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'Thank U NHS' plane to fly over hospitals

A Spitfire plane, with "Thank U NHS" written on its underside, will take to the skies this weekend to mark the 72nd birthday of the National Health Service.

The legendary World War Two fighter will fly over a number of hospitals in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire starting at 16:20 on Sunday.

It has been organised by the family-owned Aircraft Restoration Company, based at Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Spitfire plane

The full flight route is as follows:

  • 16:20 - Duxford Airfield
  • 16:28 - Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City
  • 16:33 - Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Luton
  • 16:36 – Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • 16:41 – Bedford Hospital
  • 16:47 – Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon
  • 16:53 – Witchford, village near Ely
  • 16:58 – Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge
  • 17:00 – Addenbrooke’s and Royal Papworth hospitals, Cambridge
  • 17:10 – Duxford Airfield

Jersey GPs to return to pre-pandemic roles

BBC Radio Jersey

GPs in Jersey will not be renewing the temporary roles they took on during the coronavirus pandemic, the organisation representing GPs has revealed.

The Primary Care Body explained this is due to the reduced number of cases of the virus in Jersey and GP's wishes to return to their pre-pandemic services.

During the pandemic the island's private GPs have been employed by the government and subsidies have cut the cost of related fees.

The temporary contracts with Health and Community Services end in August.

Speaking on behalf of the body, Dr James Mair said the recent advertisement by the ‘Friends of our new Hospital’ suggesting the Jersey Care Model was being introduced was not factually correct.

He added that Dr Nigel Minihane would like to personally distance himself from the comments made within it and wished to reassure patients who were worried about the claims it made.

'Play your part in stamping out the virus'

Ahead of the easing of lockdown restrictions this weekend, a director of public health said everyone still needs to "play their part in stamping out the virus".

Jim McManus, who works for Hertfordshire County Council, said of the new "one metre plus" that "we must all maintain social distancing, wash our hands regularly and thoroughly and follow the rules and guidance on face coverings".

"If you have any symptoms that could indicate you have coronavirus, it’s vitally important that you get a test," he said.

“Remember too that if you’re contacted by the national NHS Test and Trace team, you must follow their advice and self-isolate, to prevent the virus from taking hold in Hertfordshire again and threatening more lives.”

Coronavirus testing station

Tests can be booked online and drive-through testing sites are now open to everyone living or working in the county and for those that do not have access to a car or are too ill to drive, a test kit can be posted to them.