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Cancer patients highly rate Southampton hospitals

Southampton's university hospitals have been named most improved centre in the country by cancer patients.

The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust recorded some of the highest scores in the country.

91% of patients said they were given clear verbal and written explanations of tests, investigations and operations as well as saying their overall cancer care was 'excellent' or 'very good'.

Three quarters of patients had confidence in the doctors and nurses treating them.

69% also said their families were given the opportunity to talk to hospital doctors.

The national cancer patient experience survey, published by NHS England, questioned 116,000 patients across 155 NHS Trusts about their care, treatment and communication from doctors and nurses.

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Bournemouth Hospital's new building plans

The proposed design for the Jigsaw building Credit: Stride Treglown

Architects and medical staff gave a virtual tour of the new Jigsaw Building to share their plans for improved facilities at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The proposed 2000m squared Jigsaw Building will be based at Royal Bournemouth Hospital between the Eye Unit and the Derwent Suite for Orthopaedics.

Split over two floors, the building will be a centre of excellence for oncology, haematology, gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy.

Subject to planning approval, initial work could start in October with a potential completion date of late 2014.

Rachel Hall, RBH Haematology Consultant, said: "Our patients have had a lot of discussion on ideas for the new chemotherapy bay and with their feedback, it will be a much more comfortable, private, spacious place to be."

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Paramedics on the front line

Video: More than a million ambulances are called out to emergencies in the South EVERY year. Our paramedics are on the front line - dealing with sick and injured patients and, at times, putting themselves at risk.

In the second of our reports - as part of the 65th anniversary of the NHS - Tom Savvides spent a night with an ambulance crew to see how challenging the job can be. His report contains flashing images

NHS staff saving lives for 65 years

Click video. It was set-up in 1948 - its mission to provide free healthcare for everyone, rich or poor. And now the National Health Service is celebrating its 65th anniversary.

We've been given access to frontline NHS staff to see the life-saving work they do. In the first of a series of reports, Tom Savvides spent a day in a busy Accident and Emergency Department.

Salisbury hospital win ArtCare award

Rebecca Seymour from Salisbury Hospital with a patient on the project Credit: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Salisbury District Hospital has won an award for its creative work with older hospital patients.

The hospital was commended at the Arts and Health South West Awards for its 'Young at Heart' project for providing stimulating activities for elderly patients.

Peter Ursem, Head of Artcare said: "These awards were created to celebrate inspirational arts and creative projects that improve the health and wellbeing of people within their wider community.

"Young at Heart enables patients to take part in story telling, singing and craft, which can keep their minds active,lift their mood and provide an enjoyable distraction from hospital life."

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