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Bingley by-pass set for weekend closure

The Bingley by-pass is to be closed this weekend for resurfacing work.

Bingley by-pass set for weekend closure Credit: Press Association

Bradford Council say it will be shut between the roundabout at Crossflatts and the roundabout at Victoria Park, Keighley, from 5am Saturday 22 November to 5am Monday 24 September.

Diversion signs will be in place and traffic will be able to use the B6265 between Crossflatts and Keighley through Riddlesden.

Aireworth Road and Wenning Street will remain open at all times with traffic travelling through the works under temporary traffic control.

Arrangements will be made for access to Marley Activities and Coaching Centre, and will be signed on the day.

We realise this work will cause people considerable disruption but the work is essential and we would ask people to be patient or choose an alternative route.

– Cllr Val Slater

Football to mark 30th anniversary of Bradford fire

The Barclays Premier League and Sky Bet Football League will hold a minute's silence to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire disaster in April.

Football to mark 30th anniversary of Bradford fire

All games over the weekend of April 24 to 27 will be preceded by a minute's silence in tribute to the 56 supporters who lost their lives and the hundreds who were injured.

The date coincides with Bradford's last home match of the season, against Barnsley in League One, when the club traditionally marks the anniversary of the disaster which occurred on May 11, 1985.

This period of silence will give fans across the country the opportunity to remember the terrible events that occurred at Valley Parade back in 1985 and, in particular, the supporters of Bradford City and Lincoln City that lost their lives.

– The Football League's chief executive Shaun Harvey

The Bradford fire was one of the most terrible tragedies ever to strike English football. It will be forever remembered by all football fans not only for the loss of life but also for the many acts of bravery by the emergency services and the fans themselves.

– Premier League chairman Peter McCormick

The Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League will also support efforts to help raise £300,000 for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) at the University of Bradford.


Bradford doctors warn people to 'choose well' in accessing health care

Local people are being asked by hospital doctors to think twice about going to the Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Accident and Emergency Department for non-emergency conditions this winter.

Bradford doctors warn people to 'choose well' in accessing health care

The public are being reminded to ‘"choose well" when accessing health care and only attend Accident and Emergency in the case of an emergency such as a serious illness or major injury.

Over the past few days, the number of non-emergency patients attending the BRI’s A&E department has been rising and recent attendances of 405 and 412 people a day are well above what we would typically expect at this time of year.

By visiting A&E without a serious condition or injury, you could delay medical attention for people who really need it. Attending with conditions like cold and flu, when you're otherwise healthy, can spread illnesses to vulnerable people for whom these viruses can be life-threatening.

It's really important that you make the right choices with your healthcare, because it can help the NHS treat people in the most effective way.

– Dr Brad Wilson

Dr Wilson added that by making the right choice about where to get help, people could ensure that they receive the best possible treatment, allowing busy services such as A&E to concentrate on helping those most in need.

Read: Patients urged to use Scunthorpe A&E only for serious illnesses

Bradford marks ninth anniversary of shooting of policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky

It is nine years to the day since Bradford policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky was shot dead during a robbery in the city .

Bradford marks ninth anniversary of shooting of policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky

Three men were jailed for her murder - but one suspect is still on the run .

Today The Lord Mayor of Bradford will be among those laying flowers in her memory.

Major milestone reached for Bradford's Broadway

A shopping development in Bradford marked a major milestone today with a topping out ceremony. Work started in January this year on The Broadway and developers Westfield say it is on time and on budget. Today's event marked the moment when the building reaches its highest point of construction. The £260 million project is due to be completed at the end of next year.


Bradford Teaching Hospitals pilot new patient safety scheme

Bradford Teaching Hospitals has been named as one of 10 centres nationwide which will pilot unique projects aimed at putting patients at the heart of patient safety.

The Bradford PRASE (Patient Reporting and Action for a Safe Environment) scheme, which has been announced as part of the Health Foundation’s £4m improvement programme, intends to advance the wellbeing of patients by using hospital volunteers to record real-time patient feedback about how safe their care is.

Dr Robin Jeffrey the project leader Credit: Bradford Teaching Hospitals

“PRASE focuses on a crucial patient safety innovation: involving patients in identifying gaps in hospital safety.

“After all, patients are in a unique position to give instant and detailed insight into the quality and safety of the care they receive and the ward environment during these face-to-face interviews with our hospital volunteers.

“Crucially this feedback will provide our hospitals with the opportunity to continually learn from the patient’s perspective and make real improvements to care and the environment.

The questionnaires will collect the patient’s insight on important factors such as staff communication, equipment availability, organisation and care planning – subjects known to be implicated when adverse events occur.

“Patients will also be able to provide concrete examples of any concerns they have had about their safety, or the safety of others, while on the ward.

“They may also be in a position to feedback on other issues that could pre-empt adverse patient safety incidents and advance local safety improvement initiatives.”

– Dr Robin Jeffrey

PRASE data has already been collected by research nurses as part of an earlier research project. In this latest project, the hospital team will harness volunteers to promote the wider implementation of PRASE which will be rolled out across the Bradford Royal Infirmary, St Luke’s Hospital and the district’s community hospitals.

It will also be trialled at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Staff from the Bradford Institute for Health Research which is based at Bradford Royal Infirmary will evaluate the project.

Concern for missing teenager

Caitlen Boyd Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police are appealing for information to find a teenage girl who has gone missing in Leeds. Caitlen Boyd, aged 16, was last seen in Leeds on October 26. She is believed to be in the Leeds or Bradford area. She is described as white, slim, about 5ft 7ins tall, with blue eyes and long blonde hair extensions.

We are becoming increasingly concerned for Caitlen's welfare and urgently need to trace her whereabouts to establish that she is okay. We would like to hear from anyone who has seen her or who has any information that could assist.

– PC Martin Hirst
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