Palliative care and community services deal worth £207 million

A link up between the Ipswich-based St Elizabeth Hospice and East Coast Community Healthcare to help improve adult community services and specialist palliative care across Great Yarmouth and Waveney has been developed. Patients are set to benefit from the deal, which begins on April 1 and is worth £207 million over seven years, after the contract was awarded to ECCH by NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group. It will bring together services in a much more joined-up way and will have a greater focus on patient outcomes.

One of the key features is a specialist palliative care service which will be delivered in partnership with St Elizabeth Hospice. This will be a consultant led community-based service, meaning that patients have access to consistent palliative and end of life care across Great Yarmouth and Waveney by offering 24/7 access to advice.

Specialist staff will work closely with other community teams, including social care and the voluntary sector and GP practices, to provide seamless care for patients and their families. Specialist palliative care beds will also be provided within a community hospital, hospice or accredited care home setting.


Norfolk observatory to host talk on mysterious star

Budding astronomers are invited to a Norfolk observatory to hear about one of the most mysterious stars in our galaxy when Amateur astronomer Mark Turner will be speaking at Seething Observatory this weekend about KIC 8462852, also known as “Tabby’s Star”.

The star hit the headlines in 2015 when data from Nasa’s Kepler space telescope showed extreme fluctuations in its brightness. On Friday 11 and Saturday 12, Mr Turner will examine some of the findings from his scientific background and speak about the most likely explanation for the fluctuations.


Project will install flower beds for free to help tackle flooding

Areas in the Great Yarmouth Borough which have been badly affected from flooding are to be protected by water butts and flower beds set to be installed for free. The pilot project led by National Flood Forum hopes to install up to 1,000 water butts and raised flower beds in the borough by January 2020 designed to reduce the rate of water accumulation.

Several areas in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston have been significantly affected by flooding over the years.


Applications open for ‘Britain’s best summer job’ – on the beach over summer

It has been called one of Britain’s “best summer jobs”, and the RNLI is now on the hunt for new recruits to work as beach-based fundraisers

The sea-rescue service needs up to 150 people to work over summer on beaches around the country, to support the work of RNLI lifeboat stations in Wells, Sheringham, Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and other popular spots. Fundraisers are vital to the charity over the summer, working with lifeguards to provide visitors to our beaches with important safety advice as well as encouraging them to support the lifesaving work. They are looking for outgoing and passionate people to join the team and support their cause.

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