Free hospital parking for carers of long-term patients


By Leicester Mercury

Parking charges have been scrapped for carers visiting long-term patients at the city’s three hospitals.

The main carer of someone in hospital for more than six weeks will qualify for the free pass.

Permits will apply at Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and Leicester General hospitals.

The move has been welcomed by carers and health campaigners.

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trusts is one of the only hospital trusts in the country to offer the concession for all types of patients.

Similar schemes operate in other hospitals but are often restricted to particular patient groups such as those being treated for cancer, kidney problems and blood related conditions.

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New dementia support service opens in Cromer


 A new telephone service aims to help people find out what support is available to them when a relative is diagnosed with dementia.

Launch of a new dementia friendly hub for North Norfolk run by Laura Lodge from Danbury Lodge dementia unit at Halsey House, Cromer. Resident Ray Lawrence with Laura Lodge and Tammy Bacon (daughter) PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The scheme, which was launched at Danbury Lodge, in Cromer, yesterday, will give people the opportunity to speak to someone for advice.

It is hoped that the service will benefit carers who struggle to use the internet, individuals living with dementia and local businesses.

Laura Lodge, head of the dementia unit, said: “I think there is a big demand for this, especially in our local area. The idea came from carers who said that when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, they don’t know who to talk to or where to get advice from.”

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Man’s random acts of kindness melt hearts around the world


A kindhearted man embarked on a mission to help strangers with everyday things.

Joe, a London-based Maths tutor, decided that he wanted to dedicate a day to doing nice things for people he didn’t know.

In the video, Joe walks around asking people: “Can I help you with anything?”

At first, people seem sceptical, and Joe admits that most people seemed suspicious of his question.

“People don’t really want your help enough for them to put themselves in danger of someone who might have ulterior motives.”

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