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Berkshire surgery to be run by health trust

A GP practice in Reading has been placed into the emergency care of the local NHS trust after being put into special measures earlier this year.

Priory Avenue Surgery received a damning report by the Care Quality Commission which identified problems with access to doctors and a shortage of both clinical and non clinical staff.

It will now be run by the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust which also manages Prospect Park Hospital in Reading and the West call out-of-hours GP service. Mel Bloor has our report.

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Parents' fury as packed lunches are banned

There's been an outcry from parents after a school in Hampshire banned packed lunches.

The new lunch policy at the King's Furlong Infant School in Basingstoke comes after the government announcement last year that all infant school children can have a free school meal every day - to make sure all pupils have a nutritionally balanced lunch.

But parents fear their children won't eat it and will go hungry. Andrew Pate reports

New technique could transform treatment of head injuries

Volunteers are urgently needed to take part in trials of a pioneering device designed to measure pressure in the brain. Doctors in Southampton have developed the test that can detect life-threatening head injuries and infections like meningitis without the need for surgery. It's already been adopted by NASA to analyse brain pressure levels in astonauts. Kerry Swain reports.

If you'd like to take part in the study please call 02381203370 or send an email to ICPstudy@uhs.nhs.uk

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Public health body confirms two E-coli cases in Dorset

Bacteria in a petri dish in experiment Credit: Press Association

The nation's health watchdog 'Public Health England' has confirmed that two children in Dorset have contracted E-Coli. Laboratory tests showed the youngsters have EColi O55.

They live in the same household as two other children who were previously found to have Ecoli and who are now in hospital with haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) – a complication of the Ecoli infection.

A possible third new case is awaiting the results of tests.

The action that Public Health England has taken in response to the cases of Ecoli includes measures such as:

  • Informing the school attended by one of the children in hospital

  • Contacting the relevant work places of adult confirmed and possible cases, providing advice on infection control.

  • Following up all close contacts with tests and they are being asked detailed questions about all activities; places visited and food consumed in the two weeks before the first case was reported.

  • GPs and hospital doctors in the area have also been alerted to the infection and advised to test all cases of bloody diarrhoea for this infection to ensure no cases are missed.

New outbreak of E.coli in Dorset under investigation

Tests on latest outbreak of E.coli Credit: ITV news

An investigation into an E.coli outbreak in Dorset has re-opened after more children were affected. Public Health England has confirmed a new outbreak of E.coli after two children were admitted to a hospital in Southampton suffering with haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E.coli infection. The outbreak comes just months after ten people in Dorset were affected by E.coli.

Public health officials investigating last year’s E.coli outbreak will gather information from the latest outbreak to determine if there are any links between the two issues.

The organisation is working with local environment health officials from Bournemouth and Poole, as well as Dorset County Council Public Health staff and PHE’s specialist Gastrointestinal Bacteria Reference Unit and Field Epidemiology Services based in London.

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East Kent hospitals boss says patients shouldn't worry

The new health chief for east Kent - where three major hospitals are in special measures - has spoken for the first time about the challenges he faces.

Troubleshooter Chris Bown - who's being paid just under £300,000 for a year's work - says patients should not be worried because standards of healthcare are good. But, he says, there are serious internal issues to be tackled - including low morale and a culture of managerial bullying.

And then - there's the controversial plan to have just one A&E unit for a population of 700 thousand.

David Johns interviewed him for this special report. This is the full-length interview (approx 18 mins)

And here's the shorter, "as broadcast" version:

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