November 29, 2004

Nurses to Learn Prescription Care

Cold Can Kill information packs are only available by writing to the Help the Aged's depot in Clacton - not by telephoning its Cardiff headquarters.

The address is Help the Aged, Unit 4, Crusader Business Park, Stephenson Road, Clacton, CO15 4TN.

BABIES born at the Caerphilly Birthing Centre will be returning to the midwife led unit today to celebrate its first birthday.

More than 400 babies have been born at the Birth Centre in the last year and it has earned a reputation for the success it has achieved, despite initial negative reaction in the community when it the idea of a midwife-led unit was first proposed.

The centre, at Caerphilly District Miners Hospital, has attracted interest from across Europe as it promotes natural birth and is home to Wales' first birthing pool.

NURSES and pharmacists will soon be able to prescribe a wider range of medicines in Wales.

In total 245 nurses and pharmacists will be trained as supplementary prescribers, which allows them to prescribe a limited range of drugs as part of an agreed patient-care plan.

Health Minister Jane Hutt said, 'Today's doctors spend a considerable amount of time treating patients with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, mental health problems and cardiovascular disease, to name just a few. Supplementary prescribing, which allows nurses and pharmacists to prescribe to patients, will help to ease this pressure.'

A WELSH cancer specialist has been appointed to lead the committee which oversees clinical cancer research in the UK.

Professor Tim Maughan, professor of cancer studies at the Wales College of Medicine and a consultant oncologist at Velindre Hospital, has been appointed chair elect of the National Cancer Research Network's operational steering committee.