Students at the University of Sheffield have launched an action group to defend the NHS with over 100 students joining since its launch at the start of the university term. Founder and medical student Dan Veness told Sheffield Live! the group plans to work alongside the Sheffield Save Our NHS campaign and has the backing of the Sheffield Students Union. Azz Mohammed reports.
The NHS in England have unveiled a new 10-year plan which it says could save up to half a million lives by focusing on prevention and early detection. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Surgeons and kidney patients gathered at Kenwood Hotel in Nether Edge to celebrate 50 years of kidney transplants in Sheffield. The first successful transplant in Sheffield was carried out in 1968 at a time when success rates were very low. In the last year the NHS performed 81 transplants with a 90 per cent success rate. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to retired kidney transplant surgeon Andrew Raftery.
Sheffield’s NHS walk-in centre and minor injuries unit are to remain open for at least two years as health bosses back down on closure plans. The reprieve agreed by the Clinical Commissioning Group follows months of protests and provides time for a review of the business case to be carried out next year. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Beneficiaries of organ donation are supporting a week long NHS-led campaign to promote voluntary registration as an organ donor in the event of death. Just over one in three adults are currently registered as organ donors with the government considering replacing current arrangements with an opt out system where people would be automatically included with the option to withdraw. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Sam Blackburn, a recipient who received a kidney donation in 2008.
NHS campaigners mounted a demonstration against plans to close the Minor Injuries Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the Walk-in Centre on Broad Lane. The rally was held as the Primary Care Commissioning Committee met to review independent analysis of feedback following a public consultation on the proposals. The Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group said, in a statement, that over 2,000 responses were received to the formal consultation and they will be considering next steps for responding to the issues raised. Campaigners say plans to move the services to Northern General Hospital will cause difficulties for many as well as pressure on hospital services. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Alistair Tice of Save Our NHS.
Dozens took part in a demonstration outside the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on Glossop Road as part of a national day of action over the crisis in the NHS. Thousands also marched in central London calling for more beds, staff and funds to ease the problems facing the service. Sheffield campaigners highlighted planned closures of the city centre NHS Walk-in Centre and the Minor Injuries Unit at Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Meadowhall has selected Yorkshire Air Ambulance as their chosen charity for 2018/19 and aims to raise £150k in the next two years. The life saving charity maintains and operates two helicopters with full medical crews covering the Yorkshire region. The YAA said it costs around £12,000 a day to run a single helcopter. The charity replaces the Bluebell Wood Childen’s Centre, which received £128,000 from the centre in the last two years.
Taxi drivers across Sheffield have been invited to take part in health checks this week at the Pakistan Muslim Centre to improve their health and well-being. The health awareness event was to encourage cab drivers to have regular health checks including blood pressure and heart rate to help facilitate early intervention if necessary. The event was organised by the Sheffield Taxi Trade Association and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.
With patients being held in ambulances and in corridors in emergency wards, Sheffield Live! sought out public comment on the NHS crisis. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!