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MP highlights "major
problems" with "inadequate" hospital
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has highlighted
"four major problems" with Princess
Alexandra Hospital after inspectors rated it as
Mr Halfon is concerned over the increase in
patients using the Accident and Emergency
department - almost 22,000 more patients in
2015-16 than in 2009-10.
He has also highlighted the age of the building
which, he says, means parts are not fit for
purpose; the long-term future of the hospital
and whether a new facility needs to be built.
Recruitment is also a "massive
challenge", Mr Halfon said.
England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals,
Professor Sir Mike Richards, has recommended The
Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust should be
placed into special measures after a Care
Quality Commission (CQC) inspection highlighted
a number of problems.
The hospital provides services for around
350,000 people. The inspections were carried out
in June and July and Monitor NHS Improvement
will now decide whether to place the hospital in
special measures and what additional support
will be provided.
Professor Sir Mike Richards said: “We found a
number of concerns when we inspected the
services run by The Princess Alexandra Hospital
NHS Trust and I have made a recommendation to
NHS Improvement that the trust should be placed
into special measures.
“We made NHS Improvement aware of our concerns
following the inspection and it has started to
work with the trust to make sure these are
appropriately addressed and that progress is
“It is hoped that the trust will make
significant improvements through receipt of
support from the special measures regime prior
to our next inspection.”
The trust has four sites.
The main site is The Princess Alexandra
Hospital. There are also smaller sites where
services are provided including St Margaret’s
Hospital, Herts and Essex Hospital and the
Rectory Lane Clinic.
The CQC only inspected the main Princess
Alexandra Hospital site.
Dispersal order for Harlow skate
A DISPERSAL order has been put in place
at Harlow skate park following a number of
reports of anti-social behaviour.
The order, obtained following the agreement of
Harlow Council, gives police enhanced powers to
reduce anti-social behaviour problems in defined
It covers the skate park in First Avenue and
came into force at 6pm last night continuing
until 6pm tomorrow (Sunday).
The order gives police officers the power to
order anyone to leave the area if they have
reasonable grounds to believe the person is
harassing residents or likely to be involved in
crime or disorder.
Anyone who refuses to leave the area once
directed can be arrested and, if convicted, they
could face up to a three-month prison sentence
and £2,500 fine.
It follows a number of incidents and anti-social
behaviour, including motorbikes being ridden
around the skate park, objects being thrown at
passing motorists and nearby homes and people
being subjected to abuse.
Essex Police is working with the Harlow
Community Safety Team which is supporting this
dispersal notice with increased patrols.
Any incidents should be reported to the Harlow
Community Policing team on 101 or online at www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online.
Dial 999 in an emergency.
Bail extended for boy, 15, arrested
over man's death
A 15-YEAR-OLD boy from Harlow who
answered his bail over the death of Polish man
Arkadiusz Jozwik in Harlow in August has been
rebailed until October 31.
Police enquiries are continuing.
Meanwhile five teenagers have been released from
police bail with no further action to be taken.
Mr Jozwik, 40, was assaulted at about 11.35pm on
Saturday, August 27, outside the TGF Pizza and
Mr Luigi’s takeaway shops in The Stow.
After receiving a single blow to the head and
falling to the ground he suffered head injuries
and was taken to Princess Alexandra
He was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s
Hospital, Cambridge, where he died on Monday,
Six teenagers, five aged 15 and one aged 16, all
from Harlow, were arrested on suspicion of
murder between August 28 and 29.
Following a comprehensive police investigation
five of the teenagers have been released from
bail without charge due to insufficient
DI Danny Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Serious
Crime Directorate, said: "The investigation
into Arek Jozwik’s death is progressing and I
am grateful to the Harlow community for their
on-going support. Arek’s family has been
updated throughout the investigation.
"We have carried out a huge amount of work
into the investigation.
"So far we have taken over 150 witness
statements, spoken to over 300 people during
house-to-house and general enquiries and seized
over 100 hours of CCTV which is subject on-going
"In excess of 30 police officers and staff
have been involved in the investigation and have
committed over 1,200 additional hours.”
Work starts on £71m housing
WORK has started on the first phase of
creating new homes at The Briars, Copshall Close
and Aylets Field estate in Harlow.
The £71m scheme will feature 343 homes,
including about 200 affordable homes, with a mix
of apartments, terraced, semi-detached and
Of these, 103 homes will be built in the first
phase, with 53 affordable homes for rent or
Green spaces, landscaping, roads, parking,
improved cycle and pedestrian routes and a new
community centre, as well as training
opportunities for local people, will be
The development is a partnership between home
builder Countryside, affordable housing provider
Home Group and Harlow Council.
Affordable rental and shared ownership
properties will be managed by Home Group.
The new development will replace outdated
post-war bungalows on The Briars, Copshall Close
and Aylets Field (BCA) estates which did not
meet Decent Homes standards.
The approved masterplan was designed by
award-winning Gardner Stewart Architects.
The regeneration is part of Harlow Council’s
Priority Estates Programme. Local residents and
the residents’ association were involved in
the design and development work and in creating
a vision and a brief for BCA regeneration.
Breast unit sets fundraising
THE breast cancer unit that treats women
from east Herts and west Essex is hoping 100
people will each raise £100 to mark October’s
Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The breast unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital,
Harlow, and St Margaret’s, Epping, wants to
use money raised to fund exercise sessions for
women who are recovering from breast cancer
Associate specialist breast surgeon Ashraf Patel
said: “The latest evidence is that exercise
brings lots of benefits to women who have been
through treatment and we hope to expand our
exercise programme to fund sessions for
“This month we hope 100 people will raise at
least £100 to support us. If we get that many
people raising just a small amount it all adds
up to a memorable month that will make a real
In addition to funding clinical trials, charity
fundraising also supports programmes like
Fabulous and Beautiful sessions.
Mr Patel said: “These sessions are held at
Epping and are invaluable. Patients meet
other women going through breast cancer, get
advice on wigs, hats and get help with things
like how to draw on eyebrows or lashes and these
little things make a huge difference.
“October always sees so many people going the
extra mile to support the charity for Breast
Cancer Awareness Month and we’re so thankful
to everyone for their support, the time and
effort they give to raise crucial funds for the
charity, which will benefit so many women.”
Over the years Mr Patel has joined fundraising
hikes to Mount Kilimanjaro and the Great Wall of
Trips are always being planned, so if you would
like to get involved, ring 01279 827857, email email@example.com,
or search for The Princess Alexandra Hospital
Charitable Trust – Breast Unit on Facebook.
Awards celebrate sporting success
4.35pm - 4th
HARLOW'S sporting community have
celebrated success and commitment with the
Active Harlow Sports Awards.
The awards were organised by Active Harlow,
supported by Harlow Council and funded and
supported by Active Essex.
More than 60 nominations were received
demonstrating the contributions that many
volunteers put into the Harlow community to
provide positive opportunities for people to
participate in sport and physical
The ceremony was led by Harlow Council chairman
Edna Stevens with the awards presented by
Arsenal Ladies and England footballer Casey
Stoney MBE. Casey, who has more than 100 England
caps, played in last year’s World Cup
and has also been England captain and captained
the Team GB Ladies Football Team at the 2012
Mrs Stevens said: "“Harlow has produced a
wealth of sporting talent from Olympic and
Paralympic athletes to professional footballers
and world record holders.
"The awards celebrate the current crop of
sporting talent and recognise the often unpaid
yet dedicated hardwork that goes into making
sport and physical activity happen in
"There are some fantastic individuals that
are going over and above in their endeavours to
provide quality opportunities for the residents
of Harlow to participate in sporting
Casey Stoney said: "It was a pleasure to be
guest speaker at the Sports Awards. It’s
important to support grassroots sport where
possible and having lived in Harlow I jumped at
the chance to attend this event.
"It’s really uplifting to meet so many
local sporting heroes and heroines and to hear
all of the successes and dedication put into
sport by the many volunteers that work hard in
"Having played at an international and
national level I know how important it is to
have access to high-quality facilities and
dedicated coaches to help you reach and fulfil
your potential "
Harlow has a great range of sports facilities
and thriving community club scene. The town’s
past and present sporting achievements and its
future potential is a real success story for
For details about the finalists, winners and
Golf day raises £90,000 for
2.27pm - 1st
A GOLF day held by Weston Homes, the
house building firm and long-term partner of St
Clare Hospice, raised a record £90,000 for the
The company's 22nd annual golf day took the
total raised from the event over the two decades
to over £1m.
Golfers enjoyed breakfast before hitting the
greens at Stoke by Nayland Golf and Spa
The day ended with dinner and entertainment and
an auction with lots including a holiday in
Dubai and golf breaks.
Weston Homes chairman Bob Weston said: “Both
myself and the whole team at Weston Homes are
proud to host this fun annual event for an
"We have a long-standing and mutually
beneficial partnership with the hospice, dating
back two decades.
"The work of St Clare is immeasurably
important across Essex and we believe it is
imperative, as a local business who operates in
the same community as the hospice, to lend our
support so that their care can continue.”
St Clare chief executive Tanya Curry said: “Words
cannot express the thanks St Clare owes to
Weston Homes for their commitment to our
partnership. It is incredible that their
financial contribution over the years now
amounts to more than £1m - not to mention the
generous support they gave in building our new
office facility earlier this year.
"It is only with the dedicated help of
loyal partners like Weston Homes that we are
able to sustain and grow our services to ensure
we can continue to be there for local people,
now and in the years ahead.”
Hospice staff member set for
2.24pm - 1st
A ST Clare Hospice staff member who heads
up the charity's challenges fundraising has
signed up to undertake one of her own
Jade Clarke hopes to raise over £3,000 when she
treks 100km across Cambodia in November.
Jade, 23, from Harlow, joined the charity in
June last year since when she has signed up
countless St Clare supporters to take part in
When it came to organising the overseas’ trek,
Jade was motivated to put herself forward for
the once-in-a-lifetime challenge.
She said: “Over the past year I have supported
hundreds of brave St Clare fundraisers to take
part in epic challenges for the hospice.
"I have helped dozens of people to skydive,
walk across fire, run marathons – and even
cycle across Europe! Not only that but I have
come into contact with countless heroic patients
and families who are going through one of life’s
"It has been witnessing, day in and day
out, this incredible bravery, and the amazing
work of all the clinical teams at St Clare that
motivated me to sign myself up to the trek.”
She added: “I couldn’t have chosen a bigger
challenge to put myself forward for.
"The annual overseas trek is by far the
most adventurous way to fundraise for us - and
has the biggest fundraising target, so I haven’t
been easy on myself!
"But I know I couldn’t be doing it for a
more worthy cause. What I am doing is nothing
compared with the heartbreak of losing a loved
one, and the families I meet at the hospice just
make me feel in awe of their strength.
"I will be trekking with the thought of
every single one of those people in my head. I
feel like taking part in this tough, personal
challenge is my way of really giving something
back to the hospice that I love.”
Jade will be in Cambodia from November
The expedition will take her through rice
paddies and jungles before arriving at Angkor
Wat, the ancient capital of the Khmer Empire.