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Bradford hospitals try to attract more nurses

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Hospital bosses in Bradford are holding a Nurse Recruitment Open Day in a bid to attract people to work at the city's hospitals.

The Trust which runs the hospitals has been told to improve staffing levels by March 7, after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission made surprise visits to the Bradford Royal Infirmary in September and October.

The regulator said there were not enough qualified or experienced staff which impacted on patients.

There are 50 vacancies available across a number of elderly, medical and surgical specialties.

Hull Royal Infirmary: don't go to A&E unless urgent

Hull Royal Infirmary

People who are unwell are being urged to look at alternatives to Hull Royal Infirmary's Emergency Department, unless their situation is urgent.

It's as the hospital is once again seeing a higher than usual number of patients for the time of year.

The hospital says a high volume of emergency patients coming through the doors and limited bed capacity are being exacerbated by a large number of patients arriving at the department with less serious injuries and minor ailments.

Health officials are asking people to instead consider minor injury units, walk-in centres or GP appointments, before turning to hospital.


Dr practising in Lincolnshire suspended after "catalogue of errors"

A doctor who worked in the Calendar region has been suspended after she discharged a patient with a broken neck, a tribunal heard. Dr Camelia Jurcut, who is from Romania, also sent a mother to-be home with a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, and failed to spot shards of metal in a patient’s eye.

Only the concerns of a nurse who was so worried about the pregnant women’s condition averted a possible fatality after she contacted the patient at home, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.

Jurcut was found guilty of deficient professional performance at a hearing in Manchester and has been suspended for nine months.Some of Dr Jurcut’s diagnosis where described as ‘bizarre’ and some of her treatments ‘foolhardy’.

Campaign to reduce hospital infections in Leeds

A campaign to reduce infections such as MRSA in Leeds hospitals gets underway tomorrow.

Healthcare professionals will be out and about in the cit centre, and in Victoria Gardens there will be a "bug tent" where people will be given tips on how to stay infection-free.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has seen a drop in the number of MRSA and C.Difficile infections on its wards over the last five years. Rates of C.Difficile infection within the Trust have fallen by 79 per cent over the last five years and MRSA cases are down 92 per cent.

“The public have an important part to play in reducing hospital infections. Many people are unaware of the germs that could be on their hands.

"MRSA and C.Difficile are preventable infections. We’re working with the public to highlight the importance of proper hand washing and reminding them that they must wait 48 hours after having sickness and diarrhoea before visiting someone in hospital.

“We hope this campaign encourages the public to help us continue saving lives.”

– Clare Ashby, Infection Prevention and Control Matron at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Hospitals have "dangerously low" staffing levels

Scarborough Hospital Credit: Calendar news

Seventeen NHS hospitals - including three in the Calendar region - have dangerously low staffing levels, according to rulings by the official safety watchdog.

The hospitals - among them Scarborough, and Stamford and Rutland and the Pilgrim Hospitals, both in Lincolnshire - were issued with warnings by the Care Quality Commission after its latest inspections.

Each was told it did not have enough staff "to keep people safe and meet their health and welfare needs" .

The English hospitals were named at a time of growing concern over the safety and dignity of NHS patients. Last night Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said there was "no excuse" for hospitals not to provide adequate staff and he expected "swift action" to be taken by those named as failing.

The inspections were carried out by staff from the CQC at each hospital, although not every ward was visited. Each hospital was told it had failed to employ enough staff "to keep people safe".

The 17 hospitals were named on a list of 26 "health providers" found to have inadequate staffing levels. The data has never before been made public.


Trust reacts to health watchdog report

Stephen Eames, interim chief executive of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I would like to apologise unreservedly to the patients and families of those whose care hasclearly not been good enough."

“We are taking this issue very seriously and we put an action plan in place as soon as we became aware of the concerns to ensure care is safe and to a high standard. I can report those responsible for the poor standards of care have been held to account and we have put new leadership in place."

FLASH: Watchdog issues warning to Yorkshire hosptials

The Care Quality Commission has issued a formal warning to Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust saying it must do more to improve standards of care or face further action. The warning follows an inspection at the trust’s Dewsbury and District Hospital, Halifax Road in Dewsbury earlier this month.

Inspectors visited to check on what progress had been made in relation to concerns about the hospital’s maternity services at the time of an earlier inspection, and to follow up on information received in relation to care of older people and discharge planning.

Joan Wood inquest

A senior nurse has denied that an elderly patient with dementia had been left to starve on a hospital ward in Sheffield. It's been claimed that Joan Wood had not eaten for ten days before an operation.

The eighty three year old was said to be malnourished - which could have hindered her ability to fight infection. The coroner at her inquest said better nutrition would have helped. Chris Kiddey reports.

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