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Town is being painted pink in aid of Breast Care Appeal

The ladies of Fleet are going to paint the town pink Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

The Hampshire town of Fleet is being painted pink in aid of the Frimley Park Hospital Breast Care Appeal. It will last from 10 to 17 October.

Kim Knight and Sally Herman had the idea following the success of last year’s Fleet fashion week. With the support of Fleet businesses and a few celebrities, they have organised a series of events in the town.

Kim said “We wanted to paint our town pink to thank the amazing breast care team at Frimley Park Hospital and to raise awareness of the high incidence of breast cancer in our local community.

"The new breast care unit and 3D mammography machine that the appeal is providing will benefit so many people in our area - and this is an opportunity for everyone to get on board and support it.”


Oxford University staff to be honoured for Ebola work

Staff from Oxford University are to be presented with medals for their work tackling Ebola in West Africa.

The disease has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people in West Africa since December 2013 Credit: PA

Thirty staff will receive the Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa, announced by the Prime Minister on 11 June.

Many of the staff were involved in efforts to find an effective treatment for the virus.

A further thirty-nine people will receive a medal specially commissioned by the University. This is to recognise the contribution of those who do not qualify for the UK government medal because of their nationality or the location where they worked.

Medals will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Andrew Hamilton.

NHS Trust takes CQC findings 'very seriously'

West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which runs Broadmoor Hospital, has responded to concerns raised in a report by the Care Quality Commission.

The Trust says it takes the findings in the report very seriously and pointed out that some areas within the trust were rated more highly than others.

Beverley Murphy spoke to Sangeeta and insisted that patients are safe:

Broadmoor criticised over staffing and patient restraint

The country's best known high security psychiatric hospital has come in for damning criticism in a report from the national health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission says Broadmoor Hospital at Crowthorne in Berkshire doesn't have enough staff and that patients are being restrained too often, when the measure should be used as a last resort.

The Trust that runs the hospital says it is pleased that the CQC found its staff to be compassionate and hard-working, but accepts that more work is needed to deliver improvements.

Watch Mel Bloor's report:


Pioneering new treatment for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, and the risk increases if there's a family history of the disease. But now a pioneering new treatment has been made available on the NHS.

Traditionally the disease is treated by removing the whole prostate gland but this new method targets only the cancerous cells. Sascha Williams has our report.

Risk to patients' safety at Kent flagship hospital

It's another blow to the people of Medway - their flagship hospital, which has been in special measures for more than two years, has again been told its casualty department is not up to scratch.

Things are so bad that the Trust in charge has reached out to other parts of the NHS for help. On Wednesday and Thursday mornings this week, ambulances won't go to the Medway Maritime but instead will take patients to Maidstone, the Darent Valley or even to Canterbury.

Bosses say it's a temporary measure but inspectors from the Care Quality Commission say there's a lack of leadership - and a risk to patient safety.

David Johns talked to Simon Bolton, Unison, and Councillor David Brake, Medway Council. Conservative.

NHS acts to make hospital changes after CQC report

Following a recent inspection of Medway Foundation Trust by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the Trust has asked for support from across the local healthcare system to help them make the improvements needed. Ambulances will be diverted from Medway Maritime Hospital between 7am and midday on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September. Walk-in patients to the A&E department will continue to be seen at the hospital.

Ambulance patients will instead be taken, according to clinical need, to either Maidstone Hospital, Darent Valley Hospital or the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. Some patients including paediatric, cardiac, maternity and abdominal aortic aneurysm will continue to be taken to the Medway Maritime Hospital.

NHS England is working closely alongside the ambulance service and all local NHS hospitals and providers to implement this temporary measure whilst staff at Medway Maritime Hospital continue to work to improve services to patients. We are also working with partners across the healthcare system to put in place further measures to support staff at the hospital. This includes additional training for clinical staff in the emergency department and bringing in experienced clinical staff to work in Medway Maritime’s A&E department which will allow staff time to attend training.

We are also working with local authorities and community health teams to help improve the flow of patients through the hospital. Ensuring the delivery of safe care to patients and the public in Kent and Medway is our absolute priority.

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