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Many women miss breast screening appointments

Mammograms are offered to women aged between 50 and 70, and can detect early signs of breast cancer - but latest figures show that many women are missing their appointments.

Almost a quarter don't attend their breast screening appointments - despite research that shows one in eight women affected by the disease at some point in their life.

Charlotte Cross has been to meet one survivor, who's now campaigning to change that.

Hospital issued with formal warning

Patients' safety at risk, demoralised staff, and poor care on the wards. Just three of the reasons the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth has been issued with a formal warning and told it must make immediate improvements.

A damning report by a health watchdog has found a "culture of poor care" in some areas. In one case, inspectors had to intervene when a patient started choking and nearby staff didn't react. Another ignored calls for help from a dementia patient.


Hospital must make "significant improvements"

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The Care Quality Commission has told Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust that it must make significant improvements to protect patients using medical care services at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

CQC has issued a Warning Notice requiring the trust to improve safety, patient consent, dignity and respect, safeguarding and overall leadership. At the same time CQC has placed six conditions on the trust's registration requiring specific action until the trust can demonstrate that patients are safe.

The enforcement action follows two separate inspections this year when inspectors identified a series of concerns about services for people requiring emergency medical care, particularly those affecting frail older people or patients living with dementia.

During the inspections in February and May, teams of inspectors visited the acute medical unit, 10 medical wards and five outlier and escalation areas including the discharge lounge, and day units for cardiac and renal patients.

The hospital's medical care has been rated as 'inadequate'; urgent and emergency care has been rated as 'requires improvement'. Safety is rated 'inadequate' in both departments.

Calls for tighter rules on cosmetic injections

Health experts are calling for tighter regulation of cosmetic injections, like botox and dermal fillers.

The procedures can lead to blindness and infection if they're not carried out correctly, but the market is largely unregulated and there's no legal requirement for practitioners to be trained or qualified. Andrea Byrne has been finding out more.

Grieving mother wants change in law

A mother who lost her baby when she was five months pregnant is campaigning for a change in the law after suffering the added distress of being refused a death certificate.

Currently the parents of babies stillborn at less than six months receive no birth or death certificate. Lisa Bailey, from Canterbury, says that's wrong - and she aims to force a parliamentary debate on the issue. John Ryall reports.


Son 'wants answers' about mother's care home death

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A man whose mother died at a care home in Sussex has said he wants answers about what happened to her.

78 year old Valerie Tilley was found dead at Longfield Manor in Billingshurst.

Her death is being investigated, along with that of 11 other people, after police raided the homes, all owned by the same company, Sussex Health Care (SHC).

SHC owns properties in East Grinstead, Horsham, Crawley, Uckfield, Henfield and Billingshurst.

They house 580 people who are not all elderly.

The 12 deaths took place between the spring of 2015 and spring this year.

Valerie's son Adrian says he's determined to find out why she died and why the home told him so little about her last days at Longfield Manor.

As John Ryall reports.

John spoke to Valerie's son, Adrian Tilley and Nadra Ahmed from the National Care Association.

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Woman regains use of hands after caring for rabbits

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A woman who rescued two rabbits says they "gave her her life back" after she regained the use of her paralysed hands after caring for them.

Marley-Belle Quaid from Guildford rehomed Woodstock and Wilfred who were rescued by the RSPCA.

Marley-Belle was confined to a wheelchair and unable to move her hands after a series of painful operations but had movement back in her wrists after six months.

Despite attempting physiotherapy, nothing had worked for the 32 year old.

The rabbits now have their own bedroom and a room filled with play furniture, such as hides, tunnels to simulate warrens, jumps and a hay pit, to keep them stimulated and happy.

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"The first time I saw them I knew I would do whatever it took to have them in my life. They had been found dumped in woods by a woman running a race, who found them matted and neglected. One of them, Woodstock, was tangled in a bramble bush."

"The pair were rescued by the RSPCA but spent a year in foster care because no-one wanted the hard work it takes to keep them groomed and tidy. Although I had help day-to-day, I didn't know how I was going to manage doing it myself when no-one was there because of my wrists but I wanted to make it work."

"Within six months, I had full, malleable wrists, I was grooming Wilfred and Woodstock by myself on my own lap and I could use scissors again. My surgeon was quite astounded I had the use that I had with my wrists again. These bunnies were a massive part of my recovery."

"Before I had to use my wheelchair all the time, because I couldn't use my hands to grip my crutches. That meant there were shops I couldn't go into or places I couldn't get to because I needed my crutches."

"Woodstock and Wilfred have given me so much more than love, they've given me independence and freedom."

– Marley-Belle Quaid, Owner

"Marley's story is a moving example of the power of pets to really change lives. When Marley adopted Wilfred and Woodstock she gave them the chance of a loving home and a happy future but these amazing rabbits have also given Marley her own life back. We know that the wonderful people who adopt rescue animals change the lives of those animals but pets have a real impact on our own health and wellbeing too, which is why the bond between owner and pet is so special."

– Dr Jane Tyson, RSPCA rabbit behaviour and welfare expert
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