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Hull MPs meet to discuss A&E crisis

Hull's three MPs have met with hospital bosses to discuss the ongoing crisis in accident and emergency.

The city's A&E is still performing far below the government target for the amount of time patients have to wait to see a doctor. In fact the latest figures show the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust continues to be among the worst in the country for hitting the four-hour target.

Now Karl Turner, the MP for Hull East, has said the Health Secretary needs to "get a grip" because the NHS is failing those who need emergency care at the city's hospital.

Michael Billington reports:

Scunthorpe hospital ward closed after norovirus breakout

One ward has been closed at Scunthorpe General hospital due to a norovirus breakout.

Scunthorpe General Hospital Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Visitors who have been suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are urged not to come to the hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.

Staff are being advised not to come to work if they have symptoms and to stay off for 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped, as they will be infectious to others during this period.

There is no specific cure for the illness, which is usually mild and shouldn't last more than a couple of days.

Ward 2 is currently closed to admissions due to an outbreak of Norovirus. Patients from the ward will not be discharged to nursing or residential homes while they remain an infection risk and we have closed the ward to new admissions. The infection prevention and control team is reviewing the situation daily and regular and frequent disinfection is being carried out on the ward to contain the outbreak. This type of illness does come into the hospital from time to time, as in other hospitals across the country, and that is why we have a robust infection control policy in place to deal with such eventualities. This illness lasts about 24 hours and, although unpleasant, very rarely causes serious medical problems.

– Dr Peter Cowling, Trust consultant microbiologist

If you have symptoms of diarrohea and/or vomiting you should follow this advice:

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and painsIf you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest
  • Stay at home – don't go to see your GP because norovirus is contagious and there's nothing your GP can do while you have it.
  • Contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness.

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Sam Brown's busy schoolday

Today hundreds of children at Sam Brown's primary school in Otley wrote letters and drew pictures which he will be taking to the Prime Minister next week.

Sam's parents are campaigning for a life changing drug to be made available on the NHS to six year-old. Fewer than one hundred people in the UK have his condition - Morquio Syndrome - and his family are desperate for NHS England to committ to supplying the drug. Adam Fowler reports.

NHS statement on Morquio drugs

A spokesperson for NHS England said:

"We sympathise with any patient and their family whilst they await a decision on the authorisation of a drug or treatment and appreciate what a difficult time this must be. Decisions to fund treatments and drugs are made by NHS England based on their effectiveness following clinical trials or other evidence of effectiveness, and taking into account the views of expert clinicians and other stakeholders."

“A draft clinical commissioning policy on the use of elosulfase alfa (Vimizim) in the treatment of patients with Morquio A Syndrome has been developed and subject to some early stakeholder testing and is now one of a range of investment proposals that are under consideration for funding in 2015/16."

“Meanwhile, as currently, any prioritisation which is urgent on clinical grounds will be dealt with quickly though our existing procedures. It is important to remember that this process is looking at services we would routinely commission for groups of patients and the route of individual funding requests remains the same.”

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Classmates support Sam's bid for treatment

Classmates of a six-year-old boy from Otley with a rare genetic condition are pitching in to support his family's bid for treatment.

Sam Brown has rare condition

Sam Brown is one of 87 people in the country diagnosed with Morquio Syndrome. His family are battling to get NHS-funding for a trial drug to improve his health.

A special assembly to raise awareness about his condition has been held at Sam's school, Warton's primary school, and his classmates have been making banners and letters in support of his treatment to take to Prime Minister David Cameron next week.

Helping hands

And here's the letter Sam has written himself to Mr Cameron, which is bound to tug on his heart strings.

Sam's plea

Family to continue battle for Morquio test drug

The family of a boy diagnosed with a rare disease say they are continuing the battle to get NHS-funding for a trial drug to improve his health.

Sam Brown from Otley is one of eighty-seven people in the country diagnosed with Morquio Syndrome.

The six-year old's school is holding a special assembly to raise awareness about his condition and his classmates are making banners and letters in support of his treatment to take to Prime Minister David Cameron next week.

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