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£52 million investment to fast track online maternity records

England's Chief Nurse has announced every pregnant woman will be able to access their maternity records from their smart phone. 

The move has been made so that pregnant women will be able to have more control over their pregnancy and will be able to see all the decisions and information made via a smart phone. 

GPs and health professionals will also be able to access this information, it is hoped that by doing so, it will mean pregnant women will no longer have to repeat information to different clinicians they see whilst pregnant, which may also help improve safety.  

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Source: NHS England, 17 June 2021

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Surgery disruption during pandemic may affect millions

Millions of people may be affected for years to come by the disruption to surgery across England and Wales, possibly for many years ahead. 

It has been reported that hospitals have performed around 1.5 million fewer surgeries which may also be in part because people have not attended for their operation or treatment. 

Those who have not come forward for their surgeries or treatments it had been found, could be due to fear of contracting COVID-19, or that there were fewer accidents that caused significant injury requiring surgery. 

Findings showed surgeries that involved gall bladders, burn reconstructions and hip and knee replacements were among those that experienced the shortest fall. 

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Source: BBC News, 18 June 2021

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