Thursday, 28 February 2008

Norovirus update for Frimley Park Hospital

Norovirus under control at hospital

An outbreak of norovirus, or winter vomiting virus, appears now to be under control at a Surrey hospital.

Bays in the affected wards at Frimley Park Hospital are currently being deep cleaned ready for re-opening and the hospitals was hoping to get back to normal this afternoon.

However the hospital repeated its plea to the public not to visit if they have been feeling unwell or suffered diarrhoea and vomiting within the past 48 hours.

Patients who are due to come to the hospital for treatment should attend as planned.

Norovirus is prevalent in the community, especially at this time of year. Although symptoms usually pass within 48 hours, it can remain contagious for up to two days.

Mary Dunne, director of nursing, quality and patient services, said: “It seems like we have been able to control this outbreak, thanks to the efforts of staff and the excellent co-operation of the public.

“Norovirus is common in the community however so it could very easily be brought back into the hospital unless we all remain vigilant.”

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Katie Melua

Frimley Park Hopsital - Norovirus outbreak

Frimley Park Hospital is asking the public to avoid visiting patients on the wards until it has dealt with an outbreak of norovirus.

A total of 27 beds (four bays plus three single rooms) are closed to new admissions, although not all patients in these bays have been affected. Some members of staff have also been affected.

Norovirus, or winter vomiting virus, causes diarrhoea and vomiting accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as fever or chills. Symptoms usually last for no longer that 48hours. It is difficult to stop norovirus from entering hospitals, as it is not possible to prevent patients being admitted who are already ill with the virus. However, once in the hospital it can spread rapidly.

The public can help us contain the norovirus by not coming to visit patients at the hospital unless absolutely necessary. We would ask anyone who does visit to please observe our Visitors Code of Conduct which is designed to minimise the risk of infection.

Hand cleaning is the single most effective means to prevent the spread of any infection. Please use the hand gel each time you enter and leave the ward. Do not bring children under 10 years old to visit and most importantly do not visit at all if you are unwell or have been unwell in the past 48 hours.

If you have been unwell with diarrhoea and vomiting accompanied by flu-like symptoms and have an outpatient appointment at the hospital, please call the hospital for advice. (01276 526440 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

The hospital is not turning away sick patients who require urgent treatment.

Mary Dunne, director of nursing, quality and patient services, said: “At present we appear to have the norovirus contained. But because norovirus can spread so easily the situation can change rapidly. Public co-operation really can make a big difference. Although norovirus rarely results in any long-term effects it can be very unpleasant for patients, visitors and staff who have it.”

Racists strike in Farnborough

Police in Farnborough are appealing for information after a racist remark was written on the door of a man’s home in Farnborough on Wednesday, February 20.
Sometime between 8am and 6pm the comment was scrawled on the white UPVC door frame of the 35-year-old’s home in Kingsley Road.
PC Simon Monga, of Farnborough police station, said: “A lot of work is going on in the area to promote community cohesion.
“This is just the kind of incident that goes against all the hard work being done, it will not be tolerated.
“We would urge anyone with information or anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incident to contact police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information about the incident should contact PC Monga at Farnborough police station on 0845 045 45 45 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

West Heath Anti Social Behaviour being tackled

Youths in Farnborough responsible for causing anti-social behaviour and nuisance are being warned their behaviour won’t be tolerated.
Officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team are preparing to take action against those responsible for making residents’ lives a misery around the Kingsley Road area.
Reports include youths climbing on roofs, damaging trees and riding around on mini motos.
PC Liz Asplin, from the West Heath Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “We’d like to reassure residents that we are aware of the problems and are working hard with other agencies to deal with those responsible for this type of behaviour.
“I would also ask residents to continue to report incidents to us, as we need their help in collating the information needed to support any action we take.”
Anyone with any information should contact PC Asplin at Farnborough police station on 0845 045 45 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Monday, 11 February 2008

Turkey in turmoil over headscarfs

In Turkey (a Modern Secular Islamic Country) many people are up in arms about allowing religious headscarfs in Schools. I had to smile at one of the cartoons in the press.

Friday, 8 February 2008

Friday 8th February

Nothing to say, except it's good to be alive - a wonderful day, and I have much to be grateful for.

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Farnborough Town Centre Update

I have had an email from KPI the developers today and got the following update:

Demolition. The Tanner & Taylor building on Victoria Road is now vacant and will be demolished in March once the gas supply has been disconnected.

Service Diversions. McNicolas are on site and will be diverting the mains services between now and May along Westmead and connecting into Queensmead from behind the hoardings.

Solartron Housing for Pavilion. This is due to be complete in June and once the Tenants have moved over then the Firgrove Court demolition will follow.

The above items all need to happen in order to clear the way for a start on site in July with the main scheme. With this we are able to deliver the entire scheme in one go rather than the different stages we had in the past.

The website and scheme naming will be launched before the end of February and this will provide an information point for customers. We will also be erecting new hoardings with some of this information.

The Cinema planning consent has now been granted. We have submitted our footpath closure application to GOSE and will be pushing for this to be advertised albeit the indication I am given that this could take 4 weeks.

The application for the North Mead retail scheme (on the site of Millets and Classic Cleaners) is with the council for consideration. This simply completes the redevelopment of the centre of the town.

Finally we are looking in detail at the refurbishment of the Kingsmead Multi-storey Car park later in the year.

Local Police Report (Rushmoor, Hart and Basingstoke)

Dear Colleague,

I write to update you on police performance on the North and East Operational Command Unit for the year to date 2007/08.

It has been a challenging year with the development and consolidation of Neighbourhood Policing and our concerted battle against Insurgent Drug Dealers who have tried to gain a foothold in our communities.

I have been pleased with the way that Neighbourhood activity is taking shape. The engagement of partners has played a key part in tackling the concerns of residents and I would like to thank all of you for your help with that. Certainly we are getting positive feedback from residents about the "joined up" work that seems to be occurring. I feel sure that the concept is right and we will continue to reap the rewards from the hard work put in to date.

As regards Drug Dealers from London and elsewhere, we have put in a vast amount of resources into this area as it is without doubt a key driver for crime commission which represents a real and present threat to us. We have seen more Class A drugs policing than any other area in Hampshire and we are regularly taking out drugs dealers and prosecuting them. Unfortunately this is an ongoing battle as more will come in to take over the market but if we do not continue to tackle them "face on" as we have done to date then we will inevitably see an escalation as gangs become settled in our communities. We will continue with this approach going forward.

The result of the team efforts of police and partners has seen us reduce crime by 14% with over 4000 less victims than the same time last year. This is a massive achievement.

House Burglary is down by 28% with several hundred fewer offences. Again we have put a big effort into this and looked to protect our borders from criminal elements from outside the area intent on commiting this type of offence. This will continue and we want to keep bringing this level of crime down.

Violent Crime is also down significantly and I must pay credit to our partners and colleagues who have helped us to police the licensed premises and night time economy. Whilst there is still more work to do, we are impacting on this area of crime and we have seen some really innovative approaches on our streets with initatives such as Pastor Patrols. This is where members of the churches go on to the streets delivering hot drinks and refreshments to people leaving pubs and nightclubs. This has seen some very positive benefits in "managing the temperature and conduct" of those intent on disorder. They appear to have a calming inflence to those around them and end up listening to all sorts of stories and anecdotes from those the worse for wear. A great example of the voluntary sector making a difference.

As a result of the collective efforts from us all, we currently have the lowest rate of crime per 1000 population in the two counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which is a noteworthy achievement that I am particularly pleased with. We will need to work hard to continue to keep this accolade but it is one that has been achieved by hard work from my staff but also from all of you.
I will report back further over the coming months - and have up to now resisted the urge to send out e mails to you on a regular basis but given that we have only 6 weeks left of the crime year, I felt it was time to update you all on what we have collectively achieved together.

I know that District Commanders will continue to provide communication to you on the District perspective but I think it is important for me to give the overview for the whole police area from time to time.

I am content for this message to be circulated to other partners if you wish as I feel it is important to share the reality of crime in the area so as to reduce the fear of crime that is often completely out of kilter with the reality.

With kind regards.
Mark Chatterton
Chief Superintendent North and East OCU