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Non-emergency patients told to stay away from Royal Lancaster Infirmary's A&E

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Patients are being urged to stay away from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary unless they have a serious or life threatening condition.

The A&E department has experienced a significant surge in demand with 163 people attending between 8am on Friday 19th August and 8am Saturday 20th August.

Members of the public with a minor illness or injury are being asked to visit their nearest pharmacist, Primary Care Assessment Centre, or GP.


Disabled boy spent seven nights sleeping on hospital floor

An 8-year-old boy from Preston is back home after spending 7 nights sleeping on a mattress on a hospital floor.

Cody Neatis has down's syndrome, epilespy and autism.

His mum claims there were no suitable beds available but The Royal Preston Hospital says they were waiting for a specialist bed from America to arrive.

Amy Welch reports.


Hospital trust commissioned review after maternity deaths

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The Trust is always keen to learn and to improve care. We commissioned a review by experts from outside the Trust to look at the details of a small number of maternity cases at our hospitals.

We are now considering that report and are developing a number of actions as a result to make some improvements to ensure we continue to provide the best quality of care for our patients.

We deliver 10,000 babies each year and would like to reassure families about the safety of maternity services at our hospitals, but if any expectant mother has a concern they can contact their designated midwife to discuss this.

– Gill Harris, Chief Nurse at Pennine Acute
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Probe into Greater Manchester maternity unit baby deaths

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Seven babies and three mums have died in two Greater Manchester maternity units in just eight months – sparking an independent investigation.

Bosses at Royal Oldham and North Manchester General hospitals called in outside experts to review the departments in light of the 10 tragedies.

It is understood the deaths took place between December 2013 and July last year – with four babies and two mums dying at Oldham, and three babies and one mother dying at North Manchester.

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Tameside trust says it's 'turned a corner'

"We are making significant improvements".

That's the message from Karen James, Interim Chief Executive, Tameside General Hospital in response to a critical report by CQC inspectors who found the trust was still failing to meet 8 out of 11 key national standards.

The Trust says it has already started recruiting 60 nurses and compassion is at the heart of what they do.

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