Boss of Newtown House care home in Highcliffe promises improvement after CQC criticism

THE new manager of a Highcliffe care home has said she will use criticism in a national watchdog report to “drive through” ideas to make it better. Newtown House was judged ‘requires improvement’ in a...

CQC inspectors tell Agincare care provider to improve performance

A CARE service that operates across the Waterside has been rated below standard by the national watchdog for the second time in 18 months. Agincare Southampton was again told it ‘requires improvement’ after Care Quality...

Compass counselling charity celebrates 20 years of mental health support

A LOW-COST counselling service celebrated 20 years of helping people as its founder revealed its services are more in demand than ever by those seeking help for mental health problems. The Compass charity, which is...

New Forest GPs say practices’ merger will cut waiting times for patients

THREE GP practices are set to merge in a move which they claim will reduce waiting times for appointments and provide wider access to additional services. Combining are the Arnewood Practice in New Milton, Barton...

Royal Bournemouth Hospital becomes wedding venue for seriously ill bride

A CHRISTCHURCH couple have praised Royal Bournemouth Hospital staff for arranging their wedding at short notice after the bride, who has chronic lung disease, received some “devastating and unexpected news”. Emma Shrewsbury (41) was diagnosed...

Generous Paul gives £100,000 charity donation to Rose Road Association

A GENEROUS New Forest businessman has donated £100,000 to a charity supporting young people with multiple learning and physical disabilities. The Rose Road Association provides overnight respite care for anyone aged up to 25 which...

Disabled passenger demands rail improvements after string of let-downs

“UPSET and annoyed” – these are the words of a disabled train user who has faced continued failures by rail staff to provide accessible services. A catalogue of incidents encountered by New Milton resident Michael...

Southern Health fined £2m over ‘entirely preventable’ deaths of patients

AN NHS trust has been fined £2m for breaching health and safety laws over the deaths of two patients in its care, including that of a 45-year-old woman from Lyndhurst. The punishment was handed down...
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