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Under pressure: Hospital issues A&E warning

A&E warning

Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford has asked people to avoid A&E if possible.

A spokesperson for the Mid Essex Hospital Trust said:

"We are experiencing a very high demand for services at the A&E Department today, following consistent pressures over the last week, and our teams are working extremely hard attending to our patients. Please remember that A&E is for serious or life-threatening illnesses. For other health advice, please call 111."

Family campaign for new screening programme after loss of their baby son

A family from Norfolk whose 11 month old son died from an immune deficiency are campaigning for a new screening programme to help save the lives of other children.

James Thorndyke died of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. His life could have been saved if he had a test which would have cost two pounds fifty.

His parents, Susie Ash and Justin Thorndyke, who live near Diss, have begun a petition which has already had more than five thousand signatures.

Susie Ash and Justin Thorndyke, James' parents Credit: Family photo

"This can be tested for at birth as part of the newborn heel prick screening that's already done. It's just another test and it's being done in loads of other countries at the moment. If it's diagnosed at birth and the baby has treatment before it ever gets poorly there's a 95% chance of survival."

– Susie Ash, James' mother


Five-year-old Jay's dream trip with the US airforce

Jay Martin, 5, on a VIP trip to the US Airforce in Mildenhall, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A five-year-old boy from Isleham in Cambridgeshire has had his dream come true after spending a day as a US airpilot at RAF Mildenhall.

Jay Martin was diagnosed with brain cancer in January.

He's still undergoing chemotherapy, but that's not stopping him getting through his bucket list.

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