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Monitor investigate financial concerns at Addenbrooke's Hospital

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A health watchdog has launched an investigation into financial concerns at the Trust which runs Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Monitor said it was looking into the amount of money spent on a new electronic patient-record system.

The Trust said it would work closely with Monitor and was doing everything possible to improve its financial position.


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King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital "should come out of special measures"

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A health watchdog says a hospital in Norfolk has made "significant improvements" and should come out of special measures.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn was heavily criticised two years ago over its standards of care.

However, following a recent inspection, the Care Quality Commission says it's improved in areas including A and E, surgery and leadership.

A final decision will be made by the health regulator Monitor.

"This is the latest example of what can be achieved by a trust in special measures when there is a clear commitment from the senior leadership team to improve the quality of care, a concerted effort by staff and there is a package of support.

There have been improvements in most of the services we looked at. Our inspectors particularly noted the new leadership which has a clear vision and strategy for the future of the trust. Strong leadership is vital for any service to improve.

There is good communication throughout the organisation and the morale and culture of the organisation has improved. This has, I have no doubt, led to the improvements in the quality of care as we found staff were kind, caring and compassionate towards patients."

– Professor Sir Mike Richards, CQC Chief Inspector of Hospitals

White coats return for doctors so patients can spot them

Northampton Hospital now has doctors in white coats so patients can can spot them. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two out of three patients at one of the region's major hospitals say they've no idea whether or not they've seen a doctor during their visit.

It's prompted managers at Northampton General to have a rethink and turn back the clock to the days when doctors wore white coats.

They've been updated to allay fears about hospital infection rates and are being introduced alongside a new policy where staff introduce themselves to patients.

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Major incident declared at Addenbrooke's after heavy rain

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Following heavy rain last night, Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has declared a major incident.

Flooding is affecting the areas where theatre equipment is sterilised.

Planned surgery for today, over the weekend and on Monday has been postponed. The hospital says all affected patients will be contacted and new dates for their surgery will be arranged.

An Addenbrooke's Hospital spokesman said:

We apologise to any patient for any inconvenience caused. We continue to provide urgent medical care. However as our services are not running normally, we are now in major incident mode. We are asking patients considering coming to A&E to seek alternative care wherever possible.

At the present moment we are closed to major trauma cases. We have put in place well-practised and robust emergency planning procedures drawn up to deal with these kinds of situations. Patients with any concerns can call: 01223 245151.

– Addenbrooke's Hospital statement
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