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Mother fights for answers over daughter's disabilities

A mother who believes a drug she took to test if she was pregnant - in fact caused her daughter's severe disabilities, when she was born, is fighting for answers. Margaret Braithwaite from Castleford took the hormone pregnancy test Primodos in the late 1960s. Her daughter Maxine was born with deformities and disabilities - which affected her all her life - before her death this year, aged just 45. The company which made Primodos insists it was not responsible for causing serious illnesses in children. But now Margaret, and thousands of other women, are demanding a review. Michael Billington has been speaking to her.


Mother calls for apology over pregnancy testing pill fears

A mother who took a pregnancy-testing drug in the 60s, is demanding an apology from manufacturers, after her daughter died of severe disabilities. Margaret Braithwaite from Castleford believes her daughter Maxine's difficulties were caused by hormone pill, Primodos.

A drug regulator this year found there wasn't enough evidence to prove that Primodos was responsible for causing deformities in children. Pharmaceuticals company Bayer denies any responsibility.

70 newly qualified nurses start work at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

70 newly qualified nurses have started work at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The nurses have recently graduated from Lincoln, Nottingham, De Montfort, Sheffield Hallam, Hull and Leeds universities.

I have been delighted to meet the newly qualified nurses as they start their careers with us here at ULHT. We are committed to supporting and developing these new nurses as they are a key part of our journey out of special measures. I have already seen examples of excellent compassion in care by the new nurses and we will continue to support all our nursing staff to ensure we deliver care of the highest quality to our patients.

– Pauleen Pratt, Acting Chief Nurse


Figures reveal health of region's children

New figures on the health of young people show more children in our region are smoking and using alcohol - than in other parts of the UK.

Exercising in a gym Credit: PA

The data from Public Health England also reveals youngsters in Yorkshire and the Humber are doing less exercise than the national average. But figures for the East Midlands which includes Lincolnshire show there a fewer children classed as obese than in other parts.

Bradford hospitals join NHS Quest initiative

Bradford Teaching Hospitals has been selected to join a privileged group of hospitals working together to provide the best available care for patients as part of the NHS Quest Initiative.

As a part of the NHS Quest network, the hospitals will work with 14 other member trusts on improvement programmes Credit: Bradford Teaching Hospitals

By joining the scheme, the hospitals will now participate in the deteriorating patient initiative, with specific focus on sepsis, cardiac arrest and medication safety.

As a part of the NHS Quest network, the hospitals will work with 14 other member trusts on improvement programmes.

I am delighted that we have been approved as a member of the NHS QUEST network. It brings together like-minded people who continuously strive to better patient safety and the quality of care they deliver.

It is a testament to the success of our own internal patient safety campaign. Our staff are determined and dedicated to delivering the best possible clinical and nursing care every day.

– Professor Clive Kay, Chief Executive

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals cancer care approval rating soars

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals have seen a significant improvement in approval ratings from patients affected by cancer, a new survey shows.

The 2013/14 National Cancer Patient Experience survey placed the trust in the nation's top 20 per cent for a third of the issues covered by the survey Credit: Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Trust

The 2013/14 National Cancer Patient Experience survey placed the trust in the nation's top 20 per cent for a third of the issues covered by the survey.

The trust scored in the lowest 20 per cent of trusts for only 6% of answers, which represents a marked improvement on last year's results.

The survey was filled out by 253 respondents.

The areas of most ‘move up’ related to patients being given information about the potential impact of their cancer on work or education; receiving information about getting financial help; patients being given the opportunity to take part in research, and the way that hospital staff had explained the outcome of their operations to patients.

Although we have done well this year, we want to focus on the areas where we know we can make even further improvements.

These include giving our patients better explanations of their investigation tests and diagnosis, answering their questions in a way that they understand, and doing everything we can to control the side effects of chemotherapy.

– Stacey Nutt, the Trust’s Lead Cancer Nurse
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