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Mid Staffs nurse gives evidence at inquest

A statement was read to the court from Mark Saville, a staff nurse at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, that talked of staff shortages at the time Mr Moore-Robinson died.

"When I started working at the trust in 2006 we were understaffed."

– Mark Saville, a staff nurse at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust
John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 after a doctor failed to spot he had a ruptured spleen Credit: ITV News Central

The statement went on to describe how two nurses in Accident and Emergency would have responsibility for thirteen patients.

The court was also told that "there was no minimum standard" for the taking of vital signs from patients at Mid Staffs at the time.

Health issues addressed by bar breathalysing

David Snartt from the Community Safety Partnership for Charnwood says health and safety issues are being addressed by breathalysing people before they enter bars and clubs in Leicestershire.

Five bars and clubs in Loughborough have signed up to the scheme so far.

The trial will run until November, but could be rolled out across the region if it proves successful.

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Breathalyser pilot scheme launches in Loughborough

A pilot scheme to raise awareness of the dangers of binge drinking by breathalysing people before they enter bars and clubs has launched in Leicestershire.

Five bars and clubs in Loughborough have signed up to the scheme so far.

The trial will run until November, but could be rolled out across the region if it proves successful.

PC Mike Green from Leicestershire Police said they would be looking to see if crime figures go down as a result of the scheme.

Second inquest to resume into death of Stafford patient

A second inquest is to resume into the death of Stafford Hospital patient John Moore-Robinson, 20, who died after being sent home from the hospital with an undiagnosed ruptured spleen in April 2006 following a mountain bike accident.

John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 after a doctor failed to spot he had a ruptured spleen Credit: ITV News Central

Coroner Catherine Mason adjourned the inquest in April and requested that Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, who run the hospital, make the necessary staff available as witnesses.

After the first inquest in 2007 an internal report from the hospital said Mr Moore-Robinson's treatment could have been negligent.

REPORT: Second inquest granted into death of man at Stafford Hospital

Toddler has transplant thanks to American baby

20-month-old Khalid Adam, who is recovering from a lifesaving operation Credit: BPM Media

A Coventry toddler who is fighting cancer has had a vital operation - thanks to the birth of a baby girl in America.

Khalid Adam - a 20-month-old from Cheylesmore - is recovering from a transplant operation at Birmigham Children's Hospital.

Two months ago, his parents launched a desperate bid to find a match for Khalid, whose time was running out. Now, he has been given cells from the umbilical cord of a newborn baby born thousands of miles away.

Khalid Adam - a 20-month-old from Cheylesmore - is recovering from a transplant operation at Birmingham Children's Hospital. Credit: BPM Media

Khalid's parents were not able to find a 100 per cent match. Their son's leukaemia had spread, so the family decided to go for the next best option - an 80 per cent match found in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cord blood contains life-saving stem cells which can be used to treat a range of conditions such as blood-borne diseases like leukaemia.

And the baby’s mum had given permission for the cord to be donated, otherwise it would have been thrown away as medical waste.

Khalid will stay in hospital until December.

Khalid has been given cells from the umbilical cord of a newborn baby born thousands of miles away. Credit: BPM Media

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Thousands sign petition to keep children's services at Stafford Hospital

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the trust which runs Stafford Hospital to rethink plans to cut back children's services.

The camp outside Stafford Hospital in July Credit: ITV News Central

Almost 4,000 people have backed a campaign which was launched online last night as hundreds of protesters gathered at Stafford Hospital as the Clinical Commissioning Group held their AGM.

The group is campaigning to keep maternity and paediatric services at the hospital.

Breathalyser pilot scheme could be rolled out elsewhere

A pilot scheme which will see people on a night out in Loughborough breathalysed before being allowed into certain bars and clubs could be rolled out across the town if successful, police have said.

The scheme is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of binge drinking Credit: PA

PC Mike Green, beacon officer for Loughborough Town Centre, said the trial - which runs until November - is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking.

We want to raise awareness of the effects of excessive alcohol consumption on health and well-being, as well as supporting licensed premises to help them deal with customers who have had a bit too much to drink.

Whilst we will be providing training and guidance, ultimately all of the decision making remains with the staff at each venue.

At the end of the pilot and in partnership with the ’pilot’ premises and Charnwood Borough Council will be undertaking a review to see if it merits being rolled out on a wider and permanent basis across the area.

– PC Mike Green, Leicestershire Police

Bars and clubs to issue breath tests on the door

Revellers out in Loughborough will be breathalysed before being allowed into five clubs and bars in the town centre from this weekend, as part of a crackdown on binge drinking.

Door staff will issue the breath tests and will then be able to make a decision over whether to allow people inside.

Door staff will issue the breath tests and will then be able to make a decision over whether to allow people inside. Credit: PA

The pilot scheme begins on Friday and will run until November 3.

The places taking part include:

  • Amber Rooms, The Rushes, Loughborough
  • Revolution, Baxter Gate, Loughborough
  • Mansion, Baxter Gate, Loughborough
  • Echoes, Biggin Street, Loughborough
  • Loughborough Students’ Union, Ashby Road, Loughborough
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