Health bosses spoke of plans to open a new treatment facility in Lewes last week. At a meeting of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday (June 28), councillors heard from representatives of the High Weald Lewes Havens CCGs about plans to convert the Minor Injuries Unit at Lewes Victoria Hospital into an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC).While proposals are still at an early stage, the CCG representatives said the proposed centre would have more staff and be able to treat a wider range of non-emergency illnesses and injuries.During the meeting Lewes district councillor Susan Murray asked for more details about the plans. She said: “I can see that what is provided there at the moment is probably quite a long way from what you would be expecting from a UTC. “I also would like to know what extra services we can actually expect from a UTC and how you will advertise them so people in Lewes actually know that those facilities are readily available.” Cllr Murray … [Read more...] about New urgent treatment centre planned at Lewes Victoria Hospital
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?
AN SDLP councillor who called for the removal of an IRA sign outside the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast said party members have taken it down. The sign, which includes a machine gun image, is believed to have been on display since around Easter. Tim Attwood had described it as "appalling" and said such displays had "no place in our community". Mr Attwood said SDLP members removed the sign last night, adding "hospitals should be neutral for staff and patients alike". Meanwhile, a south Belfast residents' group has said an east Belfast UVF flags protocol "does not demonstrate any progress". The Irish News on Tuesday revealed the agreement, which is said to have the support of loyalist groupings in east Belfast, north Down and Newtownards. It states that "only legal flags" will be flown from public lampposts. However, UVF flags regarded as 'historical' due to referencing First World War connections will still be displayed. Flags will not be erected until June 1 and will be … [Read more...] about IRA sign removed from outside Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital
AN SDLP councillor has called for the removal of an IRA sign outside the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. The sign, which includes a machine gun image, is believed to have been on display since [...] You have reached your limit of free articles Registered users get 5 regular articles and 1 free Premium article per week. … [Read more...] about Calls to remove IRA sign outside Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital
Hospital bosses are poised to take out an unsecured £27m loan from Blackpool Council. It comes barely a year after councillors agreed to lend the local NHS £9.2m, using the multi-storey car park at Blackpool Victoria Hospital as surety. If approved next week, the latest request from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would see it able to borrow almost three times that amount. However no formal deal has yet been reached. Council papers reveal the money would be used to cut the amount the trust spends paying off existing debt. They add: “In the New Year the Council was once again approached by the Foundation Trust about a further loan for the purposes of restructuring an existing loan that had been taken out with the Foundation Trust Finance Facility back in 2009 “Unlike the previous loan this one would be unsecured as there are insufficient non-operational assets to secure against and the Foundation Trust is not legally … [Read more...] about Blackpool Victoria Hospital bosses ask for £27m loan from council