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700 patients endured 12 hour waits at A&E

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More than 700 patients at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath endured 12 hour waits at A&E last month.

January's figures have been described as 'catastrophic' by campaigners. Figures from the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust also revealed that 152 patients have been waiting over a year for an operation.

The Trust that runs both hospitals said its aim was always to treat patients 'as quickly as possible'.

Like most hospitals across the country, our Emergency Departments have been extremely busy with very high numbers of acutely unwell people, and our staff are working hard to give patients the emergency care they need and, if necessary, admit them into a hospital bed in a timely way. The increase in seriously ill and injured patients needing to be admitted into hospital is coupled with low numbers of patients who no longer need acute hospital care being discharged, and this inevitably impacts on the availability of beds within the hospital."

“Our aim is always to treat patients arriving in our Emergency Departments as quickly as possible but unfortunately when the hospital is very busy there are times when patients have to wait longer than we would like. We are making improvements across the Trust to help with the flow of patients throughout the hospital and we are working with our partners to improve the discharge of patients who no longer need an acute hospital bed. To help us continue to prioritise those patients who most need our care, we ask the public to use A&E appropriately and consider the many alternative services available if they do not require emergency treatment.”

– Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals spokesperson

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Family's plea for treatment to be made available on the NHS - that could have saved young father's life

National charity Anthony Nolan is calling on the Government to intervene on behalf of cancer patients they say have been 'abandoned' by the NHS.

They're asking Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to overturn a decision stopping the health service from funding stem cell treatments if a previous transfusion has failed.

The procedure costs between £50,000 and £120,000 - yet without it one young family from Sussex say they have lost a father and a husband.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Lisa Hepburn.

Hampshire firefighters help create mobile field hospital

The new mobile field hospital during an exercise

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has helped to design Britain's first mobile field hospital.

The tent-based facility would be used in disaster zones. It can be transformed into a medical centre with 40 beds for up to 90 days. The UK has become the sixth country to have a mobile field hospital.

According to Robin Bates from Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) who was the project section leader in charge of accommodation and logistics, the facility is impressive.

The hospital is most likely to be used in disaster zones or at severe flooding incidents

"The work that has gone into this is incredible. To be able to go to a disaster zone and immediately put up such a vital lifeline will make a huge difference to those in need.

"As well as treating the injured, this hospital will be able to help prevent minor injuries becoming major with a team of highly trained trauma doctors and nurses.

"This facility will save lives without a doubt and improve life for people who have lost everything in countries where the infrastructure has been completely wiped out."

– Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) crew manager Robin Bates

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More than 3,000 children hospitalised for self-harm

Mental health care provision for young people is under the spotlight

According to recent figures, more than 3,000 children in the south east were hospitalised for self-harming themselves last year.

The total number of children treated in England and Wales in that same time period was 19,000.

Common pressures on teenagers include - bullying, pressures at school, and emotional abuse - all issues which can require professional help.

Julie Harrison's report contain details of the troubles that some young people have experienced - that you may find upsetting.

The interviewees are Aimee Wilson, Dr Paul McArdle, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; and Zoe Gilder, from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in the report or would like some advice. You can contact the following organisations:

ChildLine, the NSPCC, the Samaritans, and Mind the mental health charity.

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