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Soldier survives near death in Vietnam to marry his nurse, celebrate 50 years of marriage

It was after midnight at a U.S. Army hospital in Vietnam when nurse Soni Talbert met the man she’d marry within two weeks. The problem, however, was that it wasn’t clear if he was going to live. He was wheeled in on a stretcher by corpsmen, soon after shrapnel from an artillery strike severed an artery in his right leg. By the time Lt. David Talbert arrived at the 3rd Surgical Hospital in Dong Tam in the midst of the Vietnam War, he’d lost more than half of his blood. He was in danger of losing his leg — and life. Within two weeks David Talbert and Lt. Soni Talbert tied the knot at another hospital in Vietnam. Now, both 72 they have just celebrate their 50th anniversary. “I just had a feeling of ‘this is someone special,’” Soni Talbert said. “We both just knew we were right for each other.”

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”.

Jeremy Hunt wants 5,000 new nursing training places

More than 5,000 new places on nursing training courses are to be created each year as part of government efforts to boost the NHS workforce in England. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said more current NHS staff would be able to retrain as nurses through a four-year apprenticeship at local hospitals. Announcing what he said was a 25% total rise, he told the Tory conference “our NHS is nothing without its nurses”. He also said all NHS staff would be offered flexible working arrangements. The Royal College of Nursing says there are 40,000 vacant nursing positions in the health service while the Nursing and Midwifery Council warned this summer that the number of people leaving their register was outstripping those joining and the trend was accelerating.

Former nurse, 93, re-visits the hospital where she trained in the 1940s

A 93-YEAR-OLD former nurse has fulfilled her wish to re-visit the famous Glasgow hospital once more where she trained as a 20 year-old. Agnes Kay spent four years at the Royal Infirmary at the end of the Second World War, from 1945-1949, when the hospital was already renowned world-wide for medical innovations including the development of antiseptic surgery by Joseph Lister. Agnes had just three months training at the hospital before she was despatched to the “Florence Nightingale style” wards after being tested on her bandaging prowess. She worked seven days a week, with only a half day off at the weekend in Ward 3 which dealt with heart patients. After four years at the Royal, Agnes, who now lives in Newcastle, went to London where she trained in midwifery. She later moved to Newcastle and worked as a health visitor before retiring at the age of 60.

Tram named after student nurse

A tram named after the first student winner of the Nurse and Midwife of the Year award has been unveiled. Christina O’Loughlin is a student nurse at the QMC, run by Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust which also runs City Hospital, and will graduate in December. She was one of eight nurses to win this year’s Nurse and Midwife of the Year awards in May and went on to be named the overall winner after getting the most public votes. Christina won the award after being nominated by the family of a patient she was looking after on the neurological ward at the QMC while on placement.