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New accommodation opens in Southampton for families of children in hospital

New building opens on Monday Credit: ITV news

A new accommodation block opens at Southampton General on Monday to house relatives of children in the hospital. The 53 bedroom house cost 7 million pounds to build and will cost half a million a year to run. Famillies who've used the so called Ronald McDonald houses elsewhere say they're invaluable.

"Home from home" for relatives Credit: ITV news
One of the 53 bedrooms Credit: ITV news

Many families travel long distances to get medical help for their children at Southampton General. The new accommodation aims to take away some of the stresses for relatives. All rooms have a direct line to the children's ward in case of emergency.

Hospital fast food restaurant set to close

Southampton General Hoapital's Burger King branch will close in 2016 Credit: ITV Meridian

A fast food restaurant which has been inside a Hampshire hospital for almost 20 years is set to close.

Burger King's branch within Southampton General Hospital had prompted criticism from health organisations.

Health chiefs confirmed they would not be renewing the fast food outlet's lease when it ran it out in 2016, looking for something more "reflective" of the "healthcare environment."

Patients and relatives have been able to order food at the Burger King branch inside the hospital, at the very same time health experts have called for sick people to eat nutritious, balanced meals.

"The trust is currently in the process of redeveloping its main entrance retail area to ensure it is more reflective of the healthcare environment in which it is situated. The Burger King franchise currently occupies a retail space that is leased until 2016, but there are no plans to extend the contract beyond that point."

– Spokesman for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

"I think fast food outlets like Burger King have their place, but being in a hospital, to my mind, is not an appropriate place. This is welcome news and I hope other hospitals take the time to review the outlets that they have."

– The chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Adult and Childhood Obesity

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Air ambulance lands for thousandth time at Southampton General

Today the 1000th flight of the air ambulance landed at Southampton General Hospital.

It took place during a hospital open day where people were given a behind the scenes look at the workings of a major trauma centre.

The event, which is now in its sixth year, will see more than 100 events, activities and information stands.

People will be able to walk through a pair of giant inflatable lungs, watch a virtual autopsy and tour the operating theatres, as well as meet leading Cancer Research UK (CRUK) scientists, try on a pair of simulation specs to understand different eye conditions and meet the Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs.

Hospital: 'Our priority has always been Ashya's welfare and we are delighted that he has been found'

The NHS trust in charge of the Southampton hospital where 5-year-old Ashya King was a patient, have released a statement after the boy was found with his family in Spain.

"Our priority has always been Ashya's welfare and we are delighted that he has been found. We are now working closely with colleagues in Malaga to ensure he receives the essential medical support he needs.

"We are aware of the comments made online by his father. Throughout Ashya's admission we have had conversations about the treatment options available to him and we had offered the family access to a second opinion, as well as assistance with organising treatment abroad.

"We understand how distressing this situation is for everyone involved, particularly Ashya's family. We will continue to do what we can to support them and assist the police in providing any information they require."

– Spokesperson, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

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Three year old who died after being found in a swimming pool has been named

A three-year-old boy who died on his birthday after being found unconscious in a swimming pool in Upavon has been named as Jack Rowe. His parents launched a massive search after he was believed to have wandered off towards a nearby river.

Police and villagers joined in the hunt but, just 20 minutes later, little Jack was found floating in the water of the pool in the garden of a family home. He was unresponsive and given medical treatment at the scene before being flown to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance.

He passed away just hours later from his injuries.

"We were sitting outside when a young lady came to the fence asking us to keep a look out for Jack as he had been missing for about half an hour.

"With the river being down there (next to the house), we ran down. After that we went around the house, looking through the fields.

"We were all looking when the police came at about 7.20pm. Then we heard a scream and he had been found in the pool.

"How long he had been in there for I don't know. It was unbelievable.

The air ambulance landed in the field opposite their house. The police had been trying to revive him for about half an hour."

– Jack and Maggie Leach, Neighbours

Boy who died after being found unconscious in swimming pool had been celebrating 3rd birthday

A boy who died after being found unconscious in a swimming pool had been celebrating his 3rd birthday.

The boy was reported missing yesterday evening after celebrations for his 3rd birthday in Upavon in Wiltshire.

He was found shortly afterwards in a nearby swimming pool and airlifted to hospital. Police are yet to formally identify the boy.

Three-year-old boy dies after found in pool

A 3-year-old boy who was airlifted to hospital after being found in a swimming pool has died.

But sadly, the child was found shortly after 7.20pm in a nearby swimming pool. He received emergency medical treatment at the scene but was unresponsive.

He was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where he tragically passed away in the early hours of this morning.The young boy has not yet been formally identified.

Boy, 3, dies after being found in swimming pool

A three year old boy who was found unconscious in a swimming pool in Wiltshire has died.

Wiltshire Police were called to Upavon shortly after 7pm yesterday to reports of a missing child.

Sadly, the child was found shortly after 7.20pm in a nearby swimming pool.

He received emergency medical treatment at the scene but was unresponsive.

He was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital - but they were unable to resuscitate him.

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