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Darren calls for post-treatment support for breast cancer patients

Darren Jones MP has written to the NHS South West Cancer Care Alliance Manager in the Bristol area asking that they re-assess how they support patients at the end of their breast cancer treatment and to ensure they have access to post-treatment health and wellbeing advice events.

Darren said:

“At present, there is not enough support for patients reaching the end of what is a physically and emotionally draining treatment process – this is unacceptable and must change.”

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Darren meets Bristol North West NHS70 Award Winner

To mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, the Prime Minister awarded just seven volunteers for their outstanding health and social care achievements – Bristol North West resident Gillian was one of these seven award winners. Gillian has volunteered with families of children in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children over the last 31 years.

Gillian leads the ‘Friends for Parents’ a volunteer initiative at the hospital. The service provides everything parents might need while their children are in hospital – from delivering toiletry packs, to running errands for parents who do not want to leave their children’s bedsides, there is no job too big or small for Gillian and her team – that is why she is the 949th Point of Light (a cross-party award scheme).

Darren said after the visit:

” I would like to formally congratulate Gillian on being chosen as one of the NHS70 Point of Light award winners. Gillian’s fantastic work has inspired hospitals across the world to adopt the successful ‘Friends for Parents’ model, including institutions in Malta and Africa. Long may Gillian continue to provide this much needed service, and act a role model, to so many. I speak on behalf of all of Bristol North West – and indeed Bristol – when I say thank you Gillian”.

You can follow Darren’s work on health here.

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Darren calls for Lyme Disease research and GP training

Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne disease and can be caught all over the UK including in urban parks and back gardens. Official estimates suggest around 3,000 cases a year, but this is thought to be much higher. Awareness amongst both the general public and medical professionals is low.

Lyme disease can be hard to diagnose. Tick bites are normally painless and very small they are easily missed. Left undiagnosed or under treated or if treatment fails, Lyme disease can be debilitating and have a devastating impact, leaving people chronically ill and disabled with little prospect of recovery.

You can find out more about Lyme Disease from NHS here.

Darren said:

” A member of my team has recently contracted Lyme Disease so I know how debilitating and serious it can be. It is really important people check for ticks and if you have symptoms or bite marks they seek immediate medical advice. The government must invest in research into Lyme Disease and  immediate training of GPs. It is ridiculous that Public Health England have created a ‘Be Tick aware’ toolkit but because of internal politics around raising awareness this has not been rolled out”.

 

 

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Darren signs food insecurity letter

Food insecurity is a widespread problem in the UK, with the Trussell Trust alone seeing a million people at its food banks a year. However, there are no statistics on exactly how many people are struggling for food for how long. To tackle the problem we need to know how widespread it is, so Darren signed a letter to the Government asking them to begin measuring food insecurity.

 

 

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Darren asks experts about the dangers of Energy Drinks

The Science and Technology Committee are currently holding an inquiry into energy drinks. They are looking at the effect of these drinks on health, particularly of young people and children.

Darren asked a mixture of industry representatives and regulators about the advertisement of these drinks.

He firstly asked about the effect of caffeine, which is included in many energy drinks, on young people.

He then asked about how children are defined for the purposes of energy drink advertising, whether children are targeted for energy drink advertising and whether energy drinks should carry warnings.

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Darren thanks NHS staff and volunteers! #NHS70

The NHS was brought into existence on 5th July 1948 under a Labour government – today marks the NHS’ 70th birthday. On this special occasion, Bristol North West MP,  Darren Jones MP thanked everyone who supports the NHS ensuring to include staff and volunteers from across both health and social care services:

Darren said:

” On behalf of everyone in Bristol North West – today and every day – thank you NHS staff, volunteers, charities and fundraisers. We literally wouldn’t be here without you!”‬

To celebrate #NHS70, CQC has published 70 stories highlighting individuals who have gone ‘over and above’ and made a significant impact on the care people receive across health and social care services.

Importantly, while it’s the NHS that’s celebrating a birthday, these stories include people working alongside NHS services in adult social care who we all know have also played a vital and integral role.

 

This collection of short case studies is part of a series highlighting the work that individuals – from volunteers, to front line staff to senior leaders – have done to deliver great services across acute and mental health NHS trusts, primary care and adult social care.

Darren also praised the fundraising efforts of the Southmead Hospital Charity and will be visiting the volunteers in the coming weeks to see the new patient ambulance unveiled as part of the hospital’s 70th birthday celebrations:

” Whilst the government undermine our health service, privatise by the back door and chip away at funding and our dedicated NHS staff – its these fundraisers, NHS staff and the people who donated in support of this wonderful ambulance that deserve our attention! They are what represents #NHS70 each and every day~.

 

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Darren champions local parks and open spaces

On Friday 29th and 30th June, Darren visited Lawrence Weston Moors with Avon Wildlife Trust and attended a wildlife walk with local expert, Steve England, and the Friends of Lamplighters Marsh. This follows Darren’s recent nomination to Groundworks for the Friends on-going efforts to protect and sustain the local environment at the Marsh.

Darren said after the visits:

” What a wonderful couple of visits in the sunshine – I was keen to find out, Bristol North West has the most green space in Bristol, from super parks like Blaise Castle, the Downs and nature reserves in Avonmouth, Sea Mills and Lawrence Weston to vital woodland habitats and ancient trees in Kingsweston, Blaise and Stoke Park. it is vital we protect, maintain and use these beautiful parks and open spaces. These spaces are so important as they help to keep us fit and healthy and encourage us to meet our neighbours and bond as community.”‬

 

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Darren talks to young people about the effect of social media and screens on their health

The Science and Technology Committee, which Darren is a member of, is holding an inquiry into Social Media and Screen Use and its effect on children and young people’s health. At this evidence session five young people gave evidence about their experience of this issue.

Darren firstly discussed how age verification could play a role in protecting children and young people online.

Darren then asked about how posting content on social media made the young people feel.

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Darren nominates Friends of Lamplighters Marsh for Award

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has nominated the Friends of Lamplighters Marsh (FOLM) for a Groundworks Community Award.

Darren said:

” This week, I have nominated the Friends of Lamplighters Marsh for the Groundworks Community Awards. Groundworks administer the Tesco Bags of Help Grants – last year the group were successfully awarded £3000. I have met the committee and volunteers on a number of occasions, including a walk last weekend, and have always been very impressed with their dedication and hard work to protect and enhance the marsh for local people.

The group meet on the first Saturday of most months at 10am at The Lamplighters pub for a working party, they also host many special events – they help local people meet other residents and enjoy healthy activities such as walks. The FOLM’s work is also a reflection of the excellent support they get from Bristol City Council’s Parks Team, Ground Services and the Shirehampton Community Action Forum. I hope the FOLM are successful in being recognised for their hard work”.

You can find out more about The Friends of Lamplighters Marsh (FOLM) here.

FOLM is open to everybody and is free to join.

How to nominate other groups:

Do you know a community group that deserves special recognition for making your local area a better place to live?

If so, please nominate them to receive a Groundwork Community Award. The form only takes a couple of minutes to complete.

Now in its second year, the Groundwork Community Awards honour the small local community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life where they live but often get little recognition and support.

Nominate a community group by using this link.

The deadline for nominations is 22nd July.