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Anger over cut in hours at surgery

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 2nd August 2014

PATIENTS have criticised added pressures placed on GPs, which they believe prompted Freshbrook Surgery’s controversial decision to reduce opening hours to three days a week.

Dealing with the return of gout

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

WIDESPREAD in the Victorian times, gout, is rearing its head again in Swindon with a 28 per cent rise in hospital admissions in the last year - and it could all be down to the town’s status as the fat capital of Europe.

Big push for boy in leukaemia struggle

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 1st August 2014

AT just five years old, leukaemia sufferer Charlie Allen has embarked on his second course of chemotherapy – a painful treatment he will have to bear for the next three-and-a-half years.

160 APPEAL: Friends reward hospice for care

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 1st August 2014

TWO years after a brain tumour claimed the life of their friend and colleague, an interior design team has collected nearly £18,500 for the hospice that cared for him when all hope of recovery was lost.

Public survey on £19m project to revamp museum

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 1st August 2014

THE future of an ambitious cultural hub in Swindon has been placed in the hands of art lovers, schools and museum goers.

Road to recovery for police commissioner

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Suffering a cardiac arrest has tested Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson in a myriad of ways – challenging his memory, confidence and resilient personality.

Weighing in to aid young

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

YOUNGSTERS will be given the chance to kick-start a healthier lifestyle as part of a new initiative to prevent obesity.

Big decline shown in school age smokers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

SMOKING among secondary school pupils in Swindon has more than halved over the past ten years, hitting a record low in 2013.

Hall spick and span

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

AN ARMY of professional cleaners descended on Savernake Street Social Hall in Old Town yesterday on a mission to restore the community centre to its former glory in time for a busy summer of activities.

Games on with a chance to try sports

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE activity du jour was American Football at Wharf Green yesterday as part of inSwindon’s answer to the Commonwealth Games.

Memorable day for dementia patients

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

WHILE dementia sufferers may be struggling with memory loss, speech and mental agility, this in no way means they have nothing left to look forward to in life.

NHS to foot op bills to get lad walking

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 28th July 2014

CEREBRAL palsy sufferer Robbie Davies could soon take his very first steps following news that the costly operation he has been waiting to receive for more than three years will finally be available on the NHS.

Wakeskater makes waves by beating world record

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Monday 28th July 2014

GOLD-medallist wakeskater James Harrington realised a childhood dream when he beat the world record for the highest number of stunts performed in a minute on the board last month.

Cancer therapy on offer more widely

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 26th July 2014

PIONEERING breast cancer treatment will be available to up to 150 women with any type of tumour and of any age across Swindon on the NHS, it has been announced.

Plea for help wheeling patients around GWH

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

THE UK’s only voluntary wheelchair escort service is urging people across Swindon to join its ranks and brighten up patients’ visits to the Great Western Hospital.

Health staff to ballot on industrial action

5:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

NURSE, midwives and paramedics in Swindon will be among more than 400,000 NHS workers across England to be balloted on industrial action over pay.

160 APPEAL: Liz is plummeting in more ways than one

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 25th July 2014

WHEN reporter Liz Mackley signed up for a skydive to do her part for the Adver’s 160 Appeal, little did she know she would need to lose 3st for the privilege.

It’s all going swimmingly after my op

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 25th July 2014

OLYMPIC and European swimming champion Brian Jenkins could not resist returning to the waters just 12 weeks after undergoing a major heart operation.

In the running to help a good cause

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

YOUNG victims of abuse or teenagers in harrowing circumstances will tackle a 10-mile race for charity and are urging the public to join them at Barbury Castle.

Life-changing surgery could now be done on NHS

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

A LIFE-changing operation allowing children with cerebral palsy to walk and which had up until now cost parents across Swindon nearly £25,000 will finally be available on the NHS – for the next three years.

A sad farewell to a true inspiration

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

AS the first notes of Gerry Hunt’s drumming solo rose from the speakers, mourners struggled to contain their tears at having lost the gifted musician to cancer.

Fundraiser will be smashing

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

INSPIRED by his brother’s work mentoring teenagers from difficult backgrounds across town, Ashley Waldron will do his part for disaffected youngsters at his very first fundraiser, The Big Swindon Event, on Saturday.

70 years of love for starry-eyed couple

Swindon Advertiser:

5:27pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN ever so slightly forward suitor, generous servings of homemade apple pie and of course unconditional love have proved the secret to longevity for Marjorie and Lionel Sheppard who celebrated 70 years together this month.

Long ride ends well

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

HALFWAY between Land’s End and Highworth, it suddenly dawned on Dr John Bestwick that he had bitten off more than he could chew, but this realisation did not stop him from completing a 300-mile cycle ride in support of Gloucester House.

Man's free flowers turn out to be rare and deadly

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A KEEN gardener from Wroughton has claimed that a pack of wild flower seeds he won through BBC’s Countryfile and proceeded to cultivate in his garden contained a deadly plant until now believed to be extinct.

Rise in sex infections

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE number of people flouting safe sex and risking their health is on the increase in Swindon with 1,891 diagnosed with cases of STIs in the last year.

Couple push on with hospice fundraising

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PASSERS-by would have been forgiven for thinking they had landed in a scene from Bedknobs And Broomsticks on Saturday when they were overtaken by a huge bed in the middle of the street pushed along by zany fundraisers for the Adver’s 160 Appeal.

Pupils step out to help young carers

Swindon Advertiser:

5:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PUPILS’ eyes were opened to the reality of life as a young carer as part of a week-long awareness campaign which saw them raise nearly £1,700 for children shouldering big responsibilities.

Competition winner claims BBC Countryfile seeds bloomed into killer plant

Swindon Advertiser:

4:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

A KEEN gardener from Wroughton has claimed that a pack of wild flower seeds he won through BBC’s Countryfile and proceeded to cultivate in his garden contained a deadly plant until now believed to be extinct.

How you can stay safe in the sun

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

SKIN cancer nurse Tina Phillips is urging people in Swindon to stay safe in the sun as the summer holidays get in full swing.

Linda says thanks with a £4k cheque

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

THE former mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett returned to the Great Western Hospital victorious yesterday having not only beaten skin cancer but succeeded in raising £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Skies lit up by storm – and there’s more on the way

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

MORE thunderstorms are expected to hit Swindon this weekend with a risk of flooding in the town and the rest of Wiltshire.

Woman discharged with cannula in arm

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

A YOUNG patient was horrified to find a cannula still firmly lodged in her arm when she returned home from the Great Western Hospital.

More health visitors set to help families

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 18th July 2014

AN extra 23 nurses and midwives will be recruited as part of a £700,000 scheme to ensure vulnerable children receive the best possible start in life in Swindon.

Dismay over GP care cuts

Swindon Advertiser: Be alert to the symptoms of lung cancer

5:30am Friday 18th July 2014

A PATIENT says he felt blindsided by a decision to close Freshbrook Surgery for two days a week due to staff shortages and a lack of applicants.

Cyclist’s India trip to dad’s homeland

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Friday 18th July 2014

SEVEN years after losing both her parents to cancer, Caroline Hull will attempt a daunting 500km cycle-ride across her father’s homeland, India, for the hospice nurses who devoted themselves to her and her family in their hour of need.

Dance troupe take England to victory

Swindon Advertiser:

4:30pm Thursday 17th July 2014

GIFTED dancers from Swindon led Team England to resounding victory at a worldwide competition that saw them scoop two individual champion titles.

Renovated war memorial unveiled

Swindon Advertiser:

5:20pm Thursday 17th July 2014

ROYAL Wootton Bassett’s war memorial has received a facelift befitting of its significance at the heart of the community.

Drummer Gerry loses fight for life

Swindon Advertiser:

5:20am Thursday 17th July 2014

THREE years after he was first diagnosed with lymphoma and despite a campaign to fund alternative treatment , Gerry Hunt lost his battle with cancer on Monday.

Sepsis campaign sees dramatic drop in mortality rates

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

A MAJOR campaign to tackle sepsis at the Great Western Hospital has already seen mortality rates drop from 63 to 25 per cent in Swindon since February.

Early birds get settled at Academy

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE DREADED move to secondary school was not so frightening after all for primary pupils who made the leap two months early and got a preview of what to expect ahead of September.

Enthusiasts raise air ambulance cash with fun day

Swindon Advertiser:

5:37pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

CAR-MAD enthusiasts in Swindon have teamed up with fans from across the country to put on a fun day to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Work on flats for elderly under way

Swindon Advertiser:

5:29pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

BUILDING work has begun on a new £5.6m affordable independent living scheme for the elderly in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Work on flats for elderly under way

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

BUILDING work has begun on a new £5.6m affordable independent living scheme for the elderly in Royal Wootton Bassett.

Youngsters do their bit to help out

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Wednesday 16th July 2014

PUPILS at Swindon Academy put their studies on hold to devote their time to the community and explore life beyond the classroom.

Trio saddle up to beat cancer

5:30am Wednesday 16th July 2014

TEN years to the day after he was first diagnosed with testicular cancer, 30-year-old survivor Neil Rutter will cycle 220 miles in 12 hours to fund vital research into harder to treat conditions.

100 alerted over diabetes

Swindon Advertiser: Diabetes UK logo 2013

5:30am Wednesday 16th July 2014

AROUND half of all the people tested for basic signs or symptoms of type 2 diabetes at a town centre roadshow were found at risk.

Report gives town a poor bill of health

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

FROM skyrocketing diabetes to abysmal levels of obesity, self-harm and sexually-transmitted infections, Swindon cut a worrying figure in a new report released by Public Health England.

Care firm fails to meet needs

5:20am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE ability of staff to meet patients’ needs and protect them from harm at Purity Care has been thrown into question after the service failed to meet four of the five basic standards required by the health watchdog.

The green machines

Swindon Advertiser:

5:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

WHETHER ‘sponging ‘ their teachers, selling homemade goods or competing in tugs of war or football shoot-outs, pupils at Lydiard Park Academy stopped at nothing to raise funds for children facing adversity or abuse across Swindon.

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