0 Have your say A seven-year-old boy left severely disabled after being born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been awarded £27million in compensation. The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered serious brain damage due to a delay in his delivery at the hospital, with the NHS trust admitting liability “at an early stage”, family barrister William Featherby QC said.The High Court settlement, announced yesterday, will see the boy given £5.7m up front, with annual, index-linked and tax-free sums of £88,000-a-year until he’s 11, £125,000-a-year until he’s 19, and then £200,000-a-year after that for the rest of his life.His father was not in court to hear of the pay-out because he could not afford the train ticket to London.Approving the settlement, Mrs Justice Lambert said it was a “remarkable story” of a father’s struggle to look after a gravely disabled boy.She said: “I … [Read more...] about Boy born severely disabled at Blackpool Victoria Hospital awarded £27m in compensation
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A “significant” number of patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital may have been exposed to monkeypox after a health worker became the third person in England to be diagnosed with the tropical disease. The unidentified medic is believed to have caught the virus from a patient, who was diagnosed, quarantined, and transferred to a specialist unit in Liverpool earlier this month after a trip to Nigeria. It means two of the three UK cases of monkeypox were on the Fylde coast. The first was a Nigerian staying at a naval base in Cornwall.Public Health England yesterday confirmed the NHS worker was involved in the care of the infected patient before they were diagnosed, and said: “We are adopting a highly precautionary approach to minimise the risk of additional cases, and are tracing anyone who had contact with this individual during the 24 hours before they noticed a rash.”A spokesman did not say how many patients have been contacted, or which department the medic, … [Read more...] about Monkeypox scare as Blackpool Victoria Hospital staff vaccinated
Margaret Chadd, who has died aged 96, was a hospital almoner who worked with the great plastic surgeon Archibald MacIndoe at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, during the war, and later campaigned to improve services for the dying and bereaved. She was born Margaret Ruth Collett on June 7 1922. At the outbreak of war, she trained as an assistant almoner at the Princess Beatrice Hospital, London. In 1941 she was appointed Lady Almoner to the plastic surgery and burns unit at the Queen Victoria Hospital, where she was involved in helping Archibald MacIndoe in patching up and rehabilitating airmen and civilian bomb casualties suffering from severe burns. This meant dealing with the rehabilitation... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Margaret Chadd, hospital almoner and campaigner for the bereaved – obituary
ON June 3, 2017, Sara Zelenak wasn’t even meant to go out. The 21-year-old nanny, who lived in Victoria, central London, was due to look after the children she cared for. But at the last minute, her charges’ grandmother offered to babysit, saying to Sara: “It’s a Saturday night – you should go out and have fun.” Sadly, it was a decision which would cost Australian Sara her life. Because hours after leaving her home, Sara – who had been drinking with friends at London Grind bar near London Bridge – was stabbed to death. She was the youngest victim to be caught up in the London Bridge terror attacks. Now, for the first time her mum Julie Wallace, 46, from Brisbane, Australia, haa shared her heartbreaking story... The last time I heard from my daughter, Sara, she was excited because we were due to meet in Paris a few weeks later. She was working as an au pair in London and she sent me a picture of the beautiful kids she looked after … [Read more...] about My daughter, 21, was stabbed to death in the London Bridge attack after a last-minute change of plans – and I will never forget having to identify her body
If you are heavily pregnant and a fan of Homes Under The Hammer and This Morning, you had best set the TV to record. Because between 10am and 11am is the time when most new mums give birth at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, new figures have revealed.A total of 1,347 babies were born at the Vic between 10am and 11am from January 1 2011 to December 31, 2017.Other peak periods include 9am-10am, 11am to noon and noon to 1pm - times when planned C-section births tend to take place.A total of 22,060 children were born at the Vic during this seven-year period and comes after a survey by the University College London showed most spontaneous births in the UK happened between 1am and 7am.Since the 1950s, patterns of birth have changed because of rising rates of intervention, such as C-sections and inductions.Sean O’Sullivan, from the Royal College of Midwives, said the research would help maternity services to organise their staffing rotas but individual services would also need to look at … [Read more...] about REVEALED: What is the peak time for babies to be born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital?