‘Work to be done’ as East Midlands Ambulance Service comes under fire for response times
EAST Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is among three services “failing” to get to some of the most critical patients on time. Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed EMAS, which covers the whole of Northern Lincolnshire, Greater Lincolnshire as well as other neighbouring counties, reached just 71.3 per cent of “red one” category calls within eight minutes in 2013-14 – below the national average of 75.6 per cent. These calls are classed as such because they are the most time critical – they include cardiac arrest patients who are not breathing and do not have a pulse, and ... More
Worried about missing your hospital appointment? Next time you’ll get a text!
From next month patients at Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals will be able to take advantage of a new text message reminder service. Available from Monday September 1, 2014, for all outpatient appointments, the service is being set up to tackle a high number of non-attendances at the Trust. When patients don’t turn up for their appointment it gets classed as a ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA). Every year around 10 per cent of patients fail to turn up for their appointment, costing time and money, taking valuable resources away from the NHS. Karen Wilson, interim general manager/head of nursing for medicine, said: “We ... More
Get your wheels to work in N E Lincs
Humber & Wolds Rural Community Council, working with the council’s regeneration partnership, was awarded funding to deliver the Wheels to Work project, as part of the authority’s winning bid of £4.2-million from the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Suitable applicants are loaned a 49cc scooter for up to 26 weeks for a monthly charge of £75. Those who apply may have to successfully complete a compulsory basic training course beforehand. However, insurance, tax and servicing are all provided by the scheme. And for those who do not have their own safety equipment, this can also be provided at a discounted rate. Robin Bradshaw, ... More
Free school meals will help boost learning
Free school meals will help boost learning in schools, according to a review of pilot schemes. Trials for the school meals scheme, which comes into effect in September, show that infants from poorer backgrounds perform better in the classroom. The report finds that pupils were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat vegetables at lunchtime instead of less healthy food like crisps. Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “The evidence is clear – free school meals will not only save families hundreds of pounds a year but will also have a dramatic impact on how ... More
Free micro-chipping for dogs in N E Lincs
The next event is being held at Weelsby Woods, Grimsby, on Tuesday, August 5, between 11am and 3pm. Micro-chipping is a permanent method of identifying dogs and since the monthly programme started in September 2013, over 400 dogs have been chipped for free. At the last event in Grant Thorold Park, Grimsby in July, 80 dogs were chipped. Breeds have included Rottweilers and Poodles as well as more unusual breeds such as Shar Pei, Bichon Frise and Spanish Water Dogs. Clarissa Baldwin OBE, Dogs Trust chief executive officer, said: “Micro-chipping is a huge part of being a responsible dog owner. We’re grateful to have ... More
FBU announce more dates for Industrial Action
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Dene Sanders, said: “The Service continues to be tested by this national dispute but we will not be drawn into it locally. We are continually assessing and reviewing our contingency plans so that the best possible service can be delivered to the community at times of strike action. We will continue to operate an adequate service during strike action and to achieve this we need to draw on some of our current staff as well as reservists to provide that service. Their efforts are very much appreciated. “The service will be reduced from what ... More
N E Lincs Tanning shops praised for stepping-up safety
Sunbed tanning salons in the borough have been praised by North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team for their commitment to meeting safety regulations for their industry. Since 2011, the Trading Standards team has been monitoring tanning salons in the borough to give advice and check that they comply with European safety limits. Sunbeds in tanning parlours, beauty salons, hairdressers and amusement arcades were tested by officers using solar meters to measure the strength of the rays coming from the lighting tubes. These inspections check the rays are under the European safe limit of 0.3 watts – that’s equivalent to the midday sun ... More
Israel’s bombing of Gaza – Sir Bob Russell calls on Cameron to recall Parliament
Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to recall MPs for an emergency session of the House of Commons as the number of civilian deaths in Gaza continues to grow. Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester Sir Bob Russell – a member of the Defence Select Committee – has written to the Prime Minister to make the request. Sir Bob Russell says that Israel’s political and military leaders should be charged with war crimes. The Prime Minister was challenged by Sir Bob Russell on the question of war crimes on Monday last week after Mr Cameron gave a statement to the House of Commons. Below ... More
Speeding motorists targeted by Humberside Police in August campaign
The month of August will see officers from Humberside Roads Policing teams, target those individuals who speed on the roads across the region. Speeding is something which affects everyone who uses the road. You could be a pedestrian waiting to cross the road, a cyclist, or the driver of a bus, car or lorry – the speed in which people travel will have an affect on you all. Sometimes, this can be for the wrong reasons, and can have devastating consequences. Statistics show that across Europe and North America speed is the biggest killer of young people. In Humberside, between 2009 and ... More
Free school meals will help boost learning
Free school meals will help boost learning in schools, according to a report published today. Trials for the school meals scheme, which comes into effect in September, show that infants from poorer backgrounds perform better in the classroom. The report finds that pupils were academically months ahead of their peers elsewhere and more likely to eat vegetables at lunchtime instead of less healthy food like crisps. Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “The evidence is clear – free school meals will not only save families hundreds of pounds a year but will also have a dramatic impact on how a ... More
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