Thursday 8 December 2022

BEVERLEY’S East Riding Community Hospital is to be designated a Community Diagnostic Centre, one of 19 across the country as part of a package of measures designed to tackle a backlog as a result of the Covid pandemic. Health Secretary Steve Barclay announced the creation of the “one stop shops” for tests, checks and scans.

Mr Barclay said he wanted to “turbocharge” current plans to “bust the backlog” and help patients get the treatment they needed. He told us: “The taskforce will look at sensible steps to utilise all existing capacity to slash waiting lists while ensuring the NHS always remains free at the point of use.”

IT’S BEEN REVEALED Yorkshire and the Humber has the highest number of Strep A cases in England. Up until last week there was 610 cases reported. Nine children in the UK have died, and the UK Health Security Agency says groups could now been given antibiotics if an outbreak is detected. However parents are being reassured that serious cases are very rare.

THE HOSEPIPE ban introduced in the summer by Yorkshire Water has been lifted. The ban, the first in 27 years, was brought in after lower rainfall and high summer temperatures saw reservoir levels fall below 50 per cent. But reservoirs were now at an average of 75 per cent capacity following above average autumn rainfall, the firm said.