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Hospital celebrates a smoke-free year

The hospital is a smoke-free zone Credit: ITV

Medway Maritime Hospital has celebrated a year being smoke-free. The anniversary comes as the national 'Stoptober' reaches its half-way stage. Medway NHS foundation Trust hired smoke wardens to ensure that patients, visitors and staff no longer smoked in the buildings or on hospital grounds.

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Takeaway shut down after customer sees rats

Rats have been found in a takeaway restaurant in Reading - and the premises have been shut down.

Hot Stuff Tandoori, 421 Oxford Road, was visited by food safety officers on 2 October after a customer complained that rats had been spotted in the kitchen. Inspectors subsequently found evidence of a rat infestation, including a large number of droppings, gnawing and a strong smell near the customer service area. During the visit, officers found fresh faeces on a work surface which was being used for the preparation of ready-to-eat foods.

Council food safety officers decided the findings presented an imminent risk to health for consumers and that the food business operator did not have sufficient controls in place. They issued a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice and the takeaway was immediately shut down.

On Friday (13 Oct) Reading Magistrates were presented with evidence of the food safety team’s findings, which included photographs. The Council was subsequently granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order and costs totalling £1,072.00. The order means that Hot Stuff cannot open until food safety officers are satisfied the premises are free from rats and there is no imminent risk to health.

There is no excuse for these kind of breaches of basic food hygiene. While the majority of food outlets in Reading are responsible, that was clearly not the case here.

Public safety remains a priority and business owners need to know we will take action where we receive reports.

The work of the food safety team at Reading is an example of the sort of essential council work that goes on behind the scenes to protect the public. My congratulations to the team for yet another successful prohibition order.

– Sarah Hacker, Reading Borough Council

Restart a heart - teaching vital life saving skills

Learning how to start a heart Credit: Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Restart a Heart Day is a designated day of action across Europe with the aim to teach vital life saving (CPR) skills to as many people as possible.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust partnered with South Central Ambulance Service, and the new UK charity HeartbeatzUK to celebrate the day and to teach children vital CPR Skills.

Local children learn life saving skills Credit: Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Brexit sparks 'ever worsening' NHS staffing crisis

Hospitals across our region are bracing themselves for an ever worsening staffing crisis - because of growing fears about Brexit.

New research reveals a double-edged threat with more people from the European Union leaving the NHS and fewer joining. But the reason is the same - concern for the future after Britain leaves the EU.

It comes as Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust launches a new video campaign in a bid to recruit 150 nurses.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Dame Donna Kinnair, director of nursing at the Royal College of Nursing, GP Dr Hubertus Von Blumenthal, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the British Medical Association, Diane Hull, Chief Nurse of Sussex Partnership Trust, and John Richardson, filmmaker and former service user.

Schoolchildren to learn lifesaving heart beats

Schoolchildren in Portsmouth - aged between seven and eleven years - are to learn life-saving CPR skills today.

It's part of the annual 'Restart a Heart Day'.

Portsmouth Hospitals, South Central Ambulance Service and HeartBeatzUK have joined forces to teach lifesaving skills to school children and the public.

They'll learn songs that teach the correct speed - or beats - necessary to perform CPR.

The children can also meet a team of paramedics and view a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and defibrillators.

Our survival rates when your heart stops, a cardiac arrest, are a lot lower than other countries in Europe, we can improve this by learning CPR to give at the scene of a collapse.

By teaching children we are embedding this knowledge in the next generation. With the power of music they can learn what to do and perform CPR and defibrillation if required.

Combining with SCAS and QA ensures our message is heard loud and clear - and as the European Resuscitation Council says 'Kids Save Lives'.

– Dr. Clare Morden, Founder of HeartBeatz UK and Chair of Trainees Committee European Resuscitation Council

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Farm identified as source of E. coli outbreak

Public health, environmental health and food standards experts are asking people who may have bought raw (unpasteurised) milk from an Isle of Wight farm to return or dispose of it, following an outbreak of E. coli.

Public Health England South East's Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Protection team, in partnership with environmental health officers from Isle of Wight Council and the Food Standards Agency, are investigating the outbreak. Drinking raw milk from Briddlesford Lodge Farm has been confirmed as a source of the infection.

Unpasteurised milk withdrawn from sale after E. coli outbreak

Public health, environmental health and food standards experts are asking people who may have bought raw (unpasteurised) milk from an Isle of Wight farm to return or dispose of it, following an outbreak of E. coli

Public Health England South East's Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Protection team, in partnership with environmental health officers from Isle of Wight Council and the Food Standards Agency, are investigating the outbreak. Drinking raw milk from Briddlesford Lodge Farm has been confirmed as a source of the infection.

There have been four confirmed cases of E.coli O157 and an additional three cases of Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) linked to this outbreak. All four cases of E.coli O157 have made a good recovery and the three cases with HUS are in hospital and receiving treatment.

The Isle of Wight Council's environmental health department has been working closely with the farm, who have co-operated fully, to ensure that the affected raw milk has not entered the sales chain since Monday 25 September 2017.

Affected raw milk is not entering the food chain Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

We have been working with colleagues to investigate these cases and hope all those affected are better soon.

All steps have been taken to prevent the spread of infection further including removal of the milk from sale, and necessary hygiene and safety measures.

As an added precaution we, along with the environmental health team and the Food Standards Agency, are asking anyone who has raw milk purchased from Briddlesford Farm on, or before Monday, 25 September 2017 to either return it to the farm or dispose of it. This includes raw milk that may have been frozen for future use.

– Dr Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control
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