Health

British Paralympian Sophia Warner opens new Simplicare Centre in Brighton

British Paralympian gold medal hopeful Sophia Warner is taking a little time out from her hectic training schedule to open the new Simplicare Centre at Freshfield Business Park, Stevenson Road in Brighton today (Wednesday 20 June). Simplicare Centre comprises a care and mobility retail store and care recruitment offices providing care and disability products and [...]

Permanent table tennis tables installed in Brighton and Hove parks

Permanent table tennis tables installed in Brighton and Hove parks

Two of Brighton and Hove’s most popular parks are being kitted out with permanent table tennis tables and more are being planned for other parks in the city later in the year. The two parks that have already received tables are St Ann’s Well Gardens and Preston Park. Visitors to these parks can now borrow [...]

Fork & Dig It launch Brighton and Hove ‘Veg Share’

Organic community growing group Fork and Dig It are inviting local people to buy a share in this year’s harvest. By joining Brighton’s first community supported agriculture (CSA) scheme, Veg Sharers will get a weekly supply of ultra local, top quality organic vegetables and soft fruit delivered to their doorstep or workplace from May to [...]

Caroline Lucas MP calls NHS reforms to be dropped

Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion, has responded to reports that the Department of Health is set to defy a legal ruling by the Information Commissioner to release the NHS risk register. Caroline Lucas said: “It simply beggars belief that, despite two rulings demanding the release of the [...]

Teen pregnancies down a quarter in Brighton and Hove since 1998

Teen pregnancies down a quarter in Brighton and Hove since 1998

Teen pregnancy rates in Brighton and Hove have drastically fallen in Brighton and Hove, according to the city council. The rates have fallen by over a quarter (26.5%), since 1998 and this has been attributed to the overhaul of services to prevent unplanned pregnancy and improve sexual health. According to the BBC, over 200 teenagers [...]

University of Brighton to lead ‘smart e-bike’ project on streets of Brighton

The University of Brighton is leading a project that will involve trials of ‘smart e-bikes’ on the streets of Brighton in 2012 and 2013, as part of research into sustainable transport and mobile media. The particular project aims to understand how people use e-bikes, and how smartphones can monitor this use and give useful feedback [...]

Brighton homelessness charity receives funding for sexual health project

Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) has been awarded funding to continue to deliver its sexual health programme for homeless men and women. The NHS Brighton and Hove funded project delivers a wide range of services from hepatitis B testing and health screening to a sexual health drop in, cervical screening promotion and events to raise awareness [...]

Website reaches out to Brighton and Hove youngsters who are finding life difficult

Website reaches out to Brighton and Hove youngsters who are finding life difficult

A new website is aiming to give information on local support services to young people in Brighton and Hove who may be feeling low or struggling with a wide range of issues. The new site, which is called www.wheretogofor.co.uk, has been created by Right Here Brighton and Hove, which is a group that promotes the [...]

£420m Brighton hospital redevelopment to go ahead

£420m Brighton hospital redevelopment to go ahead

A £420m redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton has been approved by Brighton and Hove City Council. The “biggest development the city has seen” was approved unanimously by the council’s planning committee on Friday (27 January 2012). Chair of the planning committee Councillor Phelim MacCafferty said: “This is the biggest development the [...]

Ofsted say child protection work in Brighton and Hove has shown ‘demonstrable improvements’

 Ofsted say child protection work in Brighton and Hove has shown

Since the introduction of a single city-wide contact point for referrals last year in Brighton and Hove, child protection work in the city has vastly improved, according to Ofsted inspectors. Their inspection of the council’s child protection services in November found that: •    Children who are at risk of suffering significant harm receive a prompt [...]

Brighton General Hospital to be fined after having hard drives stolen

Brighton General Hospital to be fined after having hard drives stolen

Brighton General Hospital is now set to face a £375,000 fine after it had its computer hard drives stolen in September 2010. The hard drives contain confidential information on tens of thousands of patients and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has sent a notice to the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust proposing the [...]

New child poverty figures published for Brighton and Hove

Light shed on child poverty in Brighton and Hove

20% of children in Brighton and Hove are in families on out of work benefits, according to a new report published yesterday (Tuesday 10 January 2012) by Campaign to End Child Poverty. The figures published by the Campaign provide a child poverty map of the whole of the UK, which campaigners say “paints a stark [...]

Brighton Marathon Grand Hotel Mini Mile launches

450 pupils at Longhill secondary school enjoyed an assembly with a difference on Monday 9 January as the Brighton Marathon, with two Olympians on its staff, held a seminar on the Mini Mile and the Olympic Games. Though the marathon, which takes place 15 April 2012, is closed to children under the age of 18, [...]

World AIDS Day 2011 Brighton & Hove events

World AIDS Day 2011 Brighton & Hove events

Today (December 1 2011) is World AIDS Day. Held on the same day each year, World AIDS Day aims to bring people together all over the world in the fight against HIV. It is an opportunity for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Various [...]

Royal Sussex County Hospital redevelopment plans popular with public

Royal Sussex County Hospital redevelopment plans popular with public

WRITTEN BY ANDY COLLINS Proposed plans for the transformation and rebuilding of the front half of the Royal County Sussex Hospital are proving very popular with the public.  The ambitious proposals have at least 90% public backing, according to Nick Groves, the Service Modernisation Lead for the project. Groves, 42, is part of a small [...]