Category : Lincolnshire-Nursing-Agency

Lincolnshire hospitals ‘underfunded’

Lincolnshire’s hospital trust is underfunded and in need of “consistent” financial support, according to Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell. United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Lincoln County Hospital and Boston Pilgrim Hospital, is currently in financial and quality special measures with a deficit target of £70 million for 2019/20. The health service in the county also needs £450,000,000 for backlog maintenance and to fund future healthcare plans.

NHS A&E departments suffer worst performance on record

  • Chris Easom
  • January 10, 2020

NHS accident and emergency departments in England recorded their lowest-ever performance in December. The latest figures show 79.8% of patients were seen within four hours in all A&E departments last month, compared with 81.4% in November 2019 and 86.5% in December 2018. It comes as pressures on the health service continue to grow. The number of patients visiting A&E departments in December increased 6.5% on the same month last year, with 2,181,024 people attending. There were 560,801 emergency admissions in the month, 2.9% higher than the same month last year.

There were 4.6 million people on the waiting list to start treatment as of the end of November 2019, up from 4.4 million.

Adorable penguins visit dementia patients at Lincoln care home

Three cheeky penguins waddled into a Lincoln care home as part of its dementia therapy on Tuesday afternoon. Residents and staff at Bernadette House care home were visited by Charlie (12), Pringle (6) and Groot (7 months) from Heythorp Zoological gardens in Oxfordshire. The excitement and happiness on the residents’ faces was clear to see as the penguins sat on their laps, wandered around with their trainer, and enjoyed fishy treats. Resident Barbara Lavington, 90, said it was a “lovely experience to be able to get as near to them as that” and Carol Sears, 76, added “I think they’re absolutely fantastic. It was just wonderful”. Care home owner Elizabeth Stephens said “We specialise in caring for people who live with dementia and animal therapy is very calming and therapeutic for them.”

Fourth resident at Northampton care home celebrates 100th birthday

  • Chris Easom
  • December 27, 2019

There must be something in the water at St Christopher’s Care Home as their fourth resident turns 100. Former clothes shop owner, Joan Gammage is not even the oldest resident. Nancy Summers, Edna Grant, Eileen Rouse also marked their milestones in 2019. Since Joan was born in 1919, she has experienced the aftermath of World War One, World War Two and has lived under four monarchs. Manager of St Christopher’s, Sarah Clarke, said: “She is a willing and enthusiastic participant in many of the Home’s weekly activities, and her beaming smile will cheer the dullest of days”.

Wheely nice surprise for Stroud care home Scarlet House

  • Chris Easom
  • December 11, 2019

A care home in Stroud enjoyed a surprise visit from a cyclist on a 580-mile charity ride. Care UK’s Scarlet House in Stroud, recently welcomed keen cyclist and charity fundraiser, David Merrett, who was pedalling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was joined by friend and fellow cyclist, Kevin House, who was raising funds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind. The care home became a very special pit stop for David and Kevin as they took a well-earned break to visit David’s sister, Serena, a resident at Scarlet House, who has lived with multiple sclerosis for many years.

Lack of nurses leads NHS to rely on less qualified staff

Nurses are in such short supply in the UK that the NHS is relying on less qualified staff to plug the gaps, according to a new report. According to the Health Foundation charity, healthcare assistants and nursing assistants have been used to help with tasks that qualified nurses would normally carry out if there were enough of them. Numbers have been shored up for years by overseas recruitment – but Brexit has caused a drop in the number of those coming from the EU, the report says, so the health service is now taking more nurses from countries further afield, including India and the Philippines. The number of nursing vacancies across the NHS is 44,000 – 12% of the nursing workforce.

A&E waiting times in Cheshire already worse that those usually seen in winter

  • Chris Easom
  • November 20, 2019

A&E waiting times in parts of Cheshire are already as bad as would be expected during a winter crisis – with doctors warning it is a sign of chaos to come. Latest NHS figures show just 68.6 per cent of people arriving at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s major A&E waited less than four hours before being admitted, discharged or transferred. This is the trust’s second worst performance since A&E waiting times began to be measured on a monthly basis in June 2015. The previous worst performance was 67.1 per cent waiting less than four hours in December 2017. The BMA has warned poor A&E performance in September meant the NHS was on a “collision course” for what is likely to be the worst winter ever. Overall, 77.4 per cent of patients waited less than four hours at all A&Es and minor injury units run by Mid Cheshire Hospitals in September.

French elderly care home residents surf in Channel

An elderly care home in Brittany is encouraging residents to remain active in old age, by offering “surf therapy” lessons in the waves of the English Channel. The Ehpad (elderly care home) in Dol-de-Bretagne (Ille-et-Vilaine) now offers the sport to its residents, many of whom have eagerly taken part. “Surf therapy” requires participants to lie forward on their boards, rather than stand – and seeks to encourage confidence, agility, and wellbeing.

RCN Nurse of the Year

Taurai Matare has been named RCN Nurse of the Year 2019 for her innovative work in transforming her unit, its care pathways and workforce over 14 years. The matron for ophthalmology at Whipps Cross University Hospital, received the accolade at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019. Ms Matare, an advanced nurse practitioner, was recognised in part for her role in achieving a zero nurse vacancy rate in eye theatres at the hospital, as well as zero complaints in 2018. The Care Quality Commission has described the theatres as the ‘gold star’ of Whipps Cross. In addition, 80% of the trust’s ophthalmology staff would recommend the unit as a place to work. Ms Matare was named as the overall winner, having earlier won the Leadership category at the awards. On being named RCN Nurse of the Year, Ms Matare said: ‘I have been a nurse for over 25 years, and to be recognised in this way for me is the pinnacle of my career.’

Oxford named as best university in the world, new rankings show

The UK is home to the best university in the world, but the nation is facing intense competition from overseas institutions, new rankings show. Oxford University has topped the latest Times Higher Education world university rankings for the fourth year in a row. Overall, the UK has 28 institutions in the top 200, down from 29 last year. Of these, almost two-thirds (18 universities) have fallen by at least one place. The annual list rates more than 1,300 universities in 92 countries on five areas: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. While Oxford was named the best-performing university globally, Cambridge University takes third place in the list. This is down one place on last year, when it was second.

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