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In Memory of Mum: MP opens dementia courtyard

Hazel Blears and her Mum Credit: MEN Syndication

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.

Dementia garden to help patients at Salford Royal

“Having a safe and peaceful area for patients with a cognitive impairment will encourage social interaction and a sense of well-being. Staff can spend time with patients in the garden and will gather a more personal insight into the individual while relatives can enjoy relaxing with their loved ones in a very tranquil environment.”

– Janice McGrory Nurse for Dementia

106 year old hospital volunteer still going strong after 40 years

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 !

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MP: No CQC 'cover-up' inquiry 'disappointing'

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.

This is disappointing given the seriousness of the cover-up at the CQC and its impact on Barrow families but the police ultimately had to make an assessment of whether they thought prosecutions could be brought successfully.

However, the decision not to include the CQC in the police probe does leave the path clear for these shocking failings to be included in the independent inquiry that will shortly begin and I hope its chair will agree to my request to do that.

– John Woodcock, Barrow and Furness MP
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Chief Inspector on building 'army' to assess hospitals

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".

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'Good potential step forward' in hospital inspections

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No police inquiry into CQC 'cover-up'

Senior managers accused of a cover-up at the Care Quality Commission will not face a police inquiry, Cumbria Police said.

Furness General Hospital. Credit: PA Wire

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".

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