Winchester care home criticised by inspectors

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Owners of a Winchester nursing home for pensioners with dementia have been ordered to make urgent improvements to standards of care. The Care Quality Commission issued two formal warning notices to Bereweeke Court Nursing Home after unannounced inspections in February, April, May, June and October. Concerns about the Bupa-run home, which is registered to care for up Read more…


Launceston Community Hospital beds fully reopen

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Ten beds which have been closed for almost a year at a community hospital in north Cornwall have reopened. Staff shortages closed half of the 20 in-patient beds at Cornwall’s Launceston Hospital in November 2012. But following successful recruitment it was announced in October that the 10 closed beds would fully reopen. Launceston Hospital, which Read more…


£30K fountain makeover results in a ‘dribble’

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A council  spent £30,000 renovating a fountain which will be restricted to a “dribble” amid health and safety fears. The Whyte-Melville Fountain, based in the heart of St Andrews, Fife, has been without running water for more than 80 years. But following the expensive makeover it has emerged there will be more of a trickle Read more…


Further tests at newly built Oncology unit

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Cancer patients have still not been moved to a new unit three weeks after it was officially opened. The discovery of a bug in the unit’s water supply meant transfers were postponed until the area was made safe. More tests were due to be carried out today at Furness General Hospital. The results, plus a Read more…


HSE find high levels of legionella in care home

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Elderly residents have been forced to move out of a Bromsgrove nursing home after it was deemed no longer safe for them to live in. The 28 residents left The Halls Nursing Home, Old Station Road, this week after it was served with a non-compliance notice by Worcestershire County Council. The home’s capability to provide Read more…


Deadly bug risk in Derry sport venues

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The discovery of a potentially deadly bacteria forced the closure of two Derry CIty Council facilities last week. The local authority has confirmed that the levels of Legionella bacteria found in the City Baths at William Street and Brandywell Sports Centre posed an “elevated risk” to public health. A source said council staff were told Read more…