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Election underway to fill Norfolk hospital governor vacancies

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

People in Norfolk are being asked to put their name forward to be a governor of the county's flagship hospital.

The election is underway to fill five vacancies - one for Norwich, one for Broadland, two for Breckland and one for a new constituency called "the rest of England" which is open to people living outside of Norfolk and Waveney.

The council of governors provides a direct link between the hospital and the local community.

Governors, who must be aged 16 or over, serve for a term of three years and can then be re-elected.

Potential candidates have until November 6 to return their completed election forms and the results will be announced on December 18.

Patients' views on Norfolk hospital sought ahead of inspection

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will be inspected by the Care Quality Commission in November. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals wants patients to tell him about the care they have received at Norfolk's flagship hospital.

The information would be used to help the Care Quality Commission (CQC) decide what to look at when they assess the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital next month.

The watchdog is due to carry out a formal inspection beginning on Tuesday November 10.

It will be the first time the trust has been assessed under the CQC's new regime which will see the hospital given a rating from "outstanding" to "inadequate".

"We know there is too much variation in quality - these new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.

"This is your opportunity to tell the team what you think, and make a difference to the NHS services in the local area."

– Prof Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

A meeting to gather opinions from patients and the community will be held on Tuesday November 10 at The Space Norwich at Roundtree Way from 6pm.


Norfolk hospital's finance director resigns

Julie Cave, former finance director at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Credit: Eastern Daily Press.

The finance director of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has resigned.

Julie Cave had been with the trust since 2009. It now faces a £9.5m deficit.

Her departure means there are only two permanent directors in its executive team.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith said she would be seeking reassurance from the trust's chief executive that the resignation would not impact on patients and the care they received.

Doctor found guilty of sexually assaulting patient

Dr Manav Arora leaving court Credit: ITV News Anglia

A doctor has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a male patient on a busy hospital ward in Norfolk.

Manav Arora, 37, from Birmingham, denied the sexual assault at Norwich Crown Court but was found guilty after a four-day trial.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

The locum doctor was working at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital when the alleged incident happened in September last year.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the attack took place behind a curtain while other patients lay nearby.

Arora has been warned he faces a jail term when he's sentenced at a later date.


Doctor charged over sexual assault at hospital

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Credit: Jeremy Durkin/PA Wire

A doctor has been charged with sexually assaulting a male patient at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Dr Manav Arora, 36, of Barnfield Grove, Birmingham, has been charged with one count of sexual touching and one of indecent exposure.

The charges relate to an incident at the hospital in September last year.

Arora has been released on police bail and is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Friday January 23.

Internal major incident 'stood down' at Norfolk & Norwich Hospital

Major internal incident has now been stood down Credit: ITV News Anglia

An internal major incident at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital has now been stood down.

The status was introduced yesterday after an extremely high demand for emergency care.

It has now been stood down and the hospital says it is due to the excellent response by staff to the major incident status.

"An internal major incident was launched as a result of extremely high demand for emergency care. This resulted in us being able to discharge patients to provide capacity for the Bank Holiday. The internal major incident status has been stood down as a result of the excellent response of our staff and we would like to thank them for their hard work."

– Chris Cobb, Director of Medicine and Emergency Care

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital declares internal major incident

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has declared an internal major incident this afternoon as it tries to get on top of high patient numbers.

It comes as a Labour parliamentary candidate today claimed there were 13 ambulances waiting with patients outside the accident and emergency department as she spent the day with an ambulance crew.

Denise Burke, will stand in the North Norfolk constituency, Tweeted that it took 50 minutes to offload one patient because there wasn't space in A and E.

The hospital disputed the figures while the ambulance service - which admitted delays were an issue across the region - said it was not aware of major problems affecting patients today.

New birthing suite opens at Norwich hospital

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

More women will be able to give birth at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital from today.

A three-month refurbishment of the delivery suite has created three new birthing rooms and the recovery area has also been made bigger.

It's to help the hospital cope with a predicted rise in the number of births over the next five years.

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