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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.

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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Report reveals Royal Surrey's 'capacity and staffing' issues

The Care Quality Commission report released today on the care of hospitals across the UK has revealed that the Royal Surrey was working to full capacity.

These capacity issues included the staffing levels for support staff as well as staffing on wards particularly the elderly.

Patients were generally positive in their comments about the care they received at the hospital and were keen to be involved in the improvement at the hospital.

They were at full capacity and staffing in some areas left little allowance for contingency planning.

The report found the staff to be caring but not all patients had their expectations met and cancer patients identified a number of improvements to be made.


Care watchdog labels Bournemouth hospital as 'dangerous'

A nationwide report into the quality of care in hospitals across our region has found that the Royal Bournemouth Hospital does not meet the required levels.

The damning report on the hospital said: "The seriousness of the impact of poor care on patients outweighed the many positive comments."

The report into the hospital found some aspects of care were not met Credit: PA

The Care Quality Commission, which is England's independent regulator of health and social care, also found that the hospital was heavily understaffed despite an increasing numbers of patients.

The report found that staff did not always receive mandatory training and were not trained specifically to the areas they might work in.

It also revealed that staff did not feel safe in the hospital and security arrangements made them feel vulnerable.

Following this report, the CQC will develop a plan of action to address the mentioned issues and the inspectors will go back to the hospital, ensuring the suitable measures are taken out.

Head and Neck above the competition

Photographers have been given the chance to see their work on display at Worthing Hospital, by entering a new competition.

The photos will be used to adorn the new Head and Neck facility which has been created by merging the old Ear, Nose and Throat departments.

There are two categories in the competition: entrants can submit images either in the 'West Sussex' section or 'Head and Neck' to reflect clinical work.

The best entries will be hung in the new department and there will be prizes for the top three of each category.

The NHS Trust is inviting people from across West Sussex to submit photos that are appropriate for display in public areas that are interesting, amusing or beautiful.

Photos can be submitted to accompanied by a short description and location.

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