Nurse Faces Abuse

A member of the Children’s Community Nursing Team was verbally abused this morning by two men accusing nurses of taking all the island’s LFTs. The men, who the police are now looking for, approached the woman outside of Kinrade’s Pharmacy in Douglas at 10:45am and attempted to take her bags, which included LFTs for a patient and their family at Noble’s, out of her hands. Investigating officer DC Alison Parker said: ‘This was an unprovoked attack on a health care professional, who was helping a patient and their family. The experience has left her shaken and disgusted that there are individuals that would do this.’ Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw this incident take place has been asked to call CID on 631301.

Manx Care Waiting List

Manx Care has released its plan to reduce waiting lists in nine clinical specialties with the services of two UK-based companies. The health service will use Medefer and 18 Week Support to deliver around 12,500 virtual outpatient consultations and inpatient procedures between September 2021 and March 2022 after the Treasury approved a business case to provide £1.86m in extra funding. Medefer will focus on the provision of about 10,000 appointments across the specialities of: Orthopaedics, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Respiratory medicine, Pain management and Neurology. Manx Care CEO Teresa Cope said: ‘Addressing the long-standing waiting list challenge across our health and care service is a priority for Manx Care. It’s unacceptable that people are having to wait as long as they are for consultations and treatment… The Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the pressure on waiting lists over the last 17 months, and the delivery of health and social care services more broadly.’

Hillsborough Death Toll

The number of victims from the Hillsborough disaster has been officially brought up to 97 after a coroner ruled that Andrew Devine, who died yesterday 32 years after the incident where he suffered irreversible brain damage, was unlawfully killed. In a statement on Liverpool FC’s website, Mr Devine’s family said: ‘Our collective devastation is overwhelming but so too is the realisation that we were blessed to have had Andrew with us for 32 years since the Hillsborough tragedy… In the intervening years, Andrew has been a much-loved son, brother and uncle. He has been supported by his family and a team of dedicated carers, all of whom devoted themselves to him.’

NHS App Record

The NHS Track and Trace app has sent out a record number of ‘pings’ in a week period with 689,313 alerts to app users in the week up to July 21, an increase of over 70,000 on the week before. An alert from the app means someone is advised to self-isolate for 10 days as a close contact, although this is not a legal requirement. The app has come under criticism in recent weeks since all Covid restrictions were relaxed in England for sending out alerts to so many people that it was causing widespread disruption as they self-isolated and therefore missed work. This has led the UK gov to make changes to how the app operates including allowing some key workers to avoid self-isolation by taking daily tests. Also, from August 16, those who are fully vaccinated will also not need to self-isolate when ‘pinged’ but will still be encouraged to book a PCR test.

X Factor Axed

X Factor’s 17 years as the queen of Saturday night competition shows have finally come to an end as creator Simon Cowell looks to focus on new game show ‘walk the line.’ The singing competition has spawned some of the UK’s biggest stars, including One Direction, Little Mix, Olly Murs and Leona Lewis, but in recent years has seen declining viewing figures and winners failing to even crack the top 10 with their first single, let alone the number one spot that used to be effectively guaranteed. The show has been on hold for the last couple years due to the coronavirus and ITV boss Kevin Lygo even admitted last year that he was unsure if it would ever return.

New Doctor For Next Year

Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall are to leave Doctor Who next year after a trio of specials, culminating in a feature-length episode for the BBC’s centenary celebrations in autumn 2022. Whittaker became the first female doctor in 2017, the same time Chibnall joined the show, and has since starred in two series of the show and two New Years’ specials with a third series set to air later this year. A trailer for that series, which you can see below, was released earlier this week and gave fans their first glimpse of comedian John Bishop as The Doctor’s newest companion. Whittaker said: ‘My heart is so full of love for this show, for the team who make it, for the fans who watch it and for what it has brought to my life. I know change can be scary and none of us know what’s out there. That’s why we keep looking. Travel hopefully. The universe will surprise you. Constantly.’

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