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Taxi drivers take care home residents on free day trip

Residents and staff at a Bath care home were treated to a free taxi ride to a nearby farm as part of a fun day out. Taxi driver Paul Roles, a prominent figure around Bath, got in touch with Winfield Lodge Residential care home with the idea of giving its residents a day to remember. After Mr Roles acquired the help of fellow cabbies, Mike Bean and Stephen Lasota. Thanks to the taxi drivers, care home residents and staff were driven to Bath City Farm, and enjoyed a couple of hours of seeing the farm animals and a spot of tea and cake too.

Dementia care crisis ‘costing businesses £3.2bn’ as carers forced to quit jobs

A crisis in dementia care has cost businesses in England £3.2bn in the last year, according to a charity. Research by the Alzheimer’s Society looked into people who have had to quit jobs, reduce hours, or change working patterns to care for their loved ones.The charity said the figure was likely to double over the next 20 years to £6.3bn and are now calling on the government to deliver on their promise to end the dementia care crisis. “Up and down the country, families are desperately trying and often failing to get the good quality dementia care their loved ones need,” said Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes. “Instead, over 100,000 people have had no choice but to leave their jobs and try to care for their loved ones themselves. The knock-on cost to businesses is only going to get bigger, with more and more people set to develop dementia and no solution put in place to sort out social care. It’s devastating for people with dementia, devastating for their families and carers, a drain on the NHS and now we see how badly it’s affecting our economy.”

Are you geared up for this year’s Steampunk Festival in Lincoln?

The historic city of Lincoln will be transformed on August Bank Holiday weekend as the biggest and longest running Steampunk festival on Earth returns for the 11th year. The annual event which takes place between August 23rd -26th, celebrates a steam powered world in the late 19th century and attracts visitors from all over the world. So expect to see a swarm of people taking to the famous cobbled streets in top hats, flying goggles, corsets and flamboyant feathers. Over the holiday weekend, the city will play host to a full convention-style day programme with a fringe style programme of art, literature, music, fashion and comedy.

Lincoln nursing home shut down and up for sale

A Lincoln nursing home has been shut down and put up for auction amid complaints from staff over pay. Greetwell House Nursing Home could provide care for up to 25 people before it closed down for good on July 10th 2019. 26 staff members have been made redundant. It has since been put up for auction on the SDL Auctions website with a guide price of £870,000. Bidding opened on August 2nd. The care home was last inspected by the CQC in 2017 when it received an overall rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ but was rated ‘Good’ for being safe, effective and responsive.

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.

70,000 + extra care home places needed by 2025

More than 70,000 extra care home places will be needed by 2025, with pensioners now spending twice as long living without independence, a Lancet study suggests. Women over the age of 65 can now expect to spend the last three years of their lives in a care home, or receiving help several times daily, the research shows. Two decades ago, they could expect to spend the last 18 months of their lives in need of such help. The average man will receive such care for the last two and a half years of his life – when 20 years earlier, they could expect to spend just over a year in need of such assistance.

Yeovil Hospital among best in England for A and E waiting times

Waiting times at Yeovil Hospital’s A&E were the third best in the country last year, and were the best in the south of England. Every NHS emergency department (A&E) is monitored on its waiting times, with a target of seeing 95% of patients within four-hours of their arrival. At Yeovil, 97.37 per cent of patients were seen within the four-hour target, making it the third best performing hospital out of 132 in England and one of just eight in England to achieve the target for the year. The Trust saw 55,880 emergency patients last year, treating patients with everything from heart-attacks and serious road accident injuries, to broken limbs and migraines.

Romanian hospitals in crisis as emigration takes its toll

Gabriela Dumitru was supposed to retire years ago, but instead, she’s working longer hours than ever before. The 65-year-old is one half of a team of two doctors at the neonatology ward in Slobozia, a depressed town about two hours’ drive from Romania’s capital, Bucharest. Dumitru works three or four 24-hour shifts a week, catching an hour of sleep where possible on a sofa in a small box room. Her colleague is 75, and he officially retired 15 years ago. Between them, they do the work of four or five doctors, delivering approximately 1,200 babies a year and caring for those born with difficulties or disabilities. The neonatology ward in Slobozia is a small window into a larger crisis in Romania, where thousands of doctors and nurses have left the country for higher salaries in western Europe over the past decade. In a recent survey, more than 50% of Romanians said they were concerned about the impact of emigration on the country, the highest figure among all the countries studied. An estimated 3.4 million Romanians left the country in the decade after EU accession, according to a study by Romanian business leaders, while the ministry of health estimates that 43,000 doctors departed during the period.

Nottingham University Hospitals gets ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ ratings from CQC

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) – which includes Nottingham City Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre, Ropewalk House and services run from the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine at Loughborough University – was rated ‘Outstanding’ for Caring and ‘Good’ in the Well-Led, Effective and Responsive domains, as well as Overall. In the CQC’s words: “Feedback from people who use the services was continually positive and there is a strong, visible person-centred culture.” The Report goes on to say that: “Staff were motivated and inspired to deliver care that was kind and promoted dignity, were consistently compassionate about patient care and strived to go ‘above and beyond’.”

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