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Poole Hospital A&E named top performing in country

POOLE Hospital has been named as one of only six hospitals in the country providing emergency care better than expected by patients. Based on surveys of patients using accident and emergency services, regulator Care Quality Commission found the hospital to be among the top performing in the country. It comes just weeks after health chiefs unanimously decided Poole Hospital A&E will close and instead Royal Bournemouth Hospital will become the major emergency centre for east Dorset leaving Poole for planned care. It is part of NHS Dorset CCG’s controversial Clinical Services Review. Patients were asked a range of questions, including their overall experience of emergency departments. Respondents gave the department a rating of 8.6 out of 10 for their overall experience there. Patients also rated the service 9.3 out of 10 for being treated with dignity and respect and 8.5 for care and treatment. Geoffrey Walker, matron for emergency services at Poole Hospital, said staff are delighted. He said: “We’re a busy department seeing more and more patients, so to receive this verdict is fantastic news. We work hard on providing a service that we would be proud to offer to our own friends and family and it is extremely rewarding that patients have given us this rating. To be among the best six A&E departments in the country for patients’ overall experience is an outstanding achievement.”

A&E suffers its worst month on record

February was the worst month on record for A&E in the NHS with just 85% of patients seen within four hours. NHS England has also revealed that 22,800 elective operations were postponed as a result of winter pressure, but says that freed up 1,400 beds for urgent care. The service said it treated 160,000 more people this winter (December, January and February) than the previous year and treated 2165 more cancer patients in January than in 2017, 81.1% of them within the key 62 day target. An NHS England spokesperson said: “NHS staff continued to work hard in February in the face of a ‘perfect storm’ of appalling weather, persistently high flu hospitalisations and a renewed spike in norovirus. Despite a challenging winter, the NHS treated 160,000 more A&E patients within four hours this winter, compared with the previous year. The NHS also treated a record number of cancer patients over these most pressured months of the year.

NHS looking to ‘ethically’ recruit up to 5,500 overseas nurses

The NHS is looking to recruit up to 5,500 overseas nurses from India and the Philippines in an “earn, learn and return” scheme to plug staff shortages, according to the national workforce planning body. Indian nurses have been brought to England to work for a set time, Health Education England chief executive Ian Cumming told an influential group of MPs in December 2017. Under the scheme, Professor Cumming said he hoped that 500 nurses would subsequently come from India by the end of March and eventually 5,500 international nurses would be recruited. Talks are also under way on a similar scheme with the Philippines.

Hospital corridors the new A&E

Doctors and nurses struggling to cope in stretched A&Es have begged Jeremy Hunt for more cash to solve the crisis that is leaving patients waiting in hospital corridors. But rather than calm their fears by offering a solution as the NHS goes through its worst ever winter, the Health Secretary warned them things could get even more grave. The number of casualty patients waiting more than 12 hours to be admitted reached a record level of 1,043 last month – double that of the December figure. Those waiting more than four hours to even be seen also reached a new high of 81,003. When asked if he could reassure staff things would not be worse next winter, Mr Hunt replied: “You can’t make ¬promises like that.” Mr Hunt admitted this winter was the worst for the NHS on record. But despite evidence to the contrary, including the cancellation of 55,000 routine ¬operations, he insisted “we prepared more comprehensively than ever”.

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A&E waiting times axed

A&E waiting targets have been axed after NHS chiefs said Tory cuts make them impossible to keep. The drive to see 95% of patients within four hours is postponed until next April. But the NHS Confederation warned: “It will be an immense task just to stabilise the service. We repeat our call for the Government to tackle health funding.” NHS Providers Director Saffron Cordery added: “This is the first time we have had to accept that the NHS will not meet its key constitutional standards. The NHS will not be able to improve performance against those targets. If we want to provide quality of care, we need the right long term financial settlement.” The 95% target has not been met since 2015. A NHS England planning document recently released instructed hospitals to attempt to reach 90% by September 2018 and back to the benchmark of 95% in April next year. NHS England boss Simon Stevens last year warned waiting times would be scrapped due to funding.

Just one nurse joins Nuneaton hospital after overseas recruitment drive

An overseas recruitment campaign to get more nurses at Nuneaton’s hospital has seen just one pass their exams to be ready to hit the wards. Following a visit to the Philippines, bosses at the George Eliot Hospital offered 71 jobs to potential nurses with the condition that they pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams. It has been revealed that just one of the 71 is ready to make the trip to start work. Due to the slow process, George Eliot Hospital is now having a re-think about its project to recruit overseas nurses to help fill the gaps in the wards.

Eating Fast Food 3 Times a Week Damages Mental Health, Study Claims

A study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience might make you think twice about that McDonald’s Deliveroo order. The study found that young adults aged between 18 and 29 who consumed fast food three times a week experienced higher levels of “mental distress,” such as anxiety or depression, than those who didn’t. While fast foods with high saturated fat content were shown to be detrimental to young adults’ mental health, a lack of meat also contributed to low moods. 18 to 29-year-olds who consumed a low level of meat—classified as fewer than three times a week—supposedly experienced worse mental health. This isn’t the first time eating has been linked to your mental wellbeing. A major study conducted by Spanish scientists found that a measurable link exists between depression and what you eat, while baking has been shown to improve crappy moods. Even just the taste of food can change how you feel—research conducted by anosmia charity Fifth Sense found that 43 percent of people suffering from loss of smell or taste experienced depression as a result.

Dementia patients forced to find new homes as hospital wards close

Dozens of dementia patients have been forced to find alternative places to live following the closure of two wards at a Valleys hospital. It has now been confirmed that a third ward will shut later this year, causing upheaval for 14 existing patients and their families. Cwm Taf University Health Board has confirmed that Ysbyty George Thomas, in Treorchy , Rhondda, is set to be developed into a health and wellbeing “hub” which will continue to provide care for dementia patients. But rather than treating them as inpatients, beds are being greatly reduced at the hospital in favour of community-based care. The health board said it will expand its community mental health teams for over 65s and place specialist dementia advisors and support nurses in primary care settings, such as GP surgeries. But one relative of a dementia patient at Ysbyty George Thomas claims the decision to close wards could prove “unsettling”. She said: “It has left many families trying to find nursing homes for their loved ones. It could also leave them struggling to look after them in their own homes. It can be incredibly unsettling moving them as many dementia patients have very challenging behaviour.” A spokesman for Cwm Taf University Health Board said: “As our aim is to keep people well in their communities and reduce hospital admissions, the need for beds will naturally diminish.

The perfective alternative to a nursing home – ‘Granny Pods’

It’s always tough to move away from ageing parents and living with the fear that if you’re not looking after them in their old-age, you may miss out on a chance to help them when they really need it. Many people turn to nursing homes for help when parents get to a specific age, but in America there is now another solution – Granny Pods. These pods are fully equipped with the necessary technology and amenities needed for old-aged citizens to live comfortably. The best part is that these pods can be fixed right into the backyards of the caregiver. The basic Granny Pod is 12 by 24 feet and has double French doors to accommodate those who are wheelchair bound as well. The size of the house may sound small, but it’s fully furnished to meet every need and is made keeping safety and security in mind. Builders say that each unit comes with defibrillators, hand railings, first-aid supplies and lighted floorboards.

Care home residents enjoy Oscars-themed party

An Oscar-themed party was a huge hit with residents at a Surrey care home. A red carpet and clicking photographer set the stage for the evening of champagne, canapes, and its own awards ceremony. The care home, Sunrise of Banstead, also organised a sit-down evening meal which was followed by the ceremony. Prizes up for grabs, included the ‘Most Glamorous Resident’, the ‘Most Fascinating Resident’ and the ‘Unsung Hero’ award. The celebrations were rounded off by a mix of swing and rock music, performed by Epsom singer Chaise Aitch. Tamara Juckes, Sunrise activities and volunteer coordinator, said: “The awards evening was a wonderful opportunity to bring together residents, team members, friends and family to celebrate Sunrise of Banstead and all those who make it such a friendly, engaging and fun place to live and work.”

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