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'My Planned Care Platform' to provide targeted information for patients waiting for elective surgeries

PATIENTS waiting for elective surgeries will benefit from increased transparency and information sharing following the launch of the new NHS:- 'My Planned Care' platform. Patients and their carers will be able to access tailored information ahead of planned surgeries including information on waiting times for their provider. They will also be able to better understand their expected wait and clinicians will be able to link patients to the most appropriate personalised support in preparation for their surgery. This could include advice on prevention services, such as stop smoking or diet and exercise plans, to make sure they are fighting fit for surgery to reduce cancellations, prevent deterioration and help patients recover as quickly as possible. It forms part of wide ranging plans to tackle the backlog of elective care caused by the Covid19 Pandemic, which also includes the rollout of more than 100 community diagnostic centres across the country and extra surgical hubs, all backed by billion pounds of additional investment.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid said:- "At the height of the Pandemic the NHS rightly focused on treating Covid19 patients, but sadly it has meant waiting lists have risen; and the Covid backlog is going to keep rising.  This platform, combined with our record funding to tackle the backlog and invest in innovative diagnosis and treatment will help us ensure access to life changing care and support for people no matter who they are or where they live."

NHS providers will be able to upload supportive information to the platform to help patients manage their conditions while they wait for treatment. A ⅓ of on the day cancellations are due to people not being clinically ready for treatment, such as having a long term condition including diabetes or high blood pressure which has not been diagnosed or properly managed. The platform, which will go live later this month, will initially be accessible via NHS.UK, allowing patients, family members, carers and clinicians to all access information at any point of their care pathway. In the longer term it is expected the service will be delivered via the NHS App. This follows the Health and Social Care Secretary’s announcement last week on a national war on cancer with the launch of a call for evidence to inform a new ten year plan to improve cancer care, speed up diagnosis and invest in innovative new treatments.

Legendary Liverpool bar LA’GO celebrates 25 years in business

AFTER a challenging couple of years, Liverpool’s nightlife sector is preparing itself for a busy year ahead, and no one will be celebrating more than the team at LA’GO, based in Colquitt Street. Launched in 1997, originally as a Motown bar, it soon became known for its affordable drinks and great music. Since then, the venue has weathered every economic and cultural storm, and is looking forward to a packed roster of events, including their Valentine’s Meet Market night on 14th February. The event’s name reflects the LA’GO tongue in cheek, witty vibe that they have become famous for.

LA’GO has been around for 25 years by creating its own unique niche: it prides itself on being a safe bar, where the management and staff are approachable and get to know their customers well. And it is also known as a place for a great night out where people can leave their pretensions at the door with people from all walks of life joining them:- students, grown ups, pensioners, prins, the lot!

The drinks menu at LA’GO is also 1 of the reasons customers return again and again, and its range of shots, from Jagerbombs to Sambucas, to the house special the:- 'Baby Stella' and a whole host of delights in between, ensure that everyone involved gets to enjoy an affordable night out.

As well as being a place to celebrate any occasion, whether it be Valentine's Day, any given Monday, the start of the weekend, or the weekend itself, LA’GO is also a place where football lovers head for a good time, as the venue regularly hosts the very best Premier League, Champions League and international matches, where fans can enjoy the LA’GO atmosphere and join in the celebrations.

Phil Gillespie, Head of Marketing at LA’GO explains:- '"A’GO is based on Colquitt Street, Liverpool and it is a place which is held in huge affection by everyone who visits us here: it is why we have been around for 25 years now, and why some of our customers have stayed with us that long. We are all about giving everyone who comes in a great night out, with brilliant soundtracks, and a friendly atmosphere where they can mix with every demographic. Quite simply, we are the very opposite of venues with velvet ropes and VIP vibes; everybody is equal to us. Because we offer great value, and our staff here soon get to know your name, it’s all about the welcome and a chance to party without pretence. We will be celebrating this special 25th Anniversary year with lots of events and themed nights, so keep an eye on our socials, and we look forward to seeing you all."


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