News explores why people have turned to mindfulness in the pandemic, and how practicing mindfulness mediation can help people to cope with personal challenges related to the pandemic. Click here to read the full story.

Bradford dental surgery Dentistry@Bd4 allowed to open longer

A Bradford dental surgery is extending its opening hours in light of the worrying impact of the pandemic on dental care, reports Felicity Macnamara for Telegraph & Argus. Click here to read the full story.

Trust boosts staff numbers and satisfaction after overhauling rota system

An NHS trust has been able to hire 18 more doctors and improve scheduling for its trainees by carrying out a huge redesign of its rota system, Elisabeth Mahase reports for The BMJ. Click here to read the full story.

Orange button suicidal thoughts scheme in Cornwall

Cornwall Council and local health authorities have launched a new scheme to make trained mental health support volunteers more visible in everyday situations, writes Ryan Moorwood for The Packet. Click here to read the full story.

Bradford trial offering free glasses to boost literacy to expand

Thousands more pupils will be given free glasses after a scheme piloted at 100 schools in Bradford, writes Felicity Macnamara for Telegraph & Argus. Click here to read the full story.

Increase in staycations and significant pressures on emergency services – what is the answer?

Increased domestic tourism puts a strain on medical services in holiday locations. Aaliyah Rugg looks at proposed solutions to the problem for The Leader. Click here to read the full story.

How mobile Covid vaccines can help boost uptake in Greenstead

Greenstead, Colchester has the lowest vaccination rate in the borough. Local health authorities are using mobile walk-in clinics to reach people. Click here to read the full story.

Covid-19 vaccines: GPs boost uptake by calling patients and teaming up with community groups

An east London general practice that called every one of its patients to discuss covid-19 vaccination and any related concerns has reported vaccination coverage rates above those in the surrounding area, writes Elisabeth Mahase for the BMJ. Click here to read the full story.

Get vaccinated: TikTok videos used to spread the word for ‘Big Jab Weekend’ in Northern Ireland

Health officials in Northern Ireland enlisted the help of young social media influencers to help get the message across to young people about Covid vaccinations, reports Una Murphy for the VIEW Digital. Click here to read the full story.

Hampshire Hospitals fights back against huge waiting lists

Hospital waiting lists have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Hampshire hospitals are taking a number of steps to tackle the backlog, writes Sophie Day for the Hampshire Chronicle. Click here to read the full story.

Are new government guidelines on animals going to help fight covid?

Western Telegraph’s Harry Jamshidian reports on the Welsh Government’s plans to ask ferret owners to register their pets in a national database. Click here to read the full story.

Nearly a third of under-30s in Swindon STILL not vaccinated against Covid

Swindon Advertiser’s Hedi Mehrez looks at local efforts to encourage young people to get vaccinated after figures show vaccination coverage is low in the region. Click here to read the full story.

Frontline workers urged to seek help to overcome ‘burn out’ from pandemic

Thousands of frontline workers became “burnt out” serving on the pandemic frontlines, experts say. Now a new service aims to rebuild their mental health. Kirsteen Paterson reports on the service for The National. Click here to read the full story.

Weight loss experts on the best way to shift lockdown pounds

Experts share their views on how public health initiatives around weight loss could be improved to include the full complexity of the issue. Caroline Wilson  reports for The Herald. Click here to read the full story.

Covid vaccine walk-in centres to be rolled out in further areas of Southend

Alex Gidden reports on local efforts to improve vaccination rate by increasing the number of walk-in centres in Southend. Click here to read the full story.

Are cycle lanes the solution to Colchester’s air pollution problems?

Robbie Bryson of Daily Gazette investigates whether improvements in cycling infrastructure could help with pollution and congestion issues in Colchester. Click here to read the full story.

Long Covid: Calls for Wales to follow England with clinics

Patients with Long Covid symptoms in Wales feel their concerns and needs are not being met. Argus journalist Elizabeth Birt looks into how the Long Covid is treated differently in England and Wales. Click here to read the full story.

SCAS’s urgent care pathways project deemed a success

A pioneering initiative led by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) is helping patients receive the right treatment more quickly – and has so far seen more than 30,000 people avoid unnecessary transfers to emergency departments, reports Sophie Day for the Hampshire Chronicle. Click here to read the full story.

Long Covid: Fitbit trial asks patients to stay less active

The University of the West of Scotland is trialing the use of Fitbits to help people recover from Long Covid. The wearable exercise trackers are used to remind the users to slow down and rest. The new pilot is also hoped to provide help to people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Kirsteen Paterson for The National. Click here to read the full story.

Elderly care sector could see major innovation post-pandemic

Caroline Wilson reports on innovation in the elderly care sector that aims to consider the needs of those who can no longer live fully independently. Click here to read the full story.

York hospital bosses launch fightback against huge waiting lists

The York Press journalist Mike Laycock looks at the measures local health authorities have taken to combat the long wait times that have accumulated due to the pandemic. Click here to read the full story.

Patients claim it takes days to get through to GP to book appointments

Aaliyah Rugg’s special report on hospital wait times for the Leader Live looks at ways local GPs are trying to address the problem. Click here to read the full story.

Click here to read about a mum struggling to get an appointment for her daughter.

Click here to read about the demands to address the local GP crisis.

Caring for elderly people in their own home now much more popular

Home care service in Chiswick saw demand for its services increase due to the pandemic, reports Bridget Osborne for the Chiswick Calendar. Click here to read the full story.

More walk-in Covid clinics in Oxford as young people struggle to book

Health reporter Gergana Krasteva looks at how new walk-in clinics in Oxford succeeded in providing vaccinations for young people. When vaccinations were made available for all adults, many young people struggled to find  appointments. Click here to read the full story.

Taunton’s new eye theatre could combat waiting times caused by Covid-19

Somerset patients are waiting longer for treatment at hospitals as a result of the pandemic – but a solution for some could be around the corner, writes Jess Chaffey for the County Gazette. Click here to read the full story.

How Bolton brought down Covid infection rates

Community engagement and cooperation between public bodies has played a key role in lowering Bolton’s Covid-19 infection rates, reports Liv Clarke for the Bolton News. Click here to read the full story.

Emily Tackles Drug Policy: Covid, deaths, devolution and a new documentary

Xander Richards reports on a documentary project about Scotland’s drug death rate. Click here to read the full story.

How Oldham’s NHS services are fighting staff burn out

NHS staff have been under a great amount of additional stress due to the pandemic. Imogen Clyde-Smith of the Oldham Times looked into how the local NHS trust addressed the staff burn out. Click here to read the full story.

Remote abortion care must continue after Covid, health campaigners say

Video and phone consultations for abortion care must continue after the pandemic ends, say women’s rights charities and medical experts in Scotland, reports Kirsteen Paterson for the National. Remote consultations were found to improve women’s access to the services. Click here to read the full story.

How Oldham has combated vaccine hesitancy

Oldham waged a successful doorstep campaign confronting false rumours about Covid-19 vaccines. Imogen Clyde-Smith reports for the Oldham Times. Click here to read the full story.

Covid Scotland: Vaccinator pay row has blighted programme success

Pharmacists claim the loss of their input into the vaccination effort has slowed Scotland’s progress. Caroline Wilson reports for the Herald. Click here to read the full story.

Just how bad is the Indian Covid variant breakout in Kirklees?

David Jagger reports on the spread of the covid variant for Telegraph & Argus. Click here to read the full story.