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Could you spot the signs of a stroke?

The East of England Ambulance Service wants people to be more aware of the symptoms of a stroke. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The region's ambulance service is warning people to be more aware about the signs of stroke.

It says the condition is one of its most common 999 calls.

Last winter, the East of England Ambulance Service saw almost 8,000 patients who had suffered a suspected stroke.

The highest number was in Essex, where 2,552 calls were taken. In Norfolk, the figure was 1,264, while in Hertfordshire there were 1,230 999 calls linked to strokes.

The ambulance service says catching the condition early is essential.

The main symptoms are:

  • FACE: the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, and their eye or mouth may have dropped.
  • ARMS: the person may not be able to life both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness.
  • SPEECH: their speech may be slurred or garbled, or they may not be able to speak at all.

Praise for region's 'first class' ambulance service

The region’s ambulance workers has been praised in a new survey Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ambulance workers in this region have been praised in a new survey.

More than 95 per cent of patients asked said they were 'very satisfied', 'satisfied' or 'fairly satisfied' with the East of England Ambulance Service.

The latest patient experience report also found that nine out of ten patients rated the length of time they waited for a response as 'acceptable'.

“It is very heartening to read so many positive comments from our patients and such high satisfaction ratings.

This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all of our staff in the East of England.

We value all feedback from our patients because it helps us to improve the service we deliver.”

– Robert Morton, Chief Executive, EEAST

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Cambridge University criticised over animal testing

Cambridge University has been criticised for the number of animals it tests on in it's labs.

According to a report by the anti-vivisection organisation Cruelty Free more than 160 thousand animals like rats, rabbits and monkeys were tested in 2014.

The university said animal research played an "essential role" in understanding disease and developing medicines. adding it aims to use the minimum number possible.

Hinchingbrooke hospital to stay in 'Special Measures'

Hinchingbrooke Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire needs to get better according to the health watchdog which says it is keeping it in special measures for now.

In October the Care Quality Commission rated the trust as 'requires improvement' following an inspection.

However the CQC recognised that improvements have been made at the hospital, with management 'well placed' to make the changes needed.

It also highlighted the caring nature of staff but said emergency care and medical services needed improving.

Another inspection will take place in the spring.

Alan Burns, Chairman, Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There is a lot to be done. We want to move from where we are into the good in all domains. As the CQC said, this is a hospital in transition. "

– Alan Burns, Chairman of Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust

Click below to hear more from Chairman Alan Burns.

"Patients rightly expect the highest quality care from their local health services, which is why we introduced the CQC's rigorous inspection regime. It is encouraging that progress has been made in the leadership and working culture across Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust and that staff have been recognised for their high level of compassionate care. However, I am disappointed that concerns remain on aspects of patient safety."

– Ben Gummer, Minister for Care Quality
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