As you may know the organising and finalising of the conference which is happening at The Point, Lancashire cricket ground is now well underway. We look forward to seeing many of you there, and would like to thank both the Conference Committee and the Secretariat for helping to organise this; if you haven’t got your tickets yet there is still time to register online or by phoning the Secretariat. We are looking forward to celebrating BAPO’s 20th Anniversary throughout the weekend, looking at what BAPO has done and what BAPO is currently doing
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Baby J hospital admits errors
A Jewish woman has complained about a series of blunders by hospital staff after she was forced to give birth in squalor.
Bethlehem NHS Trust apologised after the heavily pregnant woman was sent to an “overflow maternity unit” because all the hospital beds were occupied.
The trust issued an apology acknowledging that the temporary unit attached to a local pub was “totally unsuitable”.
The woman, identified only as “Mary”, said: “It was unbelievable. After waiting hours for an ambulance that never came, my husband had to take me himself on a donkey. When we arrived the staff said there was no room and that I would have to make do with one of the outbuildings, which was dirty and cold. I didn’t even get proper bedding.”
Shortly after giving birth, Mary was subjected to a further ordeal when three bearded strangers turned up bearing gifts for her newborn son and demanding to “adore” him.
“They said they were kings, they were strangely dressed and one of them smelt strongly of frankincense. It was terrifying. When they were joined by a group of local farm workers it was the last straw,” Mary said.
Three males of oriental appearance and several shepherds were later taken into custody by police. The hospital said it had launched an urgent review of security.
Meanwhile, wider questions have been raised about standards of care at Bethlehem after leaked reports of higher than average mortality rates at the maternity unit.
Hospital chief executive Graham Herod-King is under pressure to resign following allegations that he tried to cover up the problem.
Just days earlier a hospital inspection concluded that Herod-King’s management was “exemplary”. CQC inspectors praised the chief executive, calling him a “slightly cruel but very effective leader”.
Staff at Bethlehem maintain that the hospital has been unfairly singled out for criticism and question Mary’s version of events. One nurse hinted at mental health problems.
“Her story doesn’t ring true,” she said. “For a start, Mary claims that she was still a virgin at the time of the birth and we can’t find any medical records for her or her husband. She also upset some of the other mums by bragging that she had given birth to the Son of God and insisting that they bow down before him.
“We always get people like this turning up at our busiest times. It’s the same every Christmas.”
A merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at orthotictechnicians.com
Paralympic swimmer Charlotte Henshaw was at the University of Salford to officially re-open its prosthetics and orthotics centre which was refurbished at a cost of £1.3m.
Salford is the only university in England to offer prosthetics and orthotics training which prepares students for highly skilled work as prosthetists (fitting artificial limbs) and orthotists (fitting supportive braces and splints).
Training takes place in the Brian Blatchford Building which was first opened in 1993 following a generous donation from the Blatchford family – the founders of Blatchford Clinical Services which manufactures prosthetic and orthotic products.
The University has spent £1.3m investing in new machinery and refurbishing the clinical rooms, workshops, rehabilitation gym and plaster room.
Charlotte won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke at the London 2012 Paralympics, and has a special interest in the prosthetics industry.
Both of her legs were amputated above the knee when she was 18 months old and her first pair of prosthetic legs was fitted when she was two years old.
She said: “I firmly believe that the dedicated professionals I’ve seen since I was two years old have helped me to become an athlete.
“The new facilities at Salford will help people like me to achieve their hopes and dreams.”
The launch event also marked the beginning of a joint venture between the University and Blatchford Clinical Services – a new company called Crescent Rehabilitation Services Ltd which will provide private clinical services in prosthetics and orthotics.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall said: “Prosthetics and orthotics are central disciplines at Salford which have produced some of the leading professionals in the country.
“The new company with Blatchford Clinical Services is an exciting development for the University and will create more opportunities for our students.”
The University is currently investing heavily in its campus – earlier in the month BAM Construction started building the £55m ‘Gateway Project’ which will have a theatre, recording and photography studios, café areas, performance and rehearsal spaces, computer suites and lecture theatres.
For more information go to salford.ac.uk/campus-investment
The dates and location for the BAPO 2014 Conference have been announced. The conference will be held at The Point, Lancashire Country Cricket Ground in Manchester over the weekend of 14th – 16th March 2014. Once again the BAPO Conference committee are working on an exciting range of speakers and events. Once again as in 2013 the Technical Programme will be held on the Friday of conference, 2014 will see a larger Technical programme than in 2014 so exciting times ahead.
As promised some more pictures from Phil’s trip to Uganda with the Polo Project
Diriibe David, one of the Ugandan technicians
Padding Ugandan style
Whats wrong in this picture
Patient who lost her foot in fire
Many thanks to Phil for his article and pictures on what appears to have been a very rewarding trip
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