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The Royal Oldham Hospital: Uma was a 'fantastic doctor'

Olubusola Amu, consultant and clinical director of Women and Children Services at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, has described Uma Ramalingam, who drowned at the weekend, as a 'fantastic doctor'.

She said:

We are greatly saddened to hear the death of Uma who had been working for the Trust for about six years.

She was a fantastic doctor who brought a lot of hope to the high risk women attending the Women and Children’s Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

This is a terrible shock to everyone who knew Uma. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time. She will be sorely missed.

Uma was a consultant obstetrician at The Royal Oldham Hospital Women and Children’s Unit.

– Olubusola Amu, Women and Children Services

One-eyed horse Ruby rescued from Manchester river

Crews reassure Ruby Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester fire service have released pictures of their battle to rescue a horse from the River Irwell in Radcliffe.

21 year old Ruby, lost her footing and fell in on Monday and was unable to get out of the water.

Pictures courtesy of GMFRS Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Ruby is pulled out of the water Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Ruby out of danger Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Her owner called 999 and firefighters from Broughton, Whitefield and Bury stations were called to help out. After a rest, Ruby was able to stand and made her way back to her stable.

Ruby safe and well and on her way home


Greater Manchester Police hunt convicted murderer Maurice Travis

Maurice Travis Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a convicted murderer who's on the run. Maurice Travis, 33, was jailed for life in 1999 after murdering an inmate at Stoke Heath Young Offenders' Institute.

He absconded while released on temporary licence in the Werneth area of Oldham.

He is white, 5ft 9in tall and has short cropped brown hair. He was wearing black jeans, black jacket with white motif on top of left shoulder and white trainers. He has links to Tameside, Oldham and Salford areas.

Health regulator says it's 'shocked' by carers' abuse

We are aware of this shocking case involving two former employees of The Priory Highbank Centre in Bury. Our thoughts today are with the victim of this dreadful abuse, and their family.

Our most recent inspection in February 2014 found the home to be meeting the national standards reviewed.

However, we continue to monitor the position carefully and will not hesitate take any regulatory action necessary to ensure residents receive the service they are entitled to expect.

If anyone has any concerns about The Priory Highbank Centre or any other registered service, please contact CQC.

– Malcolm Bower-Brown, CQC’s Regional Director for the North

CQC telephone number: 03000 616161. Email:

The health regulator advises people to call the police if they think a crime has been committed.

Hospital regrets 'unacceptable actions' of carers who abused patient

Highbank hospital said

"Everyone at the Company deeply regrets the unacceptable actions of these two members of staff both of whom had over 10 years’ service and previously unblemished records.

The Company will not tolerate behaviour of this nature and both healthcare assistants have been dismissed for gross misconduct.

This was an isolated incident and does not represent the high standards at this otherwise excellent hospital.

The most recent unannounced CQC inspection of the hospital is solid evidence that the hospital is providing a safe, caring and effective service to its patients. The Company has issued an unreserved apology.”


ITV Granada Exclusive: carers secretly filmed abusing a brain damaged patient

Carers Lynette Crook and Rita Page today pleaded guilty to abusing a brain damaged patient at the Priory Highbank Centre in Bury.

In exclusive footage obtained by ITV Granada they were secretly filmed by a concerned relative after slapping and swearing at a patient.

Read: Hospital apologises for 'unacceptable actions' of two members of staff

Care assistants filmed abusing brain damaged patient

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The Priory Highbank Centre in Bury Credit: ITV Granada

Carers Lynette Crook and Rita Page were covertly filmed by concerned relatives abusing the patient at the Priory Highbank Centre in Bury.

They have pleaded guilty to abusing a brain damaged patient on the first day of their trial, which was due to begin at Bolton Crown Court.

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