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Hampshire Health Trust Chief Exec quits

Ursula Ward had been Chief Exec for 12 years Credit: Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

The Chief Executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has stepped down.

Ursula Ward held the position for 12 years before announcing her departure today.

A statement was released from the hospital board this morning.

Under Ursula's leadership we have always put the patient at the centre of everything we do here in Portsmouth, and we remain focussed on our patient centred care.

Ursula has taken the decision to leave her position at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, having successfully held the position of Chief Executive for 12 years.

The Board would like to thank Ursula for her valued contribution and dedication and wish her every success in the future.

The search for a new Chief Executive will start immediately and in the immediate term arrangements have been made to appoint Tim Powell, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, as Interim Chief Executive.

– Trust statement

'Sooner or later someone is going to lose their life' Patients slam private ambulance service

Shambolic. That's how patients have described a new private ambulance transport service being used by the NHS across Sussex.

Dozens of patients - including some with cancer - say they've been let down with two hour delays, missed appointments and even operations.

The provider Coperforma only took over the service seven weeks ago but protesters are already calling for their contract to be terminated.

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Alan Keenes, Coperforma driver, cancer patient Elizabeth Towner, Gary Palmer, from the GMB, and former ambulance driver Malcolm Neeves.

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Health hazard now reported in Surrey

People have reported skin rashes and asthma attacks Credit: ITV

Surrey is now known as a new hotspot for a type of dangerous caterpillar.

People have been warned to keep clear of the insect and its nests. The Oak Processionary Moth is said to leave severe skin rashes and can trigger asthma attacks.

Staff at Kew Gardens and children at a school in South London are some of the first to develop rashes.

Dementia: new trial aimed at helping carers

Dementia is a cruel illness, robbing families of their loved ones - or the person they once knew. Caring for a relative with the illness is physically and mentally draining, which is why a new trial in Oxford is aimed at helping carers.

In Oxfordshire around 65,000 people are helping to care for people with dementia

In Berkshire the figure is 72,000.

And in Hampshire there are approximately 131,000 friends or relatives looking after people with dementia.

Cary Johnston reports on the pioneering "Caring for Me and You" trial.

Health bosses from China to see the best of NHS

Great Western Hospital will showcase its facilities Credit: ITV News Meridian

Leaders from some of China's top healthcare institutes are in Swindon today.

They'll visit the Great Western Hospital to gain a first hand insight into the nuts and bolts of the NHS, seeing how UK medical students are trained with help from expert staff and state-of-the-art equipment.

The training facilities at the Great Western Hospital are among the best in the country and we are incredibly proud to have been chosen to demonstrate to our Chinese counterparts the very high standard of training that exists in the NHS.

The feedback we get from students is always of a high standard, so I'm really excited that our visitors will actually get to see our fantastic equipment and facilities in use and the difference it can make to the next generation of doctors and nurses."

– Dr Michael Natarajan, Clinical Lead for Simulation

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New research to combat 'devastating illnesses' in Dementia Awareness Week

One in 14 people over 65 - and one in six over 80 - have dementia, but new research in our region is hoping to combat these devastating illnesses.

Some of this work is being done at the University of Sussex where a build-up of proteins on the brain is being studied. And in this Dementia Awareness Week members of the public have been invited to see their work close up.

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Andy and Janet Gumbrill, Dr Karen Marshall and Prof Louise Serpell.

Defiant governors break ranks with leadership at Southern Health

There's been more trouble at under fire Southern Health Trust, as the rift between senior staff grows wider.

Rebel governors went ahead with a meeting critical of the leadership , despite it being cancelled by the Trust management.

It was originally convened to propose a vote of no confidence in Chief Executive Katrina Percy, but instead a small group of governors took questions from the public.

Just three of the 18 governors attended, after the interim chairman Tim Smith called for the meeting to be delayed. Mr Smith said it was because any decision could be open to legal challenge.

The Trust - which covers Hampshire and Dorset - has been criticised for failing to properly investigate the unexpected deaths of around 1,000 people since 2011.

Watch Richard Slee's report below:

Richard spoke to Peter Bell (Governor) and Tim Smart (Chairman) from Southern Health Trust

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