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Official opening for Scunthorpe's refurbished intensive care unit

Scunthorpe hospital's newly refurbished intensive care unit is to be officially opened after a £559,425 facelift to provide new equipment and an improved environment for patients and staff. Work began on the unit in August 2014 and past patients are to officially open the unit on today. Work on the unit included new ceilings, flooring, a revamped medicine preparation area, a new isolation cubicle, as well as innovative ceiling pendants that house all of the medical gases, monitors, syringe pumps and other vital equipment at the patient bedside.

Our new look unit will provide a real benefit for our patients and staff. The new isolation cubicle will allow us to care for the most critically ill patients requiring ventilation such as those with infectious illnesses like TB or viral fevers. We usually have to transfer these patients to infectious disease units in other hospitals in the region.

– Amanda Holmes, ward sister for ICU

£1.4 million boost for Magna Carta project

The Historic Lincoln Trust has secured a £1.4m donation for the Lincoln Castle Revealed project.

The generous donation is being made by the David Ross Foundation, which helps children and young people discover their strengths through a wide-range of world-class opportunities focusing on education, sports, arts and the community.

The money will go towards the creation of a new underground home to showcase Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest, which will be named the David P.J. Ross Magna Carta Vault in honour of the foundation's contribution.

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Ryan Smith to help switch on Skegness lights

Christmas lights in Skegness are to be switched on with the help of Ryan Smith, a teenager who is recovering after suffering brain damage in a bicycle crash.

Ryan Smith to help switch on Skegness lights

Ryan was not wearing a helmet at the time and his family have set up the Ryan Smith Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a helmet when riding bikes.

The event at The Hildreds Shopping Centre is on 27th November at 7pm and will be led by the town's Mayor, Cllr George Saxon.

Click here for more about Ryan.

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Text in campaign launched to combat drink driving

A new campaign which involves 'shopping drink drivers' via text is being launched by Lincolnshire police.

Text in campaign begins to combat drink driving Credit: Press Association

Operation Blackwater will run from 1 Dec until 1 Jan. People who suspect someone has been drinking before driving are being encouraged to text the information to 80800 along with the word 'drink'.

Police are also encouraging people to call 999 if they know someone who has been drinking is about to get behind the wheel of a car.

French consortium tipped for East Coast franchise

An MP has reacted angrily to reports that the UK's only Government-run rail line is to be taken over by a consortium largely owned by the French state.

French consortium tipped for East Coast franchise Credit: Press Association

The UK Government has been anxious to return the London to Scotland East Coast main line to the private sector ever since it was taken over from National Express by the Department for Transport in 2009.

But now it is likely that this week's announcement of a new private franchise will see the line, from next year, being run by joint bidders Eurostar and French transport company Keolis which is 70% owned by state-run French rail company SNCF.

Opponents of the move to re-privatise the East Coast line have pointed out that the public-sector run company has made big returns to the Treasury during its tenure.

One of those campaigning against the re-privatisation decision has been Edinburgh East MP Sheila Gilmore.

Passengers recognise the improvements to services that East Coast have made under public ownership over the last few years. They also appreciate that at present, all profits are retained for the benefit of British passengers and taxpayers. But despite calls from Labour for these arrangements to continue in the long term, today we hear that East Coast is set to be privatised just before the next general election.Ironically if the contract is awarded to Keolis - which is largely owned by the French Government - ticket revenue may well be reinvested in improved services. Unfortunately these will be services between places like Paris and Lyon or Marseille and Monaco, rather than Edinburgh and London. A future Labour Government would allow a public sector operator to bid for rail contracts, so that passengers and taxpayers always get value for money.

– Edinburgh East MP Sheila Gilmore

A win for Eurostar/Keolis would mean disappointment for the other two bidders - FirstGroup and a joint venture between Virgin Trains and transport company Stagecoach.

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