Health

NHS data sale postponed for 6 months

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

After a concerted campaign by concerned people, NHS England has announced that Care.data, the plan to upload everyone’s medical records to a central database, is being postponed for 6 months.

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NHS data sharing – know your rights to opt out

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Later this year, the National Health Service (NHS) plans to start selling patient information to drug and insurance companies. This month NHS England is sending a leaflet entitled ‘Better Information Means Better Care’ to 26 million households explaining that data will be shared with researchers and organisations outside the NHS – unless you choose to opt out by writing to your GP. Needless to say, most boat dwellers will not get this leaflet.

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BaNES health survey research published

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The Gypsy, Traveller, Boater, Showman and Roma Health Survey that many boaters took part in last year has been published.

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Tell the doctor you live aboard

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

If you are registered with a GP at the Health Centre, Station Approach, Bradford on Avon, make sure you inform the surgery that you live on a boat. The Health Centre welcomes liveaboard boaters as patients, whether or not you have a mooring.

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BaNES Council want to hear from liveaboard boaters

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Bath and NE Somerset Council want to hear from liveaboard boaters on the Kennet and Avon Canal and the River Avon. If you live on your boat without a home mooring, and spend some of your time between Dundas and Hanham, or if you live on a mooring in this area, the Council wants you to tell them about your needs and requirements. Please email scrutiny@bathnes.gov.uk by March 28th 2013.

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Bath surgery seeking NHS patient registration

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Pulteney Practice, a doctor’s surgery on Pulteney Street in Bath are actively seeking out new NHS patient registrations. We encourage all boaters to be registered with a GP as it simplifies access to health services.

This practice is particularly convenient for the canal in Bath. They are also affiliated with the Surgery at Bathampton.

Phone number for both practices: 01225 464187
website: www.pulteney.co.uk

Please let us know if you experience any difficulty registering as a resident of a boat.

Enforcement bully backs down after complaint from injured boater

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

An enforcement officer has been forced to reconsider ordering an injured boater to move within 48 hours, and has agreed that the boater can stay on a visitor mooring for the time that a doctor has recommended for the injury to heal.

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Health survey under way – please take part

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

The first ever survey of liveaboard boaters’ health needs has begun in Bath and NE Somerset. It is being carried out for the NHS, and it’s your chance to have your say about how health services need to be changed to make them easier for boaters to get access to.

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NHS health survey in BaNES to include boaters

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Article by Margaret Greenfields

Between September and December this year a team of trained Gypsy, Traveller, Boater and Showmen interviewers will be carrying out a study of the health needs of members of their communities living in the Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset areas. The survey aims to interview 50 Boaters. If you are interested in taking part please contact one of the people listed at the end of this article. Three Boaters will be trained to act as interviewers.

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