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Good evening and welcome to BBC London news with me, Louisa Preston.
"Out-patients having procedures in corridors and sewage leaking
Just some of the damning findings by health watchdog
The NHS Trust which runs three hospitals in Watford,
St Albans and Hemel Hempstead is being kept in special measures
for the third consecutive year, as Sarah Harris reports.
After 23 hospital stays, the last one for five weeks, 92-year-old
Doris Harrison, being treated for pneumonia, should be a good judge of
how Watford General could be improved. It's hard for them.
There's not enough nurses. I don't think areas. They could do with
another one on the ward. But inspectors didn't criticised
staffing levels at the trust that includes Watford, St Albans and
Hamill hospitals. Their report said outpatients provisions dignity were
compromised, the emergency department did not treat patients
quickly enough, and the temperature on some awards was too high to store
medicines. There were issues with the environment, where it's very
cramped. In outpatients they were patients having procedures in
corridors. Staff had almost become normalised. It's not appropriate to
be having care in the corridor. Despite improvements, the trust will
remain in special measures with nurses and doctors under pressure.
But managers insist they are heading in the right direction. As far as
patients are concerned the trust is still failing. I think we're on a
journey, as CQ CTC have said, we have a long way to come, and we've
come a long way. We are focused on our quality improvement journey.
There are substantial improvement in maternity and critical care,
improvement in medicine and surgery across all sites. The efforts being
made are appreciated by Yvonne Stanley from Abbots Langley, who
gave birth to both her children at Watford general and despite
challenges believes the community should get behind the health
service. I think it's an awful shame and there has been identified room
for improvement. On the whole my experience has been generally
positive latterly, had a bad experience with my mum a few years
ago. I can never be more than thankful to Watford General Hospital
for saving mine and my daughter's life. Its gratitude shared by Doris,
who it's likely will be a patient at Watford general for some time yet.
With staff determined to make further improvements, they will
remain under scrutiny. Businesses want the Chancellor parts
of south-east London and Kent could grind to a standstill if an urgent
decision is made on where to build a new Thames crossing. Both the
Federation of Small Businesses and London Chamber of Commerce say the
government needs to make good on its promise for another bridge or tunnel
Wood risk damaging the region's economy. Simon Jones reports.
A crossing that can't cope, causing gridlock on the region's roads.
That's why the Federation of Small Businesses
says in addition to the
Dartford Crossing a new lower Thames crossing is needed now.
There is a real problem with traffic congestion,
particularly here in Kent, but not just cant, London,
That will only be solved if we have another lower Thames
So we do need Chancellor Sir Philip Hammond to seize the day,
really, in the budget, and take some action on this.
In January last year, highways and then
multi-billion pound tunnel east of Gravesend as its preferred
option, rather than another crossing at Dartford.
A public consultation attracted 47,000
responses, but still no final decision from the government.
They say the Dartford Crossing is creaking under the pressure of 15
million crossings year, threatening to bring the south-east to a
standstill. The government's promised to come to a decision in
due course is not good enough. The government's promise
to make a decision in due course is simply not good enough.
Many in Dartford agree. I think it's disgusting
that they've never made How much do you think
the new crossing is needed? No one wants it on their doorstep
but it's definitely needed. As soon as you get
a snarl on the M25, an accident, that's it,
snags all the way back for hours and people
in Dartford are tailed back
for hours and hours. There have been protests
against the possible site near The Department for Transport
said today it recognises the need for a new crossing,
but said, again, a decision would be I'm optimistic we will actually
get a decision this It's important we get the right
decision that will give As soon as we get that
decision of course we will All eyes will now be
on the Chancellor Tonight one of Londons oldest
football clubs is facing Leyton Orient has been served
with a winding up order It's left fans anxious
over the club's future. This Italian businessman bought
Leyton Orient from Barry Hearn in the sum of 2014. Hearn said he was
convinced he could take Orient places. Nobody envisaged it meant
possibly out of the football league and out of business. Today Orient
was served with a winding up order by HM Revenue and Customs, and are
due in the High Court on March 20 to settle their debts with the taxman.
He's barely spoken to the media since he took charge. He repeated a
request from anyone for the club to be interviewed has been turned down.
Leyton Orient won't make any comment. The fans in one of the
oldest football clubs in London, for them it is worrying times. It
gradually got more and more ridiculous. We know the club is in
some debt, we know the chairman is trying to sell it now. At the same
time we're not hearing directly from the chairman as to what the state of
play is. Last year Albania's government abandon its attempt to
have him extradited to face charges of money-laundering. He denied
charges with his lawyers saying they were politically motivated. There
has been to a mile on the pitch, employing nine managers in his nine
years in charge. The team in serious danger of relegation out of the
football league. Right now the fans are less concerned with what level
their team plays at them whether they have a team at all to support.
Chris Lake, BBC London News. This baby girl from Surrey is one of
the youngest patients in the world to survive major abdominal surgery.
Abigail Peters was born four months early weighing just over a pound.
Doctors in tooting performed an operation on her at six days old,
now her parents have finally been able to take home. They have been
speaking to our correspondent. She was born prematurely at 23
weeks, four months before her due date, weighing just more
than a 1lb of sugar, Abigail's survival
was At six days old, doctors
discovered she'd badly ruptured her intestine,
and her parents were told she needed It was suddenly, oh, no,
she has to go through this. We knew she wouldn't
survive, if she didn't have We knew that she might not survive
surgery, but she definitely You know, we signed
on the dottel line and we waited in this room,
funnily enough, for three hours. St George's Hospital in Tooting,
Is one of the leading places for paediatric
surgery in the country. But surgical staff had never
operated before on a baby who was As I said, her skin and her tissues
were very jelly-like. If you hold them, she
would start to bleed. If you can imagine, a baby that
size has very little circulating blood volume,
so you can't afford any blood loss. It was a great team of about 10
people Focussing their The operation was
a success and after four months recovering in
the neonatal ward, her parents have For her to be so small
and to go through all that and survive, she's an absolute
miracle. She's been doing brilliantly
and we've been to treat She's not on any monitors
or oxygen or anything, but you still, kind of,
wondering all the time, is she still breathing,
is she breathing? She's had a lot of
hurdles in her short life so far but she seems to have
passed with flying colours. For the hospital, this
may be a first, but for Abigail's parents are just delighted
that every day she is getting A miracle baby. That's it for now
for me, I'll hand you to Tomasz Schafernaker to find out what the
weather is up to. The weather will rattle our windows
a little bit tonight. Wind coming our way. Some rain, too. Not an
awful lot but the wind will make its presence felt through tonight. Hence
some of the winds left over in the morning will be breezy. Here come
the arrows from the West. A few spots of rain, it really is just
wind rather than rain. It'll be nippy. 2-4 C. Tomorrow very breezy
in the morning. The rain to the north of us. We'll get away with a
dry morning, dry afternoon, temperatures will be around that 10
degrees mark. 11 in the cities. Not a bad day for most. Come Friday,
what's this about? Rain coming in from morning onwards. It won't last
very long, it should clear by the afternoon. Let's look at the
outlook. A whole load outlook. A whole load of 11 is. What
does that mean? Maybe John Hammond will tell you.
We're in for a bumpy ride. The weather chopping and changing
keeping us on our toes. Rain never too far away from our crystal ball.
There has been rain around today across southern areas. This band of
wet weather pushing through Wales and the Midlands. A little bit of
the white stuff mixed in over the high ground Snowdonia, some snow for
an trans-Pennine routes as well. Snow at low levels through the
night. Further south the main story is the strength of the wind.
Blustery. Gales on the western coast and through the English Channel.