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Local healthcare heroes chosen to represent region in NHS 70 birthday parliamentary awards - diabetes and mental health team

The diabetes team from West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the mental health team from Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

A local diabetes and mental health team has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to represent the central midlands region in a prestigious competition to mark the NHS's 70th birthday.

As regional champion in the ‘Excellence in Mental Health Care’ award category, they will now vie with other regional winners from across England for a national award to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

New clinic treats rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups quickly, avoiding hospital admissions

Rheumatology specialist nurse, Sharon Pearson in the Lister's new flare clinic

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are now accessing a new service – called a flare clinic – to get the care they need more quickly than has been the case previously. If not treated early, patients experiencing a sudden flare-up of their symptoms can end up in A&E and even be admitted – which earlier intervention can help to prevent.

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