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Southern Health fined £125,000 for care failings

Southern Health has been sentenced over care failings Credit: ITV Meridian

Southern Health has been fined £125,000 for failing to provide safe care and treatment to patients.

The NHS Trust previously pleaded guilty in connection with safety concerns at Melbury Lodge in Winchester - where a patient fell from a rooftop, suffering serious neck injuries. It's the first time the Care Quality Commission has launched a prosecution against a Trust.

'Superman' inspired gym for disabled children turns to crowdfunding

Christopher Reeve was known to a generation as 'Superman' - starring in four films before a tragic riding accident left him paralysed in 1995.

But he went on with his wife to pioneer new treatments for serious spinal injuries - treatments now being used by a Paralympic athlete, among others, in Sussex.

The Neurokinex gym in Crawley is the first of its kind outside America and is now turning to crowdfunding to expand its work to help toddlers.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to David Smith, Jenny Suggit and Jamie Fielding.


Investigations as elderly patient dies at Sussex hospital

Library photo: Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton Credit: ITV News Meridian

An investigation has been launched after the death of a patient at Brighton's Royal Sussex County Hospital.

The 85-year-old woman died at the hospital on 23rd September.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust - who run the hospital - is investigating the death, which is currently being treated as unexplained.

Another surgery to close amid Brighton GP crisis

Almost 30,000 patients have been affected by the closure of seven GP surgeries in Brighton. Ridgeway Surgery will be the latest to go when it closes at the end of the month. It will leave more than two thousand patients looking for alternative care. The local Clinical Commissioning Group says practices have closed for a number of different reasons - including two partners deciding to retire - over the last two years.

Patient, Sacha Latham, has told ITV News Meridian about the difficulties she faced finding a GP.

Top CEO appointed as interim chief exec for East Kent Hospitals

Susan Acott is rated as one of the HSJ's top 50 Chief Executives.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust's CEO Susan Acott has been appointed as East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust's interim Chief Executive.

East Kent Hospitals bosses say Susan Acott has significant NHS leadership experience and has held senior positions in the NHS in Manchester, Merseyside, York and London. Susan is rated as one of the Health Service Journal's (HSJ) top 50 Chief Executives.

She has held her role as Chief Executive at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust for eight years.

I am delighted that Susan will be supporting East Kent in this role. Her leadership experience of a career across the NHS, combined with extensive knowledge of local healthcare needs, will help the Trust build on the improvements it has already made and will provide stable leadership while the Trust works to recruit a permanent Chief Executive.”

– Nikki Cole, Trust Chair

Susan will act as interim Chief Executive at East Kent Hospitals from 16th October until 31st March 2018, while the Trust recruit for the permanent role.

Gerard Sammon, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust’s Director of Strategy and Planning, will become the interim Chief Executive at Dartford until Susan returns from her secondment at East Kent.


Flu epidemic could be on the way this winter

Hospitals and doctors' surgeries in the South East are getting ready for a possible flu epidemic this winter. A severe outbreak has already hit Australia - and now medical experts say it could be on its way here.

And what makes the situation more worrying is that so many people - who are entitled to the flu jab - have not been immunised. Abigail Bracken reports.

Campaign to save children's hospital services in Dorset

The move could affect patients across the region Credit: ITV News

Residents in Dorset have launched a campaign to protect children's services at Dorset County Hospital.

Following an announcement in September, health bosses warned that west Dorset's paediatric and maternity services would not be centralised in the east of the county.

But now campaigners are facing a new battle, as services could instead be shared between Dorset County Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital, as part of recommendations put forward by the Clinical Commissioning Review.

The move is part of a plan to avoid a projected shortfall in funding. One campaigner said if services were moved to Yeovil, it would leave people in Weymouth, Portland and the surrounding areas worse off with Bournemouth being their nearest service.

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