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Record number of new nurse recruits to join Midlands hospital ranks

160 new nurses will join The Heart of England NHS Trust Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A record number of new nurses will soon be joining wards at Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope Hospitals.

The Heart of England NHS Trust has just taken on a hundred and sixty nurses.

It's hoped the new recruits will boost morale and reduce the use of agency and temporary staff.

"We are confident we have attracted the best talent to provide the best patient care and are hugely appreciative that they have made the decision to join us."

– Sam Foster, Chief Nurse, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Poll: Should gluten-free food be available on the NHS?

Bread contains gluten and is considered to be a staple food. Credit: Jens BÃŒttner/DPA/Press Association Images

People in parts of Nottinghamshire are taking part in a consultation to decide whether gluten-free food should continue to be available on prescription.

Currently, gluten-free foods, such as bread and flour are available to patients with the digestive condition, coeliac disease, on prescription.

Health commissioners want people to give their views on whether the prescriptions should be stopped or to limit the amount of food they can receive.

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Ward at Ludlow Hospital closes due to nurse shortages

Stretton ward at Ludlow Community Hospital is to close today because of a lack of trained nurses. It is merging with Dinham ward on the ground floor of the hospital.

Ludlow Community Hospital has faced nurse shortages Credit: ITV News

More than 2,600 people signed a petition over the decision.

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust says it will still be providing the same number of beds and access for patients.

In a statement, the trust said:

We have experienced some serious nurse shortages over the last couple of years and despite many creative recruitment drives still do not have enough trained nurses.

If the nurses are on the same floor it is much easier for them to support each other across the wards areas, keeping patients and carers safe and providing a much more supportive working environment for our staff.

The move is an interim arrangement and will be monitored carefully to ensure there are no unintended consequences.

– Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

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White coats return for doctors so patients can spot them

Northampton Hospital now has doctors in white coats so patients can can spot them. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two out of three patients at one of the region's major hospitals say they've no idea whether or not they've seen a doctor during their visit.

It's prompted managers at Northampton General to have a rethink and turn back the clock to the days when doctors wore white coats.

They've been updated to allay fears about hospital infection rates and are being introduced alongside a new policy where staff introduce themselves to patients.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Wesley Smith

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