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Milton Keynes Hospital under the spotlight during CQC inspection

Milton Keynes Hospital.

The care provided by Milton Keynes Hospital will come under the spotlight this week as the Care Quality Commission carries out an inspection.

The hospital says it welcomes the health check and believes it has improved significantly over the last year.

32 inspectors will talk to staff and patients to get an accurate picture of life on the wards.

Click below to watch Russell Hookey's report:

James Paget Hospital needs 100 women to participate in two-year breast cancer study

James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. Credit: PA Images

Breast cancer patients at a hospital in Norfolk who are over 65 could be part of a pioneering trial.

The James Paget Hospital in Gorleston needs 100 women to participate in a two-year study that involves offering older women lifestyle advice, such as on diet, exercise and smoking, before they receive surgery.

"The patients may feel as if they're on a conveyor belt of treatment. We want to individualise and personalise their treatment and address any issues that may affect their recovery and also their emotions of the journey throughout their treatment"

– Sue Down, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

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CQC inspection of Milton Keynes Hospital begins

Milton Keynes Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

A three day inspection of staff and services at Milton Keynes Hospital starts today.

More than 30 officials from the Care Quality Commission will interview staff, talk to patients and monitor the level of care and treatment being provided.

The hospital sees around 6000 patients every week.

The inspection will look at eight key areas of care within the hospital.

  • A & E
  • Medical care ( including frail elderly)
  • Surgery (including theatres)
  • Critical care
  • Maternity
  • Paediatrics
  • End of life care
  • Outpatients

"I look forward to welcoming the Care Quality Commission to our hospital and giving our staff the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to providing safe care and a good experience to thousands of patients we see each week."

– Chief Esecutive, Joe Harrison, Milton Keynes Hospital

Council suspends admissions to Care UK homes

Suffolk County Council has suspended admissions to Care UK's homes after concerns were raised about staff experience and the impact on the residents.

Care UK has 14 homes in the county, but the council says its newest facilities aren't up to scratch.

Central Suffolk MP and health minister Dan Poulter has written to the Care Quality Commission asking for them to investigate all the residential homes provided by the company. Care UK, which runs 14 homes in the county, says it does comply with regulations. Tanya Mercer reports.

MP calls for answers after body left by bins

A Cambridgeshire MP is calling for answers after a dead body was apparently left next to rubbish bins at an ambulance station in Ely.

The East of England Ambulance Trust has launched an inquiry into the claims. The MP for North East Cambridgeshire, Stephen Barclay, says he has been in touch with senior management about what he calls the disturbing revelation. He says it's important to discover whether this was an isolated case and adds that the insider who passed on the information should be protected.

Theatre chief pays tribute to Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham, who died yesterday Credit: Rex

The Chief Executive of the Norwich Theatre Royal has paid tribute to actress Lynda Bellingham, who passed away yesterday at the age of 66.

Lynda Bellingham appeared at the theatre in Calendar Girls once in 2009 and again in 2012, when she starred opposite Lisa Riley, Camilla Dallerup and Jan Harvey.

Chief Executive Peter Wilson says that on both occasions Lynda “threw her support behind fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research”. In 2012 she and the other cast members posed in dressing gowns outside the theatre to encourage the audience to donate money to the cause.

"I first worked with Lynda over thirty years ago and have been a fan ever since. Lynda was warm and approachable, talented and entertaining as an actor and as a friend. She deserved every happiness and success that came her way. Her firm gaze in the face of death is an enduring inspiration."

– Peter Wilson, Chief Executive of the Norwich Theatre Royal

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Council stops sending residents to troubled company's care homes

Suffolk County Council has announced it is to stop sending any more residents to any of Care UK's nine homes in the county until its staff are satisfied by the management of the company's properties.

Asterbury Place, which opened in June Credit: Care UK

Suffolk County Council has announced it is to stop sending any more residents to any of Care UK's nine homes in the county until its staff are satisfied by the management of the company's properties. The blanket ban is revealed in an open letter to Suffolk residents from council leader Mark Bee and adult care spokesman Dr Alan Murray.

It says: "We are meeting the Managing Director again this week to hear how he is ensuring the necessary improvements are being made. "This is critically important, as we will want to be confident that before another home is opened in Suffolk all necessary steps have been taken to ensure that strong local leadership, high quality training and first class care are the bedrock of every single one of their homes in Suffolk."

Their intervention comes after the Labour group at the council spoke of their disbelief over the fact that the Care Quality Commission has not yet inspected Care UK homes in the county.

The nine homes run by Care UK in Suffolk are:

  • Paddock House, Eye
  • Mills Meadow, Framlingham
  • Place Court, Haverhill
  • Crabbe Street, Ipswich
  • Sidegate Lane, Ipswich
  • Ixworth Court, Ixworth
  • Wade House, Stowmarket
  • Lehman House, Wickham Market
  • Asterbury Place, Ipswich

Suffolk MP Daniel Poulter has called on the Care Quality Commission to carry out inspections at all homes run by Care UK.

"Feverish" man placed in isolation in hospital

The man is in isolation as a precaution Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man with a fever who has just returned from East Africa has been placed in isolation at Colchester hospital whilst he undergoes a series of tests.

The man in his 50's went to A and E on Saturday morning but the hospital is stressing he's been placed in isolation only as a precaution.

A spokesman said it's highly unlikely to be Ebola as the man had not been to the countries where the virus is reported. Test for malaria have proved negative.

His condition is said to be improving.

Justin's claim to fame as Britain's unique bus driver

Justin Pearson from Suffolk is unique among Britain's bus drivers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Justin Pearson from Kesgrave, Suffolk has been a bus driver for six years but there's something about him that makes him unique.

As he climbs into his cab you're unlikely to notice any difference between him and the company's other drivers at First Buses in Ipswich. What sets him apart is that Justin has no legs below the knee.

He's the country's only double amputee bus driver, having had both legs removed when he was 13 months old having been born with no fibulas.

"You've got to have a positive mindset because there's no point in sitting at home, watching TV. I'd rather be out and about doing something that other people do. If one person watches this and thinks 'yeah I can go out and do something', that would be great"

– Justin Pearson

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

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