38) 30/7/19 – 21/8/19

August 21st

This is how much patients and visitors paid to park at Leicester’s Hospitals last year

It’s been called a ‘tax on the sick’ – but the trust says scrapping charges would hit patient care and frontline services




Warning over measled as case of infectious disease confirmed in Loughborough




p.21 “Staff raising funds for end of life room” – LRI staff, to make patients and relatives comfortable

 p. 22 “120 pledge to help cut suicides” – drive by various agencies, incl. NHS



p. 21 “Heart op UK first for city surgeon”, subtitled “3D image is created by innovative software”

 p. 22 “Inspection  finds staff smoking in ward areas and longer wait lists at mental health services” – unannounced inspection of some LPNT mental health  https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/health/inspectors-found-evidence-staff-smoking-3205455



p. 18 “Specialist help for mums”, subtitled “New clinic supports during pregnancy after previous loss” – at the LRI, at Rainbows, Loughborough and to come at the General



p. 19 “‘Impossible choice’ for family over care home” and “’Plenty of time’ to sort alternative”, the latter said by Leicester City Council – Lodge Care Home, London Road/Avery Healthcare: round-the-clock nursing provision will be removed



Leicester GP working 11 and a half hour days explains why patients struggle to see a doctor


Inspectors temporarily shut pregnancy clinic after receiving ‘concerning information’ (PRIVATE CLINIC!)




p. 8 “Maternity services ‘are safe’ despite midwife shortage”, subtitled “City hospitals need 20 more to meet national standards”


p. 9 “Mother-to-be’s fury over ‘filthy ward with blood-stained floor” – questions over shortage of cleaning staff as well as midwives




p. 5 “£9m funding awarded to health researchers” – by Department of Health and Social Care ???/where?


Pages 1 (headline and picture only) and 3 “I fell victim to ‘never event’ at a city hospital” and “’We are sorry, but we have circumcised you’” – LRI


p. 22 “’NHS should help fund cancer travel charges’” – Jon Ashworth, asking for a Young Cancer Patient Travel Fund for families, as visiting costs tend to be much higher than those for older cancer patients



p. 6 “Family seek your support so Macy can one day walk” – lack of suitable NHS walking frame for child

 p. 27 “Overworked GPs missing symptoms of heart failure” – a must-read


31st July

p. 7 “Hospital ward shut for repairs” – Melton



p. 26 Health & Lifestyle lists four mental health support groups and suggests that people on NHS waiting lists for their problems may find them helpful.