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Nurse recruitment drive as A&E pressures continue

Hospitals in Leicester are holding a recruitment day to try and find more nurses. It comes at a time of very high pressure in hospitals - particularly in A&E departments.

Registered nurses are being invited to look round the city's Royal Infirmary and take part in workshops. They'll be conducting interviews for vacant jobs and giving advice about training opportunities.

Nurse recruitment drive in Leicester Credit: PA Pictures

Staff vaccinated after swine flu outbreak at Leicester hospital

Swine flu vaccine Credit: PA

Frontline staff at the Leicester Royal Infirmary have been vaccinated after a swine flu outbreak on a children's ward.

Six children at the hospital were found to have contracted swine flu and have been treated with anti-viral medication.

Three remain in isolation but the ward affected has reopened. One patient has been discharged and two others transferred to other wards.


Swine Flu: Hospital Statement

A small number of patients on ward 12 at the Royal were recently diagnosed with flu. Those affected received appropriate treatment and were nursed separately from other patients. As a result of vigilance and we were able to bring it under control promptly. There have been no new cases in the last three days and this outbreak is now considered to be resolved.”

We ask visitors who have cold and flu symptoms, such as a cough, runny nose or high temperature, to stay away from the hospital to avoid passing on their infections to our patients.”

– Dr David Jenkins, Leicester’s Hospitals

Swine flu outbreak at Leicester Hospital

Six children have been diagnosed with swine flu at Leicester Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV News Central

Bosses at the Leicester Royal Infirmary have confirmed to ITV News that six children have been treated for Swine Flu.

All of those affected are said to be recovering, but three remain in isolation

When the outbreak occured, Ward 12, was closed but reopened on Tuesday 18th February.

Leicester Royal Infirmary £48m revamp plans unveiled

Leicester Royal Infirmary has unveiled plans for a £48 million revamp of its A&E department.

The hospital's A&E department deals with 160,000 patients a year Credit: University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

The hospital says it is because its Accident and Emergency department was built to cope with 100,000 patients a year, but now deals with 160,000.

Bosses are due to discuss the plans tomorrow.

The plans will be discussed by bosses tomorrow Credit: University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Artist's impression. Image subject to change. Credit: University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester hospital appeals for mum who gave birth alone

Senior midwives from Leicester’s Hospitals are appealing for a woman, who has given birth in Leicester in the last 48 hours, to come forward as she may need medical attention.

Louise Payne, senior midwife at Leicester Royal Infirmary said: “Following information that we have been given, we believe that a woman has given birth outside of one of our maternity units and without the support of midwives and we are very concerned about her health and that of her new baby.”

As the mother is at high risk of haemorrhage and infection, the hospital are eager for her to come forward so medical professionals can check that mum and baby are safe and healthy.

The hospital have urged anyone that has information about this birth to contact them directly.

Leicester Royal Infirmary Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Full report: 'Boy would still be alive with correct hospital treatment'

A mother wept at an inquest into the death of her six year old son as she heard evidence from a consultant who said he would still be alive if he'd been given the correct treatment in hospital.

The inquest also heard from a senior nurse who said Jack Adcock was not monitored effectively when he was admitted to the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Rajiv Popat reports.

Dying woman 'denied' scan, full report

A woman who claims she was denied a scan has been given just weeks to live after being diagnosed with four brain tumours. Lindsey Scrimshire developed violent headaches after being treated for breast cancer in 2011.

She claims that she repeatedly asked doctors at Leicester Royal Infirmary for a scan but was told it was not needed. Phil Brewster reports.

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