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Hospital in need of 1950s memorabilia to help treat dementia patients

The QEH is in need of retro items to help jog the memories of dementia patients. Credit: Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A hospital in Norfolk is appealing for people to raid their cupboards and wardrobes to uncover any pre-1960s memorabilia which could help patients with dementia.

Apprentices at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn are creating a 1950s pop-up "reminiscence room".

It will be used to help older patients with dementia take a step back in time and unlock stories from their past.

It is hoped mobile unit could help hospital staff build a better picture of their patients and help manage their condition.

It will include various painted backdrops of a kitchen, a living room, a garden shed and a bus stop. The donated items will then be added to help bring the rooms to life.

Apprentice co-ordinator Sharon Carter said: “This might be items of pre-1960’s furniture, standard lamps, kitchen tables and chairs, for example, or familiar articles from that time such as curtains, wallpaper, sweet tins, cookery gadgets, books, records and so on. "

Anyone with items to donate should contact Samantha Mansfield at the QEH on 01553 613613, ext 4622.

Hospital pledges to act quickly to raise standards

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Norfolk has promised to take swift action to improve its quality of care after being placed in special measures.

Following confirmation from the Care Quality Commission that the health regulator Monitor was to intervene, the King's Lynn trust apologised to patients.

Acting chief executive at the QEH, Sharon Beamish, said: "We accept the reports' findings and as a board we will work with Monitor to do everything we can to put things right as quickly as possible."

The hospital said it was taking immediate action to ensure wards were adequately staffed.

A further 35 nurses from Portugal are due to start work at the King's Lynn site in November and December and the trust is continuing to recruit from across the UK - including newly-qualified staff from the University of East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin University.

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Watchdog confirms hospital is in special measures

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn has been placed in special measures by regulator Monitor. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A Norfolk hospital has been placed in special measures after "consistently failing to meet the national standards of quality and safety", the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has confirmed.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King's Lynn, has been warned it must improve standards as quickly as possible.

It follows a request by the CQC to regulator Monitor to step in and place the Gayton Road hospital in special measures after it was found to be failing on "more than one occasion".

The QEH was issued with a formal following an inspection in August which found low staffing levels and a lack of training in connection with dementia care. Patients were also found to be at risk because systems in place were not robust enough.

It followed an earlier inspection in May when the hospital was also told to improve.

Sir Mike Richards, chief inspector of hospitals for the CQC, said: "The concerns we found ... were so great we felt it was necessary to request that Monitor intervene and place the trust into special measures to assist in driving through improvements for patient care."

The trust will be closely monitored by the watchdog to ensure standards are raised.

MPs want urgent meeting about hospital failings

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn

Norfolk MPs Elizabeth Truss and Henry Bellingham have written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to request an urgent meeting to seek action on problems at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn.

Last week reports by the Care Quality Commission and Monitor identified a number of failings at the hospital, including missed A&E waiting times and poor staffing levels. The MPs are seeking an urgent solution.

They said: “Residents need to know that the health care they receive in West Norfolk is of the highest possible standard and we plan to ensure this is delivered. That is why we have raised the situation at the Queen Elizabeth hospital with the Secretary of State for Health.”

Norfolk hospital under fire from health watchdogs

Health regulators have demanded that a Norfolk hospital take immediate action to improve its failing care standards.

The Care Quality Commission has criticised the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn for issues including staff shortages and poor care and record-keeping.

On the same day, a second health regulator, Monitor, announced it is to take further action against the hospital after the trust failed to meet the conditions of its licence to operate.

Monitor says it is concerned patients have to wait too long to be seen in A&E, after the trust failed to meet the national target for three consecutive quarters.

Now the hospital says it is taking steps to improve care - these include:

Recruiting additional staff - the trust says 40 nurses have already joined this summer with a further 40 being recruited.

It will also have extra cash to improve A&E which include extra treatment space and four additional consultants.

The trust has commissioned an independent review, to look at the way the hospital runs.

The Health Minister and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said: "The concerns of the CQC are very serious, particularly about staffing ratios and about monitoring and ensuring there is a high quality of care at all times."

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Health regulator to take action against Norfolk hospital

Further action is being taken against the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Credit: ITV News Anglia

The health regulator Monitor is to take further action against the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn after the trust failed to meet the conditions of its licence to operate.

It's concerned that patients have to wait too long to be seen in A&E after the trust failed to meet the national target for three consecutive quarters.

The latest action follows a critical report from the Care Quality Commission into staffing and care standards at the Norfolk hospital.

The hospital trust has told Monitor it will fix the failings identified by the CQC, implement an A&E recovery plan, and bring in external support to find a long term solution to the trust’s problems.

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Norfolk hospital ordered to improve its care

Staffing levels and standards of care have been criticised at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Credit: ITV News Anglia

A hospital in Norfolk has been ordered to improve after failing to meet national care standards. It follows an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in May.

The CQC criticised the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn for issues including staff shortages and poor record-keeping. The hospital trust says steps have already been taken to improve care.

The hospital has 515 beds and provides a range of acute services for people in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

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