Thanet's Daily News

Thanet's Daily News

East Kent Hospitals pledge improvements in ‘Excellence in Maternity Care’ plan

22/01/2121

East Kent Hospitals Trust has pledged to put more improvements in place to ensure safe, high quality maternity care for women and their families and to learn the lessons from past failures. Concerns were raised about the safety of maternity services at the Trust during an inquest into the death of baby Harry Richford at QEQM Hospital in 2017. A number of families then came forward over the deaths of their babies and, in October 2020, it was confirmed the trust was being prosecuted on two offences of failing to provide safe care and treatment. The trust says recommendations made by the coroner at Harry’s inquest have now been implemented.
Five vehicles seized and 14 people reported for offences in Thanet traffic operation

22/01/2121

Five vehicles were seized by police and 14 people were reported for traffic offences during a one-day operation in Thanet. A total of 77 vehicles were stopped during the day, and 14 people were reported for a range of offences, including speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt and not having insurance or a licence. Two people also received fines for breaching Covid-19 legislation.
Drive-through HPV immunisation service trialed at St George’s Secondary School

22/01/2121

An immunisation service, ensuring students still receive their routine school-age vaccinations during lockdown, has been offered by drive-through clinic. It was tested this week at St George’s Secondary School, where more than 180 students had their HPV vaccinations. Parents and carers drove their children into the school’s grounds and were directed into a waiting pod with an immunisation nurse ready to administer the vaccination while the young person and driver stayed in the vehicle. Around 50 students were seen every hour throughout the morning, with the new initiative being hailed a success.
Ramsgate covid vaccination programme completes all elderly care home residents and staff jabs

22/01/2121

Five Ramsgate GP surgeries have between them completed vaccinating all residents in Ramsgate living in care homes for older adults, along with their carers.The five practices, Dashwood, East Cliff, The Grange, Newington and Summerhill, who between them care for 51000 patients, are working together to deliver the vaccine programme. The GPs have vaccinated around 60% of patients aged 80 years of age and over and plan to complete first vaccinations of the remaining patients by January 30.
A family discovered a surprise ‘end of life’ order on their Mother with Coronavirus

21/01/2121

A ‘do not resuscitate’ order was placed on the Mother’s file against the family’s wishes. She was then treated as ‘end of life’ but sometime after the order was in place she sat up and asked for a cup of tea. Terry Bolton, from Birchington, says his mother Carol was admitted to the QEQM Hospital in Margate with suspected pneumonia where he believes she contracted the virus. After the family raised concerns with the hospital, they asked MP Sir Roger Gale to intervene. The family have lodged a complaint and is now planning to take legal action, but the law does not require a patient or their family to consent to a ‘do not resuscitate’ order. Carol is currently at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital.
Kent coroners are handling a “distressing” number of deaths during the Coronavirus crisis

21/01/2121

Around 300 cases were referred to the service last week, double the weekly number recorded in the first wave of the pandemic. Around 13 hundred deaths were registered in between January 1st and 16th, representing a 50% increase over the same period in 2020. Birth registration services have been put on hold until further notice, apart from “exceptional” cases.
Tributes have been paid to a retired Thanet businessman

21/01/2121

David Hills, who passed away on January 8, was fondly remembered by the community. David was known from his time spent in the family shop S W Hills, a department store which was based in George Street, Ramsgate. The business was established by David’s grandfather in 1912 and finally closed in 2003. David will be remembered for his affable manner, sense of humour and generosity to many local causes.
Local research has begun on a herbal remedy that may ease Covid symptoms

20/01/2121

Researchers at East Kent Hospitals proposed a study to trial the use of Sambucol Black Elderberry liquid in patients who are being treated for coronavirus and it has been adopted by the National Institute for Health Research. Previous research has shown that the compound had antiviral properties against flu and a type of herpes, significantly improving patients’ symptoms
Large local vaccination programmes are now under way

20/01/2121

At St Peters Church Hall, a team representing Mocketts Wood and 3 Margate surgeries managed to administer 1,200 doses of the Pfizer /BioNTech vaccine yesterday (19th) and they expect to inject 2,200 of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Saturday. The Kent Cricket Ground in Canterbury is now also active for mass vaccinations.
HSBC’s Ramsgate branch will close in September

20/01/2121

After September 10, day-to-day cash facilities will be available at the Post Office, but the nearest full branch will be at Westwood Cross. The Bank says that the pandemic has simply reinforced their plans to change the branch network, which will involve different services on offer at different branches. 82 branches will close this year.
The ‘secret Samaritan’ to a homeless man in Broadstairs has now been identified

20/01/2121

Ramsgate carpenter Geoff Hawkins was driving home from work and engaged with the homeless man on his way into a shop. He then gave the man his coat and £10. The incident was caught on camera and went viral. Mr Hawkins has now revealed that he was homeless when young and remembered his despair in that situation.
Ramsgate man has received a ten-year prison sentence for stabbing a woman at a property in Newington.

19/01/2121

56-year-old Clint Greenidge stabbed his victim who was known to him, in September 2018. Greenridge was convicted of wounding with intent at Canterbury Crown Court.
Plans for a café, restaurant and flats at the Western Undercliff have been ditched by the developer following a row with Thanet council over additional financial contributions

19/01/2121

It is claimed that negotiations broke down after the council’s estates department demanded an ‘excessive’ payment to permit an overhang on the new building which would go over a council owned pathway.
More rain is set to batter Kent later this week as flood warnings are in place for the east of the county

19/01/2121

The yellow warning for rain, issued by the Met Office, begins at midnight tonight and will stay in place until 3am on Thursday, a 27-hour period. People are being advised to avoid using low-lying footpaths and roads near rivers, which may be flooded.
A man spotted giving a homeless person the coat off his own back has been met with an outpouring of praise.

19/01/2121

The heart-warming encounter was spotted in the town's high street on Saturday and shared on social media. The good Samaritan has since been named locally as 'Geoff', while the social media post has received hundreds of likes and comments praising his quiet act of generosity.
A man spotted giving a homeless person the coat off his own back has been met with an outpouring of praise.

19/01/2121

The heart-warming encounter was spotted in the town's high street on Saturday and shared on social media. The good Samaritan has since been named locally as 'Geoff', while the social media post has received hundreds of likes and comments praising his quiet act of generosity.
Tributes have been paid to Steve Coombes the comedy screenwriter and campaigner from Ramsgate who has died from cancer at the age of 64

19/01/2121

Steve contributed episodes to a number of well-known TV series such as Vera, Lovejoy and Birds of a Feather. He was known locally for his ardent campaigning for a better future for Ramsgate port, close to where he lived.
Minster GP surgery has administered 1000 Covid vaccines in one day

18/01/2121

These were given on Saturday to patients aged over 80, and staff are understood to have worked from 8am until 8pm to ensure all the vaccination appointments were completed.
A planned cut to Universal Credit will affect some 18,500 claimants in Thanet

18/01/2121

Working Tax Credits will also be affected. Last March the government increased both allowances for one year, with an uplift of £20 on top of the planned annual increase. The temporary measure, which was in response to the coronavirus pandemic, is due to come to an end on April 6. But there have been calls to postpone the reversal of the benefit increase due to the continuation of lockdown. Labour MPs intend to table an Opposition Day Motion in Parliament today, demanding that the cut is scrapped.
Kent Police handed out 63 covid breach fines last week

18/01/2121

A car containing three people, all from separate households, was stopped on January 13 in Stirling Way, Ramsgate. They told officers they had driven from London to collect money that was owed to them. They were fined £200 each. In Cliftonville, a woman was fined £200 for hosting a house party, claiming that all those who attended had received negative Covid-19 tests. Elsewhere in Kent fines were issued for not wearing face coverings and allowing other people inside their homes.
Youngsters are being offered free sports sessions on Zoom and Facebook

18/01/2121

Thanet based Total Sports Coaching is running a variety of different activities – from football and rugby to multi-sports - which are open to everyone, even if they have not attended the group before. TSC was founded in 2011 by Birchington man Seb Tidey, with the aim of providing sports coaching in the local and football academy sessions for talented players.

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