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Medics drive to improve children's mental health

A drive to improve mental health care for children and young people is getting underway across Kent.

Doctors and health workers will be touring towns, meeting young people who've had treatment, to get their ideas and feedback.

Six workshops for children and young people over 11 who have used CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) are being held next week in Sittingbourne, Gravesend, Folkestone, Margate, Maidstone and Tonbridge.

There’s also a drop-in session for younger children with their parents in Ashford.

Young woman with "unseen illness" speaks out through art

A young woman from Crawley, in West Sussex, who has struggled since her teens with a debilitating - but invisible - medical condition, is using her rare talent for art to throw some light on people with unseen illness.

She enlisted the help of Fixers, the campaign that gives young people a voice, to stage an exhibition at London's Mall Galleries of her portraits of people who live with hidden medical conditions.


Top honour for Frimley Health at Patient Safety Awards

Patient Safety Awards Credit: Frimley Health NHS Trust

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust has been named Best Organisation at the 2016 Patient Safety Awards.

The Trust, which runs Frimley Park Hospital (nr Camberley), Wexham Park Hospital (Slough) and Heatherwood Hospital (Ascot), was announced as the winner at a ceremony in Manchester.

The awards are run by the Health Service Journal and the Nursing Times.

Judges said it was a unanimous decision and praised it's "courageous approach" to improving safety.

The panel say they were impressed with the improvements the Trust has made at the once-struggling Wexham Park Hospital since taking it over in 2014.

The hospital has now been rated “good” by the Care Quality Commission and praised for its strong patient safety culture.

The watchdog described the turnaround as “undoubtedly the most impressive example of improvement” it had seen under the current inspection regime.

Fred raises money and smiles at Funday

Fred with Ellie the Elephant Credit: ITV Meridian

Fred Dinenage opened Friends of PICU's Funday at the Cleveland Bay in Chandlers Ford. The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) cares for children from birth up to 18 years old, at Southampton General Hospital.

Fred with Dr Ian Macintosh and Rosie Mitchell Credit: ITV Meridian

As well as mascot Ellie the Elephant, Fred was joined by Ian Macintosh (Lead paediatrician) and Rosie Mitchell (former PICU nurse and chief fundraiser.)

The event goes on until 4pm.

Fred with Belvers and Mini Belvers Credit: ITV Meridian

Fred also ran into old pal and former ITV Meridian Sports presenter - Paul Belverstone (Belvers) and son Leo (Mini Belvers.)

The event is raising money for vital equipment, helping to save lives across the South coast


Sussex Police officer given award for baby CPR

A Sussex police officer has been given a reward award for performing CPR on a baby.

PC Amanda Phipps pulled over mum Mariam Traore after her car jumped two red lights. But it turned out Mariam's two week old daughter Zara had stopped breathing and she was trying to get to hospital.

Zara made a full recovery at East Surrey Hospital.

PC Phipps describes what happened:

Nursing manager stole dying patient's £5,000 Rolex watch

Mr Davies wearing his £5,000 Rolex watch Credit: Sussex Police

St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester has apologised to the family of David Davies, who was admitted in A&E in August of 2014 where his watch was stolen.

Nursing manager Joseph Miller pleaded guilty to one count of theft at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Mr Davies died shortly after his admission into hospital at the age of 68.

NHS Foundation Trust Director Amanda Parker has described Miller’s crime as “an appalling episode” and he “will not be returning in the future.”

The £5,000 watch has since been returned to the family.

Miller will be sentenced on 9 August.

I want to say a huge thank you to the officers involved who have returned the watch to my family. I am over the moon to get dad's watch back. I never thought we would see it again after all this time. Dad loved the watch and it is very precious to us as a family.

– Mr Davies' son, Jon

18-year-old undergoes 'life-changing' weight loss surgery

It's been described as an epidemic - one of the biggest challenges facing today's society - obesity. Most accept it's a growing problem, but few agree on whose fault it is and what exactly should be done about it. Is industry the issue? Or is it the individual?

Many believe education is the answer - others have called for a sugar tax or a clamp-down on food companies. And while there is much debate over how to stop people becoming obese - there is similar disagreement on what to do about people who are already there. For one 18-year-old from Bournemouth, it was decided weight loss surgery was the best option.

Over the course of two special reports, Emma Wilkinson follows Abbie King through the surgery process, looking at how it works and its impact on her life. This is part one...

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