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An ‘unusual’ rise in A&E visits hits waiting times

Bicester Advertiser: oxford university trust hospitals logo

7:00am Friday 1st August 2014

RISING A&E visits are seeing hospital staff struggle to meet waiting times, despite the summer being a traditionally quieter period, health officials have warned.

Money to ease pressures on county's hospitals is cut by two thirds

Bicester Advertiser: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

EXTRA cash to ease pressure on the county’s NHS and social services over the coming winter is to be slashed by almost two-thirds.

‘Patients run risk of being denied hip replacements’

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6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

RESIDENTS risk being denied a hip replacement because Oxfordshire NHS bosses are ignoring national guidance and taking patients’ weight into account, leading surgeons have warned.

It’s seventh heaven for mum thanks to JR heroes

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12:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

We are celebrating the outstanding work of individuals or teams who work in the NHS across Oxfordshire. Oliver Evans reports on the latest case where staff have been praised for making an extra special effort

City is at the forefront of disease prevention

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5:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

OXFORD is a world-leading centre of scientific research and has played a key role in research into new drug treatments. As health reporter OLIVER EVANS reports, the people of Oxfordshire, who volunteer to take part in studies,make a vital contribution

Kidlington school board of governors chairwoman stepping down

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10:10pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AFTER a quarter of a century as a governor at Gosford Hill School, Doreen Rose is stepping down having learned and changed a great deal.

Golf course dumping row leaves council a £27k bill

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6:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

THE latest twist in a legal row over the dumping of waste material at an Oxfordshire golf course has left a council with a bill of £27,000.

Tom gives the thumbs up to his own hospital hero

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5:00am Monday 21st July 2014

YOUNG patient Tom Perry has given the thumbs up to the nurse who cared for his injured big digit for our Hospital Heroes award campaign.

Curtain goes up on major £680k facelift for theatre

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7:30am Friday 18th July 2014

IT’S curtain up for revamp work, as a major three-year refurbishment of Oxford Playhouse begins.

Nurse will see you to keep doctor free

Bicester Advertiser: Passing A&E doctor helps at Apperley Bridge crash

6:00am Friday 18th July 2014

PATIENTS with minor conditions could be seen by nurses so GPs can focus on more complex cases under new plans.

Family’s High Court wrangle over dead mum’s inheritance

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6:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

A FORMER Oxford woman was moved to a Kent care home and cut off from her family against her wishes, a judge at London’s High Court has been told.

Couple know the secret to a long and happy marriage

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12:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

IT’S often said there should be no secrets in a marriage, but Patricia Bass had to keep a pretty big one from husband Trevor.

Student nurse Inspired to go higher by Great War heroine Edith Cavell

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12:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

IT was an act of selfless heroism that symbolised the qualities that still endear nurses to the British people.

Northern Gateway opens new ‘green’ planning era

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8:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

FUTURE developments in Oxford could be turned down if they do not include enough green measures, the leader of the city council has said.

Hospitals’ car parking revenue tops £3.5m

Bicester Advertiser:

9:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

ABOUT £3.5m was paid by patients and staff for parking at hospitals across Oxfordshire last year.

Arthritis victim nominates experts for Oxford Mail's Hospital Heroes awards

Bicester Advertiser:

6:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

FOR Sue Mynall, the hospital staff that had her back on her feet and two wheels truly are heroes.

Minister condemns death of disabled Connor Sparrowhawk in care facility as a scandal

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8:30am Friday 11th July 2014

THE death of an Oxford teenager in a city NHS unit was a “scandal” the Government’s care minister has said.

Save lives by carrying a transplant donor card

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5:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

IN Tuesday’s Oxford Mail, we reported that seven people in Oxfordshire died in 2012-13 while waiting for an organ donation. To mark National Transplant Week, health reporter OLIVER EVANS looks at the challenges facing the health service and talks to people whose lives have been transformed through a transplant at Oxford’s world-class facilities

Lack of organ donors led to seven deaths in a year

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6:56pm Monday 7th July 2014

SEVEN county people died in the last year because of a shortage of organ donations, health bosses have revealed.

NHS cuts branded an 'utter disaster'

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9:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

MORE suicide attempts, a surge in anti-depressant usage and pressure on the NHS will spiral under cuts to a mental health service, it has been warned.

Coffee shop prepares to give village trade a lift

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10:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

HIGH Street shopping is back in fashion as trade in Kidlington is picking up.

It's time to nominate your hospital heroes

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5:00pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Around 11,000 people work in our hospitals in Oxfordshire – from doctors, nurses and other frontline staff to voluntary helpers and people in behind-the-scenes roles who make a huge difference to patients and their families.

John Radcliffe Hospital chief hits back over Government’s ‘dirty’ claim

Bicester Advertiser: Trust chief executive Sir Jonathan Michael

6:30am Tuesday 1st July 2014

HOSPITAL boss Sir Jonathan Michael has hit back at a Government claim that Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital is among England’s worst for cleanliness.

New facility to help cancer patients called Maggie's opens for business

Bicester Advertiser: Client Tracy Edwards inside the building

7:30am Monday 30th June 2014

A NEW £3m centre to support people receiving cancer treatment at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital will open its doors tomorrow.

Mum tells of ordeal of separation from son sent into care out of county

Bicester Advertiser: Jean Davies

11:00am Monday 30th June 2014

WHEN Jean Davis’s son was sent to a Gloucester residential home for people with learning disabilities, many thought it was the break she needed.

Failings found at carehome for the disabled in second inspection

Bicester Advertiser: Care Quality Commission logo

10:12am Friday 27th June 2014

A HOME for the disabled inspected twice this year has is still failing in caring for residents, despite pledging to tackle all concerns raised by the end of March.

Warning over legal highs as health report highlights issues

Bicester Advertiser: Oxford Mail reporter Hannah Bewley with the two packets outside RedEye in East Oxford

9:00am Thursday 26th June 2014

A NEW campaign will warn about ‘legal highs’ amid concerns from the county’s director of public health.

Cancer survivor cycles to aid charity

Bicester Advertiser: James Ross, Matt Dawson and Christian Alvey

10:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THREE years ago he faced the devastating news that nothing could be done to treat his bowel cancer.

‘People living longer brings in its wake some challenges’

Bicester Advertiser: Dr Jonathan McWilliam

6:30am Wednesday 25th June 2014

COUNTY residents enjoy healthy lifestyles but longer life spans continue to put pressure on services, the county’s director of public health has said.

Giving your blood gets to heart of the matter

Bicester Advertiser: First-time blood donor Bob Buckley, 60 with donor carer Charlotte Coomber

5:00pm Friday 20th June 2014

LAST week’s National Blood Week honoured people who regularly give blood to save lives and called for more to give up a little of their time to help others. OLIVER EVANS talks to county people who regularly donate and finds out what motivates them

Healthwatch chair resigns over row

Bicester Advertiser: Larry Sanders

7:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

THE chairman of the county’s official health and social care watchdog has quit over rows with “hostile” and “unpleasant” board members.

St John Ambulance volunteers test out their emergency skills

Bicester Advertiser: Adrian Turner, assisted by Tracey Bassett, checks Anjali Shah, acting as a patient who has been pushed down the stairs

10:00pm Thursday 19th June 2014

A SIMULATED explosion at a concert provided vital training for members of St John Ambulance.

Green Belt worry leads to a U-turn over Kidlington homes plan

Bicester Advertiser: CPRE Oxfordshire director Helen Marshall

11:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

CALLS for more housing have been dropped by Kidlington Parish Council over concerns it could lead to additional homes in the Green Belt.

Soaring obesity levels raise huge patient transport issue

Bicester Advertiser: oxford university trust hospitals logo

8:30am Tuesday 17th June 2014

THE number of obese people in Oxfordshire needing specialist transport to get to hospital is set to rocket by 10 times in less than 10 years.

Science park would provide 1,200 jobs as Kidlington plan likely to be submitted in next two weeks

Bicester Advertiser: Co-investor Angus Bates with plans for the science park on land at Langford Lane. Picture: Andrew Walmsley

8:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

PLANS are to be submitted for a science park in Kidlington that developers say will create 1,200 jobs.

Smartphone app aims to ease pressure on hospital A&E

Bicester Advertiser: The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

5:00am Monday 16th June 2014

A SMARTPHONE app is the latest idea by health chiefs to get residents to choose the right NHS service and ease pressure on accident and emergency.

Banbury MP defends £105,000 pay for outgoing NHS chief

Bicester Advertiser: GIMMICK Sir Tony Baldry, Banbury MP

8:00am Friday 13th June 2014

AN MP has defended a £105,000 NHS pay packet for just four months’ work for an interim chief executive.

Home care clients ‘open to abuse’ says damning report

Bicester Advertiser: Allied Healthcare’s offices in Kidlington High Street

6:00am Friday 13th June 2014

THE county branch of the UK’s biggest home care provider said it has improved following a damning report highlighting that users were open to abuse.

Interim NHS official earns £105,000 for four months of work

Bicester Advertiser: Ian Wilson

9:00am Thursday 12th June 2014

A HEALTH boss brought in to turn around a troubled NHS authority was paid up to between £105,000 and £110,000 for less than four months’ work, the organisation has confirmed.

Research gives new hope to Parkinson’s sufferers + Video

Bicester Advertiser: Sally Bromley

8:00am Thursday 12th June 2014

A PARKINSON’S disease sufferer has praised city research which it is hoped will lead to earlier diagnosis of the disease.

Doctor’s behaviour ‘fell far below what was acceptable’

Bicester Advertiser: oxford university trust hospitals logo

8:00am Tuesday 10th June 2014

A HOSPITAL boss defended the sacking of a doctor for sexual harassment at an employment tribunal yesterday.

Countdown begins for £3.3m school and hall

Bicester Advertiser: School chairman of governors Sue Green shows, from left, Sam Robins, five, Charlie Brown, seven, and Esme Brown, 10 plans for the new school and village hall. Picture: OX67568 Denis Kennedy

10:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

AFTER six years of waiting, work will finally begin on a major project for a new school and village hall in Bletchingdon.

County's 111 health phone line falling short of UK target

Bicester Advertiser: Health leaders want response times improved for the NHS 111 advice line

6:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

HEALTH leaders have demanded response times improve for the NHS 111 advice line in Oxfordshire.

Specialists take on growing problems of diabetes

Bicester Advertiser: Clinical research fellow Basil Bekdash

5:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

DIABETES has became a major public health issue for the UK as unhealthy lifestyles see more and more people living with the most common type 2 form of the disease. At its first open day, health reporter OLIVER EVANS talks to people working to help sufferers at Oxford’s specialist centre for the condition

'Cancer patients not taking up first appointment', doctor warns of a worrying trend

Bicester Advertiser: Recruitment opens for NHS apprenticeships

7:00am Thursday 5th June 2014

CANCER waiting targets are being affected because some patients are not agreeing to their first hospital appointment, a leading doctor has said.

Artistic expression is an ‘energy outlet’

Bicester Advertiser: Ben Whymark painting with sister, Mia, three and mum, Sonia. Picture: OX67519 Damian Halliwell

10:00pm Monday 2nd June 2014

OFTEN unable to express his feelings, brain damaged Ben Whymark is finding his voice thanks to the magic of art.

Over-40s putting their lives at risk skipping health checks

Bicester Advertiser: Photograph of the Author

6:00am Monday 2nd June 2014

PEOPLE over the age of 40 are putting their lives at risk by not getting free health checks.

Free ambulances face axe for 6,200 patients

Bicester Advertiser: Dave Beesley is concerned over the proposed cuts to services

8:00am Friday 30th May 2014

UP to 6,200 residents – including about 250 cancer patients – will lose free ambulance transport to hospital under plans out for consultation from today.

Heart staff fears ‘unfounded’ but hospital makes changes

Bicester Advertiser: Paul Brennan

6:30am Thursday 29th May 2014

A HOSPITAL review decided staff concerns about heart patients’ safety were unfounded but bosses have made changes to management and training.

More mental health help is needed in Oxfordshire schools

Bicester Advertiser: Sue Croft, the principal of Oxford Spires Academy

7:30am Tuesday 27th May 2014

SCHOOLS must do more to help pupils with their mental health, campaigners say, after surveying education leaders and youngsters.

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