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NHS safeguarding 'needs review' after Savile abuse

Jimmy Savile's behaviour and sexual abuse at 41 NHS hospitals across the country, a children's home and a hospice "indicates the need for us to examine safeguarding arrangements in NHS hospitals, the raising of complaints and matters of concern and how managers and staff respond to complaints", a separate independent report found.

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Wards closed at Boston hospital after norovirus outbreak

Three wards have been closed at Boston Pilgrim hospital and admissions restricted to two others after an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

Wards closed at Boston hospital after norovirus outbreak Credit: Press Association

The hospital says the closure and restrictions is a precaution to prevent further spread of the virus. They say beds will reopen as soon as patients have been discharged and the area has been symptom free for 72 hours.

Anyone planning to visit patients is asked to consider whether they have had symptoms of the virus which include vomiting, diarrhoea or flu-like symptoms in the past four days.

We usually see higher levels of norovirus in autumn and winter, and it’s really important to make sure that we protect vulnerable patients and hospital staff.

– Dr Suneil Kapadia, Medical Director United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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Eating Disorders: Spot the Symptoms

This week is Eating Disorders Awareness week and charities are sharing advice on how to cope.

Eating disorders are mental illnesses and can be misunderstood Credit: Press Association

Eating disorders are mental illnesses and can be misunderstood because symptoms vary from person to person.

Anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders claim more lives than any other mental illness and 20% of people who have them die each year because of them.

  • People with anorexia nervosa try to keep their weight as low as possible, sometimes by starving themselves or exercising excessively.
  • Bulimia causes people to binge-eat and then control their weight by making themselves sick or taking laxatives.

Doctors use an acronym 'SCOFF' to help recognise eating disorders. The five questions they ask are:

  • Sick: Do you make yourself sick because you feel too full?
  • Control: Do you worry you have lost control over your food intake?
  • One stone: Have you lost more than a stone in a three-month period
  • Fat: Do you think you're fat, even though others say you're thin?
  • Food: Does food dominate your life

If you're worried about a friend or family member, seek advice from your GP. Organisations like Beat are also offering help to people with eating disorders.

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