Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
CARE HOMES in South Warwickshire are each being allocated a local doctor to look after their residents.
GPs will be carrying out “ward round” type visits to nursing homes on a weekly basis.
The move has been made by the NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group because the area has a high number of elderly people in nursing homes.
It is hoped each doctor will understand the conditions of their residents better because he/she knows the environment and conditions of their particular nursing home.
However, any elderly residents who want to keep their existing GP can do that also.
Stratford GP, Dr Ian Allwood said there were a number of benefits to having consistent GP cover in nursing homes.
“These dedicated GPs will have more time to build good working relationships with the staff, residents and their relatives and improve continuity of care,” he said.
“Having one doctor focusing on the needs of the majority, if not all, of the residents should increase the time available for patients and make better use of doctors’ time by allowing the doctor to dedicate time to spend in a specific nursing home.”
Residents will be able to build a relationship with their “nursing home GP”, it is hoped, and develop confidence that comes from seeing a regular familiar face.
It is hoped that long-term conditions such as heart disease will be managed better and picked up earlier, leading to fewer unplanned hospital visits.
Dr Allwood added: “Of course, some patients already have good relationships with their GPs and residents will have the opportunity to remain under the care of their current GP.
“The GPs will be carrying out ‘ward round’ type visits on a weekly basis and will have a reassuring presence in the homes.
“GPs will undertake regular reviews of long-term conditions, medications, general health and wellbeing.”