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Hospital ward closes down after diarrhoea and vomiting outbreak

A hospital ward in Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital has been closed after an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Patients have been told they will not be discharged Credit: Press Association

“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 illness lasts about 24 hours and, although unpleasant, very rarely causes serious medical problems.”

– Dr Peter Cowling, consultant microbiologist, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust

Patients have been told they will not be discharged to nursing or residential homes while they remain an infection risk. The ward has also been closed new admissions.

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 and staff have also been asked not to come to work if they have symptoms.

The hospital said that there is no specific cure for the illness, which is usually mild and shouldn't last more than a couple of days.

Man dies after being swept into sea at Scarborough

A man has died in hospital after he was swept out to sea near the Spa in Scarborough's South Bay.

North Yorkshire Police were called at around 6pm yesterday to a report of a man being knocked off the sea wall into the water .

The RNLI and Coastguard also attended the scene of the incident, with air support provided by RAF Leconfield.

An unconscious man was recovered from the water at around 6.40pm and taken to Scarborough District Hospital.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, he was pronounced deceased at hospital.

The man, who has not been named, was from Scarborough and in his thirties.

It is understood that the man was walking in the area with his dog and a friend when he got into difficulties.

The man’s friend was also taken to hospital suffering from shock and the effects of the cold, but has since been discharged.

A family who were walking nearby, raised the alarm with the emergency services.


Two people in hospital after Scarborough sea rescue

Two men were taken to hospital after they were rescued from the sea at Scarborough this evening.

The alarm was raised at 6pm when the Humber coastguard received a 999 call informing them that a person had been knocked off the sea wall at South Shore into the sea by a combination of gale force winds and high tides.

It is not known how the second man ended up in the sea but it is believed he went into to try and rescue the other person.

Both Scarborough RNLI lifeboats were scrambled to rescue the two men from the sea between the former swimming pool and the Spa.

The inshore lifeboat was launched in poor visibility at 6.10pm, followed 20 minutes later by the all-weather lifeboat.

It was at high tide, with a 4-5ft swell amplified by the backwash which made the search more difficult, despite the help of a spotlight from a Sea King helicopter from RAF Leaconfield.

Two coastguard teams , one from Scarborough and the other from Burniston, assisted with the search from the beach.

The two men were eventually rescued from the water and both were taken by ambulance to Scarborough General Hospital for treatment.

“We have very high tides at the moment and when you combine this with gale force winds you get very powerful waves.

"Whilst this can look spectacular we would ask people to please admire the force of nature at a distance.

"Breaking waves will knock you off your feet and are extremely dangerous for both you and the people who will be sent to rescue you.”

– Mike Puplett, Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre

Government's £300m dementia research pledge welcomed

The Government's promise of £300 million to help fund dementia treatments has been welcomed in our region.

David Cameron said the money will go into dementia research and every NHS worker will be given training about the condition. It is part of the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020 unveiled today (Saturday February 21, 2015).

Kathryn Smith from the Alzheimers Society has been talking about the pledge.

Third of foreign nurses hired in Lincs return home

A third of overseas nurses hired by Lincolnshire hospitals in a quarter of a million pounds recruitment drive have returned home.

It has been revealed that of the 94 nursing and midwifery staff appointed by United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust during recruitment trips to Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy, 65 remained with the trust as at November 1 last year.

Lincolnshire County Council's health scrutiny committee is set to discuss the recruitment of nurses from abroad at its meeting next month.


Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson treated for cancer

Iron Maiden have revealed that lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson has been having treatment for cancer.

Iron Maiden have revealed that lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson has been having treatment for cancer. Credit: Press Association

The heavy metal legends said the 56-year-old from Worksop had a routine check up when a cancerous tumour at the back of his tongue was found.

The band say that the early diagnosis means his prognosis is positive.

Since the tumour was confirmed before Christmas, Dickinson has taken a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiology treatment which was completed yesterday.

He is expected to make a full recovery but experts say it could take several months for him to regain full fitness.

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