Richmond reveals its local hero
54 year old Diane Ward has been crowned Richmond's Local Hero.
She was voted for by the public after her commitment to caring for her elderly parents was revealed.
Diane gave up her job to look after her father following a stroke, as well as her wheelchair - bound mother.
She beat off stiff competition to make it into the final four of the competition earlier this month.
She was surprised this morning at her home in Teddington and has won a cash prize for the charity of her choice as well as a cameo in Richmond Theatre's panto Sleeping Beauty on January 10th.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:07 pm
Santa arrives in Kingston
Saturday 11 December saw the return of Santa Clause to the Paediatrics’ Department at Kingston Hospital.
The annual event at the Hospital saw Santa handing out presents to sick children on the ward during their Christmas party.
The presents were kindly donated by the charity Momentum. Three year old, Ella Paul from Kingston, pictured above, received a toy dog from Santa.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:32 pm
Kingston hospital has a warning for residents
Do you really need A & E? Remember to Choose-Well this Christmas and New Year season.
Splinters, paper cuts, hiccups and ingrown toenails, are just some of the things patients present with at Kingston Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. The Christmas period can be extremely busy for the A & E Department, so Kingston Hospital and NHS Kingston, are asking the local community to ‘Choose-Well’ this winter.
‘Choose–Well’ is a National campaign that encourages people to get the right health care from the right health service. The campaign uses a colour coded thermometer as its logo and aims to reduce the number of people visiting A&E by helping them to associate the severity of their symptoms with a particular NHS service. Accident and Emergency should only be used in critical or life-threatening situations, for example, if you are suffering from chest pain or blacking out then you should most certainly go to A&E. Remember if it is an emergency to call 999 and tell the operator that there is a medical emergency, a response vehicle will be sent to your location.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:19 pm
Thursday, 16 December 2010
The Met tells officers to remain vigilant when out on patrol
London’s police officers are being told to expect more attacks following the double stabbing in Ealing yesterday afternoon.
A PCSO and a PC were attacked by an alleged killer on the run on Ealing Broadway as they confronted him about a bus ticket.
The 23 year old PC was slashed across the neck and remains in a critical condition in hospital.
The PCSO was not seriously injured.
The Met has told officers to be extra vigilant while carrying out patrols.
Inam Mir, who works opposite where the stabbing happened, says the officers appeared to be carrying out a routine search on a man.
The Leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell has issued the following statement:
“This is a truly shocking incident. I’ve lived in Ealing for 25 years and I’ve never known anything like this.
“Police officers do a fantastic job and put their lives on the line every day to keep our streets safe. Our thoughts are with the officers involved and their families.
“Council officers are already reviewing footage from all CCTV cameras in the area and will be giving police every possible assistance with their investigations into the incident.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:16 pm
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Seven Courts to close in South West London and Surrey
Seven Magistrates Court across South West London and Surrey will close as part of the governments cost cutting programme.
Kingston, Sutton, Epsom, Woking and Brentford Magistrates Courts will all shut along with Epsom County Court and Balham Youth Court.
Chairman of the Kingston Bench David Mulholland told us the closure will badly affect Kingston.
Think before you drink this Christmas, Surrey Police warn
This week is meant to be the busiest for Christmas parties. But Surrey Police are warning drivers to stop and think before they get behind the wheel.
Heavy nights followed by an early start for work mean that many people could still be over the alcohol limit the morning after.
Although there's no way of knowing exactly how long it takes to sober up after drinking, drivers are given a guide of allowing at least an hour to absorb alcohol, plus an extra hour for every unit consumed so your body can get it out of your system.
Allow twelve hours between bottle and throttle, that's the message being given today.
By planning ahead and thinking about how you will be getting home before you go out, police hope this year will see a decline on drink-driving prosecutions. Their advice is to pre-book a taxi, or find yourself a designated driver who is happy to stick to soft drinks for the night.
Latest league tables show Surrey's primary schools performing well
Schools in Richmond, Kingston and Sutton produced some of the best results in this year's primary school Sats.
Sats test 11 year olds on maths, English and science.
The results come as national figures show that almost 1,000 schools in England failed to meet new educational standards.
But in Richmond, 89% of pupils obtained level 4 in English and maths - the expected achievement for the age group - putting the borough at the top at the table. Kingston, Sutton and Surrey were all also within the top 20 councils nationally.
Part victory for Epsom's residents
Epsom's residents are celebrating a win after learning plans to build a number of homes on the historic Durdans Stables site have been turned down. Current owner Lord Halifax had submitted two planning applications to the Council to build a number of cottages and offices at the site on Chalk Lane.
The Council gave the go ahead for the famous racing stables to be redevloped at a meeting earlier this year - but was in two minds about allowing the houses to be built.
At a meeting on Friday, councillors decided against plans for the row of terraced cottages, saying it would spoil to look and feel of the area.
Although the outcome was positive, some people living near the site still maintain ongoing work is taking its toll on the look of the picturesque stables located near to the Downs.
Our reporter captured the work in progress [pictured]. Click here to read about the history of the Durdans and see what makes them so special to the community.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:23 pm
Richmond votes for its local hero . . .
The search is on to find Richmond’s local Hero. [Scroll to the end to see how you can vote for your favourite, nominees pictured above with Richmond's panto stars 2010].
The Theatre and council have short listed four nominees from a list that included hundreds.
The winner will receive a cash donation to the charity of their choice and appear on stage in Richmond’s Panto Sleeping Beauty opposite ex - Eastender Anita Dobson as the Wicked Queen, and Cheam's very own Tim Vine.
Jackie News has been looking at a different nominee each day this week starting with Nigel Wayne.
The 47 year old was nominated by parents of the 7th Hampton Scouts because of his dedication as pack leader.
Nigel told Jackie News why scouting is such an important pastime for youngsters.
On Tuesday we spoke to 54 year old Diane Ward who gave up her job to take care of her parents, who suffer from Parkinsons, full time.
On Wednesday we spoke to keen gardener Jean Loveland who has set up a number of environmental projects in her area.
And finally, on Thursday it was the turn of Jenny Bailey who manages the team at Tangley Hall Day Centre in Hampton.
They care for people with severe dementia and are currently fighting closure plans.
So! who gets your vote? Vote for your favourite nominee by texting their surname to 80360. The winner will be announced next Friday. Texts cost 25p. All profits go to a local charity of the winner’s choice. Voting opens 03/12/10 and ends at midnight 15/12/10. Votes cast after 15/12/10 may be charged but will not be counted.
Stay tuned to Jackie and be the first to hear the announcement live on air when we get it.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:08 pm
Behind the scenes at Kingston Hospital
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – Sue Stilwell, Senior Oncology Nurse Specialist at Kingston Hospital talks about why she works to help kid’s fight cancer!
The diagnosis of cancer is very traumatic for anyone, let alone children and their families. Currently Kingston Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology Team is busy treating 60 patients, 37 of these are from the local area,19 are in temporary care from St George’s and four are international patients from Malta and Cyprus.
Sue Stilwell, Senior Oncology Nurse Specialist at Kingston Hospital sheds some light on what it is like to try and help make poorly kids feel better on a day-to-day basis.
How long have you work at Kingston Hospital? I came to Kingston Hospital in 1998 as a Student Nurse on the Paediatrics Ward. It is here that my work passion and admiration lie. From giving children their medication to liaising with clinicians about patient care - I’m always hard at work.
On a normal working day what do you do?
My work is very rewarding and the kind of treatment offered is very different for each child, depending on their age, stage of treatment and how unwell they are feeling. Part of my daily routine is to review the inpatients, make plans for their care and to plan safe discharge. This could involve organising blood transfusions or administering antibiotics, right through to liaising with The Royal Marsden, University College of London and Great Ormond Street, for the best course of action to take for our patients.
I also help in the Ward by administering medication, such as chemotherapy, I help make children comfortable, I teach and assess staff, and I set up blood support. At all times I try and ensure excellent communication between staff, young teenagers, children and families.
What really made you want to work in Paediatric Oncology? I spent some time working in the community with the Paediatric Outreach Nursing Team, who help oncology children in their home environment. During this journey I witnessed how brave children diagnosed with cancer and their families are. Seeing amazing kids with such a strong spirit to fight for their life is just incredible. It is because of this spirit I decided to continue my career in Paediatric Oncology.
Is it an emotional job?
The diagnosis of cancer brings with it many emotions, especially the area of palliative care of children. This is an area that as a team we have to deal with, sadly quite a bit, and it is very hard to do this, but the children and their families are brilliant, they never give up. The children continue the fight and show outstanding bravery during what must be the toughest time in their lives.
However, sometimes they don’t always win the fight and it is then that we help them with their choices; to spend the rest of their life at home, in a hospice or at the Hospital. My job then is to make a plan for the patient, so that they are as comfortable as possible, I do this whilst working along side the palliative care teams at the tertiary centres and the children’s community nursing team.
Some children actually choose to stay in the Hospital, as they feel extra safe and many of our patients consider the staff to be part of their family. It is very hard when tough times happen, but I have to remember that making the kids as comfortable as possible is my main priority. What is the best part of your job?
When you hear that a child has gone into remission it brings a smile to your face, as you know you helped that child recover. I remember a patient who was undergoing treatment with me whilst taking their GCSEs, they managed to get outstanding results, whilst fighting their cancer..posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:02 pm
Bottle attack outside Hampton Court train station
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked outside Hampton Court train station.
A man in his 40’s was hit over the head with a glass bottle after an argument with three men over a taxi fare yesterday.
The three men are all thought to be aged between 16 and 20 and were of a slim build.
Two were white and one was mixed race.
Anyone who was in the area around the station between 1.30 and 2 in the morning should contact Surrey Police.
Thieves cause power outage in Thorpe
Nearly 1,000 properties were left without power yesterday after would - be thieves tried to steal a high voltage cable from one of the electricity networks.
UK Power Networks confirmed the incident in the Thorpe Park happened at 1.16pm and left 933 people without power.
It's believed the cut also affected nearby Thorpe Park theme park.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:06 pm
Deepcut meeting planned for next week
Residents opposed to the redevelopment of the Deepcut army barracks site are to hold a public meeting.
The site, which will go up for sale by the MoD when the army leaves in 2013, has already been judged suitable for over a thousand homes.
Surrey Heath Borough Council wants to create a 'rural community.'
The meeting at Deepcut Village Centre, will start on Thursday at 8pm.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:02 pm
Chelsea Hospital admits allegations are true
A spokesman for Chelsea and Westminster hospital has admitted staff were instructed to only treat police officers during the last round of student protests.
The news came to light after 20 year old Alfie Meadows was taken there suffering from a brain bleed after allegedly being hit over the head with a police truncheon.
His mother had claimed doctors were reluctant to treat him, only stepping in at the request of a paramedic.
An IPCC spokesman said if a complaint was made about the issue it would look into it.
Mr Meadows is recovering at Charing Cross, which has a specialist brain injuries unit.
Meanwhile, a Kingston University professor says he was stopped from helping Mr Meadows at the scene of the riot by police.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:56 pm
It only takes a minute
The London Fire Brigade has issued a warning to the Capital's residents as London lights up for Christmas.
This shocking video, showing a living room being engulfed by fire, shows just how dangerous something as simple as a set of faulty fairy lights can be
Londoners celebrating Christmas can ensure they have a great time and stay safe by following some very simple advice:
Check your Christmas tree lights conform to the British Standard and are in good working order.
Always switch off and unplug Christmas lights before you go to bed or go out.
Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings and never leave them burning unattended.
Keep candles, lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
Decorations can burn easily - don't attach them to lights or heaters and don’t hang them close to candles.
Make sure your family, and any visitors staying for the festive period, know what how to escape in an emergency. Tell them where you keep door and window keys so they can escape if a fire starts.
Many fires start in the kitchen – make sure you don’t leave your Christmas dinner unattended in the kitchen and switch off the hob and oven if you leave the house.
The risk of accidents, especially in the kitchen, is greater after you’ve been drinking alcohol, so take care if you’re having a few festive drinks.
Make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished and never smoke in bed, many fires start when people fall asleep while smoking.
Check your smoke alarms. If they don’t work, or you don’t have one, treat yourself, it could be the best Christmas present you’ve ever bought as it could save your life in a fire.posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:47 pm
Man from Thames Ditton caught in giant antarctica storm
A man from Thames Ditton has been caught on board a ship in a powerful storm in the Antarctic. The Clelia II, a 4 thousand tonne cruiser, was caught on film crashing through the waves. The video was then broadcast around the world where it's still collecting hundreds of thousands of hits on sites like You Tube.
The problems began when a giant wave smashed a window on the bridge of the ship knocking out communications. Another ship came alongside and fired a line across, allowing them to transfer a satellite phone to the vessel.
Chris Collins, who is one of the expedition team on board, tells us that they often go through powerful storms but this was quite a big one.
In the last few minutes he's spoken exclusively to Radio Jackie from Argentina, where the ship has now docked.
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