The NHS: another winter, another crisis

By George-Peter Boyd

Leicester_infirmary.jpgCrisis ahead? Leicester Royal Infirmary (Image source: Google Images)

A Registered Nurse at Leicester Royal Infirmary fears that a lack of available beds and higher patient numbers is leading the NHS into a ‘Winter Crisis’.

The nurse, who wishes to stay anonymous, said: “Due to a higher incidence of seasonal illness and exacerbation of long-term conditions, there are additional pressures placed onto the health service which is already tight for bed capacity.

“With a shortage of almost 50,000 nurses in England alone, we simply don’t have the staff to safely staff more beds.

“This results in blocked emergency departments.”

The current general election campaign has shown that NHS funding is at the forefront of voters’ concerns within all parties that are pledging to increase the NHS budget.

When asked if they think the current situation deters people from joining the NHS, the nurse stated: “Yes. I think people are not looking to go into NHS careers at the moment because of the negative media coverage of working life and its pressures.”

According to the nurse, Leicester Royal Infirmary has about 600 to 800 people attending A&E a day, with long waits to offload people from ambulances, leading to challenging and potentially unsafe conditions.

The solution? More beds, more staff, and more funding, stressed the nurse.

“Opening up more hospital beds requires more central funding, more nurses to staff these beds and the additional facilities and support services to upkeep them and provide the necessary care.

“The NHS is one of the most efficient publicly funded organisations and health care systems around the world, yet it is still running a deficit, which evidences the lack of funding received.”





HQ Recording band on the road to success after performances with BBC Introducing Midlands

By Essie Alexander

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(credit: Harri Georgio on Facebook)

A Leicester band have their sights set on success following recent performances for BBC Introducing Midlands.

Harri Georgio & The Well Behaved Young Men have an upcoming gig at the Soundhouse, Leicester, on Saturday, December 21, where they are headlining for other artists at HQ Recording.

“We’ve got people making blogs about us,” said the band’s drummer Richard Thornton.

“We’ve hit over 2k in 2 days and had amazing feedback and online reviews.”

The HQ Recording artists were approached by BBC Leicester as part of the Under The Covers series in which they covered Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me’.

Humperdinck has publicly praised this cover, posting on his Instagram story: ‘I’ll never let you go “Release Me” – but I love this version and the story behind it.’

As a result of the success of this cover, the band are booked to perform at Reading and Leeds Festival next year on the BBC Introducing stage, which will be their biggest performance to date.

“We headlined a year ago at The Shed for a showcase concert which was our first gig together.”

Harri Georgio & The Well Behaved Young Men formed a year ago after meeting at a bar, and since then have played multiple events such as the Peaky Blinders Festival and also at De Montfort Hall.

The musicians have ‘big plans for 2020’ but are not able to release information yet about this.

The Leicester band consists of singer Harri Georgio, guitarist Matt Bury, drummer Richard Thornton and bassist Michal Kais.

Richard also plays drums and guitar for singer Alice Kube who is signed at HQ Recording along with Harri Georgio & The Well Behaved Young Men.

She is currently making a name for herself after having her single named track of the week earlier this year by BBC Introducing Midlands.

Crafter impresses with her homemade items for sale

By Kira Gibson

A part-time worker in De Montfort University Students’ Union has surprised all with her handmade shelves and illustrations at today’s (TuesDEC10) Christmas Fair.

Wren and Wilson, run by Jen Pyrah, have set up shop in the Students’ Union today to advertise and sell different items that she had designed.


Jen Pyrah with her stall in the Students’ Union. Photo Credit: Kira Gibson

The illustrations are designed by Jen and then sent to get printed onto different items, such as mugs and badges; she also has Christmas decorations which she printed, designed and cut out herself.

Jen said: “I have a part-time job but I do full-time hours with this, this is my full-time job.”

The Wren and Wilson website describes the items being sold as “super awesome illustrative goodies with a playful homage to pop-culture.”

Jen prides herself on being eco-friendly and stated on her website that “we are 100 per cent plastic free and all of our packaging is recyclable.”

She was also proud of her handmade shelving system for her stalls. The shelves are made exactly how she likes on each particular day, with the units designed by herself and used to shelve mugs, badges and even T-shirts.

“Because of my part-time job they took around two weeks to make,” she said, adding however that if the time was compiled together it would be about two days to make the shelves properly.

Jen started with jewellery about three years ago and has since gone on to designing T-shirts, badges, mugs and many more items of interest. Each item is based upon a character or a person of interest in today’s culture.

If you would like to see some of Jen’s items for yourself, go to or tweet @wrenandwilson to talk to her.


Jen Pyrah with her stall in the Students’ Union. Photo Credit: Kira Gibson


Travelling troubles: Rising train fares lead to student struggles

By Abigail Beresford

Students have reacted against train fares which are set to rise by 2.7 per cent in the new year.

It was announced on November 30 that train fares will rise by 2.7 per cent from January 2 next year, just when students are set to be arriving back to university after Christmas at their family homes.

However, many students visit home regularly and with the increase in fares, it will make it harder for them to do so.

“All of my flatmates and friends are able to visit home regularly as it’s a reasonable price, but it’s too expensive for me to do on a regular basis,” said Divya Pankhania, a first year Accounting and Finance student.

“It’s a £40 train, with a railcard, to London. When living on a student budget, it’s impossible to fund.”

Many students own railcards to help save money on rail fares. However, with the increase of ticket prices, students are now turning to other forms of transport in order to get home.

“It’s not great that prices are going up, but I understand why they’re doing it. But it’s £10 for me to get home with railcard, so I don’t have much of an issue,” said Theo Hunter-Rice, a first year Computing student, who travels to and from Birmingham.

However, it is not as simple for students who have to travel a long distance.

Erica Hore, a first year Psychology student, travels home to Middlesbrough regularly.

“It’s more than £60 on the train home, and with it increasing, it simply isn’t worth it,” said Erica.

Other modes of public transport are seen as more favourable, due to cheaper prices.

“It’s cheaper for me to get the bus home, but it’s a seven-hour journey. So, I just have to visit home less,” Erica added.


Festive feel at DMU Students’ Union Crafts Christmas Fair

By Luke Williamson

De Montfort Students’ Union hosted it’s annual Christmas Fair on Tuesday(DEC10), spreading festive cheer to students in the final week of term.

A selection of small businesses and independent traders were set up in the SU atrium, with a variety of organic and eco-friendly products being sold throughout the day.

Ellie, from crafts and designs company A Couple of Mugs, said: “We came last year, it is always nice to be invited to small crafts fairs like this one.

“This one is much better than last year’s, everything has been a lot more popular.”

Other items for sale included T-shirts made from organic materials from small companies Mi Lunita Shop and Good Girl Gang.

Nawel, from Good Girl Gang, said: “It’s always nice to hear people say nice things about products we’ve created.

“Everyone here is amazing, and it’s good to see a wide collection of young creative people who are looking to sell eco-friendly products.”

One trader, Jen Pyrah, was selling T-shirts, mugs and other prints that she had done the illustrations for herself.

She said: “Fairs like this allow me to start to phase out old designs and try some new ones.

“I work full time hours for Wren and Wilson as well as a part-time job, so it takes a lot of time to get the prints onto the eco-friendly material.”

The atrium was a hive of activity all day with plenty of students and other members of the public taking in all that the fair had to offer.

First year Mechanical Engineering student Mitchell Parker said: “The fair provides authentic, homely goods that are good gift ideas for this festive time of year.

“It’s not a big budget event but, for a small operation, it provides a good range of eco-friendly products for all interests.”

You can follow @demontfortsu to keep updated about events like the Christmas Fair happening in the future.