Type 2 Diabetes: NHS to offer 800-calorie diet treatment

Thousands of people with type 2 diabetes in England are to be prescribed a very low-calorie diet in the hope of reversing their condition. Under the pilot they will be restricted to 800 calories a day, in the form of soups and shakes, for three months. When the diet was trialled last year, almost half of those involved managed to put their diabetes into remission. NHS England has also announced it's expanding a programme to prevent people developing type 2 diabetes. The health service currently spends around 10% of its budget on treating diabetes in England. Up to 5,000 patients will be prescribed the diet by the NHS initially. They will also receive follow-up support. Nine out of 10 people

NHS crackdown on silk garment prescriptions

NHS England has announced plans to curb the prescription of "low-priority" items like silk garments. There is limited evidence the clothing helps people with eczema and dermatitis enough to justify prescribing it, a consultation document says. Officials are proposing taking eight items off the NHS prescription list under plans aimed at saving £68m a year. Others include an acne medication and diabetes products. The items, which are deemed to be of relatively low clinical effectiveness, to have cheaper options available or to be of "low priority" for funding, are: Silk garments - for eczema and dermatitis Aliskiren - used to treat blood pressure Amiodarone - to treat abnormal heart rhythms Ba

Flu vaccine delays for over-65s 'resolved by weekend'

GPs and patients frustrated by a shortage of the new flu vaccine for over-65s are being told the final delivery batch will arrive by Saturday. NHS England said there would be enough vaccines for everyone to be protected ahead of winter. But doctors' leaders said more guidance should have been given to GPs and patients to avoid disruption over the phased delivery of supplies. Older adults are advised to get the flu jab by early December. This gives time for protection before flu starts to circulate, normally later in the month. However, the staggered delivery of supplies of the over-65s vaccine from the manufacturer Seqirus to GPs and pharmacies means some older patients have not been able to

Briton dies from rabies after cat bite in Morocco

A Briton has died after contracting rabies while on holiday in Morocco, health officials have said. Public Health England said the victim became infected after being bitten by a cat. PHE issued a reminder to travellers to avoid coming into contact with animals when in rabies-affected countries. Rabies is not found in wild or domestic animals in the UK, but five Britons became infected between 2000 and 2017 after "animal exposures abroad". Some species of bats in the UK can carry a rabies-like virus. According to the World Health Organization, the disease occurs in more than 150 countries and causes tens of thousands of deaths every year, mainly in Asia and Africa. It says in up to 99% of cas

Supermarket bakeries 'unclear on allergies'

Three supermarket chains have given confusing or incorrect information on potentially lethal food allergens in their bakeries, the BBC has found. Branches of Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco gave wrong or unclear details to Watchdog Live's undercover reporters. It comes after a 15-year-old girl died after eating a baguette from Pret A Manger, which did not specify the presence of sesame in the sandwich. The retailers said they would review their labelling and staff training. Undercover reporters for the BBC's consumer programme visited 24 supermarket bakeries, five of which showed cause for concern. The EU says that consumers must be made aware when one or more of 14 particular allergens - includ

'Don't be taken in by anti-vaccine myths on social media'

People who believe the myths spread by anti-vaccine campaigners "are absolutely wrong", England's top doctor has said. Prof Dame Sally Davies said the MMR vaccine was safe and had been given to millions of children worldwide but uptake was currently "not good enough". In England, 87% of children receive two doses but the target is 95%. The chief medical officer urged parents to get their children vaccinated and ignore "social media fake news". Her comments come on the 30th anniversary of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine being introduced in the UK. Damaging beliefs She said myths peddled about the dangers of vaccines on social media was one reason parents weren't taking their chil

Medical cannabis products available on prescription

Medicinal cannabis products can now be legally prescribed to some patients across the UK for the first time. The treatments can be prescribed only by specialist doctors in a limited number of circumstances where other medicines have failed. The decision to relax the rules on the treatments followed an outcry over two boys with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil. But one charity fears access to it will be "much more limited" than expected. Among those who stand to benefit will be children with rare, severe forms of epilepsy. Who can receive the treatments? As of Thursday cannabis-based products can be prescribed, but only by specialist hospital doctors in a small number of ca

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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 
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Monday to Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm;

Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm;

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