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GP care will meet the 'needs of 21st century patients'

A new scheme to transform GP care in London will meet the "needs of 21st century patients" and fit in with work and family life, a senior NHS doctor has said.

Dr Anne Rainsberry, Regional Director for NHS England (London), said:

A changing and growing capital is creating unprecedented challenges for London's family doctors, which means they can't always provide the access to appointments or services they wish they could offer.

Today's important announcement paves the way for GP care that truly meets the needs of 21st century patients.

Thanks to this investment, more than a third of Londoners should see better access to care that fits in with family and work life, and more tailored care for people living with long term conditions or who are elderly.

Find out how the changes could affect your local GP service

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Patients to 'gain better access to GP care' under plans

Almost 3 million people will be able to gain better access to GP care under a new pilot scheme designed to ease the pressure on services.

GPs will be expected to open for longer hours. Credit: PA

Surgeries will be expected to extend their opening hours and provide appointments seven days a week under the new £11.5 million scheme.

Around 2.8 million patients in Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Southwark will benefit from the plans.

Investment will also see surgeries use technologies such as telecare and health apps to improve care, while patients will be able to book appointments through email and Skype.

Testicular cancer survivor urges men to check for signs

A man who survived testicular cancer has urged other men to not be shy and to know how to check for signs, after it was revealed 75% of men do not know the symptoms of the disease.

Matt Hancock, a 32-year-old electrician from Twickenham, who found a lump on his testicles four years ago said he had no idea what he should be checking for before he was diagnosed:

I was young, fit and healthy, so I put off showing my GP. I was eventually referred to a hospital and thankfully the cancer was caught in time - I was one of the lucky ones.

I had my testicle removed and replaced with a prosthetic and have made a full recovery following 3 cycles of chemotherapy - I just wish I'd been more clued up.

It's bloody scary being told you have cancer, but as long as you act quickly then there is a very good chance you'll be ok.

My advice to men is to not be shy - get to know yourself and if you find something unusual, get it checked out straight away.

Only 16% of Londoners check for testicular cancer signs

Just 16% of London men perform regular self-checks for testicular cancer, a new study has revealed.

Three quarters of men said they were unaware of how to correctly check themselves for the signs and symptoms of the disease.

After a survey of around 3,000 men, the charity Orchid released the following findings:

  • Only 16% of men perform regular self-checks
  • 10% of Londoners did not recognise any of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer
  • Around 47% of London men would shy away from showing their GP with 37% choosing to confide in their partner or Mum instead

Read: 75% of London men 'don't know testicular cancer signs'

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'If caught early, testicular cancer can be 98% curable'

The men's health charity Orchid has launched a confidential free phone National Male Cancer Helpline to answer any questions men might have about the disease and its symptoms.

Specialist nurses will staff the line Monday to Wednesday from 10am-6pm on 0808 802 0010.

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged between 15-45 years, with around 2,200-2,300 men being diagnosed each year. Awareness of the disease has improved in the past 5 years, but these findings show that vital life-saving health messages still aren't reaching the vast majority of men.

We're calling on London's busy men to take a few minutes to learn about how to carry out simple self checks and to recognise the early warning signs and symptoms regardless of their work obligations and pace of life. Getting an early diagnosis is vital - if caught early, testicular cancer can be 98% curable.

– Rebecca Porta, Orchid Chief Executive

75% of London men 'don't know testicular cancer signs'

Three quarters of London men are unaware of how to correctly check themselves for the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer, according to a new survey by a men's health charity.

A testicular cancer tumour, seen under a microscope inside a testis. Credit: ITV News

Around half of the 3,000 men surveyed by Orchid, said they would 'shy away' from showing their GP if they discovered a lump.

Orchid Chief Executive Rebecca Porta said: "Awareness of the disease has improved in the past 5 years, but these findings show that vital life-saving health messages still aren't reaching the vast majority of men.

Getting an early diagnosis is vital - if caught early, testicular cancer can be 98% curable.

London Ambulance saw 34% rise in breathing problems

The number of people experiencing breathing problems increased by 34 per cent on Thursday, London Ambulance Service has said.

The capital experienced "very high" pollution levels yesterday but air quality is expected to improve today.

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We saw a 34% increase in patients with breathing problems yesterday compared to an average Thu

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People with asthma may also find that they need to use their inhaler more frequently, have it with you at all times

Read: Boris: 'I cycled this morning and it seemed fine to me'

High pollution levels in London expected to fall

Air quality in London is expected to improve today after the highest level of pollution was recorded on Thursday.

London Ambulance Service reported a 14 per cent rise in call outs to people experiencing breathing problems. Credit: PA Wire

The capital has been blighted by increased levels this week with London Ambulance Service reporting a 14 per cent increase in emergency calls for people experiencing breathing problems.

Tom Cobler, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, said: "The air quality will improve throughout the day. It will edge out to the east over the North Sea as some slightly fresher air mass comes in across the UK from the west."

Meanwhile, David Cameron has been accused of failing to understand the long-term air pollution problem by the European Commission's environment spokesman.

Read: Boris Johnson accused of 'dangerous complacency' over pollution scare

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