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Parents accept hospital apology after daughter dies

Anabelle Shepherd who died on Christmas Day 2012 Credit: Lee and Leanne Shepherd

Lee and leanne Shepherd have accepted an apology and a £30,000 settlement after Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said their daughter Anabelle's death could have been avoided with appropriate care.

The couple’s acceptance of the settlement was on condition that it came with a written apology and admission that 22 month-old Anabelle would not have died when she did, if she had been given appropriate care at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QAH), Portsmouth.

Anabelle, who had a rare genetic condition, was admitted to QAH in Cosham with lethargy, four months after a bone marrow transplant.

She received treatment but her condition worsened. Anabelle was transferred to intensive care at Southampton General Hospital two days later, where she later died.

Mr and Mrs Shepherd, believe Anabelle was ‘let down at the final hurdle’ due to failings by QAH staff.

They said an incorrect diagnosis of gastroenteritis, delayed blood tests and treatment with oral instead of intravenous antibiotics at the hospital meant their daughter’s condition deteriorated.

The QAH has said it has changed procedures for dealing with similar patients since Annabelle’s death and given reassurances that changes have been made to hospital procedures to minimise the risk of similar failures affecting other families.

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Complex heart and neurosurgery come to Kent

Hospital patients will have access to state-of-the-art cardiac and neurological treatments in Kent for the first time, after a new 95-million pound hospital opened its doors today.

The Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery in Maidstone offers mainly private care, but it will also treat NHS patients. So that some heart, brain and cancer patients will no longer have to travel to London for complex care.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Medical Director Dr Chris Thom and Chief Executive Jayne Cassidy.

Under fire MP Mike Hancock in hospital

Mike Hancock is in hospital following weeks of pressure over his future Credit: ITV Meridian

Under fire Portsmouth MP Mike Hancock is in hospital following calls for him to resign over harassment claims.

Mr Hancock's office said he has been in hospital since the end of last week and will remain so until at least the end of next week.

His offices in London and Portsmouth remain open as usual.

The Portsmouth South MP has been suspended from the Liberal Democrat party.

It follows a leaked report into alleged sexual impropriety with a female constituent.

He denies any wrong-doing but is facing a civil case brought by his accuser.

Hospital to welcome Countess during official opening

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has announced it will welcome the Countess of Wessex to an opening ceremony on 13 February. She'll receive a tour of the unit, meet patients and see some of the therapeutic and educational activities that young people being treated at the unit take part in.

The facility provides specialist inpatient services for young people who are between 11 and 18 years old with acute mental health needs. The £11m unit has 18 bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, as well as a music suite and a dedicated learning zone so young people continue their education.

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Hospital bosses step down after critical reports

A hospital which was put into special measures is looking for new managers after its two top bosses resigned. The Chairman and Chief Executive of the Medway NHS Trust have announced they're both stepping down.

It comes at time when the hospital is trying to turn itself around following a series of highly critical reports. Tom Savvides has the latest. He spoke to Rehman Chishti, MP for Gillngham and Rainham.

Managers at failing hospital step down

Managers step down at failing hospital

The two senior managers of a failing hospital have announced they're stepping down from their posts.

Chairman Denise Harker and Chief Executive Mark Devlin are in charge of The Medway Martime Hospital in Gillingham.

The hospital has been criticised in a number of reports about patient safety and has been put on 'special measures" and told to improve.

Earlier this week it was announced that an extra five million pounds was to be spent improving the A and E Department.

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