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NHS Nightingale becomes world’s largest critical care unit

Prince Charles will open the new 4,000-bed NHS Nightingale later today – less than two weeks after work started on the giant specialist coronavirus field hospital. With 80 wards, the temporary facility at the ExCel Centre in London’s Docklands is now the largest critical care unit in the world. Soldiers, carpenters, stewards and volunteers have worked around the clock to ensure NHS Nightingale could be ready for use in record time.

Hero nurse, 62, who is coming out of retirement to lead London’s coronavirus hospital

A retired nurse is going back to work to head up the new Nightingale Hospital that will care for thousands of patients. Deirdre Barr, 62, has been appointed director of operations at the newly established ExCel national emergency medical centre in East London. Deirdre, of Derry, Northern Ireland, is a former St John Ambulance cadet who went on to dedicate 40 years of her life to the NHS.

Headteacher donates schools PPE to Frontline NHS staff!

A headteacher has donated his school’s protective equipment to frontline NHS staff and is urging others to do the same. David Phillips, head at Chilwell School said as a result of the Clap for Carers nationwide applause his thoughts turned to NHS workers and how he could help. The science and design departments at the school often use protective equipment for experiments and creative projects. Mr Phillips said he managed to gather around 20 boxes worth of equipment and delivered it himself to Queen’s Medical Centre.

Adult Care crisis deepens 

The number of care providers cutting support for vulnerable adults has doubled in the last year because of financial pressures, a charity has said. Research by Hft, which supports adults with learning disabilities, suggested 20% of the 80 providers surveyed had offered care to fewer people in order to balance the books or meet rising wage bills. A third of those questioned had cut staff, while almost half had shut parts of their organisation. Billy Davis, public affairs and policy manager for Hft, said the sad reality was that the social care sector has “run out of options”.

Northampton care home celebrates getting best possible rating from CQC

Staff at a Northampton care home are celebrating after being given the best possible rating by the healthcare watchdog. Ashurst Mews Care Home was rated ‘outstanding by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection in August, which left inspectors ‘impressed’. Manager Rex Pudol said everyone at the Moulton nursing home is ‘over the moon’ after the agonising wait for the report to be published. “The ‘outstanding’ rating was achieved from a great team effort,” he said.

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.

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