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Prince joins budding scientists in Essex

The Prince of Wales will join a thousand budding young scientists in Essex today.

Prince Charles Credit: PA Wire

He'll be at the Big Bang Fair in Colchester which demonstrates the importance of science to youngsters.

Prince Charles will get to see how cow-tracking technology can improve the animals' welfare and a computer game is being used to model Alzheimer's Disease.

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Hospital CEO to face councillors

Colchester Hospital CEO Dr Lucy Moore is due to meet with members of Tendring District Council. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Chief Executive of the troubled Colchester Hospital is to be questioned by councillors.

Dr Lucy Moore is due to meet with members of Tendring District Council. They've called for the meeting after the hospital declared a "major incident" that lasted 13 days. The Council is seeking assurances that everything possible is being done to improve things at the hospital.

Colchester Hospital closes beds to help "manage pressure" on staff

A number of extra beds opened up at Colchester Hospital have now been closed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A number of extra beds opened up at Colchester Hospital in Essex to help cope with "unprecedented demand" in A&E have now been closed.

The hospital argues that the amount of patients using the additional beds were stretching staff resources too much.

Two weeks ago a 'major incident' was declared, after a surprise inspection by the CQC found staff struggling to cope with the number of patients.

Normal service resumed on Wednesday, after patients were discharged and operations were postponed.

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell delighted after "internal major incident" is lifted

Sir Bob Russell. Credit: PA

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has expressed his delight that the "internal major incident" at Colchester Hospital has been lifted.

The hospital has returned to "normal working" following a period where staff struggled to cope with unprecedented demand.

“This has clearly been a very worrying time for all associated with the Hospital, staff and patients, as well as residents throughout our part of Essex.

I am delighted that the prompt action taken has led to this outcome, although I recognise this has been at the expense in particular of cancelled operations which I hope can be speedily reinstated. We are, of course, still left with the fact that the Hospital remains in ‘special measures’ but I am reassured that positive steps to work towards overcoming deep-rooted management structure issues will result in this aspect being resolved – although when is uncertain.”

– Sir Bob Russell MP

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"Internal major incident" stood down as Colchester Hospital returns to normal working

Colchester General Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Hospital has announced that it has returned to "normal working".

The Trust declared a "internal major incident" earlier this month after staff struggled to cope with unprecedented demand and patients were told to stay away from its A & E department if possible.

The Care Quality Commission had raised safeguarding concerns following an inspection.

“It was clear at the time of the CQC visit that our staff, particularly in the Emergency Department and the Emergency Assessment Unit, were under serious pressure.

Pressure in the hospital has now been reduced, not least because people are considering carefully whether they really need to come to the Emergency.

In addition, with the support of our health partners, including North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, GPs and community services – we are confident we will be able to discharge more patients from the hospital in the coming days.

This will enable our staff to concentrate their efforts on the patients who really need acute care."

– Dr Lucy Moore, Trust Chief Executive
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