Hospital investigation into delay that led to death

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An investigation has been launched after a delay in diagnosis led to the death of a 55-year-old patient.The incident, which happened in November, was reported to the Bedford Hospital Trust Board under a serious incidents report during its meeting this month.

The board was told that the patient was admitted to Bedford Hospital with severe abdominal pain and weight loss. CT imaging from a prior admission was reviewed and identified an occluded (or blocked) artery in the abdomen. The person was taken for an emergency laparotomy and it was discovered that the patient had an ischaemic bowel – when there is inadequate supply to the large intestine. The patient’s condition deteriorated and the patient died. An investigation is under way.

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Bedfordshire Humanists

Talk by chief

Bedfordshire Humanists are hosting a free event on Tuesday, February 3 when the chief executive of the British Humanist Association, Andrew Copson, who recently appeared on BBC1’s The Big Questions, will give a talk about local and national issues, on the theme Humanism in 21st Century Britain. It will be held at the North End Social Club, 60 Roff Avenue, Bedford and doors open at 7pm. Guests will receive a token for a free drink. Park in the car park off Chandos Street.

Historical talk

Scottish invasion

Find out what happened when the Scottish Highland Division was based in Bedford. The Scots came to the town during the First World War and had a major impact with highland games and haggis among the highlights. Find out more from expert Richard Galley during his illustrated talk to the Bedford Branch of the Historical Association at Bedford School Library on Tuesday, February 3 at 7.30pm. Members can attend for free, while visitors will be asked for a donation.

Repair work is promised

PAvement victory

A neglected and uneven section of pavement in St John’s Avenue, Kempston, will finally be repaired. Local resident Daphne Beddall and Conservative Councillor candidate for Kempston Central and East, Anthony Boutall, have been calling for Bedford borough highway services to fix the trip hazard.

Anthony said: “This kind of neglect in an area that houses vulnerable people who are less steady on their feet is unacceptable. Daphne should be proud of her impact on the local community, and we look forward to seeing an end to this inexcusable hazard.”

The highways department has pledged to make the repairs by February 10.

New pay deal is proposed

Strike called off

A planned walk-out by NHS staff has been postponed while a new pay offer is considered.

Medical professionals were due to strike for 12 hours today (Thursday) while ambulance workers were expected to walk out for 24 hours in protest.

A national meeting of union representatives will take place on Wednesday, February 4 when the full details of the new pay offer will be set out and a timetable for consultation agreed.

Michael Portillo visits

All aboard

Tonight television viewers can join former politician Michael Portillo on his railway journey, which will see him stop off in Bedford. He will pull into the town during BBC2’s Great British Railway Journeys from 6.30pm this evening (Thursday).