Still not good enough: Hospital slammed with second failing rating

Still not good enough: Hospital slammed with second failing rating The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King's Lynn "fell short of what people should be able to expect" in an "extremely concerning" inspection report released today. The chief inspector of hospitals for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Professor Ted Baker, panned the west Norfolk trust as he found "little evidence of improvement" when inspectors visited in March and April. Previously the QEH was rated as inadequate and put i

Daughter's angst as police investigate whether mother's body was wrongly donated to medical science

Daughter's angst as police investigate whether mother's body was wrongly donated to medical science Police are investigating an allegation that a much-loved mother's body was handed over to medical science without her consent. Gwenda Higgins died in February this year after living with dementia and suffering a stroke. Her daughter Nicola Wing said she felt her mother's body had been treated like a "piece of meat" and the consent form she apparently signed was dated two days before her death -

Waiting time figures not accurate, says latest mental health report

Staff on the frontline of community mental health services are reporting much longer waiting lists than those recorded by bosses. That was one of the findings in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report, published earlier this month, into Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust's (NSFT) community services for adults. Inspectors rated the service inadequate and found the waiting time "figures locally differed and generally were higher than the figures held by the trust." In one case, in Ipswich, st

Open Up: 'I still have very dark times - but now I have the tools to cope'

Open Up: 'I still have very dark times - but now I have the tools to cope' In the final day of this newspaper's special coverage on the topic of men's mental health, where we give a voice to those impacted, light is shed on how help can be accessed, even when the situation seems bleak. I chose the subject of male suicide because I have seen first hand the devastating fall out from suicide. There is a lot of shame around suicidal thoughts. They are very common, and having suicidal thoughts does

Open Up: 'I did not know what was happening to me, my life fell apart'

Open Up: 'I did not know what was happening to me, my life fell apart' In the second day of this newspaper's focus on men's mental health, those from Norfolk and Waveney tell of struggles when the world feels like a dark place - but with encouragement the sun will shine again. I have been a reservist for over 13 years and also work in the entertainment industry. I have two beautiful girls, Sophie, aged eight, and Charlotte, aged 18. I suffered with mental health over eight years ago. I did no

Parents' plea: 'Why can't our sick toddler have medicinal cannabis?'

Parents' plea: 'Why can't our sick toddler have medicinal cannabis?' The family of a 19-month-old in a race against time to protect their son from a life-threatening condition have been denied access to medicinal cannabis they think could help him. Charlie Hughes, whose development is stuck at that of a six month old, suffers from between 40 and 50 seizures a day. He was diagnosed with West syndrome, or infantile spasms, at just 10 weeks old. The condition is a severe type of epilepsy and jus

'They gave us a death sentence and we never committed a crime' - Contaminated blood victim determined to find justice in public inquiry

'They gave us a death sentence and we never committed a crime' - Contaminated blood victim determined to find justice in public inquiry A Norfolk victim of the contaminated blood scandal has said she is still angry for all those whose lives it has ruined. Michelle Tolley, from Sparham, was speaking ahead of a public inquiry into infected blood was due to start up again next month. Already witnesses, including 53-year-old Mrs Tolley, have given opening statements, but hearings will begin on Ap

Children and young people with mental ill health 'slipped through the net' as staff were forced to make own waiting lists

Children and young people with mental ill health 'slipped through the net' as staff were forced to make own waiting lists Staff working in children and young people's mental health were forced to make their own waiting lists as official data was so inaccurate and cases "slipped through the net". Those were the findings of a report into services provided by the region's mental health trust when inspectors visited in April. In the Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into Norfolk and Suffolk Fo

Ambulance staff win landmark court victory over holiday pay - but trust plans to appeal

Ambulance staff win landmark court victory over holiday pay - but trust plans to appeal The region's ambulance trust plans to appeal a court decision in which staff won a landmark victory over holiday pay. The Court of Appeal on Monday found in favour of paramedic Neil Flowers and 12 of his colleagues who all work for East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST). The ambulance staff - who work across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire - argued their holiday pay

Man who was left in pool of his own blood for hours to run race to thank NHS for saving him

Man who was left in pool of his own blood for hours to run race to thank NHS for saving him It was just over a year ago that 32-year-old Kyle Wingham was left lying in a pool of his own blood after a drunken night at a stag party in London. Alone in a stairwell, unconscious and bleeding from his head for four hours, Mr Wingham, from Spixworth, had little chance of survival. But now, just 13 months, later the father-of-two, who for a number of weeks was unable to walk, is training to take on R

Tears of joy as nine-year-old twins take first unaided steps, years after they were told they would never walk

Tears of joy as nine-year-old twins take first unaided steps, years after they were told they would never walk The time when your child takes their first steps is magical and unforgettable. But for one Norfolk mum it is particularly precious - as it has taken nine years. Determined twins Thomas and Daniel have walked for the first time, despite mum Vicky being told by specialists that it would never happen. Thomas and Daniel have a unknown neurological condition, discovered when they were 14

Quarter of Norfolk cancer patients waited more than two months for treatment in NHS 'hidden crisis'

Quarter of Norfolk cancer patients waited more than two months for treatment in NHS 'hidden crisis' More than a quarter of cancer patients in Norfolk had to wait more than two months for their first treatment as doctors' leaders declared there was a "hidden crisis" in the NHS. The aim is for 85pc of cancer patients to be treated within 62 days of referral, but between December and February 225 (26.7pc) patients across Norfolk's three hospitals were “left in limbo”, according to the British Med

'It's the same email, with a different family name' - Father's plea as inquiry launched into eating disorder treatment changes

'It's the same email, with a different family name' - Father's plea as inquiry launched into eating disorder treatment changes A father whose anorexic daughter's death was the subject of a national report into the treatment of eating disorders says no improvements have been made to eating disorder services across the country since. University of East Anglia student Averil Hart was just 19 when she collapsed in her student flat on December 7, 2012. She was rushed to hospital with a dangerously

NHS organisations are still failing people with eating disorder, says parliamentary report prompted by UEA student's death

NHS organisations are still failing people with eating disorder, says parliamentary report prompted by UEA student's death NHS organisations need to stop prioritising their own reputations over learning from patient deaths. That was one of the recommendations in a parliamentary report into eating disorder treatment, prompted by the death of a Norwich student. Averil Hart, who suffered with anorexia, died in December 2012 after being failed by every single NHS organisation which treated her.
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