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New treatment uses lasers to treat cataracts

A hospital in the South has become one of the first NHS centres to use lasers as its first line treatment for cataracts. It is hoped that new laser technology at the Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey - will bring down waiting times. Penny Silvester reports.

Hospital first to offer new laser operation for cataracts

Eye surgeon at Frimley Park Hospital

Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey is believed to be the first NHS hospital in the country to use a new laser treatment for routine cataract operations.

The laser technology uses tiny bursts of energy to clear a patient's cloudy eye lens so that there is no for knives, needles or a general anaesthetic.

"We are really excited about being able to use this technology to offer our patients great outcomes, especially for such a common procedure,"

"We really believe this is the future of cataract surgery and I'm delighted that we are able to offer it to the great majority of our NHS patients at Frimley,"

– Thomas Poole, Eye surgeon


Police investigate sexual assault reports at hospital

Allegations of sexual assault at Frimley Park Hospital are under investigation

A man has been arrested in connection with a series of sexual assaults at a hospital in Surrey, after an eight month police investigation.

Frimley Park Hospital near Camberley was the first in the country to be rated as 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission It serves more than 900,000 people across Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.

Today, both the police and Frimley Park Hospital declined to comment on whether the man arrested was a member of staff. Cary Johnston reports.

Man bailed after arrest over sexual assaults at hospital

Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey at centre of sexual assault allegations

A man who was arrested by police on Monday in connection with an investigation into reports of sexual assaults at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

While Surrey Police revealed that the man had been interviewed and bailed until 21 September 2015, neither the police force nor the hospital would comment on whether the arrested man was an employee at the hospital.

“We are not in a position to comment further on the statement from Surrey Police at this stage of the investigation, except to say that the hospital took steps as soon as an allegation was made to ensure that no patients could subsequently be at risk.”

– Spokesman for Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Man arrested after reports of sexual assaults at hospital

A man has been arrested in connection with a number of sexual offences at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.

Surrey Police have been investigating the case with the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust after reports of a sexual assault having taken place in November last year.

Since then officers have received further allegations of other offences which are now part of an ongoing investigation.

"We have specially trained officers who deal with reports of sexual assaults and I would urge anybody who feels they have ever been a victim of such an incident to report it immediately in the confidence that we will take it seriously and investigate it fully.

"Alternatively you can report any crime in complete anonymity to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.”

– Detective Sergeant Gary Hutchings from the Safeguarding Investigating Unit


Nepalese staff at Surrey hospital raise funds for earthquake victims

Military nurse Cpl Mann Limbu (2nd right) with NHS colleagues during the fundraising static cycle ride Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

Nepalese staff at Frimley Park have rallied their colleagues in support of the Nepal earthquake appeal. The hospital employs hundreds of Nepalese staff, some of whom are from places devastated by the strongest earthquake in their country for over 80 years and have lost loved ones. All are affected in some way by the tragedy.

Sister Pratichya Shahi Rana from the orthopaedics ward said: "Naturally as a community we were very worried and anxious by news of the number of casualties that was rising every day and we just wanted to do something to help. So we got ourselves organised and worked with the hospital charity to raise as much as we could for the Disasters Emergency Committee earthquake appeal."

A month long fundraising effort included a cake sale, Nepalese food fair and static cycle ride at the front of the hospital.

Sister Shahi Rana added: "The support we had from our NHS and military colleagues of all nationalities across the hospital has been incredible. Our first cake sale raised over £2,100 and at our food fair, where we had catered for 250, we ran out after just one hour. Everyone has been so generous, both with their time and their donations. So far we have raised over £8,500."

First arrival at Frimley Park's new birth centre

Celebrating a new arrival Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

A new midwife-led birth unit at Frimley Park Hospital has welcomed its first arrival this week – a baby boy called Ethan. Weighing in at five pounds and three ounces, Ethan Thomas Aldridge was the first baby born in the new Mulberry Birth Centre – part of the newly refurbished labour ward at the Surrey hospital. He is the first baby for mum and dad Sarah and Daniel Aldridge

The couple moved to the area recently and chose Frimley Park to have their first baby because it had been recommended by friends. The maternity services were also praised as part of the recent Care Quality Commission report which awarded the hospital with the first ‘Outstanding’ rating in the country.

The new unit Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

The Mulberry Birth Centre offers a choice for women with low-risk pregnancies. The new suite has four fully fitted rooms, each with an en suite bathroom. There is also a birthing pool and a second pool room in another part of the ward can be used if the unit is busy. The rooms are designed to encourage active birthing, with slings and exercise balls to assist labour. The completion of the Mulberry Birth Centre marks the end of a 19 month project to upgrade the entire labour ward.

The Mulberry Birth Centre is located in what used to be the Special Care Baby Unit. A new neonatal unit, kitted out with equipment raised by the community through a fundraising appeal, was formally opened by HRH the Countess of Wessex across the corridor.

Gynaecologist suspended after hospital review.

Women patients claim surgical 'mistakes' made at a leading hospital have left them in pain - and have ruined their lives. A gynaecologist who operated on patients at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey has been suspended since an investigation . She was stopped from carrying out operations in 2011. The hospital serves more than four hundred thousand people across north-east Hampshire, west Surrey and Berkshire - offering outpatient services from places like Fleet, Aldershot and Farnham. Juliette Fletcher has this report.

"New era of patient care" promised in Surrey and Berkshire

New role for Frimley Park Hospital Credit: ITV news

Two troubled hospitals in Berkshire will be officially taken over today by Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey.

The hospital which was last week rated as outstanding will provide services for patients at Wexham Park in Slough and Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot.

Today marks the launch of England's newest NHS foundation trust running hospital services for nearly a million people across four counties. Frimley Health promises to be "a new era for patient care"

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust will provide a wide range of services to patients in Hampshire, Surrey, east Berkshire and south Buckinghamshire. Final approval for the new organisation was confirmed by Monitor, the foundation trust regulator, last week which brings together Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot and Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley.

Chief Executive Andrew Morris said: "Today marks a new beginning. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a major difference to the way we deliver healthcare to our communities in the future. We have put in place new management structure and along with strong clinical leadership, we will be focusing on enhancing the quality of care for our patients, ensuring we deliver against targets, working more efficiently and improving things for staff - I believe that happy staff equals great patient care"

Last week, Frimley Park Hospital was the first in England to be awarded an 'outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission.

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