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Calderstones NHS Trust respond to Inspectors' criticism

Calderstones NHS Trust has responded to a critical report by the Care Quality Commission.

Since the visit from the Care Quality Commission in July, we have been working closely with them in order to learn from the visit which was carried out under the pilot scheme for the new-style CQC inspection regime.

The inspection was an important snapshot at that time and disappointingly it highlighted a number of unacceptable and inadequate areas of process and service delivery, which we acknowledge and have taken immediate steps to improve. We accept the inspectors' concerns about cleanliness and other issues. Whilst some parts of the Trust show areas of good practice, there are others where standards fell seriously below expectations.

Since July, we've ensured resource, time, money and expertise are in place to address these shortcomings and many have already been put right. In some cases, wards which the report referred to are being closed in the next few weeks. We have employed additional staff and plan to take on more over the coming months as we agree funding with commissioners.

– Statement from Calderstones NHS Trust


Inspectors criticise Lancashire hospital for patients with learning disabilities

Calderstones NHS Trust Credit: Calderstones NHS Trust

A hospital in Lancashire which looks after patients with learning difficulties has been criticised by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission.

Calderstones NHS Trust in Whalley has been told it must take urgent action to address serious deficiencies in its care of vulnerable people.

A report by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals criticised the trust for failure to maintain cleanliness and hygiene on the wards, problems with levels of staffing on some wards, poor medicines management, the frequency with which patients were restrained in the face-down position, and a failure to adequately monitor the use of the Mental Health Act.

Man arrested after 'noxious substance' released at hospital's A&E

Tameside Hospital Credit: ITV News.

Police are investigating after a noxious substance, thought to be similar to CS Gas, was released at the A&E department of a hospital in Greater Manchester.

Police say a "small number" of people were treated for the minor effects of the substance and Tameside Hospital's A&E was closed to the public for around one hour.

The man, who had been arrested earlier in Manchester, was take by police to the hospital after he suffered an injury to his head while in a police van.

At the hospital police say he discharged a noxious substance from an item similar in appearance to a cigarette lighter.

The man was further arrested for possession of a noxious substance and other offensive weapons.

The incident has been referred to Greater Manchester Police's internal investigations unit.

"While it is too early to say exactly what happened, it is clear we have failed to sufficiently search the man prior to putting him in the van.

"This matter is being referred to our Professional Standards Branch for review.

"We arrest many people every single day and in the vast majority of cases they are searched and brought into custody without issue.

"Unfortunately on this occasion this has not happened.

"While some people did suffer some mild side effects, thankfully it has not caused anyone to become seriously ill however it is regrettable that this incident caused the closure of the A and E department for a short time."

– Chief Superintendent Rob Potts, Greater Manchester Police
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Braver than the Ninja Turtles

A little boy who uses his superheroes to help him cope with his cancer treatment has just won a special award.

Harley Renshaw was diagnosed nearly a year ago and came up with the idea of decorating the medical mask he has to wear when he's getting radiotherapy.

He wanted it to look like the cartoon superhero Ninja turtles.

Cancer Research UK has awarded the little boy from Manchester with their Little Star, for bravery.

For more information about the awards, click here:

Nursing staff suspended in Blackburn 'mistreatment' probe

Ribble ward mental health unit at the Royal Blackburn Hospital Credit: ITV Granada

Police in Lancashire are looking into claims a patient was ill-treated in a mental health unit at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Six nursing staff were suspended by the Lancashire Care Foundation NHS Trust, which runs the Ribble ward at the hospital, over allegations a patient was left screaming and covered in excrement for several hours on 22 November.

Detectives are establishing whether there will be a criminal investigation.

Russ McLean, chairman of Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group, is calling for a "frank and open investigation."


Video plea to fund wonder drug for Gracie

The parents of a schoolgirl being treated in Manchester are pleading for the NHS to fund her continued treatment with a drug that's worked wonders in combating the effects of her rare condition.

They're being supported by the seven year old's doctor at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and a few familiar face from Coronation Street.

Parents plea for wonder drug for their daughter

The parents of a seven year old girl with a rare condition are urging people to petition the Government to pay for a drug to help prolong her life. Grace Mellalieu, who's from Buckley, North Wales, has Morquio syndrome, a life limiting disease of the metabolism that affects just one in 250,000 people. The little girl has been responding well to a trial drug, Vimizim, but the treatment could be withdrawn because of the cost to the NHS. Dr Simon Jones is Gracie's consultant at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

School's tribute to 11-year-old boy who died after suspected asthma attack

Eleven-year-old Kyle collapsed near his home. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Tributes have been paid to a schoolboy who died from a suspected asthma attack after heading out to play football with his friends.

Eleven-year-old Kyle Hall collapsed near his home in Hardman Street, Chadderton and later died at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

It is believed that the Manchester United fan, a former pupil at Corpus Christi RC Primary School in Chadderton who started at Newman College in September, had suffered a massive asthma attack.

A special assembly attended by 400 guests, including his friends and family, was held for Kyle at Corpus Christi on Monday.

Kyle was a hard working, well mannered and honest boy who was a friend to everyone. He always put other people before himself and set a brilliant example to the younger children in school.

“His respect for adults and those around him was exceptional. Always willing to help out where needed, Kyle was a total asset to Corpus Christi and no doubt continued to be one at Newman College.

"Teachers and other adults in school speak with high regard for Kyle, they found him a delight to teach, a boy who lived to do the very best he could in everything he did.”

– Chris Hanson, headteacher of Corpus Christi RC Primary School.
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