Modernising services for people living with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia
NHS England is responsible for commissioning specialised services for people living with sickle cell, thalassaemia and other rare anaemias. Dr Kate Ryan, Consultant Haematologist and Chair of NHS England's Haemoglobinopathies Clinical Reference Group, explains why we need to look at new ways of helping people living with these diseases to manage their long term condition and explains how you can get involved to help shape services for the future -  deadline to get involved is 21 September 2018.  
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Stroke patients in England set to receive revolutionary new treatment
NHS England has announced that it will commission mechanical thrombectomy so that it is more widely available for patients who have certain types of acute ischaemic. This new treatment will be phased in later in this year with an estimated 1,000 patients set to benefit in the first year. NHS England is working with Health Education England and NHS trusts to build on the expertise available in specialised centres, including developing the workforce that will support more than 8,000 people to receive the treatment. Extensive engagement around the service and policy has already taken place with clinicians and patient and public representatives. NHS England is now seeking to test these further with wider groups of stakeholders and is inviting people to take part in a survey.  The survey will close on 17 August 2017.  
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