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Suffolk Ebola survivor donates blood to help victim

William Pooley arriving home in September Credit: ITV Anglia

A nurse from Suffolk who because the first Briton to contract Ebola in the current outbreak has flown to America to donate blood to another victim of the disease.

William Pooley contracted the disease working for a charity in Sierra Leone, but was flown back to the UK and treated in an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

It is believed receiving a transfusion from survivors who have antibodies is the most effective way of beating the deadly virus.

Meningitis: What vaccines are available?

Vaccines can protect against some strains of the disease, but not all. Credit: PA

Vaccines can protect against some strains of the disease, but not all.

Children are currently vaccinated against Hib, MenC and 13 strains of pneumococcal Meningitis. A MenB vaccine (Bexsero) was recommended for infants in the UK in March 2014 and is available privately but a timetable for use by the NHS is yet to be confirmed.

The UK Government has also introduced a new MenC booster campaign aimed at students starting university. GPs can administer the vaccine free of charge until 31 October 2014. The booster campaign will be repeated every year until 2017.

New students are at increased risk of encountering the bacteria that cause Meningococcal disease because they are often living in busy halls of residence and in close contact with other new students during fresher’s week.

Students should get immunised at least two weeks before they go away to study.


Suffolk couple who lost their son to Meningitis raise awareness of symptoms

Caroline and Adrian Grove's son Cayden was just 20 days old when he fell ill in 2008.

A couple from Suffolk who lost their son to Meningitis are trying to raise awareness of the symptoms.

Caroline and Adrian Grove's son Cayden was just 20 days old when he fell ill in 2008 - but he was not diagnosed until it was too late, two days later he died.

They are supporting meningitis awareness week.

"Our son Cayden had late onset GBS, meningitis and septicaemia in 2008. He first showed signs of illness at 20 days old. He was cold, pale, panting and being sick after feeds. He was also very grumpy during the day, with a high pitched cry. We never knew these were signs of infection and the hospital staff didn't pick up on it (staying on SCBU due to prematurity). He crashed and the doctors gave him lots of medication to control blood pressure and ventilator. He was transferred the next day to a NICU in a bigger hospital. There the doctors found him to be unresponsive to touch, his eyes were not moving, he was not breathing for himself and the doctors felt that he was too poorly to recover. A scan the following day confirmed that he had severe brain damage and we removed life support. He passed away very quickly."

– Caroline and Adrian Grove.

Police investigate baby death in Cambridge hospital

Police are investigating the death of a baby in a Cambridge hospital who contracted an infection from a suspected contaminated drip.

The baby died at the Rosie Maternity Hospital at Addenbrookes in July. The Metropolitan Police have launched a criminal investigation into the deaths of two other babies at Guy's hospital in London in June. They're also working with Cambridgeshire police.

The infection was traced to a batch of contaminated drips. A spokesman said police were not investigating the health trusts involved.


Doctor accused of sexual assault

A male doctor working at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has been accused of sexually assaulting a patient.

Police said the doctor, who hasn't been named, was arrested after an allegation by a male patient. The doctor has been released on bail but remains suspended from work at the hospital. He is employed by a locum agency.

Patients praise ambulance crews

Patients have praised East of England Ambulance crews for doing 'an amazing job' in a new survey.

Ambulance bosses say patients and their relatives who used the service in June were 100% satisfied with the service that they received. More than 97% of people described ambulance crews as very professional.

The survey's been published just a week after the East of England Ambulance Service was fined over a million pounds for failing to meet response times and ambulance turnaround targets.

The June survey shows people were also happy with the service provided by the 999 call handlers, with more than 96% of people ranking their experience of dialing 999 as ‘acceptable’ or ‘very acceptable’. Other highlights included full marks for the cleanliness of the ambulance and equipment, more than 96% rating the ambulance response time as fairly to very acceptable and 93% rating the journey as fairly comfortable or better.

“We’re delighted that the majority of patients are happy with the service we provide. This reflects the professionalism and dedication of our staff, who often have to work in the most challenging situations and environments. As we recruit hundreds of new frontline student paramedics, as well as up skill our existing staff, the service and response to patients will continue to improve.”

– Chief Executive Anthony Marsh

This survey follows a recent report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre which showed that the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received 798 complaints in 2013/14; down 32% from 1,177 in 2012/13. This compares to an increase across ambulance services generally.

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