Major disruption on CrossCountry at Darlington due to signalling problem. Trains cannot run between York and Newcastle via Darlington. Some trains are being diverted via Sunderland with journeys times extended by up to 90 minutes. A very limited road replacement transport service is available between York and Newcastle.
North Yorkshire County Council’s health watchdog has expressed grave concerns at NHS plans to close a 14-bed ward at the Lambert Memorial Hospital in Thirsk.
The authority’s Scrutiny of Health Committee, which met today, has called on the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Thirsk hospital, to give a target date for the ward to be re-opened as a matter of urgency.
The Lambert hospital ward provides general re-habilitation, diagnostics and assessment of patients’ present and future care needs as well as pain control and palliative care. It is currently open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and health committee members regard the ward closure as a particularly troubling development.
“We are extremely concerned by this development”, said County Councillor Jim Clark, the committee’s chair:
“Especially with winter approaching and the additional pressures this brings on the health service. We are especially unhappy that the South Tees Trust is not reviewing their decision until next January 2016 and that much-needed beds will be closed all that time.”
Professor Tricia Hart, Chief Executive of the South Tees Hospitals Trust, attended today’s Scrutiny of Health committee meeting to explain that a combination of long-term staff sickness, absence and vacancies had put considerable pressure on the ward and risked compromising patient safety. Temporary closure of the ward had therefore become necessary
But health scrutiny members are unhappy that they were made aware of these latest developments only a week ago. Cllr Clark continued:
“This situation must have been anticipated and yet the Trust has only let us know very late in the day.”
North Yorkshire’s Scrutiny of Health Committee will be meeting again in November and has called on the Trust to come back with a joint report, showing how the NHS and social care, will work together to mitigate the impact of the ward closure with the approach of the winter period.
Predominantly dry over the coming few days with variable cloud & some sunshine. Cool start but daytime temperatures should recover a littleRead the full story ›
On September 9, Her Majesty the Queen will have reigned for 63 years and 217 days making her the longest-serving monarch in British History.
To mark this occasion, we'd like to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II by sharing your memories of her.
If you have footage you filmed of the Queen during one of her many visits to our region over the last six decades, then we'd like you to get in touch.
Perhaps you have photos or video of the day the Queen came to your school, town or workplace?
Generally rather cloudy with a few light showers, although some bright or sunny intervals are also likely before rain returns towards evening.
Winds easing but feeling cool.
Maximum Temperature 14°C.
A look ahead at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.Read the full story ›
A generally cloudy and cool day with some outbreaks of showery rain spreading across the region from the northeast.
Some heavier bursts of rain possible through the afternoon and evening, especially near the coast, where it will also become windy.
Maximum Temperature 13°C.
A man has died after being hit by a train in County Durham.
British Transport Police and emergency services were called to Croxdale Viaduct, Sunderland Bridge at around 5.45am this morning, September 3rd, following a report of a person struck by a train.
Officers from BTP and Durham Constabulary attended the incident, alongside colleagues from North East Ambulance Service. A man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident is currently not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
Police are currently working to identify the man and inform his family.