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Free health checks for men

Getting a free health check Credit: ITV News Anglia

Men across the county of Essex have been getting free health checks.

Dozens turned up at Colchester United's Stadium at the weekend to get everything from blood pressure and prostate checks, to stroke assessments and physiotherapy.

It's run by charity CHAPS. Last year almost a thousand men across the region were screened - some of whom say it saved their life.

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Rutland named as "best rural place to live in Britain"

Rutland Water Credit: PA

Residents living in Rutland apparently have the highest standards of living in rural Britain, after it was declared the country's best rural place to live.

Residents tend to bit fit and well with more than 96% in good health and they enjoy a good climate with less rainfall per year than the national average (681mm as opposed to 879mm.)

The rate of employment and crime were among the many factors taken into account by the annual Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.

A number of places in the East of England featured in the survey. Huntingdonshire rose 36 places to number 9, Babergh in Suffolk moved from 42 in 2014 to 11 in 2015.


Watch: Cambridge Ebola survivor shares an embrace with the doctor who helped to save her life

A military medic from Cambridge who has overcome Ebola has been thanking the doctors who saved her life.

Anna Cross was treated at London's Royal Free Hospital, and she shared an embrace with Dr Michael Jacobs at a press conference today.

The 25-year-old contracted Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone.

Cpl Cross is the first person in the world to be treated with the experimental drug MIL 77.

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"Thanks to them, I'm alive. A huge thank you from me and my family."

– Anna Cross, Ebola survivor

Addenbrooke's "pleased and relieved" as former nurse is declared free of Ebola

Anna Cross used to work at Addenbrooke's. Credit: PA

A former Addenbrooke's nurse, who contracted Ebola while in Sierra Leone, has become the first person in the world to be treated with an experimental drug.

Anna Cross was successfully treated with the experimental Ebola drug MIL 77 at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

The 25-year-old worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge before going on to join the Army Reserves.

She then volunteered to help with the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, where she was taken ill.

Anna Cross from Cambridge. Credit: ITV News

Addenbrooke's say that they're "relieved" that she is now OK.

“We are very proud of the contribution that Anna has made in West Africa.

We are pleased and relieved that she has been successfully treated for Ebola by our NHS colleagues at the Royal Free and we are grateful to them.

There is always a place for Anna if she decides she wishes to return to work at Addenbrooke’s. We’d love to have her back on the wards.”

– CUH spokesman

Cambridge military medic Anna Cross declared free of Ebola

Anna Cross from Cambridge. Credit: ITV News

A military medic from Cambridge who tested positive for Ebola has been declared free of the virus.

25-year-old from Corporal Anna Cross is the first person in the world to be treated with the experimental drug Ebola drug MIL 77.

She contracted the virus in while volunteering in Sierra Leone, and was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London.


McBusted drummer Harry Judd opens new facilities at Luton Hospice

There were plenty of excited youngsters, parents and nurses too when pop star Harry Judd dropped into a Children's Hospice near Luton.

Harry, who's now part of McBusted, was at Keech Cottage to open some new and improved facilities for the hospice which has a place close to his heart.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Papworth surgeons perform Europe's first non-beating heart transplant

Papworth Hospital. Credit: PA

Surgeons at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire have successfully transplanted a heart that had stopped beating into another patient, meaning hundreds more lives could be saved.

The procedure, developed at Papworth, involves restoring function to a non-beating heart allowing it to be safely transplanted. It will significantly increase the number of donor hearts available for people on the transplant waiting list.

60-year-old Huseyin Ulucan from London was the recipient. He had a heart attack in 2008.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital to be handed back to the NHS

Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon. Credit: PA

The UK's only privately-run NHS hospital, Hinchingbrooke in Huntingdon, will be handed back to the health service next month.

Circle, the company that currently runs the hospital, announced in January that it planned to pull out of its 10 year contract - saying it was unsustainable.

The hospital, which was placed in special measures in January, will revert back from the April 1.

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