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NHS launch campaign to reduce medicine waste

Patients in Norfolk are being urged to return unwanted medicines to their local pharmacy for safe disposal.

Local health chiefs have estimated that £4.9 million is lost each year in Norfolk Credit: ITV Anglia

The NHS is launching a major campaign to reduce medicine waste which could help them save millions of pounds each year. They're reminding people to think before they re-order prescriptions.

The Hurn Chemist in Norwich is behind the campaign.

"Basically all medicine should be disposed of properly, and unfortunately that means it needs to be incinerated- it shouldn't go into household waste. So part of the campaign is to make sure people are disposing of medicine carefully and in a responsible manner"

– Chris Ball

New equipment helps prevent hearing loss in children undergoing chemotherapy

For children suffering from cancer, their anxiety is not just about the disease but the side effects treatment can have.

Chemotherapy often causes hearing damage. Now Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has become one of the only hospitals in the UK to acquire specialist equipment which should help prevent this.

The octoacoustics emissions kit is not available on the NHS, and so the hospital relied on the fundraising of a local school.

Click below to watch Elodie Harper's report:


Growing concern of tooth decay in young children in our region

1 in 4 children in Wellingborough have tooth decay by the time they are 3-years-old according to Public Health England.

Now the health watchdog NICE wants local authorities to think about introducing supervised brushing in nurseries and primary schools.

Click below to watch Sarah Cooper's report:

Prof Mike Kelly from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence spoke to ITV Anglia about the problem.

You can watch the full interview below:

Mother of nurse who survived Ebola supports sons decision to return to West Africa

William Pooley at home in Suffolk.

The mother of Suffolk nurse William Pooley says she is proud of her son for wanting to go back to West Africa.

Mr Pooley contracted the Ebola virus earlier this year while working in Sierra Leone. But, on Sunday, the 29-year-old returned to help with the fight against the outbreak.

Speaking to ITV News Anglia, Jackie Pooley said, although she worried about him, she understood why her son needed to go back.


Children to be given lessons in how to brush their teeth

Busy Bees Wellingborough already teach children about teeth.

New guidelines have been released to ensure schools show children how to brush their teeth.

Advisory body NICE said schools and nurseries need to help tackle the trend of tooth decay in children by introducing supervised brushing and fluoride varnishing programmes.

It comes after new figures from Public Health England revealed Wellingborough in Northamptonshire was the fourth worst place in England for children with tooth decay. Just under 30% of three-year-olds are affected.

Milton Keynes Hospital under the spotlight during CQC inspection

Milton Keynes Hospital.

The care provided by Milton Keynes Hospital will come under the spotlight this week as the Care Quality Commission carries out an inspection.

The hospital says it welcomes the health check and believes it has improved significantly over the last year.

32 inspectors will talk to staff and patients to get an accurate picture of life on the wards.

Click below to watch Russell Hookey's report:

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