*The Corona virus death toll has increased in the last 24 hours across the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.
Latest data released by Public Health England shows there have been 282 deaths at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford’s County Hospital.
The number has increased by 4 from the 278 deaths announced yesterday.
The total number of confirmed cases of Corona virus across Staffordshire stands at 2,133, up by 14. Of these 289 are in Stafford Borough.
*10 residents have died at the same care home in Stafford after testing positive for Corona virus.
The deaths have been confirmed at the 59 bed Limewood Nursing and Residential Home, over a 4 week period.
It is understood that a further 9 residents have also tested positive for Covid-19 at the Limetree Avenue care home.
The home has a ‘good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission. It treats dementia sufferers and people with physical disabilities.
It has been reported that the first resident died after returning to the home from the County Hospital, where they had been treated for a non-Corona virus issue. A total of 3 residents tested positive for Corona virus at the home after returning from hospital.
There has been criticism nationally about Corona virus patients being discharged from hospitals and placed in care homes.
The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs the County Hospital has defended its decisions to move residents back to care homes. Almost 300 UHNM patients have died after testing positive for Corona virus.
*2 mountain bikers have been taken to hospital after crashing at a Stafford beauty spot in 2 separate accidents.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called twice yesterday morning to the Sherbrook Trail on Cannock Chase
In the first incident happened at around 9.40am, when a middle-aged rider went over his handlebars after his bike came to a sudden stop leaving him briefly unconscious.
An ambulance and a paramedic officer in a 4×4 vehicle were sent to the scene. Fortunately, the 4×4 was able to get close to where the man was and after treatment at the scene, he was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Just 2 minutes after finishing the first case, the paramedic officer was assigned to the second case, where again, a middle aged man had fallen whilst on the same trail
Another ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team was also sent after the call at 11.10am yesterday to reports the rider had come off his bike. He was taken to the County Hospital.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “These were clearly very unfortunate accidents. Given the great weather, and the easing of lockdown, it is fantastic that we are all able to enjoy areas such as Cannock Chase.
“However, over the Bank Holiday, we would urge everyone to remember the need to keep socially distanced at all times and only meet up in the way the guidance sets out.
*Patients at UHNM are finding out more quickly if they have bowel cancer, thanks to the use of innovative technology at the Trust. The Picture Archiving and Communication System, provides healthcare professionals with much faster access to imaging, necessary for making important diagnoses. It means that treatment can begin sooner for patients who do have cancer and that relief comes more quickly for patients who don’t.
UHNM’s imaging department is one of the busiest in the country and sees more than 9,500 patients a week. This system is now enabling radiologists to cope with a 10 per cent year-on-year rise in demand.
Patients who show no signs of bowel cancer are also being notified and discharged weeks sooner in a new pilot project at the Trust, helping to avoid unnecessary anxiety for the patient. This now means that referring clinicians are being consistently notified on the same day as the patient’s scan if their patients test positive for bowel cancer.
The system is currently being piloted within the bowel cancer specialty but is also being applied effectively in breast care and will be used within other specialties in the future.
*Police in Stafford are urging people to continue to do their bit this bank holiday weekend to control the spread of the virus by staying at home as much as possible and keeping their distance from other people when they are out and about.
Although there have been changes to the lockdown guidelines, the threat of infection hasn’t gone away and in some areas of the county we are not seeing a reduction in cases, which is a cause for concern.
The Police reminding people that the government guidance is clear that gatherings of more than two people from different households are not allowed, as this poses a significant risk of spreading the virus.
Following the changes increasing numbers of people have chosen to exercise at popular spots, including Cannock Chase.
With warm weather expected this weekend senior police officers are reinforcing the call for the public to keep their distance from other people not from their household, especially where large numbers of visitors have congregated at popular locations such as heathland and country parks.
Chief Inspector Becky Hyde, said the Chase has been very busy in recent days and has reminded people that they should also ensure they do not leave valuables on display in cars.
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