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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.

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.

Nurse retention ‘critical’ as world faces nine million shortage by 2030

Stopping nurses from leaving their jobs prematurely is now a “critical issue” for governments around the world as staff shortages escalate, a global nursing leader has warned. Howard Catton, new chief executive of the International Council of Nurses, issued the caution as he highlighted that latest predications indicated a nine million shortage of nurses by 2030. “Retention is now a critical issue that needs urgent attention from governments as we risk losing nurses faster than we can train them,” he said. Mr Catton noted that many of those quitting were experts in their field taking with them decades of vital experience.

Student Nurses can be supervised in practice by Nursing Associates

Allowing Nursing Associates to act as ‘Practice Supervisors’ will ensure student nurses are better supported. Recent changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) educational standards mean that any registered healthcare professional, including registered nursing associates, can act as a practice supervisor for student nurses. Practice supervisors will supervise students on placements, create tailored and inclusive learning experiences, provide feedback and contribute to recommendations for progression. According to the NMC, there will be no formal qualification for practice supervisors.

Northampton mosque raises £1,000 in just one morning to help fund new hospital buggy

The congregation of a Northampton mosque needed just a single morning service to raise over £1,000 for the town’s hospital. When the community of the Al Jamatul Muslimin of Bangladesh Masjid mosque heard Northampton General were raising money for a new patient transport buggy, they pitched in to do their part for charity. The mosque in St George’s Street raised £1,044.15 to help the hospital. It comes after the hospital launched an appeal for funds to buy a new £15,000 buggy in late January. NGH is spread across 40 acres where the walk from the Billing Road entrance to Tree Wards stretches over 800 metres long.

Loughborough named university of the year in annual list

Loughborough has been named UK university of the year alongside a set of new national rankings. The Times and Sunday Times list praised its progress in technology and science, to match its reputation for sport. The judges made the discretionary award, separate from the points-based rankings which place Loughborough fifth in the country. Nottingham was named sports university of the year and De Montfort got the first social inclusion award.Nottingham was also named international university of the year.

Scottish student nurse and midwife bursaries rise to £10,000

SCOTTISH nursing and midwifery students got a boost as Nicola Sturgeon announced their bursary will rise to £10,000. Currently, they receive £6,578 from the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary (NMSB) but the First Minister has launched a three-stage increase. This will be the first rise in the non-repayable financial support since 2009 and is to help with accommodation and living costs during their studies. This year, students with care experience will see their bursary jump to £8,100 – an increase that will apply to non-care experienced next year. In 2020, the NMSB for all nursing and midwifery students will rise to £10,000.

Nurses made to ‘choose between paperwork and patient care’ because of staff shortages, RCN warns

Nursing staff are being forced to choose between finishing paperwork and treating patients, as the chronic staff shortages in the NHS continue to hamper the care staff can give, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned. In a major report on nurse morale the RCN says the profession is “on the brink”, with the 43,000 vacant full-time nursing posts across the UK hampering their ability to do the job to the best of their ability. The shortage is a major source of public concern as well, with a YouGov poll of the public revealing 74% of people think there are not enough nurses to run the health service safely – and addressing this was their top priority for the NHS. For its report the RCN surveyed 30,000 nursing staff, many of who explained how the current shortages were affecting them. Some of the main concerns identified were that a lack of time means fundamentals of personal and patient care are not carried out, with nurses unable to find time to wash patients or get them back in to bed. The burden of paperwork and auditing, a major part of this government’s drive to make the NHS the safest and most transparent health service in the world through data monitoring, is another burden. Nurses also raised concerns about the lack of time to discuss patients’ care needs and next steps with love ones and relatives.

Lincolnshire care home walks their way to charity success

A care home in Skegness, Lincolnshire has raised £466 for dementia care through a sponsored walk. Syne Hills care home held the fundraiser in support of Alzheimer’s Society, and did a ‘Memory Walk.’ The walk saw residents, staff and more complete a round trip to Compass Gardens – a local attraction situated near the seaside. Cheryl Curtis, activities coordinator at the home, said: “It was such an amazing sight and fabulous experience to witness so many residents, families, friends, children, staff, and supporters all making new memories together.”

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