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NHS Trust admits facial burn on former model

An NHS Trust has admitted that an unmaintained dental drill that overheated and caused a severe burn to a former child model from Wolverhampton could have been prevented.

Jade Blinco, from Bilston, says her dreams of pursuing an adult modelling career have been ruined following the incident at Birmingham City Hospital in September 2011. The burn left the 23-year-old with a large scar on her top lip.

Jade Blinco before her treatment Credit: Irwin Mitchell

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust has admitted full liability. The Trust has since changed the brand of the tool used to one that now has an automatic cooling system to prevent anyone else being burnt.

Jade Blinco after her treatment Credit: Irwin Mitchell

The last three years have been horrendous as I have tried to come to terms with living with the horrific injury and scar I have been left with. I had been a child model and hoped to pursue a career in the industry as an adult but the scar means modelling agencies won't even consider me and I have no confidence now.

– Jade Blinco

We are very sorry for the distress experienced by Miss Blinco. We apologised immediately after the incident in person and subsequently in writing to her. On the day of surgery an apology was given to Miss Blinco by the senior surgeon which was reiterated the following day in the presence of family members. Our Chief Executive has also written to apologise to Miss Blinco earlier this year. Since the incident we have changed all of our hand pieces ensuring that this issue will not occur again.

– Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust

School that closed because of sick teachers to reopen

A school in Derby that was forced to close on Friday because 20 of its teachers had a sickness bug will reopen tomorrow morning.

St Clare's School in Mickleover had to take the drastic move to shut because of a lack of staff.

The school was due to have a deep clean over the weekend and the school has announced on its website that it will be open.

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Autumn colours help East Midlanders fight the blues

Research by the National Trust has found that 40% of people in the East Midlands admit to feeling down as the nights draw in.

But new research om the National Trust has found that the kaleidoscope of natural colours experienced on an autumn walk makes people feel happier, healthier and calmer.

Calke Abbey Credit: National Trust

Shades of blue you find on walks by water or when the landscape is coloured by the evening’s darkening sky were found to help soothe away stress (38%), while the greens of hilltops and pine woodlands leave people feeling more connected with the natural world (50%).

Despite 76% of people in the East Midlands finding that autumn walks help to combat winter blues, 38% admit to not going on enough walks during the autumn months with 23% claiming it’s because they rarely get the chance to go on a stroll.

Autumn colour helps West Midlanders fight the blues

Research by the National Trust has found that 40% of people in the West Midlands feel down as the nights draw in and the days get shorter.

But Autumn colour could be the natural tonic to the winter blues. The National Trust has found that the kaleidoscope of natural colours experienced on an autumn walk makes people feel happier.

Walking through Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire, visitors can see blue-tinged hills standing tall in the distance. As the nights draw in during the autumn months, the skies become a dark blue colour. The water in the stream and the waterfall appear to shine brighter and the heather takes on a blue tinge. Credit: The National Trust

Shades of blue you find on walks by water or when the landscape is coloured by the evening’s darkening sky were found to help soothe away stress (38%), while the greens of hilltops and pine woodlands leave people feeling more connected with the natural world (51%).

Despite 68% of people in the West Midlands finding that autumn walks help to combat winter blues, 42% admit to not going on enough walks during the autumn months with just over a third (34%) claiming it’s because they rarely get the chance to go on a stroll.

The short ancient tree walk at Croft Castle in Herefordshire takes you to the spectacular orange scene of the 450 year old Spanish chestnut avenue which is said to be planted in the formation of the Spanish armada. You will also come across the Quarry Oak which has been standing proud for around 1,000 years. Credit: ITV News Central

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Derby school closed after reports 20 teachers sick

A school in Derby has been forced to close today after reports that up to 20 teachers have taken ill.

St Clares School in Derby Credit: Google Maps

A sickness bug has hit St Clares School in Mickleover, according to the Derby Telegraph.

The school on Rough Heanor Road posted on its website that it had closed today 'due to unforeseen circumstances' and was aiming to reopen by Monday.

It advised children at the school suffering from illness to stay off for 48 hours.

Call for sportspeople to be protected from brain injury

Academics from the University of Birmingham are campaigning for more to be done to protect the brains of footballers and other athletes who suffer blows to the head.

The campaign is being supported by the daughter of former West Bromwich Albion player Jeff Astle, who died from brain trauma caused by heading heavy footballs.

Dr Michael Grey, from the University's School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, said further education and awareness about the potential risks of concussion was a major issue.

Dr Grey and his colleague Prof Toni Belli are running a study to investigate the brains of sportspeople in the aftermath of a concussion - they are trying to develop a better test to aid the return to play decision.

Their call is being supported by Dawn Astle and Peter Robinson. Dawn Astle is the daughter of former West Bromwich Albion player Jeff Astle who, an inquest found, died from a brain trauma caused by heading heavy footballs - a condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTW).

Peter Robinson is the father of Ben Robinson whose son died as a result of repeated concussions during a rugby match.

60 thousand living with dementia in East Midlands

60,000 people are living with dementia in the East Midlands according to a report by the Alzheimer's Society.

60,000 people are living with dementia in the East Midlands Credit: PA

It claims by next year 850,000 people will be living with the condition in the UK - costing the country 26 billion pounds a year.

Surgeon in court over sexual offences on patients

A surgeon in Birmingham is due to go on trial today accused of committing sexual offences against a number of his female patients.

A neurosurgeon in Birmingham is accused of committing sexual offences against a number of his female patients. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nafees Hamid has been charged by police with 13 sexual offences which are alleged to have happened between May 2009 and June last year.

The 50-year-old from Moseley earlier pleaded not guilty.

The neurosurgeon, who worked for the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, will stand trial before a jury at the city's Crown Court.

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