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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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