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Kent hospital is 'the worst in the country'

It's been criticised as the "worst hospital in the country" - with patients waiting up to 34 hours in Accident & Emergency.

The Care Quality Commission, who monitor hospitals around the UK, are warning about major failings in the Medway Hospital Trust, which last year was placed in Special Measures. The Patients Association represent users of the hospital. They've branded the CQC findings as appalling.

And they say the situation in A&E is totally unacceptable. Fred and Amanda linked to Derek Johnson.

A man who lost his leg because of diabetes urges others to know the risks.

A man who had his leg amputated because of diabetes is urging other sufferers to know the risks. Former headteacher Barry Smith lost feeling in his feet seven years ago, and now has a prosthetic leg. He joined doctors and experts at a workshop in Fareham, which has the highest amputation rate in the country.


Hampshire County Council backs HIV Testing Week

Hampshire County Council is backing this week's HIV Testing Week in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of being tested, encourage HIV tests, especially amongst those most at risk, and increase the number of early diagnoses.

Over 100,000 people in the UK are living with HIV. Of these it is estimated that 1 in 5 do not know they have the infection and are at increased risk of passing the virus onto others.

Early diagnosis of HIV, timely treatment and support can mean a near-normal life span and better long term health outcomes.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said:

Although nationally the proportion of people being diagnosed late has reduced slightly we are hoping this campaign will further encourage those most at risk to get an HIV test.

In Hampshire, not only can people get an HIV test at their local sexual health clinic but they can also access Solent NHS Trust’s Quick Check service which is available at a number of community venues across Hampshire.

– Liz Fairhurst

For information on HIV testing in Hampshire visit HIV Lives website.

Bone marrow donor needed to save 15-month-old girl

The family of a 15-month-old baby girl, who suffers from Leukemia, are searching for a bone marrow donor to help save her life.

Little Perri Daniel-Jerram, from the Isle of Wight, didn't respond to chemotherapy, so an appeal was launched across the South East to find a match.

Perri's mum posted on Facebook:

"I have been tested today and my two other children will also be tested to see if they are a match. I beg everyone to help us if you are in a position to do this as you could save my daughter's life."

You can find more information on how to be a bone marrow donor on these websites:

Delete Blood Cancer

Anthony Nolan Trust

African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust

Love Hope Strength

You can register to be a bone marrow donor online.

Fareham and Gosport have highest rate of foot amputations

Fareham and Gosport, in Hampshire, have the highest rate of diabetes-related foot amputations in the country.

According to Diabetes UK, for every 1000 people with the condition, five of them have had a limb removed.

Portsmouth and Southampton are next in the table.

Diabetes UK's regional manager said the number of amputees in Fareham and Gosport was deeply concerning Credit: PA

A special footcare workshop is taking place in the area today to teach sufferers how best to take care of their feet.

This means people with diabetes in Fareham and Gosport are seven times more likely to have an amputation than people in the best performing area (Brent in London).

Annual amputations per 1,000 adults with diabetes nationally is 2.6 compared to:

  • Fareham and Gosport 5.1
  • Portsmouth 4.3
  • Southampton 4.2
  • South Eastern Hampshire 4.1
  • West Hampshire 3.1


Hospital fast food restaurant set to close

Southampton General Hoapital's Burger King branch will close in 2016 Credit: ITV Meridian

A fast food restaurant which has been inside a Hampshire hospital for almost 20 years is set to close.

Burger King's branch within Southampton General Hospital had prompted criticism from health organisations.

Health chiefs confirmed they would not be renewing the fast food outlet's lease when it ran it out in 2016, looking for something more "reflective" of the "healthcare environment."

Patients and relatives have been able to order food at the Burger King branch inside the hospital, at the very same time health experts have called for sick people to eat nutritious, balanced meals.

"The trust is currently in the process of redeveloping its main entrance retail area to ensure it is more reflective of the healthcare environment in which it is situated. The Burger King franchise currently occupies a retail space that is leased until 2016, but there are no plans to extend the contract beyond that point."

– Spokesman for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

"I think fast food outlets like Burger King have their place, but being in a hospital, to my mind, is not an appropriate place. This is welcome news and I hope other hospitals take the time to review the outlets that they have."

– The chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Adult and Childhood Obesity

Ashya King's parents say they are too scared to return

Brett & Naghemeh King with their son Ashya as he recovers from proton beam therapy

The parents of five-year-old Ashya King have done an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain from Spain. The little boy from Southsea in Portsmouth was removed from Southampton Hospital by his parents earlier this year, sparking an international hunt.

Ashya was treated for brain cancer by doctors at a Czech proton therapy centre in Prague. Medical staff said he has responded well to treatment. In the interview from Spain, where the family are currently staying, Brett & Naghemeh King said they were took scared to return home to Hampshire.

Cancer death rate steadily falling for under 75s

The number of people under the age of 75 who have died from cancer has fallen over the last decade.

According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, West Oxfordshire and North Dorset had the lowest mortality rate last year.

However cancer remains the top cause of death for older people.

For both men and women aged over 75 the first and second most common forms of cancer leading to death, were cancers of the digestive organs and of the respiratory and intrathoracic organs.

For men the third most common form was cancers of the genital organs and for women it was breast cancer.

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