MP Hazel Blears is opening a special garden at Salford Royal today. It provides a therapeutic environment for patients. The MP for Salford, lost her mother earlier this year at the hospital following a nine-year battle with the illness.
The Dementia Courtyard, which is situated in the Ladywell Buildingat Salford Royal, includes an old red telephone box and will be filled with various props to help patients reminisce and to stimulate memories.
The area is a peaceful haven for patients and their relatives and will reduce agitation and stress, which can occur as a result of boredom or being in unfamiliar surroundings.
It will also provide a safe place for gentle exercise, which in turn will promote appetite and aid sleep.
The new garden is part of an ongoing programme of developments as Salford Royal continues to improve its facilities in order to further enhance the quality of care and experience for patients with dementia.
A 106-year-old who has been volunteering for 40 years at Salford Royal is getting an award.
Elizabeth Lowe MBE still bakes twice a week for the other residents in her care home and volunteers every Thursday at the coffee shop at the hospital.
Mel Barham has been to meet her, find out more on tonight's Granada Reports at 6pm !
A new skin cancer drug, trialed here in the North West, has been launched today- with some hailing it as a ground-breaking treatment.
The one-a-day pill targets the advanced form of the disease, which until now could only dealt with by radiotherapy or surgery.
Ralph Blunsom reports.
If you want to find out more detail about the research into this new drug then you can find it by clicking through to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine study.
Medical experts from Salford Royal hospital will be educating some of our top sportsmen. Following the recent heatwave, consultant dermatologists will be holding clinics with the Salford City Reds team teaching about reducing the risk of skin cancer.
The MP for Barrow and Furness said he was disappointed there would be no inquiry into the alleged Care Quality Commission cover-up.
The initial review highlighted the CQC's failure to investigate a spate of baby deaths at Furness General Hospital.
The new Chief Inspector of Hospitals has spoken to ITV News about his plans to build a "small army" of inspectors.
Professor Sir Mike Richards said: "I'm looking for both patients and doctors and nurses who really want to help this process of making sure the NHS is as good as it possible can be.
He also said he hoped in his new role, he would able to bring "a belief that rigorous measurement and assessment of hospitals is the first stage in an improvement programme".
In response to plans for NHS patients to join hospital inspection teams, the Patients Association tweeted:
Senior managers accused of a cover-up at the Care Quality Commission will not face a police inquiry, Cumbria Police said.
Officers will not investigate the health regulator for failings identified in an independent report which said there was "persuasive evidence" that senior officials ordered a damning internal review to be deleted.
The review highlighted the CQC's failure to investigate a spate of baby deaths at Furness General Hospital.
And the latest independent review, conducted by management consultants Grant Thornton, implied that the former chief executive Cynthia Bower, her deputy Jill Finney and media manager Anna Jefferson backed the suppression of the internal review.
A Cumbria Constabulary spokeswoman said the failure to act on the internal review "had no consequences for the health care provision for the people of Cumbria".