I read with interest the story headlined, MP Demands Answers Over Hospital Changes (Advertiser, March 1). The Newark MP, Mr Robert Jenrick, was calling for an explanation over how changes to Newark Hospital will affect patients. He added that he was being fobbed off by Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the organisations from which he required answers about the changes. We are all aware that the NHS is trying to save money in certain areas and that it always has a five-year plan that, it has to be said, seems to change quite often, especially when one considers fairly recent changes such as the emergency department name change at the new frontage of the hospital, which we are now told is to be changed yet again. We seem to be downgrading step-by-step, and we are told that there is to be no emergency doctor in attendance during the evenings. Advertisement If this is to happen does it mean that patients will not be … [Read more...] about Hospital answers
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An MP is demanding an explanation from health bosses over how changes to Newark Hospital will affect patients. The Newark MP, Mr Robert Jenrick, said he was being fobbed off by Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital. Mr Jenrick wants to know what changing the hospital’s Urgent Care Centre to an Urgent Treatment Centre will mean, amid fears the facility will be downgraded. “I want a meeting with the trust and the CCG for urgent clarification as to what their strategy is for the Urgent Care Centre, the staffing and what the implications to patients are,” Mr Jenrick said. The CCG, which commissions health services locally, is leading plans to create the Urgent Treatment Centre at Newark from the end of March. The move is part of a national Conservative Government policy to create such centres to help ease pressure on other areas of the NHS. Mr Jenrick, a government Treasury … [Read more...] about MP demands answers over hospital changes
More orthopaedics and rheumatology procedures will be available at Newark Hospital as bosses continue to encourage people to choose it for their treatment. Outpatient speciality clinics have been increased at the hospital so patients do not have to travel to King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, or other hospitals, as part of a strategy launched two years ago with Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group. The assistant chief operating officer for Newark Hospital, Mr Ant Rosevear, told a board meeting of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on Thursday that they were continuing to encourage people to choose Newark. “During the last quarter we have made a lot of ground with a lot of focus on orthopaedics,” he said. In the last quarter of the year a total of 118 patients have been seen under an ambulatory care scheme introduced a year ago. Patients who go to the Urgent Care Centre with complaints such as deep vein thrombosis can now be … [Read more...] about Newark Hospital: Taking a look at patient numbers
A hospital campaigner says he wants to see proper consultation on proposed changes to urgent care provided at Newark Hospital. Mr Paul Baggaley, secretary of the Say Yes To Newark Hospital campaign group, said people should have been better informed of proposals by Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to develop an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at the hospital. The UTC, which it is proposed would begin operating at the end of March, would be staffed by a mix of GP doctors, emergency nurse practitioners and advanced nurse practitioners. It would continue to treat the same illnesses and injuries as it does now and would still be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A spokesman for Newark and Sherwood CCG said: “It is intended that there will be a walk-in service available 24 hours a day, with an option of making a pre-booked GP appointment via NHS 111. “The Urgent Treatment Centre will treat all minor illnesses and minor injuries in adults and … [Read more...] about Newark Hospital: Changes proposed for urgent care
Nottinghamshire NHS Trust have contracted community protection officers to crack down on smoking at King's Mill hospital site King's Mill Hospital, in Sutton, part of the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is officially a smoke-free site. Ashfield District Council's community protection officers (CPO) already patrol the hospital after concerns were raised last January about the impact smoking near the entrance was having on patients. But now, a formal agreement between the council and the Trust has now been put in place. CPOs will be regularly patrolling King’s Mill Hospital, including the hospital’s main entrance. They will be asking people who are smoking to move to outside the grounds of the hospital as well as fining anyone who is seen to be dropping litter. Chief executive of SFH, Richard Mitchell, said: "The New Year is an ideal time for us to encourage patients, staff and visitors to quit smoking and remind them that we are a smoke-free Trust … [Read more...] about Regular patrols to stop smoking at King’s Mill Hospital
More than 70 operations have been have been postponed at Sutton’s King’s Mill Hospital in January. Bosses at the hospital said they made the decision to cancel 75 operations to free up surgical and medical staff. A spokesman for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which operates the hospital, said: “We have had to postpone about 75 operations that were due to take place this January.” Operations planned for cancer patients and ones that do not need a bed overnight are still going ahead. Simon Barton, newly appointed trust chief operating officer, said: “Although we have winter plans in place, we have made the decision to postpone planned operations for January, apart from operations for cancer patients and day case operations where patients don’t need a bed overnight. “These decisions will help us to free up surgical and medical staff to be redeployed to other areas to help tackle the pressures. “Patients who have a … [Read more...] about Operations axed due to winter pressures
NORTH Korea has lashed out after Britain's Security Minister claimed Kim Jong-un's dictatorship was behind a hacking attack on the NHS earlier this year.Staff were forced to cancel or postpone operations and appointments as a fifth of NHS trusts were targeted while hackers demanded a ransom.The indiscriminate attack struck banks, hospitals and government agencies in more than 150 countries, exploiting known vulnerabilities in old Microsoft computer operating systems.The NHS is thought to be one of the first victims of the attack in May 2017, which started in the UK and Spain before spreading around the world.The programme used in the global cyber attack is known as WannaCry ransomware or Wanna Decryptor.It was launched on Friday, May 12, and infected more than 230,000 computers demanding ransom payments in the cryptocurrency bitcoin in 28 languages.The attack was spread by various methods including phishing emails and on systems without up-to-date security patches.Around 40 NHS trusts … [Read more...] about Who was behind the NHS cyber attack, was North Korea involved and which trusts and foreign companies were affected?
HONDA confirmed it shut production at one of its plants last weekend after it was infected by the same ransomware that caused a global panic last month.The NHS was struck by the virus in May, leaving staff with no option but to cancel or postpone operations and appointments as their computers were held to ransom.Honda Motor Company - the latest known victim - ceased production on Monday 19 June at its Sayama plant, north-west of Tokyo.The plant, which produces models including the Accord sedan, Odyssey Minivan and Step Wagon compact multipurpose vehicle, has a daily output of around 1,000 vehicles, according to Reuters.It discovered the ransomware on its systems on Sunday 18 June but had wiped the system clean by Tuesday.The virus had impacted some networks in Japan, North America, Europe and China, it added.A spokesperson said production at other plants was not impacted, and full operations in Tokyo resumed within 24 hours.It did not confirm whether it had paid the ransom - something … [Read more...] about Honda struck by same devastating WannaCry ransomware that caused global chaos and knocked NHS offline
THE NHS was plunged into chaos as a cyber attack on IT systems saw patients turned away from A&E and operations cancelled amid fears for medical records security.The biggest attack in the NHS' history has been declared a major incident and caused chaos for multiple trusts as the IT systems and telephone networks went down.A large number of trusts have been affected by the cyber attack which forced doctors to revert to pen and paper while the breach is investigated.Pirates encrypted files and demanded staff pay ransoms of $300 (£233) per computer via the digital currency service Bitcoin to regain access.As well as the computer admin system, services crucial to front-line work including X-rays and doctor bleep systems have been affected.It is thought about 40 trusts have been affected by the cyber attack.We currently know of these trusts caught up in the chaos:Northumbria HealthcareNorth Cumbria HospitalsMorecambe Bay HospitalsBlackpool HospitalsSouthport HospitalEast Lancashire … [Read more...] about Which NHS hospital trusts have been affected by the cyber attack and has WannaCry compromised medical records?
A BRIDE-to-be is battling a mystery illness which led people to believe she was a victim of domestic abuse because her face in constantly covered in bruises.Adele Uden, 26, first began to suffer from problems 18 months after her seven-year-old son Zak was born via emergency caesarean section.The mum-of-one was left in agonising pain and needed surgery after the procedure, which caused scar tissue.She was later diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis, where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb.Adele also suffers from unexplained bruising which has led to false rumours that her fiancé Chris North, 26, had been beating her.She has also faced cruel taunts in the supermarket by teenagers who have called her a smurf - due to the blue bruises covering her face.Doctors have been left baffled by the condition and have been unable to explain why the mystery marks have started appearing in the last 18 months.Adele said: "The bruises are … [Read more...] about Mum’s face is left covered in bruises by mystery illness that’s baffling doctors – and forcing her to defend her partner