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.
AFTER Warwick Hospital’s accident and emergency target was achieved for the first time in December since 2009, a report shows it is likely the target will be missed in January.
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, will be told at its meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) that the A&E target will be missed in January.
This is due to a combination of the usual slow down of discharges over the Christmas period, care of the elderly ward cover in the first week of January and a suspected norovirus outbreak that at its peak closed five medical wards to admission and transfer, including the medical assessment unit.”
A letter sent in December from the sector regulator for health services in England, Monitor, to the trust’s chair, Graham Murrell, stated that the investigation into the A&E four-hour waiting time target breaches was closed.
The letter from Alex Coull, senior regional manager of Monitor said: “Following a meeting of Monitor’s Provider Regulation Directorate (PRD) on 9th December, I am writing to inform you that PRD determined that the formal investigation into A&E four-hour waiting time target breaches and Referral Time to Treatment (RTT) admitted target performance at your trust will be closed without the need for any enforcement action.”
The formal investigation was opened by Monitor in June to determine if the trust was in breach of its licence and whether any regulatory action should be undertaken.
The investigation was launched due to governance concerns arising as a result of the trust’s breach of the A&E four-hour waiting time target five times within a 24-month period and the trust’s inability to provide assurance that it would be able to comply with the RTT admitted target in quarter one of 2013-14.
Mr Coull noted that the trust had undertaken a number of actions to address the issues.
He wrote: “As a result of PRD’s decision, the trust’s governance risk rating published on Monitor’s website has been updated to green.”
At tomorrow’s board meeting, trust chief executive Glen Burley will report on the national review of urgent and emergency care.
A ‘blueprint’ report was published before Christ-mas, which signals the first stage of a review led by Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England. He has a three to five year plan explaining that he feels changes are necessary and are the “only way to create a sustainable solution and ensure future generations can have a peace of mind that, when the unexpected happens, the NHS will still provide a rapid, high quality and responsive service free at the point of need.”
Mr Burley said the plans support the trust’s strategy to keep patients who do not need emergency treatment out of hospital.
He wrote in his report: “Under the plans accident and emergency departments will be divided into two distinct types.
“This will take the form of 70 ‘major emergency centres’ which will treat patients who have the most serious conditions; and 100 other centres that will manage patients thought to have less serious injuries. In addition more patients will be treated over the phone, at pharmacies or by paramedics.”
The trust has also been involved in some national development work looking at creating better emergency care across hospital and community settings.
Mr Burley added: “We are very supportive of the model which Sir Bruce proposes.”