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WellChild awards : Essex teen offers to help Prince Harry babysit when William's new baby arrives

Jo Collins receives her award. Credit: ITV

A Bedfordshire nurse has won a prestigious award at last night's glittering WellChild awards presented by Prince Harry.

Jo Collins received the Nursing Award from actor John Partridge and broadcaster Gillian McKeith for her work with children like seven-year-old Daniel Patmore who needs round the clock care.

Martin Bennett chats to Prince Harry. Credit: ITV

Meanwhile, a teenager from Colchester who was praised for his positive attitude at last night's awards has been giving Prince Harry some tips on babysitting duties.

14-year-old Martin Bennett who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, met the prince and gave him a DVD which he said would help him babysit Prince George when the new baby arrives.

Suffolk Ebola survivor donates blood to help victim

William Pooley arriving home in September Credit: ITV Anglia

A nurse from Suffolk who because the first Briton to contract Ebola in the current outbreak has flown to America to donate blood to another victim of the disease.

William Pooley contracted the disease working for a charity in Sierra Leone, but was flown back to the UK and treated in an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

It is believed receiving a transfusion from survivors who have antibodies is the most effective way of beating the deadly virus.


Meningitis: What vaccines are available?

Vaccines can protect against some strains of the disease, but not all. Credit: PA

Vaccines can protect against some strains of the disease, but not all.

Children are currently vaccinated against Hib, MenC and 13 strains of pneumococcal Meningitis. A MenB vaccine (Bexsero) was recommended for infants in the UK in March 2014 and is available privately but a timetable for use by the NHS is yet to be confirmed.

The UK Government has also introduced a new MenC booster campaign aimed at students starting university. GPs can administer the vaccine free of charge until 31 October 2014. The booster campaign will be repeated every year until 2017.

New students are at increased risk of encountering the bacteria that cause Meningococcal disease because they are often living in busy halls of residence and in close contact with other new students during fresher’s week.

Students should get immunised at least two weeks before they go away to study.

Suffolk couple who lost their son to Meningitis raise awareness of symptoms

Caroline and Adrian Grove's son Cayden was just 20 days old when he fell ill in 2008.

A couple from Suffolk who lost their son to Meningitis are trying to raise awareness of the symptoms.

Caroline and Adrian Grove's son Cayden was just 20 days old when he fell ill in 2008 - but he was not diagnosed until it was too late, two days later he died.

They are supporting meningitis awareness week.

"Our son Cayden had late onset GBS, meningitis and septicaemia in 2008. He first showed signs of illness at 20 days old. He was cold, pale, panting and being sick after feeds. He was also very grumpy during the day, with a high pitched cry. We never knew these were signs of infection and the hospital staff didn't pick up on it (staying on SCBU due to prematurity). He crashed and the doctors gave him lots of medication to control blood pressure and ventilator. He was transferred the next day to a NICU in a bigger hospital. There the doctors found him to be unresponsive to touch, his eyes were not moving, he was not breathing for himself and the doctors felt that he was too poorly to recover. A scan the following day confirmed that he had severe brain damage and we removed life support. He passed away very quickly."

– Caroline and Adrian Grove.


Police investigate baby death in Cambridge hospital

Police are investigating the death of a baby in a Cambridge hospital who contracted an infection from a suspected contaminated drip.

The baby died at the Rosie Maternity Hospital at Addenbrookes in July. The Metropolitan Police have launched a criminal investigation into the deaths of two other babies at Guy's hospital in London in June. They're also working with Cambridgeshire police.

The infection was traced to a batch of contaminated drips. A spokesman said police were not investigating the health trusts involved.

Doctor accused of sexual assault

A male doctor working at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has been accused of sexually assaulting a patient.

Police said the doctor, who hasn't been named, was arrested after an allegation by a male patient. The doctor has been released on bail but remains suspended from work at the hospital. He is employed by a locum agency.

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