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Online is cheapest way to increase MMR uptake

Researchers at the University of East Anglia say giving parents access to online information about the MMR vaccine is the most cost-effective way of increasing its uptake.

Working with the University of Leeds, their report shows that a website informing parents about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine would save the NHS over £9 per vaccination compared to a GP consultation.

It would also be £7.17 cheaper than offering the information in leaflet form.

It's hoped the findings will lead to a web-based decision aid being developed as part of NHS guidelines on the MMR vaccine.

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University of East Anglia Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councillors to discuss problems at Watton GP surgery

Councillors will today discuss problems faced by the doctors' surgery in Watton.

1,500 patients are being de-registered because the surgery says it is over subscribed and they live too far away.

The situation was highlighted by 95-year-old Lily Dove who is having to find a new surgery.

The problems will be discussed by Breckland District Council.

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MRSA bug may be "impossible" to eradicate, Cambridge scientists warn

Scientists in Cambridge say it may be
Scientists in Cambridge say it may be "impossible" to completely eradicate all strains of MRSA in hospitals. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists in Cambridge say it may be "impossible" to completely eradicate all strains of MRSA in hospitals.

Instances of the superbug have decreased dramatically since 2001 because of new hygiene regimes, but experts say hospitals doing their best should not be penalised because it's impossible to control numerous strains of the bug being brought into hospitals unwittingly by patients and visitors.

"If you go above a certain level of patients screened positively for MRSA a year, then we are fined a lot of money.

The Government shouldn’t be gallivanting around suggesting a zero-tolerance policy, it can’t possibly work, the level can never be at zero."

– Dr Estee Torok

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Colchester's hospitals still "need improvements", inspectors say

Colchester Hospital.
Colchester Hospital. Credit: PA

The Care Quality Commission says both Colchester Hospital and Essex County Hospital need to make further improvements to their services.

The Trust, which runs both hospitals, has been in special measures since last October.

The Trust says significant progress has been made but there is more to do.

Colchester Hospital to invest in new parking facilities?

More than £700,000 could be spent on increasing the number of parking spaces at Colchester General Hospital.
More than £700,000 could be spent on increasing the number of parking spaces at Colchester General Hospital. Credit: PA

More than £700,000 could be spent on increasing the number of parking spaces at Colchester General Hospital after concerns there's not enough to meet demand.

The NHS Foundation Trust will look at a report today which if given the go ahead would provide 180 public parking spaces.

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