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James Paget becomes the latest hospital to face multi-million pound shortfall

The James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Another of the region's hospitals has gone into the red.

Managers of the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston have revealed a £5 million shortfall.

They blame a rise in demand and increased cost pressures.

They say patient safety will remain the top priority as they look at ways of balancing the books.

"We've discussed a range of measures that we would take to ensure that we return to financial balance.

That will include transformation projects, for example how we manage our drug budget and how we ensure that we get the best care that we can for our patients."

– Christine Allen, Chief Executive, James Paget Hospital


School's response to schoolgirl's classroom ban for wearing the wrong shoes

Shakira Silom. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston has responded after a 12 year old pupil, Shakira Silom, is spending a second week in a seclusion class for wearing the wrong footwear. The year eight schoolgirl was told her shoes must be black and not with a coloured heel. She has already spent a week in seclusion for failing to change her shoes. A spokesperson for the school said" The footwear is a black shoe with a brown trim around it, in particular on the thick heel, that is clearly visible. We must be consistent with all students."

Woman dies after being pulled from the sea off Norfolk coast

The woman was rescued about 200m away from Hopton beach. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman who was pulled from the sea by lifeboat crews off the Norfolk coast has died.

The RNLI sent out some boats to look for the woman after clothes were found on Gorleston's South Pier at around 7am.

The woman was then rescued about 200m away from Hopton beach an hour and a half later, before she was rushed to the nearby James Paget Hospital where she has since passed away.


Doctor tells Coroner why she decided a seriously ill patient shouldn't be resuscitated

Dr Anna Blackburn, Consultant Physician at James Paget Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

A doctor at a hospital in Norfolk has been telling a Coroner why she decided a seriously ill patient shouldn't be resuscitated.

Dr Anna Blackburn, a consultant physician at the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston, was giving evidence on the second day of the inquest into the death of Michael Richardson. He died there in October 2013

Michael Richardson Credit: Family of Mr Richardson

Dr Blackburn said Mr Richardson - a 66-year-old great grandfather from Great Yarmouth - was unlikely to survive his pulmonary fibrosis and would probably die within a few months.

He was also suffering from pneumonia and because of his distressed and emotional state, she said she didn't discuss the subject of resuscitation with him because she thought it would be 'unnecessarily burdensome' for him.

Dr Blackburn said CPR on Mr Blackburn was unlikely to be successful and if even if it worked in the short term, his chances of surviving weren't good.

Questioned by Norfolk's Assistant Coroner David Osborne, she said it was because of patient confidentiality that Mr Richardson's family wasn't told about the do not resuscitate notice going on his medical notes.

James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

His widow Janet is angry about that decision and has said he would have wanted to be resuscitated. She described the decision as 'very, very wrong"

At the time of Mr Richardson's death, the James Paget's policy was in keeping with national guidelines: that patients didn't have to be told that resuscitation wouldn't be attempted.

Nine months after Mr Richardson's death, the Court of Appeal ruled that doctors must involve patients in life-or-death resuscitation decisions unless doing so would actively harm them.

Michael Richardson Credit: Mr Richardson's family

Considering the case of Janet Tracey, 62, who died at Cambridge's Addenbrooke's Hospital in 2011 after an order was placed on her notes without proper consultation, Lord Dyson ruled that there should be a "presumption in favour of patient involvement" in such cases unless there were genuinely "convincing reasons" not to do so.

Dr Blackburn said that if faced with the same situation today, she would tell the patient she had very serious issues to deal with and in her opinion should not be resuscitated.

Dr Jim Crawford, Chairman of James Paget's Resuscitation Committee Credit: ITV News Anglia

Dr Jim Crawford a consultant and chairman of the James Paget's resuscitation committee, said Dr Blackburn had applied the hospital's policy correctly.

Looking at Mr Richardson's notes, he assessed his chances of surviving resuscitation at less than five per cent.

Even if he did, he said he wouldn't be well enough to leave hospital and it would only prolong death by a few days.

The Coroner is expected to deliver his conclusion tomorrow.

Two moved to burns unit after explosion

The scene of the explosion Credit: Tanya Mercer

Two people who were injured in a suspected gas explosion at Gorleston in Norfolk have been transferred to a specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital in Essex.

A man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s were initially taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, and have now been transferred, the hospital said.

The explosion happened at a house in Frederick Road at just after 11.30am on Thursday. An investigation is underway into the cause.

Two people in hospital after suspected gas explosion

The scene of the explosion Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two people have been taken to hospital after what is believed to be a gas explosion in Gorleston in Norfolk.

Firefighters from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and a Search and Rescue Team from Dereham were called to Frederick Road around 11.36am today (Thursday 5th March)

A man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s were taken to the James Paget hospital with minor burns.

The gas board and UK Power Network are currently at the scene and have isolated the gas and electrical supply to the property.

Crews are still trying to make the building and surrounding area safe. People are being advised to avoid the area.

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