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Alexandra Hospital 'should keep A&E department'

It has been recommended that the Alexandra Hospital keeps its accident and emergency services Credit: PA Wire

The Alexandra Hospital should keep its accident and emergency centre as well as the majority of its maternity services, an independent panel has ruled.

Under the proposals from the panel leading the Independent Clinical Review into the future of acute hospitals in Worcestershire, overnight specialist care for children and consultant-led maternity services will be transferred to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The group ruled out the option of another Trust taking over services at Alexandra Hospital as this would create "a significant inequality in the provision of safe and sustainable services to the population of Worcestershire."

Instead it is recommended that the hospital becomes an 'Emergency Centre' - echoing plans outlined by NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh - which will broadly provide the same services.

Paediatric inpatients will be centralised in Worcester but a day-time assessment unit will remain at Alexandra Hospital to deal with the majority of cases.

If all the boards support the recommendations they will be put out for public consultation in the autumn.

Norovirus: people advised to avoid Worcestershire hospitals

Worcestershire Royal Hospital is one of three hospitals affected by norovirus Credit: PA/David Davies

People are being advised to avoid the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals as cases of norovirus 'continue to put extreme pressure on the system.'

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust says only family members of patients can make essential visits. It asks for no visitors under the age of 16 in order to prevent the bug spreading to schools.

The Trust says the hospitals are continuing to make progress in bringing norovirus under control.

Save the Alex campaign holds meeting to discuss fight back

The Alexandra Hospital Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Save the Alex Campaign are urging members of the public to keep fighting for the future of the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

They are holding a meeting tonight to talk about how they plan to fight back.

The campaigners are unhappy at the findings of the Joint Service Review and feel that 'the deal has been done'.

They fear that The Alexandra Hospital will be downgraded with patients having no choice other than travel to Worcester Royal.

Ambulances outside the Alexandra Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

Trading Standards discover pork in beef products, full report

The horsemeat scandal has prompted the Food Standards Agency to ask a number of local authorities to carry out random tests.

Staffordshire County Council have already removed all processed beef from their school menus.

Trading Standards officers in Leicestershire have now found traces of pork in beef products taken from supermarkets and takeaways.

Jane Hesketh reports.


Alexandra Hospital A&E department downgraded, full report

The A & E department at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is to be downgraded. The plans are part of a review by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which has to save £50 million over three years.

It would mean the most seriously injured patients will be taken by ambulance to other hospitals including the Royal Worcester and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Charlotte Grant reports.

A&E at Alexandra Hospital could be downgraded

Alexandra Hospital Credit: PA

Under plans to shake-up NHS services, the Accident and Emergency department at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch could be downgraded.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have put forward proposals that could mean some A&E patients are treated at Worcestershire Royal.

The trust said in a statement that stroke, major trauma and surgical emergency patients would be affected and could be treated at Worcester. That would be enhanced to deal with the more serious cases.

The Redditch site would remain operational, however, with about 75% of the current cases continuing to be treated.

Children's and women's services at Redditch may also be affected under plans to centralise care at Worcester.

All three of its hospitals in Redditch, Worcester and Kidderminster will remain open.

Man dies after Redditch street attack

Police have started a murder investigation after a man was attacked in Redditch.

The 50-year-old man, who has not been identified by police, was attacked in Sillins Avenue at approximately 12.25am this morning.

Officers believe he got into an argument with a group of people as he was walking home from the Kings Arms pub. He was punched and fell to the ground. He was taken to Alexandra Hospital before being transferred to the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry because of a head injury.

The man’s life support was switched off this afternoon and detectives are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the attack or has any information.

“This was a terrible attack on an innocent man which has led to him losing his life. We believe there may have been between four and six people in the group who carried out the assault. This group may have been a mixture of males and females.

“We would appeal to anyone who can shed any light on the circumstances of the attack to get in touch with us as soon as possible. We have a number of inquiries to follow up and the public’s help is vital in making sure we have a full picture of what went on”.

– Detective Inspector Adam Hartwright, West Mercia Police
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