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Vision saving mobile unit unveiled by Health Secretary

Jeremy Hunt has opened a new mobile service that will bring vision saving treatments to NHS patients Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has opened a new service that will bring vision saving treatment to NHS patients in three counties.

The mobile service will assess, diagnose and treat patients with age related macular degeneration (AMD) the most common cause of sight loss in the over 50's in the UK.

It is thought to be the only mobile unit in the country offering one stop diagnosis and treatment for AMD.

Up to 50 patients a day will be assessed and treated in a single visit by the team who work at the main hospital site.

The unit will be stationed in different locations in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.

Countess opens new neonatal unit at hospital in Surrey

HRH The Countess of Wessex has been back to Frimley Park Hospital for the first time since she had her second child there, to officially open a new neonatal care unit.

The Countess gave birth to her son James, Viscount Severn at the Surrey hospital in 2007, and her daughter Lady Louise in 2003.

The Countess with two-week-old Nathan Hanson and his mother Louise from Camberley Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

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The new neonatal unit was finished in December. It is estimated that around 550 babies will spend sometime on the unit each year.

The Countess of Wessex was last at the hospital in 2007 Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

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New centre provides services for cardiovascular disease

Frimley Park Hosptial has announced the launch of Surrey Heart, Stroke and Vascular Centre, providing services for patients in three counties.

The new centre brings together a number of excellent hospital services related to cardiovascular disease into one department.

Conditions such as coronary heart disease, vascular disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease are treated at the centre, with the aim to co-ordinate better care for all of them as well as reduce the number of patients visiting.

The hospital already provides a 24/7 heart attack service for Surrey and parts of Hampshire and Berkshire.

It also provides round the clock services for emergency stroke and vascular surgery for large parts of the three counties too.

Some of the new Surrey Heart, Stroke and Vascular Centre team Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

Surrey hospital tops ratings guide

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been named the best in the south of England, according to the Dr Foster Hospital Guide.

The hospital, which serves more than 400,000 in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey, was runner-up in the best hospital category in the previous year.

This is fantastic news and it demonstrates once again our staff’s commitment to being the best for our patients. Today’s news, coming after previous years’ successes, shows we have been performing consistently well over a long period.

I believe that a lot of our success has come from our commitment to enabling more of our senior doctors to provide services for longer, including in the evening and at weekends. But we know we can do even better and we must remain self critical if we are to stay among the very best."

– Andrew Morris, chief executive, Frimley Park Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Foster bases most of its findings in its annual hospital guide on mortality data, which it considers to be a reflection of safety and quality of service.

Life-saving flight after heart attack

Mr Constable with members of the Frimley Park cardiology team Credit: NHS

An airport worker suffered a near fatal heart attack at Gatwick Airport but was kept alive by the quick thinking actions of his boss and staff at Frimley Park Hospital.

During Geoffrey Constable's heart attack, his boss performed CPR on him for several minutes before an ambulance crew arrived.

The ambulance put him on a ventilator and he was flown by helicopter to Frimley Park Hospital where a heart attack team reopened his blocked coronary arteries.

The life-saving procedure took place 15 minutes after he landed on top of the hospital.

The air ambulance covered a 50 mile journey that would have taken more than an hour by road, but only took a few minutes by air.

Dr Achan, from Frimley Park, said:

"With the helipad directly above the emergency department we are able to receive patients from even further away by air and deliver life-saving treatments rapidly. Mr Constable's case was a good example of this."

Two men attacked at petrol station

Two men are being treated in a specialist hospital after they were assaulted at a petrol station in Aldershot during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police were called at 1am to the Jet petrol station in Aldershot High Street where they found a 45-year-old man with cuts to his face from someone carrying a knife.

A second victim, a 32-year-old man had suffered injuries to his mouth and teeth.

Both men were taken to Frimley Park Hospital but later transferred to a hospital in London.

We are pursuing several leads including details of three men aged in their late teens. “These three suspects, all described as white males in their late teens, early twenties were seen after the assault heading along Waterloo Road towards Newport Road.

– Detective Sergeant Alan Hastings of Aldershot CID

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