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New report calls for better staffing levels at hospitals in Leeds

Leeds hospitals need to improve staffing levels, says report Credit: PA

Leeds hospitals need to improve staffing levels and care for dementia patients, according to a new report.

Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission inspected NHS hospitals in Leeds - and found they had improved, but there were problems with staff shortages, a lack of training and shortcomings in care for the elderly at Leeds General Infirmary, and St James's Hospital.

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East Yorkshire hospital up for national award

A team from Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham has been recognised nationally for its work to improve the lives of people in our region who have beaten cancer.

East Yorkshire hospital up for national cancer award
East Yorkshire hospital up for national cancer award Credit: Press Association

The Survivorship Team, jointly funded by Macmillan and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, was set up just over two years ago in order to help people of all ages through their recovery journeys.

The team focuses on providing support not just in the physical sense, but also offers help with emotional, social, financial and psychological matters too, and is one of just a handful of its kind in the country.

East Yorkshire hospital up for national cancer award
East Yorkshire hospital up for national cancer award

Now, in recognition of its work to improve the lives of hundreds of people from across East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, the team has been shortlisted for a 2014 Macmillan Professionals Award in Team Excellence.

York health chiefs consider re-introducing IVF on NHS

Health bosses in York have called a meeting tomorrow where they'll recommend reintroducing IVF on the NHS.

The news follows criticism from MPs and local mums including Louisa Starr who runs a fertility support group, after the city was named as the only place in the UK not to offer free treatment. The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning group says it hopes to be able to offer couples IVF from August.

Million pound nurse recruitment drive begins

Medical chiefs in Yorkshire have begun a campaign to recruit nurses from across Europe.

Nurses wanted in Mid-Yorkshire hospitals
Nurses wanted in Mid-Yorkshire hospitals Credit: Press Association

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust will invest £1.2 million in the drive to recruit more nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.

The Trust’s Board approved the measure earlier this year to increase nursing levels in certain areas of the Trust in response to feedback from staff and to maintain the ratio of one registered nurse per eight patients in line with the Government’s response to the Francis Report on hospital safety.

The domestic recruitment drive will focus on the local labour market and undergraduates from universities across the region. The Trust is also working to recruit nurses from Spain.

David Melia, Interim Deputy Chief Nurse at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “As part of our campaign we're looking to recruit 60 nurses from Spain over the next six months.

"This is to support our domestic recruitment plan to ensure that we have a safe and sustainable nurse-to-patient ratio on our hospital wards.

“We are excited by the opportunities for recruiting nurses from the UK and Spain and I’m sure colleagues across the Trust will give a warm and supportive welcome.

“All new recruits will go through a full and rigorous selection process that tests both the professional and clinical skills of the applicants as well as their communication skills."

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Not enough nurses at Mid-Yorkshire hospitals say patients

The trust which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals has been placed among the worst in the country for patients feeling there aren't enough nurses.

Patients say there are not enough nurses at hospitalsPatients say there are not enough nurses at hospitals
Patients say there are not enough nurses at hospitals

The Care Quality Commission found more than half of patients who took part in a survey, felt there weren't enough nursing staff on duty.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust says most patients are happy with their care and £1.2m will be used to recruit more nurses.

Barnsley hospital welcome financial investigation

Health regulator Monitor has announced it will be looking into the finances of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Bosses at the Trust say they will be carrying out their own investigations, alongside those of Monitor, into the hospital's finances.

On 31 March 2014 the Trust declared a Serious Incident into financial irregularities at the Hospital. Supporting this, the Trust has also commenced both internal and external investigations into our how our finances have been managed. Monitor, our Regulator, has announced that it will be carrying out its own investigation into the Trust’s finances and also our performance against the national four-hour wait target. We will be working in partnership with Monitor and will be fully co-operating with its investigation.

The Trust would like to reassure patients that services are in no way affected by its financial position and patient care continues as normal.

– Barnsley Hospital spokesperson

Barnsley hospital to be investigated

Health sector watchdog Monitor has launched an investigation into Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust following concerns about the trust’s finances and over A&E waiting times.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to be investigated
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to be investigated Credit: Press Association

The trust has breached the national A&E quarterly target five times in an 18 month period.

Its financial performance has also deteriorated with the consequence that it reported a deficit of £2.3m in February 2014.

Monitor will examine whether the trust is operating in breach of its licence to provide health care services and will take action if it is needed, to put things right.

Frances Shattock, Regional Director for the North at Monitor, said:

“We are opening this investigation because we want to understand why the trust is facing problems in its A&E and with its finances so that we can help it to improve and provide a good quality service for local people.

“We expect the trust to take rapid action to address its problems whilst an investigation is ongoing. If necessary, we will not hesitate to take regulatory action.”

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