The Rural Health Network was established to bring together organisations and individuals with an interest in rural health to network and share best practice. Below you can find out more about the Rural Health Network or see news stories or research of interest.


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Free health checks at machinery shows
3 January 2018
Farmers venturing to machinery shows can take advantage of a free health check while at the events. (Farmers Weekly)


App to tackle elderly people's loneliness
23 December 2017
ELDERLY South Lakeland people have proved vital in the development of technology to tackle loneliness. (Westmorland Gazette)


MP warns that public-use defibrillators don’t work

5 January 2018
A Norfolk MP has warned of the serious risk that defibrillators in the region are not working because they are not being maintained properly. (EDP24)


Plea to watch out for rural folk

22 December 2017
A RURAL mental health campaign telling farmers ‘Don’t Wrap Up’ this winter has been launched by NFUS, RSABI, and the Scottish Government. (Scottish Farmer)

'Devastating' cuts to rural services budget
27 December 2017
Scottish Government budget cuts to rural services risk “devastating” Scotland’s farms, Scottish Labour has warned. (Evening express)

Rural hamper scheme spreads festive cheer
22 December 2017
Rural Support and wind energy company, Simple Power, is celebrating the success of its 'Christmas Hamper Scheme', which helped over 100 farming and rural families. (Belfast Telegraph)


Trust made £600k on parking charges

3 January 2018
Figures reveal Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust made more than £600,000 on parking charges in the last financial year. (North Devon Gazette)

Spirited presentation lands £3000 charity boost
29 December 2017
COMMUNITY-minded students have used their powers of persuasion to secure £3000 for a charity which supports people with mental health problems. (Inverness Courier)


Region’s economy missing out on millions

28 December 2017
The region’s economy is losing out on millions of pounds in economic benefit each year as a result of the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils. (EADT)


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A consultation on 'Unlocking Rural Britain's Digital Potential' has been launched. More details here

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