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NHS Trust told to improve mental health services

The trust has been told to make immediate improvements Credit: ITV

The Care Quality Commission has told Isle of Wight NHS Trust that it must make immediate improvements to its community mental health service and mental health inpatient services

Following an inspection CQC has placed conditions on the registration of the trust to minimise the risk of patients being exposed to harm.

  • CQC has told the trust that it must operate an effective escalation system to prioritise patients who urgently need access to community mental health services.
  • The trust must provide a report on the escalation protocol by Wednesday 28 December
  • The trust must also carry out an urgent assessment of the physical environment on the mental health wards at St Mary’s Hospital.
  • The trust must ensure there is a comprehensive assessment of ligature points and an action plan to lessen the risks


Emmerdale special episode - living with dementia

With an ageing population, many families in our region are experiencing what it's like to have a loved one - with dementia. And that's why, this evening, ITV's Emmerdale has a special episode. Viewers have watched the gradual demise of Ashley Thomas for several weeks and, tonight, the story shows how difficult life can be for the person living with the condition.

The interviewees are Iain MacLeod, Series producer; Charlotte Bellamy, who plays 'Laurel Potts'; and John Middleton, who plays Ashley Thomas.

Mum fears son could miss kidney op because of strike

Jakob undergoes dialysis treatment every day

The financial and personal costs of the Southern Rail dispute became clearer today, with estimates that each walkout costing the economy around 11 million pounds.

Today, there was another strike - by rail conductors - following three days of action last week - involving drivers.

There are plans for a 3-day walkout from New Year's Eve, and there's due to be a six-day long strike from the 9th of January 2017.

The family of 13-year-old Jakob Goodison who has kidney failure and needs specialist treatment in London are terrified he could miss out on a kidney transplant if an organ becomes available. His parents do not drive, so they have been spending hundreds of pounds on taxis to get to hospital on strike days. They are worried they would not be able to get to the hospital in time fpr an operation to take place. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are Jeni Goodison, Jakob's mother; Jakob himself; and Aidan Skinner, a rail commuter.

Little donkey delivers Christmas cheer to elderly seafarers

Credit: Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society

Residents at a Surrey nursing home have welcomed two four-legged guests for a special Christmas celebration.

Therapy animals, Mr Kipling, the donkey, and Morris, the guinea pig, visited the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society in Banstead, which provides nursing care and accommodation to elderly, sick or disabled seafarers.

Mr Kipling, the Mediterranean miniature donkey, stands at just 30 inches in height. He spent more than an hour at the home meeting residents, as well as making a number of special visits to individuals’ rooms to spread the Christmas cheer.

The Society arranged the visit with local company Pony Pals, who specialise in pony petting days and therapy sessions for groups in the Surrey area. Organisers say animal assisted therapy is commonly used as an occupational therapy tool for both the young and elderly. They say petting the animals stimulates the residents’ senses and Mr Kipling is trained to walk beside a walking aid or wheelchair so all residents were able to spend time with him.

Credit: Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society

It was lovely to see the smiles on residents’ faces when Mr Kipling arrived in his Santa hat. Our visits bring comfort to those with a love of animals and often rekindle fond memories for residents. There was lots of laughter at the home and everyone was keen to learn more about how Mr Kipling and Morris are cared for.”

– Caroline Seignot, Mr Kipling’s owner
Credit: Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society

The residents were delighted to have their very own Christmas donkey for the day. Our little visitors were greatly received by residents who are unable to leave their bed as Mr Kipling was able to travel in the lift to visit them. The residents greatly enjoyed grooming and petting Mr Kipling and Morris and found the experience very therapeutic.”

– Anne Kasey, care home manager

Work to start on £30m Proton Therapy treatment centre

The construction of a new cancer treatment centre is due to begin in Reading next month as part of a £30 million project. The facility will offer a pioneering form of treatment and help around 1,000 patients each year.

The Proton Therapy unit which is being built at the Thames Valley Business Park near the University of Reading's Shinfield campus - will be one of the first to open in the UK and means patients will no longer have to travel abroad for the treatment.

'Proton Therapy' came to national attention when the parents of Ashya King from Hampshire took him out of hospital in the UK to have treatment in Prague. The interviewees in Mary Stanley report are Professor Karol Sikora, Chief Medical officer at 'Proton Partners'; and Mike Moran, the Chief Executive of 'Proton Partners'.


Campaign launched to save babies' lives in Kent

Credit: Kent County Council

A new campaign has been launched in Kent to support parents with young babies, offering vital safety advice to protect their children and reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Each year in Kent, approximately nine babies under a year old die unexpectedly in their sleep.

There are no obvious reasons for these deaths, but factors such as overheating and co-sleeping increase the risk.

Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board and partner organisations have developed innovative thermometer cards which will help parents understand the issues and monitor the temperature of the room in which their baby is sleeping.

My daughter Maisie is 14-weeks-old and I’m fairly aware of the dangers of her overheating but I know some new parents aren’t and they can be easily confused, especially when it’s winter and you’re looking at putting your baby in a grow bag or a blanket to sleep.

– Mum Jemma Gardner, from the Isle of Sheppey

To prevent your baby overheating, it is advised:

  • Never cover your baby’s head when they are sleeping
  • Never put your baby to sleep in a cot/crib with pillows, cot bumpers, duvets/quilts or soft toys
  • Always remove your baby’s hat and outer clothing when coming indoors – especially if the baby is asleep
  • Always remove your baby from their car seat as soon they are brought inside – car seats are designed for transport only.
  • Avoid dressing your baby in warm clothing when carrying in a baby sling – they could overheat.

Youth council demands better mental health services

Credit: Hastings council

The Hastings Youth Council has submitted a petition to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd to appoint a mental health minister to overlook and monitor mental health and ensure an adequate response to a growing mental health crisis in Britain.

They presented the petition with over 280 signatures to the Hastings and Rye MP at her local constituency office in St Leonards.

Mental health is very important to the young people in Hastings and this is why it's been a campaign of ours.

– Huda Caglayan, chair Hastings Youth Council
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