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King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital "should come out of special measures"

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A health watchdog says a hospital in Norfolk has made "significant improvements" and should come out of special measures.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn was heavily criticised two years ago over its standards of care.

However, following a recent inspection, the Care Quality Commission says it's improved in areas including A and E, surgery and leadership.

A final decision will be made by the health regulator Monitor.

"This is the latest example of what can be achieved by a trust in special measures when there is a clear commitment from the senior leadership team to improve the quality of care, a concerted effort by staff and there is a package of support.

There have been improvements in most of the services we looked at. Our inspectors particularly noted the new leadership which has a clear vision and strategy for the future of the trust. Strong leadership is vital for any service to improve.

There is good communication throughout the organisation and the morale and culture of the organisation has improved. This has, I have no doubt, led to the improvements in the quality of care as we found staff were kind, caring and compassionate towards patients."

– Professor Sir Mike Richards, CQC Chief Inspector of Hospitals

Woman air-lifted to hospital after A47 crash dies

Woman involved in A47 crash dies in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. Credit: PA Images

Police have confirmed a woman has died following a collision on the A47 near King’s Lynn.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon at North Runcton at about 3.40pm when three vehicles were involved in a collision.

A woman in her mid-80s, suffered serious injuries and was air-lifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn where she died a short time later.

Three other people were injured. An 88-year-old man, suffered minor cuts and bruising, a woman in her 50s, suffered whiplash, cuts and bruising while another passenger was treated for severe bruising to her arms, legs, and chest.

The road was closed while emergency service dealt with the incident and it was re-opened at 8.45pm.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision.


Roadworks to start overnight on A17 near King's Lynn

Work starts tonight on surface dressing works on the A17 Lynn Road, Tilney All Saints.

It's taking place from the junction with the A47 at Pullover roundabout, Kings Lynn to the junction with Station Road, Clenchwarton.

The works will be carried out overnight 7.00pm to 6.00 am and should take three nights if the weather is good.

During the surface dressing works it will be necessary to close the road to all through traffic each night.

A fully signed diversion route via A1101 Long Sutton to Wisbech and A47 Wisbech to Kings Lynn will be in place for the duration the closure.

Access to businesses and properties will be maintained.

The work which will cost £120,000 will be carried out by Norfolk County Council's Community & Environmental Services Department and their contractors.

CCTV released after woman pulled to the floor and assaulted

Police would like to speak to anyone who recognises the man in this CCTV picture. Credit: Norfolk Police

Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault on a woman in King's Lynn.

The incident took place in Hillington Square at just after 3am on Monday 4 May 2015.

The victim, aged in her 20s, was walking in the area when she saw two men walking along Millfleet towards London Road.

One of the men followed her into Hillington Square. A short time later she was pulled to the floor and touched inappropriately.

The offender was disturbed by a passer-by and fled the scene.

Vets battle to save swan that was shot in head

X-rays showed the pellet was lodged near the bird's brain.

Vets are battling to save the life of a swan that was shot in the head in Cambridgeshire.

The bird was shot with a metal pellet at a site in March which has been described by the RSPCA as an "infamous air gun hotspot".

The swan is now being cared for by staff at the East Winch rescue centre near King's Lynn.

The RSCPA is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Fitting finale for historic 85-year-old fishing boat

A campaign's been launched to repair the historic fishing vessel, Lydia Eva. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign has been launched to create a fitting finale for a wonderful lady of the sea.

The 'Lydia Eva' is the last surviving steam herring drifter in the world and is currently anchored to the quay in Great Yarmouth.

An appeal has been started to repair her so she can be back to sea next year. Among those working on her is the great great grandson of the first ever skipper.

The Lydia Eva was built in 1930 in King's Lynn but fished out of Yarmouth. At that time there were scores of boats in and out of Lowestoft and Yarmouth where the herring industry was vital to the local economy.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson


Students head to Holland with their 'eco car'

Students from the College of West Anglia with their 'eco car' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students from the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn are heading to Holland today to show off their new eco car.

They were challenged to build a car that will go the furthest on one litre of fuel. They'll battle against 3000 students from across Europe.

'Eco car' designed by students Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We hope to double the miles per hour we got last year and we're hoping that the changes that we made will allow us to do that. So new body work, new engine system, hopefully that will all add up to the goal we're aiming for"

– Tyler Griffin and Sam Fletcher, engineering students

Newspaper columnist quits because she's so disillusioned with King's Lynn after her car was vandalised

Diane Lines.

The writer of a light-hearted newspaper column about West Norfolk says she is giving up because she is disillusioned with the town she once loved.

Diane Lines says she has been the victim of intimidation and anti-social behaviour in King's Lynn.

Her weekly column, Between the Lines, started off a whimsical look at the lives and traditions of townsfolk, but she says things have changed since she first moved here ten years ago.

I've had all sorts of altercations with people in the street, in our lovely park here, about what I call generally anti-social behaviour.

Spitting, urinating, rubbish, swearing, all sorts of things which to me are a red rag to a bull. I didn't anticipate any response.

I've had a bit of a mixed response, some supporting me, others saying I'm miserable and should get a life.

– Diane Lines

Appeal after sexual assault in King's Lynn

Norfolk police are appealing for information after a 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while walking in King's Lynn in the early hours of Monday 4th May.

Police say the woman was in the Hillington Square area of the town at around 3am when she was approached by a man who pulled her to the floor and assaulted her.

The woman managed to struggle free and has given police a description of her attacker.

  • White
  • 5ft 10in tall
  • Slim build
  • Wearing a blue hooded top
  • Dark trousers
  • And white trainers

Police think the man may have left Kudos nightclub and walked through the town with another man before approaching the woman in Hillington Square.

After the assault the man walked along London Road towards the Southgates.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk police on the 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Hedgehog kicked about on sports ground

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a hedgehog was seen being kicked about a sports ground by a group of youths.

The rescued hedgehog Credit: RSPCA

The incident happened on Saturday 18th April at Lynnsport in King's Lynn. A member of the public saw two boys and three girls, aged around around 13 or 14, kicking the live animal around the grass behind a skateboard shed.

The hedgehog was rescued by the passer-by, and taken to the RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre nearby, where he is currently being cared for.

There is absolutely no excuse for treating a live animal in this callous way - just kicking him around as if it were sport.

– Alison Charles, RSPCA

The RSPCA says the hedgehog remains "quite poorly" with injuries to its left side, but they hope it will make a good recovery. where he was kicked.

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