089) 2/6/21 – 25/6/21

25th June

New Covid-19 cases in Leicester and Leicestershire top 200 in past 24 hours

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/new-covid-19-cases-leicester-5576508

p. 6 “Dementia nurse role created” – specialist Admiral Nurse working with families via GPs

p 7 “Jabs hubs in need of volunteers”

p. 12 “600 million Covid-19 tests may be unused” – about 86% of tests

24th June

. 10 “Fast-growing tumour…” – raising awareness of breast cancer and the screening programme

p. 15 a letter by Ray Newcombe under “Let PM concentrate on getting us free of virus” -anti-Cummings

p. 20 “Pandemic poses historic threat in war on cancer”, subtitled “Survival rates could worsen for first time in decades, experts warn”

23rd June

p. 1 and 4 “Drugs trial offers new hope for cancer patients” – mesothelioma

p. 6 “Covid case spike linked to outbreak in school” – Market Harborough

p. 12 NATIONAL “Quarantine-free travel ‘when safe’” – Hancock

p. 15 a letter by Sam Monaghan of Methodist Homes under “Lots of talk, no action on adult care”

22nd June

p. 15 a letter by Kiran Solanki under ”Judge-led inquiry into Covid urgently needed”

p. 30 Family Health advice on caring for children with long Covid

21st June

Latest Covid-19 figures for where you live ; still on the up

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/latest-covid-19-figures-you-5557310

19th June

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Covid rise ‘in young’”

18th June

p. 7 “’High number ‘ of cases linked to secondary school” – Quorn

p. 7 “Testers going door-to-door in virus spike area” – Loughborough

p. 15 letter (E. Johnson) under “Be tick aware…” mentioning the useless weekend doctor

Lyme’s disease is dangerous. It is transmitted by ticks and can attack almost any organ, incl. brain, heart, pancreas and kidneys. It can cause disability and death. First symptoms may appear years after infection. With a warming climate Lyme’s, and the ticks, have spread all over continental Europe and now to the UK.

Sadly, we are not yet tick-aware. Other countries constantly remind people of the risk, urge them to have a tool and the know-how for safe tick-removal, and to look out for the first sign of infection: a round red disc around the bite site appearing days or weeks later.

 There are myths about: ‘It looks like a bulls eye.’ Fact: the disc may or may not have a larger surrounding ring. ‘The ticks are in bracken, where there are deer.’ Fact: any grass, weed or shrub can carry the ticks, infected by foxes, squirrels, cats, rats…

I didn’t realise I had been bitten, in our Leicester garden. Just a tiny red spot with a speck of dirt on it. About two weeks later the disc appeared: a bit smaller than a five-pence piece, strawberry red and slightly raised with perfectly sharp edges; no pain. When it had not gone after another two weeks or so, I wondered and realised what it was. I needed antibiotics urgently. The first doctor I saw (on a Saturday) told me all the myths and gave me none. My surgery’s doctor did, on the Monday. I just hope that it was still soon enough to stop the infection spreading.

17th June

p. 6 “Students sent home after ‘rush’ of positive Covid tests”

p. 7 ”Paramedics get bodycams after a rise in attacks”

p. 12 NATIONAL “Crunch talks over mandatory jabs”

 p. 12 “                 , brief “Hancock ‘hopeless’” – Cummings

p. 20 “Get check – you will not be judged” – cervical screening

p. 21 ”Formula One tech helping NHS staff” – hearing technology, esp. for use with PPE

16th June

p. 1 and 4 “Court death teen ‘should have been watched’” – mental health services and police/court

 p. 5 “Drop-in clinic for vaccinations” -at Peepul Centre

p. 20 “When warnings are in the eyes”, subtitled “Opticians highlight how tests can help to pick up diabetes”

15th June

p. 10 “Appeal to give blood as demand increases”

p. 11 “Third Covid jab testers wanted, subtitled ”Trial looking at boosters first in the world”

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/world-first-covid-19-vaccine-5512489

 . 12 NATIONAL “Restrictions staying for up to four weeks”

p. 12 “                 , brief “Cancer backlog fears” – ab. 10,000 fewer breast cancer patients started treatment last year

14th June

p. 7 “Pop-up jab clinic for people with learning disabilities”

p. 8 “School has to close due to outbreak of Covid-19” – Maplewell Hall (special) School

p. 12 NATIONAL “PM ‘has to delay opening up UK’”

p. 12 “                 , brief “New ‘life-saver tool’” – for early prediction of heart and circulatory diseases

p. 15 a long letter by Martyn Shepherd under “Voters would support building more hospitals”

12th June

p. 1/2/3 “Is it too early to lift the lockdown?” and “Freedom Day on June 21 – are we still on track?” and “The latest figures” –  more than 100 per 100,000 in city

p. 8/9”£450m not necessarily sufficient to see scheme all the way to the end” ​ article saying the £450 million might need adding to to account for price rises and other contingencies…..already!APOLOGIES-Cannot get the jpeg to upload

p. 12 NATIONAL “Delta variant rise must ‘ring alarm’”

p. 13 “PM makes vaccine pledge as G7 starts”

11th June

NHS ‘dangerously close’ to being crippled by treatment backlog, says British Medical Association

More than 5 million people are waiting to start treatment

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/nhs-dangerously-close-being-crippled-5513303

p. 1 & 4 “Hospital is placed in special measures” and “Allegations of abuse, lack of leadership, 53 jobs not filled… hospital now in special measures” – Burton Park hospital, Melton, run by the Priory Group

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/catalogue-criticisms-lands-leicestershire-hospital-5510026

p. 3 “General Hospital to get 80-place park and ride site”

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/new-leicester-park-ride-site-5509723

p 9 “GP wrote misleading letters to help friend” – retired GP, registration suspended

p. 10 ”Doctor to have vital function at tribunals” psychiatrist appointed to Mental Health Tribunal panel

p. 12 NATIONAL “We followed advice, insists Hancock”

p. 17 “AI could help beat Covid-19”, subtitled “”Artificial Intelligence developed to identify virus patients who are most at risk of dying”

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicester-covid-patient-scans-used-5502299

10th June

Pages 1, 4 and 5 “£450m revamp for Hospitals approved”, and “’Once-in-a-lifetime’ £450 million hospitals plan given the go-ahead”

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicester-hospitals-once-lifetime-450m-5505663

p. 4 “Leicester’s Hospitals have (£77 million) massive backlog of repairs” – mentions previous Pathway plan for £1 billion investment, which fell through

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicesters-hospitals-massive-77-million-5508548

p. 7 “’Real concerns’ over rising case rates in part of county”

p. 18 “MP sets out a five-point plan to help army of unpaid carers” – Liz Kendall

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/liz-kendall-mp-releases-five-5492209

9th June

p. 2 “Barbecues and parties linked to trebling of infection rates” – esp. In Charnwood, with area infection map and numbers

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/barbecues-parties-coupled-delta-strains-5503489

p. 12 NATIONAL “Call for jab ’surge’ in areas given help”

p. 12 “                 , brief “Data move delayed” – GP data sharing system; concerns about privacy

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jun/08/nhs-plan-to-share-gp-patient-data-in-england-delayed-to-september

8th June

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/leicester-covid-patient-scans-used-5502299

GP patients support their medical records being shared with third parties by NHS Digital, says Matt Hancock

Patients have until June 23 to prevent their data being shared

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/gp-patients-support-medical-records-5500729

p. 6 “Volunteers who helped vaccine push are hailed”, subtitled “Appeal for more help as new jab centres open”

p. 7 “Calls to take action now as Covid cases are doubling” – in those in their 30s and younger

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/local-news/call-residents-take-care-covid-5490837

p. 9 “NHS chiefs accused of keeping public in dark over hospitals revamp”, subtitled “No advance notice of important meeting being held today” and “Another snub”

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/nhs-bosses-accused-keeping-public-5500573

p. 2 “Man’s frustration at trying to get help for nasty wound on arm” – about Single Point of Access and the risk of them not recognising when minor problems become dangerous

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/man-left-stomach-churning-arm-5487947

 p. 12 NATIONAL “’Too soon’ to rule on road map plan” – Matt Hancock

p. 12 “                 , brief “NHS staff ‘burnout”

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/staff-burnout-within-nhs-social-5500082

p. 15 two letters on hospital reorganisation plans:

Satinder Toor under “Why bother consulting public in first place?”

Franklin O’Riordan under “Deja vu as complicated proposals are published”

7th June

p. 5 “Vaccinations reach one million”

 p. 5 “Hopeful sign as daily case rate falls below 100”, subtitled “But general trend is worrying health chiefs”

p 12 NATIONAL “Delay to unlocking ‘can’t be ruled out’”

p. 12 “                 , brief “Jabs for under-30s”

p. 13 WORLD “PM sets target to ‘beat coronavirus’” – G7

5th June

p. 9 “Extra vaccinations in the city this weekend” – at eight locations

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Jab hesitancy down”

 p. 16 “Million jabs given in county”- but ‘more to be done’

p. 22 “Recruits are wanted to test new diabetes drug” – for type 2

4th June

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Half fully vaccinated”

 p. 18 “Businesses back children’s hospital” – “£74,813 from Severn Trent Community Fund for a special room

p. 19 “Covid jab tech offers hope” – charity funds research into using vaccine technology to treat Duchenne’s

p. 24 “NHS thanks its Covid volunteer army”, subtitled “2,500 people have helped on 29 sites…”

3rd June

p. 9 “’We’re very lucky to have such a talent in Leicester’” – Award for GP Dr Sam Seidu for diabetes research

 p. 12 NATIONAL “’Nothing in data’ to stop reopening”

 p. 15 a letter by Giuliana Foster under “NHS should respond on demand for birth centre”