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Self testing kit launched to help people with heart and lung disease

Patients will be given a device to monitor their vital signs including blood pressure, pulse and temperature. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A self testing kit is being launched for people in Norfolk with heart disease and lung failure.

Patients will be given a device to monitor their vital signs including blood pressure, pulse and temperature.

It means they won't have to go to hospital to have the checks, so it will free up beds and surgery time.

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Wellbeing roadshows kick off in Great Yarmouth and Waveney

A series of roadshows start today to promote mental wellbeing and help reduce stigma around mental illness.

The Eastern Service Users and Carers Forum (ESCF) will be touring 10 towns and villages to make it easier for people to come and speak to the organisations involved in mental health.

"We often find that people in more rural areas can find it difficult to visit our hubs, so this is a way of promoting our local services to friends and family members of those with mental ill health. It's a chance for members of the public, especially those who have to be on hand 24 hours a day as a carer, to receive valuable advice and support."

– Howard Tidman, Charge Nurse at Great Yarmouth Acute Services

Other organisations joining NSFT include; Healthwatch Norfolk, Healthwatch Suffolk, Norfolk Carers and Suffolk Family Carers.

  • Tesco's car park, Caister, 22 August, 9am-12pm
  • Kings Way, Hemsby, 22 August, 1pm-4pm
  • Reception, James Paget Hospital, 23 August, 9am- 12pm
  • High Street, Lowestoft, 23 August, 1pm-4pm
  • The Sheepgate, Beccles, 24 August, 9am-12pm
  • The Buttercross, Bungay, 24 August, 1pm-4pm
  • The Market Square, Great Yarmouth, 25 August, 9am-12pm
  • The Tramway Pub car park, Gorleston, 25 August, 1pm-4pm
  • The Thoroughfare, Halesworth, 26 August, 9am-12pm
  • The Green, Southwold, 26 August, 1pm-4pm

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1 in 5 people "obese" in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire County Council is calling on people to have their say about how to tackle the issue of obesity. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Around two thirds of adults in Cambridgeshire do not have a healthy weight and more than one in five are obese, according to the latest figures.

Cambridgeshire County Council is calling on people to have their say about how to tackle the issue.

They've launched a six week consultation to help develop a healthy weight strategy for the county.

NHS urge more people to give blood in the East

NHS urges more people to give blood in the East of England Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign has been launched to encourage more people in the East of England to give blood.

Last year in this region there were just over 120,000 people who gave blood at least once. However, NHS Blood and Transplant says there has been a big fall in the number of new donors.

They particularly need people to donate with blood groups O and A, as well as people from the black and South Asian communities.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital out of special measures

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The health watchdog has recommended that Hinchingbrooke Hospital comes out of special measures.

They have been in place for almost two years, but the latest report by the Care Quality Commission rated the trust as good after significant improvements had been made.

The hospital is still on course to merge with neighbouring Peterborough Hospital next year.

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