LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 11/5/2018

Written by on 11 May, 2018

CHANGES AT HOSPITAL AIMED AT IMPROVING EMERGENCY CARE

A move is being made to prevent a repeat of the beds crisis at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital next winter.

Some key services, starting with dialysis, are to be removed from the main hospital site to free up more spaces for emergency care.

The dialysis service for those with kidney problems will be moved into the community in Norwich with the hospital admitting that it had now run out of capacity, despite recent improvements in dealing with admissions.

Meanwhile, new figures show that the N & N was the worst hospital for cancelling elective operations in the East of England during the first three months of the year.

It also had the fifth highest number of cancellations in England over the same period.

Bad weather is said to have been one reason for the missed operations, but the hospital still carried out over 9,500 operations over the three months.

FUNDING BOOST TO HELP JOBSEEKERS

Grant funding from Europe has given a big boost to a jobs club in Harleston.

The £28,000 grant means that the jobs club, run by Harleston Information Plus, can continue to support job-seekers in the town for the next two years.

It’s now also planned to expand the service, which offers advice and general help for people seeking work, to nearby villages.

NORFOLK AND NORWICH FESTIVAL GETS UNDERWAY

This year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival gets underway this evening in Norwich.

Organisers are promising a spectacular end to the launch proceedings in Cathedral Close.

There’ll be a parade through the streets, featuring carnival drummers and giant singing dolls with a special night-time show by a French group of acrobats and musicians to round off the official start of two weeks of music, theatre and art.

MINI FESTIVAL AT SNETTERTON

And enthusiasts of the Mini motor car will be descending on Snetterton racetrack over the weekend.

The Mini Festival takes place over the two days to celebrate the British motoring icon with many old and new models expected to turn up.

LOCAL SPORT

Football..and it’s reported that Ipswich Town have been given permission by Scottish club St Mirren to speak to their manager Jack Ross.

Ross was named as the Scottish P.F.A’s Manager of the Yearafter guiding his side to the Scottish Championship title this season.

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