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Hinchingbrooke hospital to stay in 'Special Measures'

Hinchingbrooke Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire needs to get better according to the health watchdog which says it is keeping it in special measures for now.

In October the Care Quality Commission rated the trust as 'requires improvement' following an inspection.

However the CQC recognised that improvements have been made at the hospital, with management 'well placed' to make the changes needed.

It also highlighted the caring nature of staff but said emergency care and medical services needed improving.

Another inspection will take place in the spring.

Alan Burns, Chairman, Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There is a lot to be done. We want to move from where we are into the good in all domains. As the CQC said, this is a hospital in transition. "

– Alan Burns, Chairman of Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust

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"Patients rightly expect the highest quality care from their local health services, which is why we introduced the CQC's rigorous inspection regime. It is encouraging that progress has been made in the leadership and working culture across Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust and that staff have been recognised for their high level of compassionate care. However, I am disappointed that concerns remain on aspects of patient safety."

– Ben Gummer, Minister for Care Quality


How the bagpipes are helping a boy from Peterborough with his cystic fibrosis

Bagpipes aren't everyone's favourite, but for one little boy from Ramsey near Peterborough they may well be helping with his health.

Vincent Forkner is eight and has cystic fibrosis and cerebral palsy. And puffing on the pipes has improved his lung function.

He fell in love with the instrument during a family holiday to Stirling and thanks to a charity he now has his own set.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

Southend Hospital declares third 'critical incident' in a month

Southend Hospital has declared another Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend Hospital has been forced to declare a "critical incident" for the third time in a month.

The latest alert is due to continuing high numbers of acutely ill patients requiring beds while the hospital is already operating at full capacity.

“Like other trusts across Essex and the wider region, we are seeing a surge in acutely unwell patients coming into hospital and needing to be admitted.

We are working closely with our Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Southend and Rochford & Castle Point to identify appropriate support for those who need care outside of the hospital setting.

“Our staff at the hospital are working extremely hard to cope with the current pressures while maintaining high standards of care, and I want to again thank staff from every ward and department, profession and grade for their continuing

We have had no choice but to escalate our status again to ensure the safety of our patients and continue to work with our partners in the community to increase capacity."

– Sue Hardy, chief executive,

New lead Chaplain joins Southend Hospital

Reverend David Childs is the new lead chaplain at Southend Hospital Credit: Southend Hospital.

Southend Hospital has welcomed the arrival of a new lead chaplain, Reverend David Childs who was a former parish priest in Essex and Oxfordshire.

He will help deliver a 24-hour on-call service to make sure someone is available day and night.

“I may be the lead chaplain or the face of chaplaincy but there’s a really good team of people around me. It’s a privilege to be in a role where I meet people of every possible outlook, background. You realise ‘wow’ humanity is exciting. I’m also looking forward to getting to know the staff. "

– David Childs

Woman who thought she was going deaf has rare tumour

Liz Kirtley thought something was wrong when she struggled to hear the telephone Credit: ITV News Anglia

Doctors discovered that a woman from Toddington near Luton in Bedfordshire had a tumour inside her skull, after she struggled to hear the telephone.

Liz Kirtley had gone gradually deaf in one ear but had no idea she had an auditory neuroma.

A rare tumour which had been growing on her auditory nerve for seven years.

She's now had radiotherapy treatment.

A CT scan shows the size of the tumour Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The first thing I asked him was how big and he said just over two centimetres and I thought that's ok but then he showed me on the screen and I thought that's quite big actually!"

– Liz Kirtley

Liz is now training to run the London Marathon in April, raising money for the Brain Research Trust.


Told she would never walk or talk, how Jen is proving the doctors wrong

Jen Clare is proving all the doctors wrong with her progress. Credit: ITV New Anglia

A seven-year-old girl from Stevenage is raising money for physiotherapy to help her walk.

Jen Clare had a controversial operation in America four years ago. And she has amazed everyone with her dedication.

Doctors told Jen's parents she would never walk, never talk, never be able to feed herself. But she is proving them all wrong.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia Claire McGlasson

Hospital closes injuries unit after record number of ill patients treated

The Lister hospital in Stevenage has temporarily suspended it minor injury and illness service. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Lister hospital in Stevenage says it can't treat people attending its emergency department today unless their "life or limbs are at risk".

A record number of seriously ill people at the Hertfordshire hospital means it has had to close its minor injuries service to adults.

Children will still be treated - although waiting times will be longer than usual for non-emergency conditions.

Patients are being told to go to the Urgent Care Centre at the New QEII hospital in Welwyn Garden City.

"We understand that this will be both frustrating and inconvenient, and we are sincerely sorry for this. We hope you understand that we have to prioritise those patients with life-threatening conditions and thank you for your understanding and co-operation."

– Lister Hospital Statement

1001 critical days: Giving children the best start in life

The first 1001 days from conception to the age of two are critical to a child's development. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire has become the first county to sign up to a new initiative aimed at giving children the best possible start in life.

It's called the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto which says the first two years from conception are critical for a child's development.

The project will link up midwives, health visitors, doctors and children's centres in Northamptonshire along with parents.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Kinsley

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