24 Aug GY TODAY – FRIDAY 24TH AUGUST
Greater Anglia Train Delays and Cancellations
A number of trains have been cancelled between Norwich and the coast this morning, as well as delays to London.
Services have been affected since 7 o clock this morning, and have seen delays and cancellations.
Passengers are advised to check travel times at the Greater Anglia Website for updates.
Norfolk residents urged to have their say on who leads county’s fire service
As we approach the final two weeks of public consultation into the future governance of Norfolk’s fire service , the public have been urged to give their feedback.
Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green launched the consultation on his proposal to become Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for the county last month and has visited locations across the county over the past six weeks answering questions and exploring people’s views.
Mr Green will be at the following locations over the next week:
- Long Stratton Co-op, Friday, August 24 from 11am
- Gorleston Morrisons, Thursday, August 30 from 10.30am then Gorleston town centre from 2pm.
- Norwich market, Monday, September 3 from 10.30am.
He said: “There is still time for people to share their views with me before the consultation closes on September 5.”
Caesarean Births Available on Request at Norfolk Hospitals
Women in Norfolk are able to request caesarean section births, it can be revealed, after national concern that the procedure was being refused outright.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) state women who ask for a caesarean should be offered one if after support and discussion with a doctor they feel it is best for them.
But a report by childbirth charity Birthrights found that only 26pc of trusts were abiding by the guidelines and many women faced delays and difficulties in requesting a caesarean on non-medical grounds, and 47pc of trusts had inconsistent or confusing policies on offering caesareans on request.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Gorleston have confirmed they do offer caesareans at a mother’s request.
Ambulance waiting times exceed 24 hours
It has been revealed that a patient in the east of England waited over 24 hours for an ambulance. Freedom of Information Request from the BBC to all the country’s ambulance trusts has revealed the longest delays across the UK.
In Wales, one person waited for two and a half days.
While the East of England, South East Coast and South Central ambulance services all recorded longest waits of more than 24 hours between June 2017 and 2018, the BBC said.
The trusts said the longest waits were for “less serious calls”, and that they had to prioritise people in life-threatening or urgent conditions.
Stephen Clinton, assistant director of operations for the service, told the broadcaster: “These figures represent the extreme end of the waiting time spectrum and are neither typical nor do they explain the circumstances of these individual cases.”He said in some cases patients were already in the care of medical teams, while others were affected by extreme weather conditions.
The data also showed that the total number of calls received by ambulance services had risen by 15pc between 2015 and 2017 with the East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) answering up to 3,200 calls a day during winter 2017/18.
EDP Big Coast Clear Up Calls for Volunteers This Weekend
The EDP and the Great Yarmouth Mercury are appealing for people to join in a beach clean-up this Saturday on Great Yarmoth seafront. All necessary equipment is supplied by supporters Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
August sees four beach clean ups with Old Hunstanton, Lowestoft and Sea Palling already successfully taken place and this Saturday being Great Yarmouth’s turn.
The EDP’s Big Coast Clean Up litter pick will start at Britannia Pier at 10am with teams setting out in either direction to pick up rubbish.
To take part Saturday’s beach clean email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01493 847958 or 07801 198518 or turn up on the day.