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More than one in three Merseyside nursing homes below standard

Health watchdogs have found one in every three nursing homes on Merseyside is below standard. The analysis looked at the latest inspection data from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – regulators of health and care services run by the NHS and private companies. The investigation revealed that 142 nursing homes on Merseyside had been inspected as of June 3rd. 7 of these were found to be inadequate at their most recent inspection, meaning the CQC has taken action against those running it. Inspections found 51 homes in the county were rated inadequate or requires improvement.

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.”

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.

Ealing Hospital’s A&E has been saved after NHS scraps controversial plan to close it

The A&E at Ealing Hospital appears to have been saved after the NHS binned a controversial plan to close it. The local council welcomed the news, with a spokeswoman saying if the plan had gone ahead, the borough would have been left with a population equal to Leeds without an accident and emergency department. The NHS’s £500m Shaping a Healthier Future scheme planned to axe almost half the region’s blue light services. The dropping of the programme was confirmed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock. It would have also seen the closure of Charing Cross Hospital ‘s A&E, and the loss of 500 beds for acute patients in the region. The scrapping of the policy will be seen as a big victory for local health campaigners as well as the council, who worked with Hammersmith and Fulham Council to garner roughly 22,000 signatures during a seven-year campaign to save services.

Pimp My Zimmer is a winner

Residents of a HC-One care home based in Coventry have been decorating their Zimmer frames, along with staff to help reduce the number of falls. The Pimp My Zimmer project aims to reduce falls after a care home matron noticed people with dementia sometimes find it hard to recognise their own frame. Zimmer frames are usually grey, making them hard for people with dementia to tell apart or, in some cases, see them clearly. With the help of staff at Brandon House, residents have had their frames transformed into colourful works of art. HC-One’s care home manager, Sheryl Davis, said: “Our main priority at Brandon House is to ensure residents recognise their frames, which will help to reduce the number of falls. We are planning to decorate other resident’s frames as we can already see that residents are responding well to the decorations and most importantly remembering to use their Zimmer frames.”

NHS could end up short of 70,000 nurses and 7,000 GPs, warns report

The NHS could be short of 70,000 nurses and 7,000 GPs within five years unless urgent action is taken to address a growing staffing crisis, according to analysis by health think tanks. The report warns that existing nursing shortages could double and the shortfall of family doctors treble unless urgent measures are adopted in a new NHS workforce strategy, expected later this year. The report, co-authored by the Nuffield Trust, the King’s Fund and the Health Foundation, estimates the budget for training and developing staff will have to rise by at least £900m to address the widening workforce gap.

Pioneering matron nominated for Nurse of the Year award in British Journal of Nursing Awards

A pioneering nurse has been nominated for a prestigious award over her dedication to patients from Hartlepool and East Durham. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust haematology/anticoagulation matron, Mercy Cabrega, has been nominated for Oncology Nurse of the Year in the British Journal of Nursing (BJN) Awards. Mercy was nominated by one of her students, who after spending two weeks on the ward, was so inspired by her commitment, hard work and positive influence she had on colleagues. During her 15 years at the trust, Mercy has revolutionised the way bone marrow biopsies are carried out, being the first nurse ever at the trust to lead the procedure. She has since trained other nursing staff to do the same, improving outcomes for patients by reducing waiting times.

Hospital ward opens cinema for patients with memory problems

Hull Royal Infirmary has opened a £7,000 cinema showing footage of Yorkshire throughout the decades to help patients with memory problems. The film booth complete with cinema seats and a giant screen has been set up in the middle of Ward 80 to help people reminisce about their past and share memories of growing up in the city. Ward 80 is the Progression to Discharge Unit where patients recovering from recent illness spend time recuperating before they are discharged home with support or to a care home. The cinema helps to keep people mobile, encouraging them to move around the ward to prevent muscle wastage and get back into a more normal routine following a hospital stay.

NHS staff paid over £800k to park at Lincolnshire hospitals

New figures, branded a “scandal” by unions, revealed how NHS staff in Lincolnshire paid over £800,000 last year for hospital parking. United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) made £845,703 from charges and penalty fees by NHS staff using parking across its sites. That was in addition to the £1.785 million made from visitor and patient parking across Lincolnshire. Across all of the NHS Trusts in England, nearly £70 million was made from staff parking charges alone. In total, NHS trusts collected £226 million from parking for the financial year 2017 to 2018, which is far higher than the 2016 to 2017 number when they collected £174 million. ULHT insist that no profit is made from parking fees.

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