Huge thanks to NHS frontline staff

BPV wants to pay an unreserved tribute to our local NHS staff in this unprecedented crisis of care. Northwick Park hospital is currently the epicentre nationally for critical cases and deaths. The heroism and dedication of clinical staff and those supporting them reveals the very best of the values which makes the NHS so prized. We are very proud of that. At the same time…

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Keep Pembridge beds open, says BPV

In its response to the CCGs’ “engagement” exercise presenting options for the future of in-patient palliative care beds at the Pembridge Unit at St Charles’s Hospital, North Kensington, BPV strongly supports retaining this valuable end of life service and calls for the beds to be re-opened with appropriate consultant cover as soon as possible. Although Pembridge is the main provider for in-patient hospice beds for…

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BPV Public Meeting postponed

With great regret BPV is postponing the public meeting and AGM we recently announced for 30 March 2020 at Harlesden. This follows careful assessment of the rapidly developing coronavirus situation. We consider that the right course now on the 11th of March is to postpone or not attend non-essential gatherings. See our previous post “Coronavirus and BPV”. We were greatly looking forward to hearing Sir…

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Coronavirus and BPV

Professors Sir Roy Anderson from Imperial College London and Deidre Hollingsworth from Oxford University have today published the latest assessment of the coronavirus epidemic in The Lancet. This is a key extract from what they say: “Vaccine development is already underway, but it is likely to be at least a year before a vaccine can be mass-produced, even assuming all trials are successful. Social distancing…

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