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Luton Town players past and present officially open new care home shop ‘The Hatters’

  • StaffAid
  • July 29, 2019

Trefoil House care home was proud to host three star Luton Town players as it opened its new shop, aptly named ‘The Hatters’. Current midfielder Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu and goalkeeper James Shea met ex-winger Michael Cullen to cut a special football cake and officially declare the store open. The shop will sell toiletries, sweets, drinks, clothing and knick knacks, and is open to residents as well as local neighbours. Home manager, Julie Hutchings, said: “It is not always easy for our residents to get out and about, so the shop gives people the opportunity to buy items they need, without having to travel too far. It’s also handy for relatives and visitors to pick up gifts for their loved ones.”.

Plans approved to expand Lincoln County Hospital in wake of growing demand

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust [ULHT] have submitted plans to extend their MRI department. The proposal includes a single storey extension to help provide extra room and facilities, including another MRI scanner. A ULHT spokesperson said: “The project is still in its very early stages and full costs are yet to be finalised and agreed.”

Couple celebrate 60th wedding anniversary with virtual train ride at care home

  • StaffAid
  • July 8, 2019

A besotted couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a virtual train ride – without ever setting foot outside. Kenneth Hudson, 87, and wife Anne, 83, tucked into salmon followed by custard – all served on china – as they “sped” from Cambridgeshire to Warwickshire. The couple, who met 66 years ago when Ken stole some of Anne’s chips, were treated to views of rolling countryside on the Gateway Express’ TV screen “windows”. Sounds including a whistle and track rumbles added to the atmosphere and they even bought a “ticket to paradise” at a booth before getting on board. Former barmaid Anne cried when she saw the eight-seater carriage at Gateway Care Home, Bradford, where Ken now lives. She said: “It is so posh, it is fabulous. It really does feel like a train, with the noises and the scenery. I haven’t been on a train with Ken for over ten years so this is amazing.” Ex-joiner Ken has advanced dementia and Anne is a regular visitor.

Scottish student nurse and midwife bursaries rise to £10,000

SCOTTISH nursing and midwifery students got a boost as Nicola Sturgeon announced their bursary will rise to £10,000. Currently, they receive £6,578 from the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary (NMSB) but the First Minister has launched a three-stage increase. This will be the first rise in the non-repayable financial support since 2009 and is to help with accommodation and living costs during their studies. This year, students with care experience will see their bursary jump to £8,100 – an increase that will apply to non-care experienced next year. In 2020, the NMSB for all nursing and midwifery students will rise to £10,000.

Nursing staff shortages force 19 care homes to close in a year

Hundreds of care home places for older people in Scotland vanished in a year, taking capacity to the lowest level in a decade. Almost 100 homes have shut since 2007, 19 of them during the 12 months to April last year. There are 37,278 care home beds in Scotland, down by 468 since 2016 and down 800 since 2008. Scottish Care, which represents care home owners, said that a staffing crisis, including a shortage of nurses, was making it harder for homes to survive. NHS Scotland released the figures with a report revealing that one in every 13 hospital beds is filled by a patient well enough to be discharged. About a quarter of delayed discharges are due to patients waiting for care home spaces.

2 elderly men sneak out of nursing home to attend heavy metal festival

You’re never too old to rock. Two elderly men managed to slip away from their nursing home in Germany to attend the Wacken Open Air, the largest heavy metal festival in the world. According to police, the pair were eventually found at 3am in the festival after their retirement home reported them missing. The metalheads were apparently reluctant to leave the four-day festival in Wacken. They had to be escorted home with a taxi and a patrol car as a “precaution,” police said.

New Shrewsbury care home told twice to improve

A Shrewsbury care home has been told to improve twice since it opened two years ago. Montgomery House welcomed the first residents to its £8 million pound development at the end of 2016. But since then inspectors from the Care Quality Commission have found the home, which is managed by Coverage Care Services Limited, needs to improve in all areas. The home caters for older people and younger adults who may have dementia, learning disabilities or mental health needs. Inspectors reported that the 90-bed home was not always safe and there were not sufficient staff to meet people’s needs. But the owners of the home said that it is making progress while recognising that further work is needed. David Coull, chief executive of Coverage Care, said: “We invest heavily in its facilities and in staff training in order to provide the best possible friendly, caring environment as a not-for-profit organisation. We work hard to follow best care sector practice in all areas. We are pleased that this inspection has recognised the progress that has been made and we share the view that further progress is still needed. We do feel some of the issues arising from this report are subject to wider factors which have perhaps not been appreciated during the inspection.”

Surprise for 12-year-old carer when his Chelsea FC heroes turned up to give him an award

A young carer from Camberley got the surprise of his life when a bunch of his Chelsea FC heroes turned up to give him a richly deserved award. Star defender and Brazilian international David Luiz presented Edward Pearce, who is just 12, a Life After Stroke Carers Award carer’s award on behalf of the Stroke Association. Edward was nominated for the gong by his dad Andy, who suffered a severe stroke in 2013. Young Edward made the brave decision to become his primary carer and cooks, cleans and completes the housework before attending school. “It was a privilege for me to present the award to such an inspirational young man, said Luiz. As footballers we get to spread a lot of happiness, but these people are the real heroes. Edward is an amazing person and to hear his dad speak about the help he provides was very touching. He is a very deserving winner of a special award.”

Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses

  • StaffAid
  • July 2, 2018

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK. The Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government’s visa cap. The cap – introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary – sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700 people a year, but NHS bosses say the rules are making it difficult to recruit enough staff. Saffron Cordery, of trade body NHS Providers, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the change was “absolutely the right decision. This is going to be a huge relief for trusts up and down the country who have been really struggling to fill their doctors and nurses vacancies,” she said. Alp Mehmet, of pressure group Migration Watch, said he accepted the change but that it should not be the long-term solution. NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies and nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February

Agency carer Gemma all-set for Tanzania

2nd year student nurse and StaffAid agency carer Gemma Bolton is set to leave for a 4-week voluntary placement in Tanzania on June 24th. Gemma has generously given her time and expertise to helps the local community at the Amana hospital in Dar es Salaam, including caring for patients suffering with HIV. A crowd-funding campaign has helped to raise the funds Gemma needs to undertake the trip, and StaffAid, in conjunction with Dr Sharon Black, Director of Nurse Education at the University of Lincoln, are supporting Gemma every step of the way. “I am delighted that StaffAid is able to support Gemma by paying for her return flight to Tanzania” says Nick Carroll, Managing Director at StaffAid. “Supporting local people and businesses is extremely important to us. This is an exciting opportunity for Gemma, enabling her to make a positive impact where it is sorely needed. Gemma will also gain invaluable experience that will benefit her future nursing career.”

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