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University Hospitals of North Midlands Has A Second Day Of Computer Issues

The University Hospitals of North Midlands is currently having issues with its computer network, this is causing some appointments to be cancelled. We believe that access to certain internal systems has now been restored, but the issue has not yet been fully resolved.

The UHNM IT team is currently working with the network provider to resolve the ongoing issues.

Staff cannot call patients to tell them their appointment is cancelled as they are unable to access their records.

The Trust has said they will continue to update patients through the UHNM Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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This is the second day of disruption and in a statement on Facebook UHNM said :-

We would like to apologise to patients for the ongoing IT disruption we are currently experiencing, which is having an impact on our clinical services across Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital.

Our network provider is working tirelessly to identify and resolve the issues and all our staff are working hard to minimise impact. Both hospital sites remain open, however we have cancelled adult and paediatric outpatient appointments today (Wed 3 July). Where there are exceptions patients will be contacted directly by UHNM.

Patients who are scheduled for routine elective surgery are being reviewed on a case by case basis.

Patients will be contacted to rearrange their outpatient appointments as soon as possible.

We are working with our partners to ensure patients are discharged home in a timely manner and that people are not sent to hospital unless absolutely necessary.

Stoke Man Jailed After Heroin Found In Car Search

A Stoke-on-Trent man who was caught driving heroin between Redditch and Birmingham has been jailed. 

Adnan Munawar, of Elm Street, Cobridge, was jailed for 2 years 10 months at Birmingham Crown Court (May 10) after pleading guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply. 

The court heard that officers from Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG) were patrolling south of Birmingham on 26 October 2018 when they stopped a silver VW Passat. 

The car was stopped on the Maypole bypass and subjected to a drugs search. A shoebox was found inside the car containing packages believed to be heroin. Munawar, aged 29, was arrested for possession of a class-A controlled drug. 

A drugs expert examined the contents which were identified as 1.052kg of heroin, with a street value of between £20,000 and £26,000. 

Munawar’s fingerprints were found on the shoebox. He had been living in Redditch at the time of the offences where officers discovered a further 471 grams of dextromethorphan, a cutting agent. 

Detective Inspector Phil Bryan, of West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “Munawar was followed and stopped by our officers. He thought he could get away with moving a huge amount of heroin but he now has to reflect on that in prison. We will not tolerate drug dealing in our communities.” 

Three Men Wanted For Theft Of Tyres In Stoke-on-Trent

Staffordshire Police is appealing for help to identify three men captured on camera in relation to a burglary of tyres in Stoke-on-Trent in March.

Officers were called to Michelin Tyres on Campbell Road on the morning of 23 March. The CCTV shows three men arriving in a white Iveco 7.5 tonne van at around 4:25am and then footage of a cutting tool being used to gain access to the compound.

The three men appear to be white, all with an average build and height.

Anyone who can help officers identify the men captured on CCTV or witnessed suspicious behaviour in the area at that time should contact Staffordshire Police quoting incident number 185 of 23 March 2019.