World’s first human trials given green light in UK

  • Chris Easom
  • February 28, 2021

Healthy, young volunteers will be infected with coronavirus to test vaccines and treatments in the world’s first Covid-19 “human challenge” study, which will take place in the UK.

The study, which has received ethics approval, will start in the next few weeks and recruit 90 people aged 18-30.

They will be exposed to the virus in a safe and controlled environment while medics monitor their health.

33%  of social care staff not had Covid vaccine

  • Chris Easom
  • February 25, 2021

33% of social care staff have not had the Covid-19 vaccine, despite them being among the groups prioritised. Matt Hancock said it was “important” for the staff, patients and wider society that they get the vaccine. The government says everyone in the top four groups has been offered a jab with 15 million people getting a first dose

Face-to-face care home visits could resume within weeks, minister suggests

  • Chris Easom
  • February 20, 2021

Face-to-face visits in care homes could resume within weeks as England’s lockdown is eased, a minister has suggested. Care minister Helen Whately says she wants to see a return to more “normal” visits as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. People would not have to wait for their relatives to receive their second vaccine dose before seeing them, she suggested.

More than 12 million in UK have had first jab

  • Chris Easom
  • February 18, 2021

More than 12 million people in the UK have now had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, after 550,000 first jabs were given out on Saturday. The government is aiming to offer first doses to 15 million people in the top four priority groups by 15 February. At the current rate, about 16 million people would receive a first jab by that date.

How much are care home fees in your area?

  • Chris Easom
  • February 15, 2021

The weekly cost of staying at a care home is £848 on average but varies dramatically across the country, new research reveals. At the extremes, prices range from £1,488 a week in Islington in London to £621 in Blaenau Gwent in Wales, according to figures from insurer Legal & General. The local cost breakdown comes as politicians urge the Government to launch a long-term plan to fund social care, and to integrate the system more closely with the NHS.

A fitting end to a remarkable man

  • Chris Easom
  • February 11, 2021

A new hospital named in Captain Sir Tom Moore’s honour is reportedly in the works as Downing Street considers ideas of a fitting permanent memorial. The WW2 veteran, who captured the hearts of the nation with his incredible NHS fundraising during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, died on Tuesday at the age of 100 after a brief battle with Covid-19 and pneumonia. Boris Johnson has informed the Moore family that he is “enthusiastically looking” at plans for a permanent memorial. The family will have the final say after consultation with ministers.

Adult Social Care in North Lincolnshire among the best in the country

  • Chris Easom
  • February 8, 2021

North Lincolnshire has been ranked among the best in the country for adult social care. The findings come as part of the recent national Adult Social Care Outcome Framework (ASCOF) that compares local performance with other councils in England. The service has improved or remained consistent in 24 out of 29 performance indicators, ensuring that North Lincolnshire remains in the top 10 nationally for councils with numbers of adult social care outcome measures in the top quartile.

Mansfield newlyweds, 90 and 86, in vaccination plea

  • Chris Easom
  • February 5, 2021

Two newlywed pensioners are urging everyone to get vaccinated as they were among the first to receive a dose at a new centre.

Geoff Holland, 90, and 86-year-old wife Jenny married in August after meeting at Town View independent living centre in Mansfield.

The pair tied the knot after being forced to postpone their nuptials twice due to the pandemic.

They both received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

Nurse ‘could have walked away’ over stress of pandemic

  • Chris Easom
  • February 3, 2021

A nurse has said she reached the point where she “could have walked away” from the stress of the Covid pandemic but had to stay for her patients.

Mel Kerr, 26, currently works at Lincoln County Hospital and has been in the NHS for five years.

She said: “Yesterday, I didn’t even have the energy to say I am OK, because I am not.”

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust thanked staff “for everything they have done to help us keep patients safe.”

Ms Kerr, who is branch chairwoman for the Royal College of Nursing, said about one in nine staff in her trust were off sick with Covid and non-Covid-related illness, including stress, depression and anxiety.

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