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NHS launches recruitment drive for ex servicemen and women

Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester Credit: ITV news

Retired and medically discharged servicemen and women are being offered the chance to work for the NHS. North Hants NHS Trust is launching a recruitment drive for those leaving the military. It's the first scheme of it's kind in the UK.

The Trust is offering members of the Armed Forces who are coming to the end of their service the opportunity to undertake a work attachment programme that could lead to employment.

Working with the forces' Career Transition Partnership and Recovery Career Services, retiring and medically discharged military staff are being offered a variety of placements in its hospitals at Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover.

Mary Edwards, Hampshire Hospitals' Chief Executive explains: "People working in the military share many of our values. Our hospitals offer a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are compassionate, accountable for their actions, show respect and are always encouraging of others. We employ over 5,000 people and are always looking for hard working people with a huge range of skills and abilities; The military has a pool of dedicated hard working people who are looking for a new challenge in a supportive environment. This is a new partnership that we hope will be successful and will continue in the future, benefiting both organisations."

Steve Cook, joined the Trust when he retired from the Royal Air Force. He says: "Leaving the armed forces can be daunting. The NHS offers people the opportunity to be a part of a large supportive organisation that helps them adjust to civilian life."


Appeal after 11-year-old girl grabbed by man

Police are appealing for information following a report of a suspicious incident in Oakridge in Basingstoke.

Sometime between 2.20pm and 2.50pm on Wednesday, August 5, an 11-year-old girl was walking though the pedestrian underpass under Oakridge Road when a man approached her and took hold of her arm - The girl managed to run away and, although unharmed, she was left shaken by the incident.

The man was described as white, 5ft 6ins, of a medium build and had a black unkempt beard which was a few inches long. He was wearing a black cotton top and baggy blue jeans.

“We are keen to speak with a couple who we believe may have been in the park with two children prior to the incident as we believe they might have information that may assist our enquiries. We are also keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and who may have seen someone matching the description of the man. Officers from our Neighbourhood Policing Team will be conducting high visibility patrols in the area to reassure local residents.”

– Detective Constable Heidi Boyd

Plans submitted for new hospital in Hampshire

Plans for new hospital Credit: Stride Treglown

Plans have been submitted for a new critical treatment hospital in North Hampshire. The 150 million pound project would centralise services for the most "at risk" patients. Company Stride Treglown want to build on a greenfield site near junction 7 of the M3. If the scheme gets the go-ahead building is due to start next year.

New look unveiled Credit: Stride Treglown

Some locals have criticised the location of the new hospital in countryside between Winchester and Basingstoke and its accessibility for those without cars. The developers say the site allows for rapid emergency access and will provide services for those who have suffered life threatening injuries, heart attacks or strokes, or those who require high risk or complex surgical procedure. A cancer treatment centre will also be located on the same site.

Mary Edwards, of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says “Creating this hospital means we can make services even safer for the sickest and most at risk because we can provide consultant-delivered care and critical care services on site 24/7 in one central place, a model which will lead the way for the NHS and will provide even higher quality care and better outcomes for patients.”

The application is due to be considered in August.

Did poisonous plant kill Hampshire gardener?

A coroner has recorded an open verdict into the death of a gardener - who died from multiple organ failure.

The family of Nathan Greenaway believed his illness was caused by a poisonous plant growing at the estate where he worked.

The 33 year old tended the gardens at Millcourt House in Upper Froyle near Alton - owned by a wealthy busniessman and his family.

But today the coroner, Andrew Bradley, said it was impossible to say that the flower called Monkshood was to blame. From Basingstoke, Kerry Swain reports.

Well ITV News spoke to John Robertson who runs a poisonous plants website.


Man robbed in broad daylight

Police are appealing for information after a man was robbed in broad daylight in Basingstoke on Monday afternoon.

The 20-year-old was approached by two men on a grassed area of Vivian Road, close to Oakridge Towers, Oakridge, around 4.15pm.

The men demanded property from him, grabbed his sunglasses and went through his jeans pockets before the victim was able to break free.

The men got away with the sunglasses valued at around £5.

The victim suffered some reddening to his face but was otherwise uninjured.

The offenders are described as:

  • white man
  • 5ft 8ins tall
  • average build
  • bald
  • wearing a white t-shirt, grey jogging bottoms with a blue stripe up the side
  • white man
  • 5ft 8ins tall
  • skinny build
  • curly brown hair to the top of his ears
  • wearing blue, baggy jeans and dark coloured (possibly blue) jumper

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Simon Merritt at Basingstoke police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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