Children 'getting sight problems because of eye test delays'

Children are developing permanent problems with their vision because they are not being given eye tests early enough, optometrists have warned. An Association of Optometrists survey of 1,200 people indicated a quarter of school-age children had not been taken for a sight test by their parents. Of parents surveyed, 52% thought tests would be given in primary school. While some schools do offer screening, the tests are less comprehensive than those provided free on the NHS. Delayed diagnosis can make treatment for sight problems such as amblyopia, known as "lazy eye", much less effective. One in 50 children will develop amblyopia, where one or both eyes are unable to build a strong link to the

Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales

The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show. More than three-quarters were also obese, according to the NHS data. Child health experts said the rise was "alarming" and the childhood obesity epidemic was "starting to bite". Councils said more needed to be done to tackle the obesity crisis in children, particularly among minority ethnic groups, who were most affected. Type 2 diabetes can lead to a range of health problems such as heart disease, strokes and kidney problems. The condition occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. It can be linked

Surgeons' warning over Botox on High Street

Surgeons have warned about the health risks of Botox and fillers, after a High Street retailer said it would start offering the cosmetic treatments. Superdrug said it would provide the injections at one of its London branches, following feedback from nearly 10,000 customers. But surgeons warned that the procedures were not "casual beauty treatments". The injections could sometimes result in infection and potentially even paralysis in facial muscles, they said. 'Highly-qualified nurse' Superdrug said it would be making Botox and dermal fillers available to people over the age of 25. The Skin Renew Service, which has launched in the retailer's London Strand store before being rolled out nation

Bowel cancer screening to start earlier at age 50 in England

Bowel cancer screening in England is to start earlier, at age 50, Public Health England has announced. It said evidence showed that screening people at a younger age would allow more bowel cancers to be picked up at an earlier stage. Currently, men and women in England are first invited for screening at the age of 60 and sent a home testing kit. The change brings England in line with Scotland where bowel screening is automatically offered from 50. An independent committee of screening experts recently recommended that bowel cancer screening in England should begin 10 years earlier than it does now. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has now agreed to the change, and NHS England and Public Hea

Opt-out organ donation 'in place by 2020' for England

A new opt-out system for organ donation will be in place by 2020 in England, if Parliament approves "Max's Law". Under the plans detailed by ministers, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be. The government said it would save up to 700 lives each year. In the UK in 2017, 411 people died before the right donor was found, and more than 5,000 people are currently on the waiting list in England. A similar opt-out system has been in place in Wales since 2015. Scotland plans to introduce a similar scheme and Northern Ireland has also expressed an interest. "Max's Law" is named after Max Johnson, from Cheshire, who was saved by a h

Cheaper NHS drugs 'as safe and effective’

NHS patients switched to cheaper medicines are being told the cost-saving exercise is not compromising care. The "better value" treatments, for conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers, are just as safe and effective, NHS Improvement says. 1 Hospitals that changed their prescribing saved the health service £324m last financial year. More swaps and savings are expected. Health charities welcomed the move. The NHS spent £17.4bn on medicines in 2016-17, approximately 15% of NHS spending, and has seen spending increase by 5% every year since 2010. The increase is in part down to the increase in availability of new, more complex and innovative drugs and more patients receiving e

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Yew Tree Pharmacy

Yew Tree Pharmacy, 20 Redwood Road, Yew Tree Estate, Walsall, West Midlands, WS5 4LB.

Tel: (01922) 62 6918 
Fax: (01922) 63 7542 

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Monday to Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm;

Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm;

Sunday Closed;

Open Over Lunch

Bank Holidays 2020

Aug 31 - Closed
Dec 25 - Closed
Dec 28 - Closed

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