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L&D volunteer shortlisted for Unsung Hero Award

One of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s (L&D) longest-serving volunteers, Eileen McMahon, has been shortlisted for an Unsung Hero Award in the Lifetime Service category.

Eileen has been a volunteer at the L&D for nearly 45 years, offering NHS skin camouflage treatment for patients who suffer from debilitating skin conditions, disfigurement or scarring.

Living with a visible disfigurement can pose a serious emotional and psychological challenge. Many people experience feelings of being self-conscious and may have low self-esteem, some even have to come to terms with being stared at and ridiculed or bullied.  Skin camouflage can transform lives. Using her skills and experience, Eileen supports not just adults, but children too, patiently and diligently sharing her expertise, recommending products and teaching patients how to apply the prescription makeup and creams.

This reduces the prominence of their condition and gives them more confidence to face everyday life…

Force Seizes One Million Pounds Of Drugs From Dealers In 2018

Around £1 million of drugs were seized from dealers and taken off the streets by Bedfordshire Police last year as part of our ongoing efforts to tackle serious and organised crime.

The force’s drug expert witnesses gave evidence in 156 drug trafficking cases over the course of 2018.

As part of these cases, Bedfordshire officers seized illegal street drugs worth an estimated £938,865, as well as at least £162,972 in cash.

Money seized can be reinvested back into policing in Bedfordshire, as well as funding regional and national law enforcement.

Financial investigators at the Eastern Regional Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) worked with us to obtain 32 cash forfeiture orders, totalling £205,727.50, in the county under the Proceeds of Crime Act over the past 12 months.

Almost £173,000 of this was seized by investigators from ERSOU’s regional economic crime unit based at Luton Airport. Half of this money will be shared with the five police forces across the region.

In addition, last year …

Local Health Services Coping But Demand Expected to Rise

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) says the health system coped well over the Christmas and New Year period, with fewer people attending Bedford Hospital’s A&E department and the number of admissions, was down from previous years.

“We were well prepared for an extremely busy festive season but it appears people are heeding our message about using health services responsibly,” says Sally Adams, BCCG Chief Operating Officer.

The New Year has bought with it colder weather and lots of colds and bugs are beginning to spread, with health services starting to see an increasing number of patients. With the worst of the winter weather still to come, demand is expected to increase further and the public is being reminded they should first consult their local pharmacist or call NHS111 for non-urgent health problems.

Pharmacists are highly experienced healthcare professionals who can advise on the treatment options for a wide range of minor health conditions and can often help …

Opportunities to make a difference in Central Bedfordshire

Could you be the voice of your community?

If you’ve ever thought that you would like to represent the interests of your local community and help shape decisions on the services where you live or work, then becoming a Central Bedfordshire councillor is a great way to make a difference.

Perhaps you think that ‘you’re not councillor material’ as you don’t belong to a political party or you don’t see yourself as a ‘stereotypical’ councillor. Central Bedfordshire Council wants its residents to be well represented and believes that it is important that councillors reflect the communities they serve and bring a broad range of skills and life experience.

You can find out more at

To help people to decide if entering the political arena is for them, a new booklet has been produced which, amongst other things, explains in detail who is eligible to stand, the role of a councillor and what are the steps needed to become a candidate.  This is availabl…
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