Mental health trust put in special measures for third time as failings branded ‘deeply disturbing’

The region’s mental health trust is today putting in special measures for the third time, after an inspection uncovered a litany of failings branded “deeply disturbing” by MPs. The Care Quality Commission found patients desperately needing care were waiting so long for help they harmed themselves or took overdoses during delays – or were being turned away completely.

The lack of services at Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) has been highlighted in the CQC’s report following a September inspection.


Teen jailed for five years after 12-year-old boy is threatened with knife in town centre

A teenager who was involved in threatening a 12-year-old boy with a knife after he refused to hand over his phone and money has been jailed for five years and four months. Solomon Kamara, 19, from London was sentenced for the role he played in the incident which took place in Great Yarmouth at Norwich Crown Court on Monday.

A second male, a 16-year-old boy from the London area, was sentenced to three years in a youth offenders institute in August.

Both men had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the robbery which took place in Great Yarmouth at around 5.15pm on Friday, March 16 2018.


New unit will help hospital prepare for winter pressures

A unit tipped as crucial in a Norfolk hospital’s battle to cope with added winter pressures is already making a difference. The expanded ambulatory care unit was opened by Professor Keith Willett CBE, the medical director for acute care and emergency preparedness for NHS England, at Gorleston’s James Paget University Hospital.

Ambulatory care is an outpatient service which brings healthcare teams to the patient and is nationally recognised as an effective way of delivering safe care for an increasing number of conditions, while improving patient experience.

It allows patients to receive diagnosis, observation, consultation, and treatment services in one area of the hospital – and is designed to be a ‘one stop shop’ for patients, reducing their time in hospital and preventing admissions.


Residents in town centre reassured CCTV is monitored 24/7 following knife incident

Residents in Great Yarmouth have been reassured CCTV in the town is monitored 24/7 following footage which emerged last week of a man waving a knife. Town centre manager, Jonathan Newman said there are 60 CCTV cameras in the town centre which cover all the main routes through Great Yarmouth.

In the last 12 months the CCTV control room has been involved in over 2,500 incidents and helped to make 700 arrests in the town centre.


Urban arts festival returns to Great Yarmouth

Reprezent Project are hosting their annual graffiti festival PARKT! on Friday.

The project is a community initiative dedicated to provide dynamic and inclusive arts and alternative cultural activities that can enhance the lives of young and unemployed people.

Participants will be able to enjoy a visual arts workshop before being let lose to showcase their creative talents. Crowds will also be treated to live music, a selection of drinks and a BBQ.

The event starts at 4pm and will run until 8pm at the Drill Hall in Great Yarmouth.



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