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Petition for Men B vaccine to be available on NHS

A Gloucestershire MP is calling for a vaccination against a potentially deadly form of meningitis to be available on the NHS.

Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has told Parliament that the Bexsero vaccine for Menengitis B was licensed last year, but was turned down by an NHS committee because it is not considered cost-effective.

He received a petition from Gloucestershire grandparents, who lost their 19-year-old grand-daughter to the disease.

Mother meets with hospital to discuss disabled parking

The mother of a severely disabled child is calling on a hospital trust to rethink its new parking arrangements after claiming she was turned away during a visit there.

Sandra Tomlinson-Cray says provision at Bristol Children's Hospital for people like her daughter is woefully inadequate. Her campaigning has now won her a meeting with the hospital's chief executive. Richard Payne reports.


Meningitis campaigner is awarded honorary degree

Steve Dayman, meningitis campaigner, receiving honorary doctorate from University of Bristol Credit: Ede and Ravenscroft

A meningitis campaigner who lost his three-year-old son to the disease, has received an honorary degree for his work.

Steve Dayman has spent 30 years campaigning about Meningitis. He accepted his doctorate from the University of Bristol this morning.

Professor Adam Finn, Steve Dayman and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Eric Thomas Credit: Ede and Ravenscroft

Meningitis: What are the symptoms?

As a campaign for a meningitis vaccine to be made available on the NHS gathers momentum, a reminder of the symptoms to look out for:

Early symptoms

  • Severe headache
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Fever
  • Vomiting (being sick)
  • Feeling generally unwell

Later symptoms

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Seizures or fits
  • Being unable to tolerate bright lights
  • A stiff neck
  • A rapid breathing rate
  • A blotchy red rash that does not fade or change colour when you place a glass against it

For more information about meningitis and the campaign to find a cure, contact Meningitis Now

Meningitis campaigner to get honorary degree

Steve Dayman will be awarded an honorary degree at the University of Bristol Credit: ITV News

A man who's campaigned for 30 years about meningitis and raised millions of pounds for research will be awarded an honorary degree at the University of Bristol today.

Steve Dayman lost his baby son Spencer to the illness. This afternoon, former nurse and equal rights campaigner Princess Campbell - who was the first black ward sister in Bristol - will also be honoured.

Inquest opens into health care assistant stabbing

The inquest into the death of a care assistant fatally stabbed at a psychiatric hospital in Gloucester has opened today. 53 year old Sharon Wall was just finishing a night shift when she was stabbed at Wotton Lawn acute mental hospital on Wednesday.

It is thought that she died from a knife wound to the back. A 60 year old man, believed to be a patient at the hospital has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

"The cause of death is a penetrating incised stab wound to the back of the chest involving the aorta.

They are doing microscopic examinations on the weapon involved, which is believed to be a knife."

– David Dooley, Coroner


Patient questioned over health worker stabbing

Patient questioned over health worker stabbing Credit: ITV News West Country

Police are continuing to question a 60 year old mental patient over the suspected stabbing of a healthcare assistant at Wotton Lawn Hospital in Gloucester on Wednesday.

Emergency services were called for Grandmother, Sharon Wall who was then rushed to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where she later died.

It is understood the man was one of eight ex Broadmoor patients undergoing rehabilitation before discharge into the community. He is said to have been unhappy at being told that he was to be transferred to a hospital in Cardiff.

Tributes have been paid by Sharon’s friends and colleagues who have described her as a "caring and lovely" woman.

One neighbour said, “She was a passionate and caring person. What happened shouldn't have happened.”


Hospital stab victim 'well-respected and caring'

The chief executive of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust has paid tribute to Sharon Wall, the 53-year-old healthcare assistant who was stabbed to death at Wotton Lawn Hospital in Gloucester yesterday.

We are all deeply shocked by the tragic incident that occurred on one of our inpatient wards yesterday morning.

The extremely sad event, which resulted in the death of a highly compassionate and dedicated colleague, has had a profound impact on everyone working in our trust.

Sharon Wall was a well-respected healthcare assistant and everyone who knew her speaks about her warmth, caring nature and good sense of humour.

She will be deeply missed by colleagues and the service users she supported.

We are still in the early stages of the investigation and continue to assist Gloucestershire Police in their work.

Above all, our thoughts remain with Sharon's friends and family. On behalf of colleagues across our trust, I extend our most sincere and deepest sympathies.

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