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Bedford Hospital says 'plans are in place' for Junior Dr strike

Bedford Hospital says plans are in place to keep patients safe during the junior doctors' strike.

The hospital has over 100 junior doctors working across its south and north wings.

Bosses say that whilst many hospital services will be unaffected, some non-urgent planned operations and appointments may have to be cancelled in order to ensure urgent care services are delivered safely.

“We have tried and tested plans from the last strike in place to make sure that safe patient care is provided. For example, during the previous strike actions, pharmacists accompanied doctors on their wards to help ensure smooth and efficient discharge of patients continued. The Trust would also like to remind local residents about using A&E services wisely."

– Karen Ward, Bedford Hospital Chief Operating Officer
  • All patients who have planned operations during the strike will be phoned by the hospital to inform whether or not it will go ahead.
  • Patients with diagnostic and outpatients appointments will only be contacted if their appointment needs to be cancelled.
  • If patients are unsure contact the number on their appointment letter.

Four arrests as armed police seize gun and ammunition

Four men were arrested after armed police stopped a vehicle on Roff Avenue in Bedford. Credit: Google Maps / Street View

Four men have been arrested by armed police officers after they seized a firearm and ammunition from a vehicle that was stopped in Roff Avenue, Bedford.

The incident happened on Friday 1 April 2016.

Nazish Shehzad, 30, was charged for the possession of a shortened shotgun. He was remanded in custody after appearing at Luton Magistrates’ Court.

A 60-year-old man from Bedford and a 16-year-old boy from Loughton in Essex were arrested on suspicion of possessing of a firearm. They were both bailed.

A man from Bedford was released with no further action.


Bedford man warned he faces 'substantial jail sentence' after terror offences conviction

Naseer Mirza Taj Credit: Bedfordshire police

A taxi driver who planned to abandon his heavily pregnant wife and young son to marry a jihadi bride in Syria is facing years in jail for terror offences.

Naseer Taj, 26, was "caught red-handed" in late December 2014 as he finalised his preparations to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State and achieve martyrdom.

Following a trial in February, he was found guilty of preparation of terrorists acts and having copies of the al Qaida magazine Inspire. He was also convicted of possessing a false driving licence.

Taj faces a "substantial" prison sentence when he appears before Judge Stephen Kramer at the Old Bailey.

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World's largest aircraft ready for take-off

The Airlander 10 is ready for her flight! Credit: ITV News Anglia

The world's largest airship, being built in a hangar in Bedfordshire, has been unveiled for the first time.

The Airlander 10 in Cardington is now completed and ready for her maiden flight.

The Airlander 10 can carry up to 10 tonnes of freight Credit: ITV News Anglia
The Airlander 10 is 25% bigger than a Boeing 747 aeroplane.

It's known to the engineers as Mary - and she's a very big girl.

At 92 metres long - she's about the same size as a football pitch and 25% bigger than a Boeing 747 aeroplane.

The cockpit, flight simulator and the payload module where cargo or passengers will travel, will also be opened up for people to see.

Attempted murder suspect could be in Bedfordshire

Police in Bedfordshire have been alerted that a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Reading could be in the county.

The victim, a 28-year-old man, was stabbed on the Boxing Day 2015 and sustained wounds to his chest, including a punctured lung.

Thames Valley detectives are looking for 21-year-old Q Johnson, also known as Ricky or Jamie Sampson who has links to Bedford.

He's black, about 5ft 8ins and of medium build.

Anyone who knows his whereabouts should contact Thames Valley Police.

Help find missing 83-year-old man from Bedford

Gennaro Castello has gone missing from Bedford. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

An 83-year-old man has gone missing from his home in Bedford.

Police are appealing for help to find Gennaro Castello who was last seen in Raleigh Street at about 10pm on Friday March 11.

Officers say they are concerned for his welfare and want anyone who may have seen him to get in touch.


Doctors call for improvements to Bedford Hospital's A&E

Bedford Hospital Credit: PA Images

Doctors are calling for improvements to be made to the Bedford Hospital's Accident and Emergency unit.

It follows the busiest day in its history - treating 246 people at its Accident & Emergency department.

The unit was built in 1964 and extended in 1997. The extension was designed to cope with 180 patients per day. But staff now say changes need to be made to cope with increasing demand.

The chief of emergency medicine, Dr Stuart Lloyd, said:

“While we struggle, and cope, with this increase in patient numbers we are mindful that this rise will continue. Our paramount issue for A&E is patient safety while caring and treating very sick people – and this is being hampered by the facility in size and shape. It is time that both the hospital and commissioners look at the long term implications of the unit remaining in its current form. Bedford hospital patients are becoming older and sicker and need a local A&E that is modern, accessible, clean, technologically advanced and of a size able to support the large numbers that will continue to arrive for care.”

– Dr Lloyd

The chief executive of the trust , Stephen Conroy said “the trust will always consider the medical advice of our consultants and, while ensuring public funds are spent appropriately, we will be developing a feasibility study to ensure our A&E is fit to treat and care for our Bedford patients now and for the next twenty years.”

'Unexploded grenade' handed into police in Bedford

The device was handed in to Greyfriars Police Station. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Several roads have been closed in Bedford town centre this evening (February 10), after someone handed in what's thought to be an old unexploded hand grenade to police.

The device was handed in to Greyfriars Police Station at about 4pm.

It's being inspected by a bomb disposal team. Officers have cordoned off the area surrounding it.

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