Monthly Archives: Tháng Mười 2018

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Chelsea plotting move for West Ham contract rebel Declan Rice – despite releasing him as a kid

CHELSEA are plotting a move for former Academy player Declan Rice, according to reports.
The West Ham contract rebel is locked in negotiations over a new deal but the Blues are said to be interested in the midfielder who spent seven years at Chelsea.
Getty – Contributor Chelsea are plotting a move for former academy player Declan Rice[/caption]
Rice, 19, grew up in Kingston upon Thames, joining the Chelsea Academy at seven.
He stayed with the Blues for seven years before moving to West Ham’s Academy at the age of 14.
According to the Metro, Chelsea are ready to offer Rice £40,000-a-week to return to Stamford Bridge.
Rice, who currently earns £3,000-a-week, has impressed under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
News Group Newspapers Ltd The West Ham midfielder, here in action against the Blues, has turned down an improved offer from the Hammers[/caption]
However, he has already turned down an improved offer of £20,000-a-week and is believed to be holding out for a better offer.
He has a contract at West Ham until 2020 but knows his value having started in each of the last six matches.
Chelsea are searching for buyers for Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has no future at the club, and Danny Drinkwater, who is expected to leave in January.
Rice, who has Irish parents, is also locked in a tug-of-war at international level.
Sportsfile – Subscription Rice is also in an international tug-of-war between Republic of Ireland and England[/caption]

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He has played at every level for the Republic of Ireland from Under-16 up and even has three senior appearances.
However, he is still eligible to play for England as those senior appearances came in friendlies.


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Evans Cycles store closures – which shops are closing and when did Sports Direct buy the cycling chain?

Category : Explainers , News , UK News

EVANS Cycles has been taken over by Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley – but when did he seize control of the bike retailer, and which shops are closing?
Here’s our lowdown on the new regime…
Sports Direct has bought Evans Cycles
Which shops are closing?
Up to half of Evans Cycles branches will be forced to close as part of the takeover.
Chief executive of Sports Direct, Mike Ashley, said: “We are pleased to have rescued the Evans Cycles brand.
“However, in order to save the business we only believe we will be able to keep 50 per cent of stores open in the future.
“Unfortunately some stores will have to close.”
Mike Ashley has confirmed 50 per cent of branches may closeGetty Images – Getty
When did Sports Direct buy the cycling chain?
The UK cycling chain, which has 62 branches in the UK, was sold to Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley on October 30th 2018 after going into administration.
At the end of September it was reported that the century old chain was at risk of going bust and it was searching for a new buyer.
Evans Cycles is a leading specialist cycling business and has been around for almost 100 years with the first store opening in south east London in 1921.
Matt Callaghan, joint administrator and PwC partner, said: “We are delighted to have secured a future for the business and employees of Evans.

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“2018 has been a very difficult trading year for the business, in part due to the impact of the extended winter weather in the early part of the year and a lack of cash to invest in stores and develop the online platform.
“A combination of losses, the capital expenditure requirements and tightening credit has led to a liquidity crunch.
“Evans is a long-standing, well known and trusted brand with nearly 100 years of heritage in the cycling market. To have managed to preserve the business and transfer all staff to the purchaser is particularly pleasing.”

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Pakistan vs New Zealand T20: Live streaming, TV channel, team news and start time for 1st cricket international in Abu Dhabi

Category : Cricket , Explainers

PAKISTAN welcome New Zealand to the UAE for the opening T20 of their winter series following a 3-0 whitewash over Australia.
The Shaheen’s limited overs players are in good form and have high hopes for the Cricket World Cup next summer having won last year’s ICC Champions Trophy.
Pakistan followed up a good Test series win over Australia with victory in the T20 internationalsAFP or licensors
What time does Pakistan vs New Zealand start?
THIS first T20 and opening game of the series is set for Wednesday, October 31.
Things get going at 4pm UK time, which is 8pm in Dubai.
Which TV channel can I watch it on?
UNFORTUNATELY this series isn’t being broadcast live on UK TV.
Viewers in Pakistan can watch the T20 series on PTV Sports.

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What is the tour schedule?

October 31: 1st Twenty20 international, Abu Dhabi 4pm (all times GMT)
November 2: 2nd Twenty20 international, Dubai 4pm 
November 4: 3rd Twenty20 international, Dubai 4pm
November 7: 1st ODI, Abu Dhabi (d/n)12pm
November 9: 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi (d/n) 12pm
November 11: 3rd ODI, Dubai (d/n) 12pm
November 16-20: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi 6am
November 24-28: 2nd Test, Dubai 6am
December 3-7: 3rd Test, Abu Dhabi 6am

What is the team news?
Pakistan squad: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Tallat, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Khan Shanwari, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Waqas Maqsood, Faheem Ashraf
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Corey Anderson, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Glenn Phillips, Ajaz Patel


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Countdown fans in hysterics as Rachel Riley spells out VERY rude insult on the board

Category : Countdown , TV , TV & Showbiz

COUNTDOWN fans were left open-mouthed by today’s answer to the letter game – because you are absolutely not going to find it in any dictionary.
An extraordinary set of circumstances led to an embarassed-looking Rachel Riley assembling the words CUM BUDGIE on the famous board.
Yes, that does indeed say CUM BUDGIE
The two contestants had been tasked with finding a word out of the letters U, B, C, E, D, M, I, U and G.
But while they both got sixes with IMBUED, Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner offered BUDGIE. And unfortunately, that still left the letters CUM on the top row.
While host Nick Hewer ignored the fact he had a rude word staring him in the face, like the old pro he is, the same wasn’t true for Rachel Riley.
The 32-year-old tweeted, “Anyone in need of a new creative insult, @C4Countdown is at your service! Come on, we all know one…” followed by a laughing face emoji.
This is what the contestants had to work with

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Naturally, fans were delighted, with one tweeting, “Outstanding, chaps.”
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Over the years, PORN, BUMHOLE, VAGINAS, ASSWIPE, FARTED, ERECTION, PHALLUS, ORGASMED and GOBS**** have all made appearances.
And to that hallowed list we can now add the immortal CUM BUDGIE.
Rachel is ready and willing to insult you

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Coronation Street’s Julia Goulding signs new deal to remain on the cobbles for another year

CORONATION Street star Julia Goulding has landed a bumper new contract.
The actress – who plays Shona Ramsey in the ITV soap – has wowed bosses with her performance over the last year as the waitress has struggled to help boyfriend David Platt through his rape ordeal.
Rex Features Julia has signed up for a third year on the cobbles[/caption]
And now The Sun Online can reveal how the actress has signed a new deal to keep her on the cobbles for another year.
A source said: “Shona’s become one of the street’s most beloved characters and Julia’s one of the show’s biggest talents so it was a no brainer to keep her.”
The actress joined the show in 2016 as a runaway fleeing evil abuser Nathan Curtis who later targeted Bethany Platt. She was also revealed as the mother of Kylie Platt’s killer Clayton Hibbs.
As well as Julia, three other members of the Platt family have landed deals with Julia’s on-screen partner Jack P. Shepherd signing a bumper new pay deal and Lucy Fallon and Tina O’Brien being offered new deals.
Julia has won acclaim for her portrayal of Shona as she tried to support David through his rape ordeal
The pair have been hailed as the new Jack and Vera
Lucy, 22, plays teenager Bethany Platt in the soap, with 35-year-old Tina playing her on-screen mum, Sarah.
Lucy impressed fans and critics alike with her performance as sexual abuse victim Bethany – picking up a string of awards off the back of the hard-hitting story, including Best Actress at the British Soap Awards.
Now she and Tina have signed up for another year on the show.
A source told the Mail: “Lucy has been a great addition to the cast and her performances have been amazing.

Lucy and Tina play mother and daughter in the ITV soapITV
Lucy wowed show bosses with her harrowing performance as teen grooming victim BethanyITV
“She’s been a massive hit with the audience since she joined and has picked up some major accolades for her acting skills throughout the Bethany storylines.
“Her performances have been top drawer and a new deal is well-deserved.
“Tina’s return has also been well-received and the mother and daughter work well together.
“The executives are also well-aware that they need some glamour in the show and want to guard against people deciding to leave at the same time when their contracts are up so they were both offered new deals at the earliest opportunity.”
Bethany was groomed by evil Nathan CurtisRex Features
Lucy won a British Soap Award for her work earlier this yearRex Features
Lucy joined the ITV soap in 2015, with Tina making her return at the same time.
Lucy’s biggest storyline to date saw her manipulated and assaulted by groomer Nathan Curtis and his gang.
He originally came across as an encouraging and likeable character, but that soon faded as viewers discovered he was part of a grooming ring.
Tina plays Bethany’s mum, Sarah

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After encouraging Bethany to start posting make-up tutorials online, Nathan started a relationship with the vulnerable teen, which led to her being raped repeatedly by various men.
After enduring months of abuse at the hands of her twisted boyfriend Nathan and his sick friends, Bethany finally managed to escape their clutches.
The troubled character bravely testified against Nathan and two of his accomplices in court and all three men were sent to prison.

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6pm Arsenal news: Ousmane Dembele Wenger return, Aubameyang row, Cech to replace Leno, Tagliafico

ARSENAL are mapping out their January transfer plans, with Nicolas Tagliafico and Ousmane Dembele among Unai Emery’s mid-season targets.
Catch up on that plus all the latest Gunners news ahead of their match tonight…
Arsenal have made a £8million bid for Ajax defender Nicolas TagliaficoAP:Associated Press
SPREADING HIS WENGS
ARSENE WENGER says he will return to management in the New Year, but will only take charge of a club abroad.
The Frenchman described it as “a sin” to take over an English club straight away after 22 years at Arsenal.
DOR CLOSED
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG was only allowed to join Arsenal because of bad behaviour at Borussia Dortmund.
The German side’s former manager Peter Stoger laid into the Gabonese striker who made the switch to the Emirates last January.
CECH MATE
PETR CECH will be given the chance to win his Arsenal number one jersey back from Bernd Leno tonight as the Gunners face Blackpool.
The Czech had been criticised for his inability to play out from the back and ultimately lost his place after going off injured against Watford.
TAGLIA-TELLING
ARSENAL have submitted an £8million bid for Ajax and Argentina defender Nicolas Tagliafico, according to reports.
It is understood the Gunners are keen to bring in the left-back in the new year as their injury crisis continues.
GRAN-HIT IT
GRANIT XHAKA has revealed what Unai Emery said to him before he scored his sensational free-kick against Crystal Palace.
Xhaka, 26, smashed in the strike just six minutes after half-time to equalise at Selhurst Park – and Emery’s reaction is priceless.
‘SAVAGE’
PAUL MERSON gave a brutal verdict on Tottenham Hotspur – leaving Arsenal fans in stitches.
The former Gunners midfielder was speaking about Spurs on Soccer Saturday ahead of their showdown with Manchester City when he ripped into the North Londoners.
THAT’LL SHOW DEM
OUSMANE DEMBELE is a January transfer target for Arsenal after being told he can leave Barcelona.
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ARSENAL ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appeared to support a tweet criticising manager Unai Emery for subbing him at the weekend.
With the Gunners 2-1 up at Crystal Palace, thanks to his strike on 56 minutes, the in-form Gabon ace was hooked with 12 minutes still to play.
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Leicester City helicopter crash tributes planned by Scottish Premiership sides including Rangers, Celtic, Hibs, Hearts and Aberdeen

SCOTLAND’S top-flight teams will pay their respects to Leicester City in tonight’s games following the tragic helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium.
Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five dead when his chopper crashed just seconds after taking off from the pitch following the team’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha passed away following the crashAFP or licensors
It’s been a sombre week in the world of football and all teams will honour the victims by wearing black armbands with a minute’s silence before kick-off.
On the pitch, there’s a full card of Premiership fixtures following the Betfred Cup Super Sunday.
The Light Blues will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Aberdeen against Kilmarnock.
Celtic, on the other hand, looked close to top form against Hearts and will be hoping to see off league strugglers Dundee.

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Cars that were raised from their graves – including the time-defying DeLorean

Category : Kia , Lamborghini , Motors , News

TO MARK Halloween, Autocar has put together a compilation of cars that were once killed off, but brought back to life by either the same or different manufacturer.
Most of these classics have now been buried once and for all, but we’ve picked out a selection to re-visit beyond the grave.
The Lotus Elan was revived as the M100 in the 1990s and also re-badged as a KiaLotus
The Lotus Elan was technically pioneering with its lightweight chassis – the British manufacturer reinvented the model several times over itself, including the Series 2 spec seen above.
Having first launched in the 1960s, it was also revived as the M100 in the 1990s following General Motors takeover.
Kia was sold the rights to the Elan by LotusKia
Further to that, the Elan was later re-badged as a Kia after Lotus sold them the rights to the car.
The Korean manufacturer made little changes to the model, with probably the most notable new feature being different rear headlights.
The Morris Oxford Series III wasn’t a massive hit in the UKPhotographed by Simon GP Geoghegan, April 2007
Morris’s Oxford Series III wasn’t a hit in the UK, having been overshadowed by its successor the Farina in 1959 and, also released in the same year, the original Mini.
However, outside of the UK the car built the basis of motoring icon.
India’s taxi, the Hindustan Ambassador, only went out of production in 2014Hindustan
It was developed into the Hindustan Ambassador – famous for being used as taxis in India for decades.
The Ambassador only went out of production in 2014 – and remained largely unchanged from the original Series III.
US-specced DeLorean speedometers stopped at 85mph – but fear not, Marty, the car’s top speed was actually around 110mphNewspress
Only 8,583 DoLoreans were built in Northern Ireland before the company closed down.
In reality, the car was close to a mechanical shambles, but fictionally, the DeLorean is a time-travelling masterpiece.
US-based DMC plans to make 300 new models after a new law passes that allows motors over 25 years old to be replicated in small batches.
Only 53 Lamborghini Silhouette models were madeLamborghini
Lamborghini’s Silhouette was itself an evolution of the Urraco. Only 53 were ever made from 1976 to 1979, as well as two prototypes.
The final model to roll of the production line was also used to create a prototype of the supercar maker’s Jalpa.
You could say the Lamborghini Jalpa has a very familiar SilhouetteLamborghini
When the Mimram brothers took over Lamborghini in 1980, they built 420 Jalpa models – making it one of the best-selling models.
It was the last Lamborghini to feature a V8 engine since production ended in 1988.
The Lotus Seven was Wolverine’s choice of carLotus
This lightweight wonder was a game-changer when it launched in 1957. It was available in a range of models to cater for speed demons up and down the country until the mid-70s.
And a little-known fact for those motor enthusiasts who are looking to dress up this Halloween – the Lotus Seven was driven by Wolverine in the Marvel comics.
The super-lightweight Seven lives on thanks to CaterhamCaterham
We can rejoice knowing this open-air speedster is still on the market today under Caterham.
There’s still a huge range of options to choose from, as well as an exclusive Signature service for those who want an added touch of personalisation.


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Your Morning Dumps… Where Tommy Heinsohn gets the team in shape

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
“I think he’s maybe a little out of shape,” Heinsohn stated, while recognizing that Irving was coming off of offseason knee surgery. “To me, it looks like he’s a little overweight. And to me — his timing, his quickness — he’s maybe an instant slower than he’s been.”
Rather than viewing Heinsohn’s criticism in a negative light, Irving used it as motivation.
“I was on the bike the next morning,” Irving claimed. “I was on the Versaclimb, I was doing everything possible to make sure I prepared my body for what’s to come the rest of the season.”

Irving needed some form of encouragement, and Heinsohn’s comments, which he stumbled upon last week, came at just the right time.
“It’s always great when someone challenges you like that, especially with the respect-level that I have for past Celtics Legends,” said Irving. “And for him to really kind of pinpoint, as me being one of the leaders on this team, a main [focal] point of this team, I had to be in better shape as well as challenge myself on both ends of the floor. I think he made it very clear to me.
NBA.com
Kyrie Irving then went on to clarify that giving short, simple, concise answers would literally kill him (Ok, not really).
It was the perfect storm of circumstances that got Kyrie back to looking like his normal self. With Heinsohn’s comments as a wake-up call, he ditched the Hendrix look, hit the treadmill, and took previously 4-0 Detroit Pistons to school. Irving’s 30 points (10-16 shooting), five assists, and five rebounds probably surprised many of us, as he posted just three points (1-5 shooting) to go with seven rebounds and five assists against the same Pistons team on Saturday. Playing yesterday’s game in Boston might have helped him get comfortable, but the most logical conclusion could be tied to the most significant change of all: shaving the afro. With great success requires sacrifice, or so they say. RIP Shimmy Hendrix.
(Apparently Jayson Tatum disagrees with me)

Jayson Tatum doesn't want Kyrie's fro to get a bad name after his season-high 31 points: "I told him, I said, 'If you have a good game tonight, don't blame it on the fro.' I told him I didn't want to hear nothing about your haircut."
— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) October 31, 2018

I find it strange that it was Tommy’s comments that inspired Kyrie to work a little harder to get in shape, as if he wasn’t already tracking his progress since coming back from his injury. We hear so much about diet, body fat percentage, and weird workout equipment these days, I figured that even if an athlete wasn’t totally on top of their conditioning, that a trainer would have notes on a clipboard somewhere to help them along. Then again, reading too much into a Kyrie Irving quote is asking for trouble – it’s nearly impossible to parse through it and separate the most important few words from the rest. Reading his quotes is like a scavenger hunt for philosophy majors.
On page 2, Aron Baynes is in one piece

Aron Baynes made his return Tuesday night against the Pistons, and as Brad Stevens said, his presence was immediately felt. pic.twitter.com/NPkRWvaXSu
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 31, 2018

Aron Baynes said he didn’t even feel his hamstring tonight. Banged his knee during the first half, but enjoyed it because it “gave me something to think about other than my hammy.” He’s a sick human.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) October 31, 2018

We were starting to get ‘Hospital Celtics’ vibes from early injuries to Daniel Theis and Baynes early in the year, but it looks like Baynes is in better shape than expected. And from now on, I’m calling banging knees to cover up the pain of another ailment “The Australian Recovery Program”. It’s like a really masochistic spin on drinking to cover up a hangover.
Seeing guys like Baynes and Al Horford hold their own against the Pistons is about as good as Kyrie torching their guards, if you ask me. Griffin was looking unstoppable in Detroit’s first games (dropped 50 on Philadelphia, scored 31 in two games vs Boston), and while Andre Drummond’s stock may have wavered in the past couple years, he’s still Andre Drummond: enormous and deceptively quick for somebody with his build. (Drummond’s only game this year without a double-double was Saturday vs Boston)
I’m putting ‘turning Aron Baynes into a modern NBA center’ onto the mantles of Brad Stevens’ greatest accomplishments, right next to Jordan Crawford’s Player of the Week award. I’ve seen Karl-Anthony Towns and Jonas Valanciunas get played straight off the court in playoff games, and yet Baynes has carved a niche for himself to always be relevant while he’s in. He’s secretly one of the best post defenders in basketball (seriously), and adding a three-point shot is icing on the cake. In a potential playoff series against Detroit, I’d take Baynes’ defense over nearly anybody else’s, which is why I can’t believe nobody has outbid the Celtics for him two years in a row.
The rest of the links
ESPN: Kyrie Irving shows off new haircut, then show up big against Pistons
Boston Globe: Kyrie Irving, Tommy Heinsohn lead Celtics to win (yes, you read that right)
Boston Herald: Kyrie Irving finds form as Celtics take down Pistons
CBS Sports: Gordon Hayward still dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired ankle


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Bone crushers, knife washers and hospital pixies – the bizarre NHS hospital jobs you never knew existed

Category : Health News , News

LOUISE Jordan plucks the tissue off the bloody human hip in front of her, places the bone in the blender and uses all her strength to grind it into a mincemeat texture.
Once crushed, the bone and its gooey middle will be used during surgery for life-saving operations.
Louise’s job is vital to saving lives
It’s not a scene you see everyday at NHS hospitals across the UK – but behind the blue curtains, thousands of people just like Louise have life-saving jobs that go unnoticed.
A whopping 125 million of us visit hospitals each year – but it isn’t just doctors and nurses that keep the cogs running smoothly.
From putting bloody surgery knives through industrial dishwashers, to freezing and recycling thigh bones to crush for surgery, and keeping on top of crucial maintenance work, the hidden heroes often lurk backstage.
Doctors and nurses are at the forefront of the NHS, but many work just as hard behind the scenesChannel 5
The cleaning staff are vital in battling deadly infectionsChannel 5
A new Channel 5 documentary, The Secret Life of the Hospital, provides a never-before seen look into the inner workings of the wards at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and meets these unsung heroes.
Recycled “old lady bones” crushed in a ‘mincer’
With the NHS desperately in need of funding, the thousands it costs to dispose of hospital waste makes a huge dent in the spending budget.
But throughout the hospital, recycling systems have been put in place to save any unnecessary disposal.
While you might be getting to grips with your compost bin, and plastic and glass tubs, the NHS recycles the ‘bones of old men and ladies’.
The femoral head is a precious bone recycled for surgery
People undergoing a hip replacement are encouraged to donate their femoral head – the top part of their thigh bone – to be used in spinal surgery. 
If donated, the bones are kept in a bank for up to five  years, given a sell-by date, and frozen at -80 degrees celsius to keep them in optimum condition.
“We have never disposed of a femoral head when it’s reached its sell-by date. They are always implanted prior to that happening,” says Louise Jordan, bone bank coordinator.
When the time arrives, they are extracted and put into a machine that looks like an old-fashioned food mincer.
Patricia Burgess, theatre matron explains how the process works.
“I remove the soft tissue and cartilage from the head,” she says, while holding a small and bloodied fist-sized bone in her hand.
The bone is grinded down into a mince-meat texture for surgeryChannel 5
She then inserts the bone into the mincer, twists it by hand, and it comes out like full-fat mince-meat, dropping into a bowl.
The resulting mixture is then used for jobs as important as fusing a spine.
Louise adds: “It’s a win, win situation really. People like upcycling.”
The hospital ‘pixies’ who save lives
But Louise and her team aren’t the only heroes at work behind the scenes.
Infant Respiratory Distress Syndrome is the leading cause of neonatal death, and while paediatric doctors save baby’s lives every day, it’s the machines like incubators that enable them to give a premature newborn a chance they may never have had.
Jobs like Becky’s are not usually seen, but if a device breaks down, the results could be devastating
In roles we never hear of in medical dramas or doctor documentaries – staff behind the scenes are tasked with the vital role of making sure these life-saving devices stay in optimum condition.
“We have something like 30,000 assets on a hospital site. That does vary from a handheld thermometer, to ventilation machines, incubators and ECGs,” says Becky Watson, Clinical Technologist.
“Our job is to look after anything a patient is connected to.”
Incubators save lives, and Becky says maintenance is ‘proactive rather than reactive’
If an incubator, which provides crucial UV light and the right temperature for a premature or poorly baby fails, the outcome could be devastating.
Similarly, if a patient needs urgent blood scans, their samples are shot across the hospital through a tube-like system that gets to the blood sciences lab at speed.
Each hospital has around 30,000 devices costing thousands, and a team to make sure they keep running. Gary fixes a CT machine.Channel 5
If stuck or jammed with a build-up of cylinders of blood, crucial treatment could be delayed.
The team also have to service the £480K CT scan machines, which allow doctors to analyse for brain damage and skull fractures, and X-ray machines – used for a staggering 42 million appointments a year.
Becky adds: “We replace the parts straight away. We tend to be the pixie service. We drop in, unseen, to pick up the equipment that’s failed, and then we drop it back when it’s tested and fixed.”
Bloody knives in the dishwasher and robot cleaning machines
Bloodied knives, used to cut open bodies and perform surgeries, can be used around 1300 times before they are decommissioned as the NHS simply can’t afford to buy new equipment per patient.
This unique robots exert poisonous gas to blitz the wards once a yearChannel 5
Each device can cost from £400-£8000, so they’re all put through an industrial dishwasher, before being wrapped and put through a sterilising machine.
Colour-coded tape is used to indicate when the equipment is ready to be re-used.
Surgical equipment is so expensive it has to be washed and re-used
Before and after a patient reaches the surgeon’s table, they also require clean bed sheets. Open wounds especially are easily contaminated with infections.
The state-of-the-art laundry room washes 260,000 pieces of laundry a week – including bed sheets and doctors’ and nurses’ scrubs – and 14 million items a year.
The trays go in to a sterilising machine ready for theatre
Ian Cross, linen services coordinator says: “Patient gowns, nightwear, and theatre suits – you name it, we’ve got it. [Dangerous germs] go through a double wash, so we’re going to absolutely kill whatever is in it.”
The industrial cleaning machines clean 260,000 items a week, but need to be carefully managed by staff
Once a year – ward by ward – the hospital also undergoes an intense ‘deep clean’, and a special ‘stem-cleaning’ robot, similar to a Doctor Who droid, is wheeled out.
The process only takes two and a half hours, during which time, the ward is closed and completely sealed so the robot can release a hydrogen peroxide vapour, which it sucks back in after the allotted time.
The laundry team are on hand to pick out mobiles, latops and precious items from the bed sheetsChannel 5
The last MRSA statistics showed the disease contributed to 364 registered deaths, with 1 in 30 of us living with the bacteria harmlessly in our noses, armpits or groin.

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While it’s usually harmless on the surface, if it gets deeper into the body it can cause a ‘superbug’ – resistant to anti-biotics.
With this in mind – cleaners and behind-the-scenes workers could be saving as many lives as doctors. We just don’t see it.
The Secret Life of The Hospital: Revealed is on Channel 5, tonight at 9pm
 


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