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Damien Moore MP welcomes Government AI funding award for Southport and Formby Primary Care Network

DAMIEN Moore MP has welcomed the news that the Southport and Formby Primary Care Network will benefit from the NHS and the Government's backing for 9 ground breaking AI technologies to improve speed and accuracy of diagnoses and tackle waiting lists.

Mendelian has been awarded £1.4 million to support an AI system capturing disease features from electronic health records across a patient population, matching patients to published diagnostic criteria for hundreds of rare diseases. The MendelScan system will be trialled across the Southport and Formby Primary Care Network.

Tens of thousands of patients across the country could benefit from quicker, earlier diagnoses and more effective treatments for a range of conditions, as the Government invests nearly £16 million into pioneering artificial intelligence research (AI).

Nine companies have been awarded funding through the third round of the AI in Health and Care Awards, which is accelerating the testing and deployment of the most promising AI technologies.

The winners include AI systems which can help detect cancer, diagnose rare diseases, identify women at highest risk of premature birth and support the treatment of neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis. The funding will be used to support the testing, evaluation, and adoption of their technologies by the NHS.

In total, so far £123 million has been invested in 86 AI technologies across 3 rounds of awards supporting over 300,000 patients and improving their care and treatment for health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental health and neurological disorders.

Damien Moore, Member of Parliament for Southport, said:- "I welcome this announcement that the very latest in innovative AI technology will be used to improve healthcare outcomes for our Town, and I am very pleased to be supporting the Government in this vital funding. Throughout my time as Southport's MP, I have always stood up for and championed high quality healthcare. I will continue to do all I can to ensure that my constituents receive this locally, from exciting new technologies such as MendelScan, to the return of the children's A&E to Southport."

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay MP, said:- "Artificial Intelligence has the potential to speed up diagnoses and treatments and free up time for our doctors and nurses so they can focus on caring for patients. Around 300,000 people have already benefitted from companies supported by our AI awards, with tens of thousands more set to benefit. These schemes includes technology that could recognise the signs of cancer more quickly and accurately, predict which women are more likely to give birth prematurely or analyse electronic health records to detect the signs of an undiagnosed rare disease."

New mortgage shop opens in Woolton Village, providing expert mortgage and protection advice

FOLLOWING recent expansion, Mortgage Advice Bureau has opened a new premises in Woolton Village, on Woolton Street. As part of the award winning national Mortgage Advice Bureau, the Woolton Village mortgage shop officially opened its doors to the public in January.

To celebrate the new shop opening, Mortgage Advice Bureau Woolton Village is hosting an open day. Their team of friendly staff will be available to chat and help you bust those mortgage market myths, all over a cup of tea and a slice of cake. No appointment is necessary; simply pop in for a chat, on:- Wednesday, 22 March 2023, between:- 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Business Principals, Rachael Cashin and Catherine Green, successfully set up Mortgage Advice Bureau Wirral 6 years ago. During this time, they have grown the company and become well known and trusted for excellent mortgage advice and service in Wirral and the surrounding areas.

Following recent expansion and to cope with ongoing customer demand, the Woolton Village mortgage shop will provide mortgage and protection advice in the Liverpool area. Mortgage Advice Bureau Woolton can assist 1st time buyers, home movers and those who wish to remortgage, as well as landlords who own buy-to-let properties.

Rachael and Catherine have been in the financial services industry for more than 15 years, but 1st started with Mortgage Advice Bureau Wirral, in 2016.

The rapid growth experienced since 1st establishing the business in 2016 has drawn customers from all areas of the North West, and is what prompted them to open a second dedicated mortgage shop for their ever expanding connections in the Liverpool area. When the premises in Woolton Village became available, Rachael and Catherine decided it was a perfect fit.

Rachael and Catherine commented:- "Thanks to the opening of the new premises, we'll be able to offer our customers appointments with our award winning mortgage advisers, as well as a dedicated front of house customer service adviser. We are in an ideal position to be able to offer expert advice and support local people throughout the mortgage process."

For further information, visit the Woolton Street store call:- 01513057222.

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