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Nottingham MPs hold hospital meeting over patient care

The three MPs will meet Peter Homa at Nottingham's City Hospital Credit: Emma Coles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nottingham's three MPs have arranged a summit to discuss how the national A&E 'crisis' is affecting the city.

On January 6th, the NHS Trust which runs the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital, declared an 'internal incident' because of the sheer number of people staff needed to see and treat. As a result of the high volume of patients, the Trust had to cancel operations and clinics.

Today, Lilian Greenwood MP, Chris Leslie MP and Graham Allen MP will meet the Trust's Chief Executive to discuss the challenges that Nottingham's hospitals face.

"We are deeply concerned that the NHS in Nottingham should act swiftly with the full support of everyone in the City to meet any threats to patient care.

"We have arranged to meet with Peter Homa, the Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust to discuss how we bring all the local issues out into the open."

– Nottingham's three MPs


Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals told to improve.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust needs to improve it's quality of care according to a report by the Care Quality Commission.

Hospital main entrance Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The report found the trust is consistently failing to meet it's target of treating 95% of patients in A&E departments within four hours.

It was also told it needs to improve levels of nursing staff across A&E departments.

However, it was praised for a number of areas, including its safeguarding procedures.


Special service held to celebrate Walsall's very own Florence Nightingale

The service will be held at St Paul's Church, Walsall. Credit: Google Images.

Nursing heroine Sister Dora from Walsall in the West Midlands will be remembered at a special service in the town today.

The Service of Thanksgiving is held for the much-loved nurse every year on the Sunday closest to her birthday, to commemorate her life and work.

In 1875, the industrial town was hit by smallpox and Sister Dora worked tirelessly for six months, risking her own life for the people of Walsall.

This year, the Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall and Councillor Pete Smith will attend the service at St Paul's Church at 11am this morning.

After the service, the Mayoress will lead members of congregation to the statue of Sister Dora to law floral tributes.

Sister Dora was adored and respected by the people of Walsall. The whole town mourned her death and they erected a statue in her honour - the UK's first public statue of a woman not of royal blood.

– Mayor of Walsall

Quarter of Midlanders give up resolutions to cut drinking due to stress

The charity Drinkaware has released statistics about drinking habits in January Credit: PA

More than a quarter of people in the Midlands who made a New Year's resolution to drink less have broken it because of stress, according to research by the charity Drinkaware.

More than half of those who did manage to keep up their resolution say the biggest benefit has been the money saved.

Drinkaware says that 22 per cent of British people made a New Year's resolution about drinking. But two weeks into the month, almost a third of women have given up on their resolution because they found it difficult to socialise without drinking. Roughly a third of men said they went back to drinking alcohol because they lost motivation.

Almost a third of women have given up on their resolution because they found it difficult to socialise without drinking. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“Although you may think alcohol helps to relieve stress, regularly drinking above the guidelines could actually make you feel worse.

"Even a couple of drinks can affect your sleep, leading to irritability and mood swings.

"There are better ways to cope with stress, for example, taking some exercise, talking to a friend or making some time for you.

"In the long term, regularly drinking above the guidelines can build up your tolerance, so you need to drink more alcohol to get the same effect; this can lead to health harms such as cancer or liver disease, which has no warning signs.”

– Elaine Hindal, CEO of Drinkaware
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